Akamai

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Akamai Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
24 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.  

    Ethical and care for employees

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    • 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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company and product, poor management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overwhelming learning experience

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

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

    Pros

    Very open culture, good training facilities, time-off policies and perks.

    Cons

    No complaints, the recruitment process is long, but it's worth it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Technical Project Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Great, fast paced environment - front seat to all the security goings-on in the world. Great people to work with. Good compensation.

    Cons

    Technology training can be a challenge despite the best efforts of the company - prepare to begin from 0 if Content Delivery Network is not your primary expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create very targeted resources for training. Create test beds/network just for training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    One of the best technology companies you can work for

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    • 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 (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
  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 (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.  

    Senior Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Great culture, Employee friendly and great benefits

    Cons

    Compensation not comparable to industry standards
    Bad location

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The biggest Internet company you've never heard of.

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

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

    Pros

    Rapid growth. Akamai essentially owns the scalable Internet. As the world comes online, Akamai's fortunes and your career opportunities rise with it.

    Cons

    The value-add services are interesting, but Akamai's bread and butter is acceleration and CDN. For most techies, the problems you solve at Akamai (make a website or video faster and scale against DDoS) are not particularly satisfying.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    My journey at Akamai

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

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

    Pros

    Traditional caching technology mixed with some new cutting edge technologies to deliver the needs of Internet.

    Cons

    depends on the product you work on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    UX Design Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - User Experience Design in San Mateo, CA
    Current Intern - User Experience Design in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Akamai as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Many companies give interns easier projects but Akamai had me work on pretty significant projects.
    - Free breakfast and lunch once a week

    Cons

    - they don't pay for lunch hours if you're getting paid hourly
    - The San Mateo office didn't have a cafeteria or a place nearby to buy food, but they are moving
    - Desks were set up as cubicles. Made the office space extremely quiet.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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