Limelight Networks Reviews

Updated August 1, 2015
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Limelight Networks President, CEO & Director Robert Lento
Robert Lento
45 Ratings

Pros
  • Free food, free drinks, looks good on a resume (in 16 reviews)

  • There were some great people to work with (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • They just haven't run into what essentially amounts to the BS of upper management yet (in 10 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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  1. Account Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Limelight Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Good work environment, relaxed dress code, open deli, good benefits, and decent pay. Somewhat Low turnover in sales department; better than it used to be. 100% match to 3%, and 50% match on 401k match up to 5%.

    Cons

    There's a bit of a good 'ol boys network mentality with lower management favoring certain employees, and the last sales management hire is a head scratcher--didn't hire from within like they should have. Not much opportunity to climb the ladder. Would have to go elsewhere to make more money.

    Advice to Management

    I'm not exactly sure why there are so many VP's, or why they're needed. Cut a few VP's and give your Sales staff a bump in pay--your sales staff is bringing in money, not costing you money.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Think clearly about why you want to be here

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Limelight Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent salary perks to newcomers but once hired you play the percentages game, so be forewarned and aim high on your initial offer. Good core group of people.

    Cons

    Training or lack there of; a lot of tribal knowledge which makes you learn from others quickly, when they are willing to share info. Once hired, after a few years, people will be hired on at higher salary rates than you and do less work as they learn. You will never be matched with their salaries, so don't hope Unreal expectations to be met

    Advice to Management

    Embrace those people who are loyal to your cause; they are there for a reason Look at the whole scope of what's going on, some are completely oblivious as to what is transpiring under their nose.


  3. Marketing

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very fun place to work! Awesome perks: 24/7 free cafeteria, good pay, work from home anytime, great two-week training program for ALL new hires (US and overseas included), new hardware and software custom ordered for your needs upon hire, lots of travel for most roles - some international, nap rooms, wii setups, ping pong, cool onsite NOC, lots of meeting rooms, great view of downtown Tempe and adjacent access to Light Rail.

    Cons

    Very long work days and work weeks. Lots of turnover at all levels while I was there.

    Advice to Management

    Most of my managers were great - I had five different ones during my tenure. I just wish more of them had stayed with the company longer (some left on their own accord, others were let go due to re-org).


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Fairly positive outlook

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Limelight Networks full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    I think the company is getting its act together. The focus is on improving efficiency and reliability and it's showing in the uptick in customer activity. 401k has a decent match with IMMEDIATE vesting, which is huge. The much-mentioned deli is a nice perk: free food and drink and you don't have to face Arizona summers.

    Cons

    We seem to be very top-heavy (director and above) for the number of employees we have. five C-level (which seems reasonable), twenty-three VPs and a gobsmacking SIXTY-THREE directors, for a company with less than six hundred employees, and yes there are managers , too, which I did NOT count. Meanwhile there seems to never be enough engineers to do things, as teams responsible for new products routinely get co-opted for other unrelated things.

    Advice to Management

    In general I'm thinking you're taking the company in the right direction, but take a good look at just how much all these levels you've built between the tactical and strategic levels are costing you in terms of money, feedback, and agility. Some of them are really good and worth it, but others seem to be mostly lurking around for things to clamp onto to get credit for. This isn't really management advice, but because of this top-heavy structure, it is difficult to get recognized for excellent work in the trenches, so if you want to get a raise and/or a promotion, just waiting for it to come won't likely work. If you're not manager level or above, you'll need to make a case with your manager, and use facts. Do your homework.


  6. Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Director in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Director in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Limelight Networks (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great vision, Great combination of solutions.

    Cons

    Repeatedly lost first mover advantage with each newly acquired technology.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your clients and field sales and sales engineers.


  7. Potential & people

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people and their passion to be winners with a good, differentiated technology story

    Cons

    Lack of vision and how to evaluate leadership. Previous senior management was inept or irresponsible in understanding the chemistry of leadership from senior down to mid-level management. Most VPs were incompetent and got their position by knowing someone not something of value. Most of since left w/a few holdovers, some of which are still hanging on w/o value, but it is what it is.

    Advice to Management

    Past management: They took the money and ran. Current management: stay the course, be innovative to create more value, keep listening to customers and partner with them.


  8. Your milage may vary

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Limelight Networks full-time

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

    Pros

    Great People Flexible PTO Exciting Tech Lots of upside potential

    Cons

    Some history of top level executive ADD They still struggle supporting remote employees Communication can be spotty Too many systems, making changes and accessing information can be really tough particularly if you are getting started. You must be self motivated

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on expanding the network and service offerings around key services. Some groups run great, others not so much. Make sure you are recognizing the people that dederve it.


  9. Best Employer in the Tempe

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at Limelight Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great leadership and organizational discipline quickly translating into best of breed for the industry it serves, content delivery, CDN.

    Cons

    Fierce competition by both market leaders and new comers hide the incredible story unfolding, as Limelight will most likely be, the hottest turn around story this decade.

    Advice to Management

    There's more than Tribal Leadership, however, only God is perfect! Great job Team!


  10. Great environment

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

    I have been working at Limelight Networks

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule Cafe Great working environment Life/Work balance Competitive pay Decent medical coverage Paid holidays Vacation pay Relaxed fun environment

    Cons

    Higher medical deductible, but that is with most medical coverage's any more.

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing internal employees to maintain long term good employees. Incentives like the cafe are fantastic. Keep those up to maintain happy employees.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Chaotic, insane hours

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

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well, the fields Limelight operates in are very pertinent in today's technology arena and economy. Cloud, video, content delivery. Some really smart people work there. Growing global presence. Potential to be a good company. Top echelon of mgmt has pretty good heart--but needs to let people have their weekends and evenings work-free.

    Cons

    I had too many bosses over my time there. No formal product training existed--everything was in people's heads or in old internal wiki notes. A lot of churn. It seemed that people either worked there a really long time or not much time at all...some of the developers really need to grow up--they hold the company back.

    Advice to Management

    Integrate people better--and include remote employees in more in-person meetings so they can do their jobs better. Be more aware of back-stabbing with your directs--some of them are real "players" more than good teammates.



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