Akamai

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A great yin and yang

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

I have been working at Akamai

Pros

The people, world-class engineers, the technology... Incredibly challenging. The breadth of technology you work with is impressive. You don't get to do this sort of thing anywhere else in the world. You get to deal with top-notch customers. You get to do things that no one has done before at a scale that no one has attempted before. The career growth opportunities are pretty good.

Cons

Staggering lack of communication, lack of discipline, architecture support is weak, tactical management is mediocre, though strategic management is pretty good, much, much emphasis placed on (short-term) financial performance of the company as opposed to long-term investment and growth. Not much emphasis on professional development and training. They don't want to spend the money. Much lip-service paid, but little results.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay more attention to internal investment. Communicate more. Try focusing on fewer projects more closely.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Akamai- still love it after 3 years

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

    I have been working at Akamai

    Pros

    Great product, good people, good opp. It's fun to work for a market leader, and it's not just the technology but the people that make it such- that's a tag line with other companies but with akamai it's true.

    Cons

    workload, lack of information sharing across the company, lack of communication between mgmt and staff. One of the growing pains experienced is that, when things in the past were handled by a single group, there are now several organizations that split the responsibilities. This results in some confusion, but more importantly the communication methods don't exist between the groups.

    Also, the way that mgmt chooses to- or not to- communicate changes to the organization is frustrating- I know that mgmt doesn't have a lack of respect towards the staff, but the way they sometimes handle how they let the staff know of changes belies that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to over-communicate to the staff- what's been going on is the opposite of that

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    Strong market potential, Great people to work with

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

    I have been working at Akamai

    Pros

    Smart and Professional People, Very innovative products and technology.

    Cons

    The company went through a roller-coaster ride after the 2001 downturn, with lay-offs and re-orienting the company in a new direction. This was a period of chaos, uncertainty and frustration for most of the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, they are doing a great job!

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