Akamai Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
270 Reviews
4.0
270 Reviews
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Akamai CEO Tom Leighton
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125 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fast-paced

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

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

    Pros

    Growing company
    Amazing unlimited vacation policy
    Great people, smart, enthusiastic, energetic

    Cons

    Growing company .... growing pains
    Workload gets very busy at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue hiring

    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lost its greatness?

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

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

    Pros

    Used to have very competitive and smart people.

    Cons

    Unfortunately almost all the smart folks have left for better opportunities. This place now is run by managers who don't understand technology - worst they don't care about technology. More that half the effort is now expended to keep things running (vs. building new things). If you are planning to be a manager, do it by all means. If you plan to be a developer, you've been warned.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Join if you want to be on the forefront of changing how people interact with the internet.

    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Fast paced, global, absolutely cutting edge technology. Company is growing like crazy.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is impossible. Impossible to say "no"; expectation is to just keep layering more work on with no end in site. Immature executives in the VP level, everyone escalates right to the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the middle management/executive team to make the right decisions. Please stop the escalations if you don't like the answer. Tiring and does not embody that we hold people accountable to make the right decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent, open-minded 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 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Treats its employees like adults. You are allowed to color outside the lines, as long as you know what you're doing and have a goal. Interesting tech problems to solve. Management is not just focused on next-quarter results. If you are a high performer, you will be financially rewarded for it.

    Cons

    Because Akamai is a flat-ish company, moving up in the corporate structure is not easy. There is much to learn, and not necessarily in a structured way so you have to be able to synthesize information quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Flexible work options and smart people

    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work from home (Akamai Anywhere)
    Time off program (no set number of vacation days, just get it approved by your manager)
    Overall a smart work force with interesting projects
    Pretty good benefits

    Cons

    Career path is not always clear
    Generally they'll pay you as little as you can, need to be aggressive about pay bumps.
    Benefits are alright, but some other high tech companies in the area are definitely better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, unlimited annual leave, good salary and benefits, lots to learn, helpful coworkers

    Cons

    Work overload, work/life imbalance, location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Intermediate manager should visit teammates regularly to keep close and good relationship

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    One of the best technology companies you can work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work culture, tremendous opportunity to learn, great technology and exposure on job

    Cons

    Benefits and Perks can be a lot better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should do a lot more to retain good people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Started well, ended poorly

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

    I worked at Akamai full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great co-workers, nice office space, flexibility (i.e. working from home)

    Cons

    no perks, stingy pay scale, upper management loaded with failed cast offs from larger companies who are turning akamai into another bloated tech company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stay innovative and reward the engineers appropriately. stop hiring senior management from dying large companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Akamai

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

    I worked at Akamai full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Volunteer opportunities; work and life balance

    Cons

    office politics; lack of sense of urgency between departments

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fine for a few years, bad for a long-term career

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

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

    Pros

    - Unlimited (or at least uncapped) vacation time
    - Good (but not spectacular) compensation
    - Tom Leighton

    Cons

    - The company is run by the old guard, who have formed cliques and jealously guard their information. I've seen several people new to the company become completely overwhelmed and have no help whatsoever.
    - No documentation anywhere.
    - Lack of focus. It's common for projects to be pushed back, and some get ignored completely.
    - Most of the challenges Akamai faces now are business challenges: how to manage sustainable growth, which smaller companies to acquire, and so on. There aren't as many genuinely technical challenges as there are at other companies.
    - The people there are in it for the stock, not because of the engineering challenges.
    - Very few promotion opportunities.
    - Endless office politics.
    - Very few women engineers. The ones that are there are generally in positions high enough to avoid the worst parts of the office environment.
    - No freebies (soda, lunch, etc.), unlike most tech companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide whether you want to be an agile internet startup or a mature infrastructure provider

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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