Akamai

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Excellent company

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

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

Pros

Excellent company, great tech, great people. Global reach, and conservative business plan.

Cons

Shifting managerial vision at the top, terrible at acquiring other companies. Barebones fringe benefits. Terrible name recognition. Oftentimes too sales driven.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Spend more in engineering. Every project is painfully under-resourced.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Solid Tech 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

    Pros

    - Very well positioned with cloud, security, and data trends opening lots of opportunity for the company
    - Strong and respected senior management team
    - Incredibly intelligent coworkers some of which are leaders in their fields

    Cons

    - Still a bit of a start up mentality even as it grows to be over $1B company
    - Lot of new hires leading to a new v old guard separation in talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Focus on prioritization of key company objectives
    - Establish the infrastructure to onboard new resources effectively during current growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    Very dissatisfying as an engineer. Set me back by a couple of years.

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is decent'ish. People are nice to each other. Non-toxic work environment.

    Cons

    Luddites rule the roost at Akamai - the thinking(often times of architects and engineering leaders) is stuck in the 80's and 90's, stubborn and insular. Being one of the earliest movers in what we now think of as the "enterprise cloud"-space, they have let so many opportunities slip by and ceded ground(and are still doing so) to a plethora of "cloud" companies who did not have that advantage. There is no vision or technical leadership to even bridge this gap, let alone break out of this cycle of building and maintaining aging, fragile and inflexible technologies & infrastructure. A lot of time is spent on reinventing the wheel with little to no benefits. I can honestly say that my time at this company was the least productive and that it did not let me grow as an engineer - in fact I feel I regressed quite a bit, being stuck in a very dysfunctional engineering culture. Final observation: I have written and submitted college assignments with more rigor and quality than some of the code that gets shipped out to production at Akamai.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from what is going on outside of Akamai. Inculcate a culture of openness to accepting when you are wrong and of learning from and building upon good/successful ideas. Ditch your old ways of thinking ASAP.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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