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Fine for a few years, bad for a long-term career

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Akamai full-time for 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
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Akamai

  1.  

    Employees are not valued

    • 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

    The atmosphere is very relaxed, which helps creativity and communication between the team members. Employees are typically very competent and friendly. The technology behind the company is very unique and interesting.

    There are many departments and an employee can develop their skills by switching groups although it might not be very easy.

    The education assistance program is a great tool to further develop ones skills.

    Cons

    The company has a policy of not sponsoring green cards until the last 1-2 years of H1B, despite promising otherwise during hiring. Those who are on H1B, DO think twice about this. This is not just in one department, it's a company wide issue. The management will use this policy as an excuse, which gives an impression that upper management don't value the employees while unnecessarily create uncertainty and frustration for the employees.

    There management structure is convoluted with many tiers of mid-level managers and the messages are many times lost along the way. With that, there are also a lot of politics going on which can be frustrating.

    Career advancement is not uniform across the many groups of the same department, it VERY much depends on the manager. Perhaps this is true everywhere, but a checklist of skills and contributions would help.

    The company is starting to nickel and dime by reducing personal workspace in the new offices, doing away with free sodas and weekly lunch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The employees are arguably the most important asset of a company, please start valuing them by helping those who need sponsorship just like every other tech company. Please also make sure that the employees can switch between groups to develop their skills and careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Professional Services

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

    I worked at Akamai full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, Flexible work from home

    Cons

    - Poor Leadership- Many managers/directors/VPs are highly inexperienced and have no clue
      how to manage people, grow careers, retain or motivate their teams. Many should NEVER
      have been promoted to the positions they are in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Pay close attention to growing careers and providing the right opportunities for your
      employees. Ensure those who get promoted to management positions understand this is a
      KEY responsibility along with ensuring team members are motivated and engaged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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