Akamai Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
271 Reviews
4.0
271 Reviews
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Akamai CEO Tom Leighton
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126 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance,Best salary as compared to other companies,lots of perks, (in 19 reviews)

  • Extremely smart people, engineers, product marketing and executive leadership (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is impossible (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Company's Immigration Policy is only in place not in effect

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Akamai full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company has a immigration policy in place that could really attract a international talent to join the work force.( It is not in effect though. When its time to begin it only has excuses after excuses)
    They pay for premium processing for your H1B visa transfer of employee to happily join the company.
    The policy is not in alignment with the HR department that makes it difficult for the existing employees to get their employment based permanent visa filled on time.
    They also pay in full for the employee's immigration needs but unfortunately only once which is not sufficient for most of the cases.

    Cons

    There are lots of excuses from the HR department. Few horrible examples include
    "We do not have sufficient employee to cover all the open cases for the permanent labor application."
    "We said 6 months but it is going to take another year" (specially after you have joined the company!)
    "We hired too many people so cannot file your application. You have some more time."

    Honestly if you are a employee on H1 B visa. The application will begin only in your 4th year of H1B anniversary. That is the time when the company will think you are short of the time to work. So if you are looking for a employer to not put you in this dilemma find a different place to hang your hat.

    The company spends only one time on your permanent labor application process(frugal attitude)
    It may take a long time for a few to become senior in the company and unfortunately you can not file the desired application process till you become senior. (They will not tell you this when you join them)

    The employees working with the HR department who work on the immigration cases of the international employees behave extremely arrogant and disrespectful. Not helpful and egoist people. They gave me a feeling as if the person was not happy towards a few particular origin nationality or may be the person does not like the job. Very much a realistic concern to have! specially if the person does know who the real customers are to their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please look into this matter to retain the internationals that wish to make Akamai as their work place for long term.
    Rough behavior with the existing employee while going through the sensitive process of green card application can reduce the moral of the employee to work with company for long run.
    Cutting cost on immigration needs of the talent working with you can lead to a long term unstable marriage between international employee and Akamai. Like many other unfortunate companies Akamai can also loose the reputation to attract talent of international origin to make Akamai a work place for them.
    Please relive the concern since Akamai in last 2 years have hired a lot of international employees in USA. The above concern gives a feeling as if someone is driving slavery in the company silently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Low Compensation - Hard to move up

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Akamai full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Setting own schedule. Working from home

    Cons

    Hard to move up. No incentive. Management doesn't know what the hell is going on most of the time. Low pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    You can't ask for more.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Akamai full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Above the average benefit. Unlimited PTO as long as your manager approves. Great work-life balance. Great company outlook. Smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Collaboration between different teams is sometimes difficult. Not the best perks for continuing education (~$5000 per year). Company does not get much mass reputation because it's been very low-key in this industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your good work. Tom Leighton as the CEO has been really awesome.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company and culture but poor communication and direction from many senior leaders

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

    I have been working at Akamai full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, work/life balance, and great culture with lots of potential in their space. Very innovative technology and strong academic roots still a part of the place.

    Cons

    Many senior leaders have been there forever and seems to be a good old boy network even though they have hired many external outsiders. There is also a lack of succession planning and career management in many areas still so you hit the ceiling on learning quickly with nowhere to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing but switch up some of the long timers in the management team to shake the place up a bit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company and product, poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Major Account Executive  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Major Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Akamai full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Extremely smart people, engineers, product marketing and executive leadership. Akamai continues to evolve and offer valuable solutions for their customers, most notably their security offerings.

    Cons

    Management (upper and middle) has a disconnected communication model and middle management simply reacts to upper management. This creates an on-going frenzy from management as opposed to leadership and bigger picture thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't simply react to demands from upper management. Work with your team(s) to create realistic goals and understand business patterns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good place to get experience and move on, but not to stay long term

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager

    I have been working at Akamai full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart technically saavy employees, Fast paced environment, vast amounts of technology learning opportunities (web performance, security, internet)

    Cons

    You are worked like a dog, talented workers are overlooked, corporate politics becoming more prevalent, good managers are hard to find, too much focus on meeting wall street numbers instead of customers needs, career growth opportunities are limited

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider adopting a more progressive company culture rather than move to become the next IBM. Listen to your employees more often. Managers should be evaluated by not only their peers and supervisors, but their reports as well (bottom up feedback). Create a culture where employees feel safe to take chances, be creative and innovate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work with super technology and amazing people

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    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Akamai full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    excellent co-workers
    leading edge technology

    Cons

    The bar is set very high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great company with some really smart people.

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    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Akamai full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart people, excellent compensation packages, flexible work hours and locations, competent management that know what they are doing, and how to grow the company, lots of career growth opportunity.

    Cons

    Product development moves slow. Product groups operate in silos, and should be forced to work together. Process to define sales quotas needs to be reviewed/fixed. Pricing and product structure needs an overhaul. Not all offices are the same (The SF office is WAY nicer than some of the others, like NYC).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pointed in the right direction, so keep doing what you are doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart people

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

    I worked at Akamai full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart people, good strategy, hard driving.

    Cons

    Work life balance is off

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work at a strong company

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Akamai full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting technical work at a healthy relevant company in the middle of the Internet. Management seems to be pointed in the right direction. Flexible work hours, time off and telecommute.

    Cons

    Lots of legacy code, challenging to learn as documentation is often poor. Change comes slow relative to a smaller company, as there is a fear something will break

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bite the bullet and let some of these old systems go.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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