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Akamai Overview

Cambridge, MA
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public (AKAM)
IT Services
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Akamai is your competitive edge for digital transformation.
The edge — it’s the next frontier of digital transformation. It’s where users connect, where digital life is experienced, where clouds, devices and vast streams of data come ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to make digital experiences fast, intelligent, and secure.

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2017 (#25), 2016 (#31), 2013 (#17)

Company Updates

  • Are you a visionary leader eager to impact Akamai’s compensation programs? We are seeking a Director of Broad Based Compensation; someone with experience to scale up a $2.7 bil company that plans to double its revenue by 2020. Intrigued? Discover this role:

  • Influential, self-motivated, communicative, and passionate about benefits. Sound like you? Akamai is hiring a Director of Global Benefits to manage our programs in 20+ countries; a tech expert thirsty to build and maintain relationships. Explore this role

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Akamai – Why Work For Us?


We are Akamai.

We are curious people. Problem solvers. Innovators. Tech wizards. Akamai employees bring a diversity of thought, come from all walks of life, and speak dozens of languages reflecting our global presence.

With locations around the world, we value talented, professional, broadly skilled people who represent the diversity of the human experience—and the best in human ingenuity.

Akamai strives to foster open, inclusive, and representative workplaces where all employees—regardless of individual race, religion, ethnicity, cultural background, gender, sexual identity, disability, or military-veteran status—are welcome, and able to share and benefit from each other’s diverse contributions.

We are championing efforts to help women succeed in the technology industry, and lead at Akamai. Helping military veterans transition to civilian jobs, and join our ranks. And welcoming people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or any sexual orientation, to join our growing family, and help carry the Tech Superhero flag.

Come help us power the next era in digital transformation. Find jobs that match your skills and apply today. Plus, you can follow@Akamaicareers on Twitter to keep up with the latest news, events, and career opportunities.

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Akamai develops solutions to make digital experiences fast, intelligent, and secure.

We are trusted by the world’s largest companies — and give them the agility they need to succeed in a connected world.

Our globally distributed intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile, cloud-agnostic solutions that extend the power of their multi-cloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps and experiences closer to users than anyone — and attacks and threats far away. Akamai’s portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched customer service and 24/7/365 monitoring.

At Akamai, we see a world of unimagined potential, all enabled through the unique power of the Akamai Edge. It’s this power that creates the agility our customers need to accelerate and secure their multi-cloud world — and own their digital future.

Web developers. Solutions architects. Software engineers. Operations managers. Whatever your expertise, we have open positions. Find jobs that match your skills and apply today. And follow @Akamaicareers on Twitter to keep up with the latest news, events, and career opportunities.

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Bring on your best.

Akamai is building a global, diverse team of optimistic, intelligent, and richly skilled people who are looking to power the next era in digital transformation.

We are dedicated to problem-solving through intellectual curiosity and collaboration. With thousands of customers—including leading brands like Apple and The Home Depot—our solutions offer nearly unlimited potential to take on the grand challenges facing today’s technology leaders and media pioneers.

Akamai is a global company. We aim to conduct business with respect for all people, understanding, and building on our cross-cultural competencies to improve how we work together toward common goals. And we strive to foster a work environment in which all employees feel that they can contribute and perform to the best of their abilities.

Are you Akamai?

We need bright, imaginative people like you who bring different backgrounds and perspectives to Akamai to help enrich our dynamic workplace. Find jobs that match your skills and apply today. And follow @Akamaicareers on Twitter to keep up with the latest news, events, and career opportunities.

Benefits (US)

Our benefits reflect Akamai’s commitment to meeting the needs of today’s tech-industry professionals—including flexible health and dental care from your choice of doctors, time off to spend with family and friends, fitness and wellness options, and entertainment.

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Chart your course to success.

With offices around the world, we're always looking for smart, tech-savvy students and recent graduates to join our global team.

At Akamai we never stop learning. That's why graduates of the best colleges and universities choose to start or continue their careers with us.

Apply your degree—whether B.A., B.S., Master's, or PhD—to a challenging job that promises immediate impact on the business and offers ongoing access to learning and development resources and mentorship to continue acquiring new skills that can help you build a successful career.

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A rewarding place to work.

We strive to foster a work environment where all employees are enabled to work productively, collaborate efficiently, share their knowledge and learn from colleagues, and realize opportunities to achieve their professional goals.

Part of our continued success is the expansive array of benefits we offer that helps Akamai stay competitive.

Among the many reasons our employees love working at Akamai:

  • "Unlimited" vacation/time-off policy, paid holidays, and Akamai Anywhere (work-from-home)* options
  • Advanced health insurance—including domestic-partner and same-sex benefits—and employee wellness programs
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan, Pre-tax 401(k) plan and a Roth 401(k) plan, Health Care Spending Account, Pre-Tax Commuter Benefit, Educational Assistance Plan, an Employee Assistance Program, and more

*For specific qualifying positions

Come help us power the era revolution in digital transformation. Find jobs that match your skills and apply today. And follow @Akamaicareers on Twitter to keep up with the latest news, events, and career opportunities.

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Akamai Technologies is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that values the strength that diversity brings to the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, military veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, or other protected-group status.

Akamai Reviews

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Akamai CEO Tom Leighton
Tom Leighton
212 Ratings
  • Helpful (1)

    "Interesting Projects and Technology"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Boston, MA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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


    Cool technology and get to work on new/interesting projects.
    Smart and friendly people.
    Pretty nice pay but not as high as some other big tech firms out there.
    Great work life balance and vacation policies.


    Facing pressure from competitors in areas that Akamai has traditionally been strong in.
    Some morale issues with recent layoffs.
    Going through an identity crisis since there are such a broad set of products.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage people to work together.
    Cutting tiny marginal costs at the expense of employee morale is not worth it.

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Akamai Photos

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Akamai Interviews



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    Performance Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Accepted Offer
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    Average Interview


    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Akamai (Cambridge, MA) in September 2010.


    The standard tech-company interview (I've had a lot of these over the years, and conducted many of them myself at former employers). First a recruiter talks with you on the phone to confirm that you're human. Then there's a first round of technical questions; in my case these were Unix-, networking-, and systems-focused. In person, they ask you some standard Unix questions, and there's some coding on the board. Maybe there are one or two questions that are real curveballs and require some real digging to answer them, but Akamai's interview questions are not nearly the hardest I've ever been given. The hardest I've ever been given were from Google, where they continually escalate the difficulty of the questions to test your limits.

    Akamai's interviewers were good, but sort of middle-manager-y. I didn't get the sense that the group I was speaking with felt as though they were the élites.

    Interview Questions

    • Why might you use SMTP to get large (multi-gig) line-oriented text-based logs from one machine to another?   3 Answers


    I had very little room to negotiate. They offered me a number, I asked for [that number] + $5,000 (or maybe $10,000; I forget); they said no; and I accepted the initial offer. Note that the initial offer was $20,000 more than any other company has ever paid me, so it was a terrific initial offer.

    They kept asking me, as all companies do, to tell them how much I'd made at previous employers, and I never told them. I have to imagine that, had I told them what I had made previously, they never would have given me the raise that they did.

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Akamai Awards & Accolades

  • Top 100 Global Tech Leader, Thompson Reuters, 2018
  • Perfect 100 - Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index, Human Rights Campaign, 2018
  • Americas Most Just Companies, Forbes, 2017
  • Perfect 100 - Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index, Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index, 2017
  • Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Award - Top 50 Large Companies, Glassdoor, 2017
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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