Limelight Networks

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Limelight Networks Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
127 Reviews
2.9
127 Reviews
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Limelight Networks President, CEO & Director Robert Lento
Robert Lento
27 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The Limelight culture is great, the work environment is fun and casual (in 16 reviews)

  • Great perks, including free food, games, and a very casual work environment (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • They just haven't run into what essentially amounts to the BS of upper management yet (in 9 reviews)

  • Sales function is not performing to plan, too many new sales people that don't know what they are selling (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Limelight Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The benefits at LLNW are great, the values are in line with our mission, and unlimited vacation policy is amazingly flexible. There is a lot of room for career growth and development in this company. The atmosphere is clean, bright and cheery.

    Cons

    My main complaint is that middle management has the tendency of overreacting and not handling crisis management well. There is definitely room for improvement that our new c-suite team is doing a great job trying to improve. They are placing new industry experienced Senior VPs that help Mgr to Director level employees improve in this area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please supply more management training in the areas of HR, Cultural Diversity and Crisis Management. Please...not video trainings. Actual experienced trainers that can provide in-person training courses in efforts to help them become more effective leaders. Middle Management should also look at this type of training as an opportunity to improve not a waste of their time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A startup that has not grown up...

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

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Laid back, free deli, open PTO policy and some great people to work with. There are a lot of games like pool, ping pong, darts and shuffleboard to get your mind off work for a bit. Given the right conditions, there is a lot of opportunity to make good changes happen there.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability, direction and unity. Projects make it to 80%, then the next shiny object seen is the new focus. Fire drills overrule quality and doing it right the first time. The startup mentality of just get it done and make it work, needs to change. The salary isn't bad, but usually not up to industry. Most people have to leave in order to get a decent raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the direction set and advertised. Promote communication between organizations as a lot of people are duplicating work and don't know the direction of other organizations. Do more employee appreciation events and compensate you employees that produce. A company wide bonus structure would be a good morale and retention strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Who you know not what you know

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Limelight Networks

    Pros

    Free food at deli. That's about it.

    Cons

    No career growth at all in this company. Lots of politics. You have to be in the circle in order to get where you want to go within the company. If you are not in the circle, you are in a lost land. No one cares and no one appreciates you. It is really sad. They promote people who makes tons of mistakes over and over again; and also those who have no experience. You know why? Again, it is who you know not what you know!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've got nothing.. it does not matter. If the management wants to listen to what their employees think, they should have done that a long time ago. Since I am no longer working there, my advice and opinion does not matter anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Welcome to Convergys 2.0!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Limelight Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    As with most jobs, the people make it enjoyable. Flexible hours and the company deli are also a nice perks.

    Cons

    Welcome to Convergys 2.0! Did you used to work at Convergys and are currently unemployed? Well don't worry, even if you are grossly unqualified for the job, Limelight Networks has a Director, VP or C-level position waiting for you! It is disgusting how the new regime is so blatantly bringing in their pals to fill positions that should be filled by local qualified individuals or better yet, promote from within..Cronyism at it's best. The new motto is "Spend it like it's your's". Apparently this means hire all manager and above level employees from outside of AZ and require them to travel to Tempe on a weekly basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a good thing going here, don't let your greed and Cronyism mess this up. Hire local talent and promote from within. You have to stop hiring unqualified people, especially Convergys employees. Your lack of honesty is transparent. Don't give up on your employees and this once wonderful company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work with lots of opportunities to make a difference

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

    I have been working at Limelight Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of talented people to work with, diverse environment, remote work friendly, nice perks (discounts, health and fitness support, flexible PTO)

    Cons

    Too many abandoned projects that need to find owners (technical debt), insufficient technical leadership (e.g. pick an official CM tool already).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focussing on your bonuses and focus on things that need to be done on the technical side of the house.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Veni, Vidi, Vici (and then I left)

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

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fast paced, innovation and technology driven (on the surface)

    This place has so much potential and it would be nice to see it get there when it finds the right leadership

    Cons

    No matter what position / role you are in if Executive is not in your title your input is not welcomed and/or valued. Open door policies are irrelevant...this place thrives on NEPOTISM. You want opportunity? Talk to the nearest VP and see if he needs his lawn mowed. If you do a good job they'll put you on the super secret bonus plan. Good luck with that since they haven't turned a profit in a long while.

    I waited a few years before posting my comments, waiting and hoping. I watched the new leadership team come in and I've seen no potential for change. I've seen the stock continue on a downward trend and listened to the leadership provide no real response to the industry analysts.

    Why can't they turn the corner already? Because each department is it's only Empire State building with an Executive ape sitting on top...ruling by fear and intimidation and slingin' poo at every that comes close to his domain. Yes, I said "HIS"...don't expect to find women on the leadership team.

    To add to the comments about marketing influencing the number of positive ratings...just go back through the old ones and you'll spot the patterns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I got nothing...and it wouldn't matter anyway

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a lot of direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advanced Services Architect  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Advanced Services Architect in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Limelight Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very casual environment. Feel free to drink at your desk or take a San Francisco "smoke break"

    Cons

    Low pay along with a company that has consistent failed acquisitions. We've lost more money buying bad companies and then selling them a year or two later than most companies strive to make.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people a living wage and diversify the business. CDN is not sustainable because all it takes is your dumbest competitor to lower their prices and all of a sudden your margin is shot when you try to compete.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Challenged but we'll-intentioned acquirer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President, Engineering  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President, Engineering in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The core of llnw is composed of good, smart, well-meaning professionals who are very loyal to the company and their colleagues. Some of the technical staff were, at the time, the best in the specialized world of high-scale cdns.

    Cons

    The team of executives at the time struggled to manage and prioritize the new companies and initiatives they acquired. They failed to differentiate the company in the face of growing commoditization. Some managers were clearly in over their heads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be focused and decisive. Assign a high-level executive to each acquired company. Find and promote top talent from acquired teams. Incentivize mutual success over autonomy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fast paced technically challenging

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

    I have been working at Limelight Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Huge demand for what limelight provides customers
    This is "The Cloud" - developing products here are what enables others to develop in the cloud
    Reasonably competitive salary

    Cons

    Old school mentality, current sr. management has never developed for Cloud or SaaS distribution
    Very tight on Stock (RSUs) for key employees, C-level grants way out of whack
    Sales function is not performing to plan, too many new sales people that don't know what they are selling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive a culture more like Amazon or Netflix or Google, reward the behavior you want emulated
    An under-resourced development function can never catch up so either add resources or change strategy
    Either be in the SaaS business to win or get out of it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Constant Business & Organizational Changes

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

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Snacks & beverages are provided. 401K company matching, casual office attire, flexibility to work from home as needed.

    Cons

    There has been an extraordinary amount of business & organizational changes with Limelight over the past years with personnel and overall direction of the company from a corporate, product & solution perspective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company as a whole need to figure out the direction of where the company needs to be from a future product & services offering in order to push the company forward.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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