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Great company, not without its warts

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

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

Pros

The technology is really cool and unique, and the business is in an extremely strong position. There are a lot of smart people, so you learn a lot very quickly. There is a lot to do and hard work is rewarded to some degree. Most of the people people are good to work with as well.

Cons

The system is complicated and there are a lot of details to learn. Politics can be rough at times. There is a lot of proprietary software and a lot of it is not well documented and/or supported.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Not for entry level engineers

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    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Good people to work with

    Cons

    This is based on my personal experience - others mileage may vary ...

    - support overload of existing production systems - keep firefighting
    - rampant production failures leave little time for personal growth as a software engineer... unless you have come in with a lot of experience from the industry and all this doesn't bother you.
    - too little time to write actual code (unless you are too brilliant and can code up something very quickly)
    - Architect does things on his own terms and overrides tech lead and manager; often times tech lead and manager are as clueless as the new hire. Poor mentoring.
    - Terrible for entry level engineer
    - Too many things to know before feeling productive - whole lot of complexity in products
    - Immigration process is slow for entry level folks (F-1 students moving to H-1B -- take care; clarify about green card immigration process during interview.)
    - Upward mobility not so good, takes 4-5 years to get promoted (since there are only 3 levels for software engineers) no matter how hard you worked; till then keep growing linearly in terms of compensation.
    - Lot of old guard - people store company knowledge in their heads, not sufficient documentation, you can get tired of going and asking for every small thing (even after spending 2 years in the company) -- this should be resolved by better training for new hires.
    - Old legacy systems in place -- need to use more open source.
    - Not as competitive in compensation and perks as other top silicon valley companies.
    - Conservative east coast management - stingy in spending.
    - record profits, record quarters -- but still cut down on perks and bonuses to employees who are main assets.
    - projects are under-staffed. very painful at times even when the shortage of staff affects critical release cycles by a big margin. they do not want to spend!

    I would look at better places in silicon valley to work for if you are a new or a recent grad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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
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