Akamai Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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Pros
  • Awesome work-life balance, and the people here are wonderful - nice people with families (in 23 reviews)

  • Academic environment full of smart people with a lot to offer (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is very difficult to achieve and/or maintain - 55 (in 15 reviews)

  • An extreme lack of communication between groups, employees and management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Technical writer

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Akamai as an intern

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly work culture
    Supportive teammates
    Organized work structure

    Cons

    Disjunct between long term and short term planning; can put a lot of load at the end moment

  2. Senior system software engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Akamai (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Akamai is great place to work. I was fortunate enough to be part of Akamai.

    Cons

    None I can think of.

  3. HR

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, great culture with lot of growth opportunities

    Cons

    It is growing at a very high speed, so needs more work around processes and infrastructure to sustain the growth

    Advice to Management

    Paid leaves for contractors swell

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  5. Exciting culture with intelligent people looking to find solutions to complex problems.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people and culture make the company. The technology is very enticing and easy to get excited about. Flexibility to get involved with areas other than your core competency.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can be a little redundant in terms of daily tasks. Most of the people you will interact with will be helpful, but it is often hard to know the right person to reach without doing a little bit of searching first.

  6. If you get a choice, work in Platform

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Akamai full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Superb technology and Platform reach
    * High growing company and great stock/financials
    * Fast moving companies despite its size

    Cons

    * If you get a chance, work in Platform groups. All other organizations are subpar. Platform is simply the best.
    * Red tape is increasing
    * If CEO retires, the company outlook will turn south very quickly

    Advice to Management

    Try to elevate other business units to the level of Platform.

  7. Systems Software Engineer Intern

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    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Akamai

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Work-life balance and great culture

    Cons

    Things get pushed a little till the end of sprint

    Advice to Management

    Should implement lot more fun activities for employee bonding

  8. Channel

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities
    Great group of people
    Very helpful, good tools to help onboard

    Cons

    Need to establish some processes and let go of some others

  9. Good place to work if you have the right manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good stock options
    - Flexi work timings
    - Flexi work from home options (if you are in the right team - not all teams have this)
    - Salaries are fair
    - Above average transport & house-keeping facilities

    Cons

    - No clear growth path. This is ~15 year old company still acting like a start-up. You grow inorganically & fast, IF you have the right contacts. People get promoted thrice in a year at times, and cannot do justice to the senior positions.
    - Work from home is only available if you have a supportive manager.
    - Lot of people hanging around with around 10 years of tenure, and walk around with their noses held high. Laterals are looked down upon by them, especially if the lateral hires turn out to be more talented.
    - Overall, Akamai is a very good place to work, IF ONLY your direct manager is good, else it's just another IT company with similar culture & perks.

    Advice to Management

    Akamai is a good place to work, but to keep growing on longer term, you have to attract new talents & retain them.
    Defines clear growth paths.
    Lessen the number of sub-teams... there are just too many!

  10. Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Akamai (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent HR policies
    work flexibility
    performance driven culture

    Cons

    lot of work
    should be always on your toes

  11. intern

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Akamai as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, great benefits, very smart and nice people. This company treats interns very well and try to find talents among interns. Love the company culture here, very driven, very efficient and very fun. Great work and life balance too.

    Cons

    Nothing i can think of

    Advice to Management

    N/A

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