Akamai

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Great place to work if you can get around the politics

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

I have been working at Akamai full-time

Pros

Amazing people to work with (however YMMV depending on the team).
Direct managers are experienced and understanding people who get the need for proper work / life balance.
Work assignments are interesting and challenging.
Pay is generally higher than at other companies in the area.
Additional compensation through RSU awards, bonuses, and ESPP make working at Akamai financially rewarding for great performance.
Tom Leighton is awesome, smart, likable. He is fantastic for the job and really cares about the company and the people within it.
Health Care / Dental / Vision Options are good. Not outstanding, but good.
Deals with other companies allow for some decent discounts.

Cons

Politics are hard to overcome and can become frustrating.
Meritocracy is sometimes overridden with politics - this is especially notable in groups where negative practices are ignored and promotions are illogically granted.
The speed at which new technologies are accepted feels glacial at times.
Politics can cause better techniques, policies, and software to get trashed simply because they scare those who don't want change.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Accountability is seriously lacking on some teams. This is mostly openly ignored due to politics and continues to cause animosity between teams.

As noted in the cons, better techniques and practices take far too long to implement due to irrational FUD. Antiquated development techniques and technologies need to be done away with. We should use technology that is better for us *now*, not stuff from 10 years ago.

Stop wasting money on goofy/cheeky trinkets that no one cares about (tshirts, pens, moon balls, etc). I'd rather a higher check for all employees than receiving a $5 "things remembered" item that the company paid $30 for. If you want us to brand the company better, give us free, comfortable, non-ridiculous clothes/jackets/hoodies that we can wear proudly. If company gear is tasteful and comfortable, employees will naturally become walking billboards.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could use some improvement

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

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

    Pros

    Location. Not great, but good benefits. Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Too much politics. Immature management staff; promoted based on tenure and not necessarily direct or true experience. Silly tchotchkeys. Poor hiring talent. Awful, actually.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop enforcing strict quotas on hiring and hire better qualified professionals who don't require the level of on-boarding the company is trying to achieve. This is OK for interns, but seasoned professionals? Less politics, more accountability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A good career move for associate and mid-level product managers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Reputable company, great colleagues and work life balance. Competitive compensation, 401k matching, decent health/dental benefits, RSU, bonus, flexible time off and work from home policy.

    Cons

    Limited product vision and politics. Career advancement within teams can be challenging with low turn over in senior staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More mentoring less managing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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