Akamai Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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Akamai CEO Tom Leighton
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Pros
  • The work life balance is great and the culture is very welcoming (in 23 reviews)

  • The best part you get to work with smart people every day (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is impossible (in 15 reviews)

  • No clear career progression paths - difficult to move ahead (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Simply one of the best...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

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

    Pros

    As a serial entrepreneur, I was skeptical of joining a large web services company. Surely, I thought, they couldn't feel like a startup, or innovate as well. Boy was I wrong. Akamai is simply amazing. This is one of the only places you will ever work where the CEO on down will understand the most complex ideas you have...not just as business people, but as scientists. Sure, Akamai is a bit 'tougher' than places like Google that give free lunch, but at the same time, you won't find the kind of innovative grit Akamai has either. This is a Fortune 500 company that has a healthy chip on its shoulder, and doesn't believe its own success. Cautious, smart, and immensely supportive...I have encountered nothing but extraordinary people. It has been a joy to work here!

    Cons

    Some of the remote offices over-compensate, and try to inject themselves into projects they aren't involved in for the glory. The Israel office in particular seems to suffer from this.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! And remember not all your execs need to have joined the company 15 years ago.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Horrible - Clique(s) of Crooks Run the India Offices

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Akamai full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Free food.
    - Well stocked Pantry.

    That sums up the benefits/pros.

    Cons

    - Hazing ritual for new hires, especially in the emerging customer group business support teams. Curb the humiliating tactics used to haze the new hires. Many have complained to HR, but it was buried as always.
    - Politics, Politics and more Politics.
    - Sexual Harassment, Sexual Harassment and more Sexual Harassment - the internal committee's setup to investigate make a mockery out of it. Most of the lead generation/marketing teams are filled with freshers who are taken to bed and then exploited over long periods under threat of termination due to lack of performance with respect to numbers. Its an open secret.
    - The Bangalore office is run by a dozen clique's. If you can spend on booze, free dinners and have a penchant for a stinky brown nose, you're able to get into any one of them and your career in the company is set for life. If you're not, then be ready to let go of any dignity, self-respect and decency, along with any ambitions for growth at the time of this realization.
    - Whistleblowers are threatened with sexual harassment cases, termination and other dire consequences by managers. HR Team is incompetent and useless. All they do is pay and buy up awards like "Best Employer/Best Places to Work For".
    - Despite the fact that the Bangalore office is one of the largest outside of the US, this office is a cess pool. It is filled with folks who misuse/abuse their managerial powers to intimidate/threaten employees in their team. These folks have no qualifications to speak of and mostly come from BPO backgrounds. They stick on here for they know they cannot survive outside. Frogs in a Pond.
    -I was here for 4 years and could not find even a handful of sincere and approachable managerial/director level execs who I would want to work with/for. Save for one or two, all of them are crooks.
    - Do not even think of joining any of the nigh-shift teams. You will experience all of the above and worse.

    Advice to Management

    I doubt this is the vision our late co-founder Danny wanted for this organization - bunch of brown-nosed fakes running the ship to the bottom. Good talent is running for life. No innovation.


  3. Viel zu tun....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Sales Engineer in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Former Employee - Technical Sales Engineer in Munich, Bayern (Germany)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Super Menschen, bis auf das lokale Management, das zum größten Teil bereits gefeuert wurde.
    Tolles Team auf vielen Ebenen.
    Gigantisch gutes Senior Management in den USA (Leider nur dort).
    Gute Bezahlung

    Cons

    Faster Forward? Nur wohin?
    Wirre Strategien die in Lichtgeschwindigkeit geändert werden.
    Teils sehr rüder Ton.
    Rund um die Uhr Erreichbarkeit ist schwer angesagt.
    Null Personalentwicklung.

    Advice to Management

    Vielleicht mal einen Strategie länger als 3 Monate durchhalten! Den hoch bezahlten Mitarbeitern einfach mal zuhören wie es besser gehen könnte und nicht trotzdem oder erstrecht genau das Gegenteil machen. Diese Menschen auch in die Produktentwicklung mit einbeziehen, damit die Produkte auch den lokalen Anforderungen (Security, Regukations, etc) angepasst werden.
    Weniger Micromanagement und dafür mehr Management Führung.


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    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai

    Pros

    Unlimited Vacation, Location, Industry, Pace

    Cons

    Unlimited Vacation, Management, Innovation, Work/life balance is zero


  6. Helpful (1)

    so happy I joined

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Always nice not to feel the smartest person in the room, great vision, salary and benefits. Work place and hours flexibility.

    Cons

    Not that I can think ok so far, but if I have to mention something, I would say a bit more synergy across divisions would not hurt.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  7. A

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai

    Pros

    Great company to work with.

    Cons

    No cons at the moment.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good crew to work with

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Security Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Security Consultant

    I worked at Akamai full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Peers were great and had a lot of fun doing high quality work.

    Cons

    Travel on I-95 / I-90


  9. Amazing place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Service Manager in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Client Service Manager in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, employee is given the highest priority, very transparent & open management, great culture and innovations

    Cons

    Nothing that comes to my mind


  10. Helpful (6)

    Be careful

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Akamai full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Peers were pretty good to work with. Pay, benefits and bonuses were decent. Cool technology and growing company.

    Cons

    Management not so great. Had a bad manager who didn't value people and discarded them like trash. Yes, a little bitter. People shouldn't be treated like that.


  11. Great Place to work!.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Akamai

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

    Pros

    The work and products are great!

    Cons

    Mid layer management is not very good...



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