Akamai Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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  1. Helpful (7)

    Large Company with a Start-up Mentality

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

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

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

    Pros

    Smart and friendly people with a casual work environment. It's almost too casual. (think beach wear). Offices are located in Kendall Square in Cambridge. Decent work/life balance for most employees. They are a resilient company; they survived the dot.com bust and the death of a co-founder. CEO is down to earth and is very interested in getting more diversity in all levels of the company.
    There bonuses and stock options. They do have company wide events which can be fun.

    Cons

    They're a 15+ year old company pretending to be a start-up. If you're over 35, look else where. There is no opportunity or diversity when it comes to age especially if you're a woman and there are very few women in management. Engineering drives the company which hurts their ability to get quality product out the door.
    There is no on-site cafeteria so food is expensive in the Cambridge area and the selection of eateries is slim and can become boring after a few weeks. Some buildings have a "grab-n-go" set up but the food is poor.
    There is a strong Accenture bias in areas of the company and there seems to be a preference for highly technical Project and Program Managers.
    Certain managers are more interested in managing up at the detriment of their direct reports. (i.e. They have thrown their direct reports under the bus while driving it!)
    It can be a volatile environment depending on the Business Unit. Some operate like the wild west and information sharing is non-existent. With a lot of their products spilling over into other BUs, it makes estimation, resource allocation and product releases an unnecessary challenge.
    Certain management keeps a 'tick' list of all your mistakes and will hold them over you during review time.
    Pay is ok but not stellar. No company-wide mentoring/coaching except for employees deemed "high potential".
    HR is clueless and useless at the same time.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid or shuffle people who have been with Akamai over 10 years. Some executives have been with the company since they left college and it shows in their behavior and mind-set. They're not looking at the big picture. They're mired in their legacy and territory.
    If they truly want to be a green company, drop the parking garages and subsidize all forms of public transportation.
    Diversity, diversity diversity!! More women in management.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Headquarter review

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Scientist
    Current Employee - Data Scientist

    I have been working at Akamai

    Pros

    In cambraidge, MA.
    Easy to reach with the T.
    They work with very established companies.
    Highly talented teams
    Growing rapidly over the past couple of years

    Cons

    Didn't notice any cons yet


  3. Helpful (3)

    Rewarding, but challenging work and organizational growing pains

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

    Fast growing, highly relevant, high energy workplace. Smart people, industry leader. Highly focused on revenue growth, and they are hitting the goals. Liberal time off, great benefits. Compensation is good. CEO genuinely cares about the people. Professional company.

    Cons

    Engineering and Sales driven. Marketing is a bit stuck in between, if you happen to be there. Growing so fast it is hard to keep up. In leadership positions, work-life balance can be tough.

    Advice to Management

    I have heard that there are some morale problems in different areas of the company, which appear to be related to setting output expectations higher than reasonable, and making schedules unrealistic. But I do not think this is prevalent.


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  5. Good people, good work life balance, excellent work environment

    • 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

    The work environment is bright, colorful, mod and flexible. There is a workout room, showers and kitchen. The office is close to the subway and many excellent restaurants. The company is growing fast and there are lots of opportunities for growth and contribution.

    Cons

    The company is growing fast and doesn't have the technology, processes or managerial experience to sufficiently support this scale of growth.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to focus on your staff and let go of or delegate the projects that are consuming your time. You should spend the time now to assess and remove roadblocks to your staffs' productivity. The staff you've hired needs that now in order for there to be a good return on that investment in the next year.


  6. Helpful (8)

    A place to go if you get laid off...otherwise, move on

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

    I worked at Akamai (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Reasonable salary. Good benefits. Profitable company. GREAT work/life balance. None of that layoff garbage. Don't have to work very hard. Start at 10, leave at 5 or 6. Coffee time starts at 4. Don't really have to care much. Great place to retire at. Feels like a 2010's version of a defense contractor.

    Cons

    Very strict top-down corporate structure.Ossified culture. Any office outside of SF feels like a colony...everything has to go thru Cambridge. Lots of little fiefdoms, and trying to work outside of your individual fiefdom can result in much stress. Pretty much just have to keep your head down. Lots of ancient 20th century legacy technology that is not well understood by the current staff. Ad-hoc feeling to the company KDB...most queries for information on the MULTIPLE wikis results in status reports from 2004. That kind of stuff.

    Advice to Management

    The company's obviously doing well enough, so they don't need any advice. However, if ANY desire to get ambitious people to work there remains, changes will have to be made to allow for the ambitious.


  7. Good Company with great work/life balance.

    • 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 full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Work & Life balance with great flexibility of work from home.
    Great people and team (may be this is personal to my team ;-)
    One of the best management team.
    One of the coolest CEO (MIT professor)...such a gentle and humble person (well those traits are more in Akamai DNA..as they would like to say)

    Cons

    One might end up doing the same stuff over the years and very disappointing career progression or promotion path.
    Salary on the lower side.
    No snacks/food.

    Advice to Management

    Please do consider better alternatives and plans to retain employees serving Akamai for years.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Great company, mgmt needs work

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great especially in Southern California. Development teams are a good place to learn and solve big problems.

    Cons

    Dated technologies makes it seem like they're way behind. Management needs better training. Agile is not a thing. Some projects seem to go on forever. Accrued vacation. Letting good employees go.

    Advice to Management

    More training. Less top-down style. Bring back accrued vacation.


  9. Great place to work

    • 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 full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great technology, Good leadership, Growing, Flexible

    Cons

    Large publicly traded corporation, so things can take time.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Akamai used to be a great place to work but not anymore!

    • 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 (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Big company benefits - good health care, Discounted Employee stock purchase plan (ESPP), 401k. Good place to gain broad technology skills (CDN, internet, security, performance, FEO)

    Cons

    Extremely political culture, too many layers of management, poor career advancement opportunities, everyone overworked, no vacation policy (elective)

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate silos and encourage more cross-pollination across theaters, remove layers of bureaucracy, empower your employees to take risks and do what's right, empower middle management to actually be able to impact change for the troops, restore a culture where it's ok to have different opinions and encourage healthy debate


  11. Helpful (12)

    Top down culture run by bureaucrats,well supported by HR.

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

    I have been working at Akamai

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

    Pros

    Good viable business.
    Good developers and testers mostly. Very smart, interesting personalities.
    The CEO is likable and smart , but his blog "ask Tom" is written and signed by HR.

    Cons

    Culture of extreme fear, fed by many very quiet people on H1 visas..
    People run away from you as soon as they sense any trouble. Run by the incompetent old timers with the great social skills, who would turn your every word against you. The ability to do the job does not count at all. HR refuses to look at that.
    Developers discuss technical details behind the closed doors, so to avoid disappointing those sharks with too much knowledge. Groups are isolated and only communicate to each other after the manager's approval.
    Six levels of hierarchy between a developer and the CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out your managers. People need some air to breeze.



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