Akamai

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The biggest Internet company you've never heard of.

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Current Employee - Engagement Manager in San Mateo, CA
Current Employee - Engagement Manager in San Mateo, CA

I have been working at Akamai full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Rapid growth. Akamai essentially owns the scalable Internet. As the world comes online, Akamai's fortunes and your career opportunities rise with it.

Cons

The value-add services are interesting, but Akamai's bread and butter is acceleration and CDN. For most techies, the problems you solve at Akamai (make a website or video faster and scale against DDoS) are not particularly satisfying.

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Positive Outlook
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    My journey at Akamai

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Traditional caching technology mixed with some new cutting edge technologies to deliver the needs of Internet.

    Cons

    depends on the product you work on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Fine for a few years, bad for a long-term career

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Unlimited (or at least uncapped) vacation time
    - Good (but not spectacular) compensation
    - Tom Leighton

    Cons

    - The company is run by the old guard, who have formed cliques and jealously guard their information. I've seen several people new to the company become completely overwhelmed and have no help whatsoever.
    - No documentation anywhere.
    - Lack of focus. It's common for projects to be pushed back, and some get ignored completely.
    - Most of the challenges Akamai faces now are business challenges: how to manage sustainable growth, which smaller companies to acquire, and so on. There aren't as many genuinely technical challenges as there are at other companies.
    - The people there are in it for the stock, not because of the engineering challenges.
    - Very few promotion opportunities.
    - Endless office politics.
    - Very few women engineers. The ones that are there are generally in positions high enough to avoid the worst parts of the office environment.
    - No freebies (soda, lunch, etc.), unlike most tech companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide whether you want to be an agile internet startup or a mature infrastructure provider

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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