Limelight Networks Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. LLNW

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time

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

    Pros

    Its ok, globally distributed, pretty good network engineering firm.

    Cons

    High leadership turnover, inconsistent strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Sell Sell Sell!

  2. Helpful (4)

    Great company. A lot of opportunity.

    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

    New management team has the experience to take Limelight to the next level.
    Great products.
    Smart and fun colleagues
    Good vision. Execution this year will be key.
    Good work environment.
    Talented employees
    Employees work hard and want the company and it's customers to succeed.
    Great customers.

    Cons

    None come to mind.
    The company is still in transition -- but heading in the right direction.
    Need some processes put in place, but light on the bureaucracy please.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate to employees.
    Continue to demonstrate to employees that you are a team and are all working together.
    Stick with the vision.
    Stay the course.

  3. Helpful (3)

    Good stop, but not necessarily a career

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    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Tempe, AZ

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

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

    Pros

    The people are some of the smartest you will ever meet. The products are cutting edge, and unlike anything else that even the competitors are working on. You'll get a great line item on your resume, fair amount of instant recognition. Great perks, including free food, games, and a very casual work environment.

    Cons

    Casual work environment doesn't counteract the overworked, workaholic, alcoholic (seriously) culture that drives this place. The stress is palpable, and there are a large amount of people who work ridiculous hours because this place is seriously understaffed. The salaries could be better, especially as you get higher up. Lots of office politics and infighting among the leadership, which has led to talented people at all levels leaving for greener pastures. Upward mobility is rather limited and slow-moving. Company has absorbed several start-ups, so culture is very fractured.

    Advice to Management

    As long as office politics, power struggles, ridiculous hours, and a total lack of collaboration prevail, the company is doomed to either stay where it is or sink into more decline. The fact that you are losing talent at an alarming rate should disturb you more than it evidently does.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Disorganization, at it's finest.

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Limelight Networks part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Free Deli, laid back work environment

    Cons

    Complete and utter lack of direction with little to no official process in place. Management is only out for themselves and will do anything to save their own job. There is little to no collaboration but is certainly a lot of finger pointing when something does go wrong. Comp plans are routinely late each year, and the new "simplified" plan means you earn LESS money this year. Complete turnover in executive management, with little transparency in what direction the company is heading. There is NO career growth potential, so if that is what you're seeking, look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    You're a public company. Act like one. Define process VERY clearly, and stress a collaborative environment. Reward performers properly, and eliminate the passing off of responsibility garbage that runs rampant at Limelight. Hire more competent Management.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Time to skip the Kool Aid your are in sales or most other departments

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good lower management
    Good products
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Executive management is clueless on how to tuna company or interact with employees
    No idea how to bring the good products to market or how to market them
    Significantly cutting sales commission for 2013
    Exodus of talented sales people
    In meeting others that world here in 2007, the issues and problems holding the company back are the same today in 2013

    Advice to Management

    Maybe take a little less on your own commissions before cutting the sales teams on high margin products forcing people to look for other jobs.

  7. Helpful (3)

    If you believed this place couldn't get any worse you were wrong, VERY wrong!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Tempe, AZ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Still some talented people left, most are looking over their shoulder after the latest Exec Team clear out and new blood seem to just want can all the good people that are doing the actual work!

    Cons

    The new management are either blind to what is truly going on and the feeling across the company or they don't care and expect more to leave over the coming weeks and months and its all part of the plan. The cuts have been deep, the communication has been poorly managed and totally unmotivating to the staff on the floor that ultimately are having to manage the customer. As yet its unclear on targets, compensation plan ("we simplified the compensation model" - yeah its simple to understand you are going to make less money than last year if you could imagine such a thing!) Customers and revenue are walking out the door as well as good staff. Oh and lets shake all the accounts up, I mean its only the loyalty and relationships that the AE's and AM's have with their customers thats holding most of this together. Most of the new AM's are junior and yet they are managing some of the largest accounts - why? Coz they are cheap to employ!

    Advice to Management

    Sell it, there won't be much left to sell soon!

  8. Helpful (3)

    An opportunity squandered

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Tempe, AZ

    I worked 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

    fast paced technology
    good client list
    free food

    Cons

    product always having outages
    support is below par
    management isn't clueless, the purposefully miss-treat employees
    below market pay
    management tells you what you want to hear

    This company is the epitome of having a good product in a hot market at a great time, and completely dropping the ball. There were so many opportunities to make a big splash in the industry, only to accidentally take a customer site down or respond poorly to a customer by upper management. The amount of revenue that walked out of the door on operation issues alone was the difference between profitable, and the basement stock price that its been stuck at for 5 years. The single greatest anchor, is the sheer arrogance by management. When they aren't fighting each other internally, they delay comp plans, commission checks, and other fun morale killing activities.

    Advice to Management

    I gave enough advice that fell on deaf ears when I did work there.

  9. Helpful (1)

    A good company with fixable problems

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    At Limelight there are great people working, committed people. The company delivers some incredibly cutting edge services. Marketing messaging is spot on. Recent leadership changes are beginning to produce results.

    Cons

    At Limelight there are out-dated, moldy processes perpetuating a bloated operation. The bloat gets in the way of delivering a great customer experience. Churn in key roles hampers productivity everywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building great products, but fewer of them. Shed the bloat. Reboot how customer experience is measured and incentivized. Narrow focus on delivering solutions to sub-markets where you create the most value for the customer. HIre fewer and do it better. Reboot compensation to incent the change agents in the trenches.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Fun place to work, love hate relationship, emotionally draining

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

    I worked 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

    Free food, team outings, really fast Internet at your desk, you will learn a lot about Internet technologies.

    Cons

    Sales is a terrible place to be in this company. They have driven out every good person they had either because of lack of pay or lack of respect. I've seen people quit on the spot without having another job simply because they couldn't take it anymore (not the stress of the job, but the stress of their manager). They micro manage. There aren't enough technical resources for the sales people, so they are left to fend of themselves. If you're not in the "IN CROWD" you are OUT. They say they promote from within, but when I tried to get other positions I was denied each time. If you're good at what you do you will be stuck in that position forever. You have to threaten to quit to get a raise. Their pay is way under the industry average. They acquired other companies and brought over their sales people and gave them a "VP" title. giving them huge salaries and stock options, meanwhile those of us who were with the company a long time were never given promotions or raises. They give you a bonus of worthless stock options which need to mature for 4 years before you can sell them. Maybe with the new leadership the company can turn around?

    Advice to Management

    Pay the industry average. Your people are your assets and giving them free lunch and a keg of beer once in awhile doesn't pay their mortgage. Let your inside team telecommute a couple days a week, that goes a long way for moral. The "old boys club" there needs to go! It's starting with Lunsford leaving!

  11. Helpful (2)

    Changing Company values

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - Large company with stable bottom line, at the time of this writing.
    - Second largest CDN company in terms of delivery.
    - Salary can be negotiated if you are a strong negotiator.
    - Work is challenging, exciting technology.

    Cons

    - More concerned about statistics and bottom line than customer experience or employee retention.
    - Constant lawsuit leaves the company somewhat off balance for the future.
    - Changing from core delivery to Saas is messy and difficult to support.
    - Top company officers are currently leaving the company.

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