Akamai

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Akamai Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
326 Reviews
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326 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wicked cool company to work at

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I've been working at Akamai for more than 14 years.
    It's been cool.
    It's been happy.
    It's been difficult.
    It's been intense.
    It's been challenging.
    It's been fun.

    It is a privilege to work with some of the brightest people in the industry with a laser focus on results, ethical practices and a fun filled environment which made some lasting impressions on me.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing now. You guys truly rock!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Internship Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Akamai as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Extremely helpful, friendly team. I can't speak for all teams, but I had exceedingly positive internship experience.

    Cons

    A lot of company architecture is in Perl, which I wished weren't the case; a more modern language like Ruby or Python (although there may be Python in other departments), would've been great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO Tom Leighton is *highly* regarded, and management as a whole is doing a fine job.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing place, amazing people, excellent work-professional life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, unlimited time off policy, compensation

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities in the internal support organizations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Pretty good hired straight out of grad school

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Ample of opportunities to learn, lots of work since the company is growing very fast

    Cons

    Management is really slow in assigning new tasks to you & laid back since by default "EVERYONE IS BUSY". I had to wait a while , before any work was assigned to me. They have now started focusing more on communication within other groups across Akamai

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The focus has always been to hire new folks since the company is growing exponentially. But what about optimizing the current workers that are hired. You have too wait too long for an appraisal & recognition/promotion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company to work for but with room for significant improvements

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    I have worked at Akamai for 3 years. Its a great company to work for with lots of perks and good amount of benefits. The work life balance is great and the culture is very welcoming. Many exciting opportunities to work with cutting edge technologies and make a difference.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by at Akamai. Managers are not very experienced and a lot of hiring is based on who you know. Although the message is that title's don't matter, they still do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring and Promotions at Manager's level needs to be reviewed thoroughly and not taken lightly

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Ethical and care for employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Professional and care for employees
    Very ethical and supports initiatives

    Cons

    None I could think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Business System Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Akamai

    Pros

    Great Work Culture
    Awesome People
    Fun activities
    New Technologies

    Cons

    I did not find any cons

  9.  

    Great company in an expanding market

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai

    Pros

    Good place to work at. It is in a good market. Lot of interesting projects.

    Cons

    Clear market leader. Needs to keep investing in products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in products

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart, creative environment with a heavy academic influence -- great place to be an engineer

    Cons

    Open vacation policy sounds great but is rarely practiced by employees, many of whom seem overworked -- it's up to the individual to take advantage of vacations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good to Great is not a useful book, at the time they were providing copies to every employee -- I'm not sure this was helpful and their lagging stock price and lack of "great" growth showed that this was not the best approach.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great company

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

    I have been working at Akamai

    Pros

    Great culture, great compensation plan, friendly people. There are many opportunitues for advancement.

    Cons

    You must be prepared to be challenged and work hard. Slackers need no apply. This is not necessarily a con, just a way of life at Akamai that many people thrive on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lately too much attention is given to the wants of the Engineers. I miss the days when the focus was more on the business, not the technology.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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