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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 a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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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  1. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    nothing.

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    Running on heavy, stale fuel

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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 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation and, if adept at organizational politics, you don't need to work hard or smart.

    Cons

    High technology? This is a company which is a founder in a founder-dominated ecosystem, ruthless at eliminating challenges to its dominance. The game is, sell from reputation, touting benefits which cannot be objectively measured, at high prices, and then deliver as little as possible, using QoS measures which are not objective, and, in a pinch, just give refunds. HR has been inconsistently automated and outsourced. There is a strong "old boys network". The gender imbalance is shocked compared to other companies.

    Advice to Management

    You have a dissonance with reality. The "great future" advertised to employees is based upon little investment in R&D and new ideas and, rather, upon marketing savvy and slogans. How is your responsibility to shareholders balanced against high senior executive compensation? Why do you find new employees difficult to attract and retain? It's not about compensation.

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