Akamai

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One of the best companies I have ever worked in

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Cambridge, MA
Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Cambridge, MA

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

Pros

Intellectually challenging work in a very collaborative environment. Lots of non-trivial problems to be solved, and many opportunities to provide ideas for solving them. Due to its unique business and technology, the learning curve is very steep, but everybody I met was happy to help you learn.

If you want to work and think hard, and you want feel that you are contributing to a great team, then Akamai is one of the best places to be!

Cons

In 2+ years of working at Akamai I could not find even one "con"!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stay the course.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    If you are not an Engineer, this is not a place you will be valued

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Kendall Square is a good location
    Office space has been recently remodeled
    There are a lot of bright employees

    Cons

    Very negative culture
    Poor treatment of most employees
    Support functions are not valued or respected
    Few benefits- no cafeteria, parking, child care, etc.
    Employees are expected to work a crushing amount of hours- there is pride in saying that you worked overnight or every single weekend

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Weak leadership overall

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    Former Employee - Account Services Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Account Services Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Akamai full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Location, easy access to public transportation, near other high-tech companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft and in the M.I.T. hub.

    Cons

    The management team just seems to rotate into different teams or BUs. Have you ever walked inside Akamai? Gray-haired staff all over the place, and they wonder why they struggle with innovation? The hiring process is a joke. If you know someone, you're in. LinkedIn had a great article about people who talk about the work they can do vs. doing the work --those are the ones who get hired. They just rely on that 20% to do the work while others don't pull their fair share of the weight. If you're in the good ol' boy's network you're golden. You're not promoted on merit, it's on favoritism and politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shape up. Open your eyes. Your talented staff is leaving or have one foot out the door. You can't innovate because when you hire new staff, they aren't coming from the right background to keep you competitive. You have a foothold in the internet space but when no-one is watching the finance budget of all the mediocre new hires and bloated salaries of management that can't take you to the next level, you will sink. I've been there through good and bad times and am now done. Change starts with leadership. Stop encouraging an environment of brown nosers and hold people at all levels accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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