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Akamai Reviews

Updated June 27, 2017
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Akamai CEO Tom Leighton
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  • work life balance can suffer at times (in 37 reviews)

  • Middle management is lacking experience (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people with good vision.

    Cons

    Long work hours but nothing out of the ordinary.


  2. "Platform operations engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - NOC Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - NOC Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment
    Good salary
    Good incentives

    Cons

    Not for people who are interested in doing some coding or scripting

    Advice to Management

    Allow freshers to grow


  3. "Program Manager II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive Salary, Profit Sharing, Culture

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  4. "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work.
    Good compensation / benefits.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Senior performance enginner"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compared to ISPs, their compensation is good. If you don't much have passion to change or innovate but would be satisfied with fulfiling given roles, then this company perfectly fits to you. If you spent a great time in ISPs (not at&t research), this company will be a perfect fit.

    Cons

    If you are a young, passionate, very smart, or a phd in prestigious schools, then you will often feel stuck in the rarely innovative but legacy system with repetitive and manual operatinal works, nothing fancy nor state-of-the-art. If you expected google or facebook culture in terms of passion toword work masterpiece or breakthroughs, you will be often devastated of your boring tasks while being surrounded of complacency of old glory. Rather than a tech lead, Akamai has turned into a typical ISP with no fancy tech, nor reserach, but regular money gathering while mostly focusing on reliably keeping their exsiting systems. Performance engineer is just a fancy name of network enginner or operator. Please don't be confused, nor expect there is something different.

    Also the promotion is given to guys who react quickly to such errors, regardless of the actual quality of your technical strength.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie to your new hire about a job itself, but explain this job is not innovative at all but needs a great amount of patience from continuous and tremendous human errors, and without fancy technical knowledge, the promotion happens if such human error is fixed asap.


  6. "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonder company, with great ethics and values. They value their employees. The company is ambitious and exciting to work for.

    Cons

    Can't think of any


  7. "Technical Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work with great products

    Cons

    Middle management is lacking experience


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Recruiting Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager Talent Acquisition in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Manager Talent Acquisition in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Surrounded by smart people. New challenges daily. Great benefits and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Environment can be stressful if you are not organized.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Business Systems Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, very dynamic environment, fast growing and developing in the field of technology and IT engineering, a lot of talented people, self-starter approach, minimum supervision (no macro management), great internship programs

    Cons

    At times, difficulty to get hold of people or complete tasks that depend on others; lack of standardization when it comes to internally used tools

    Advice to Management

    Standardize processes and communication methods; otherwise, no particular advice, Akamai was a great environment to work at.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good company with great promise"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leadership is great. Despite having some glitches in senior leadership in recent past, CEO stuck to company and is reasonably successful in maintaining company culture. As an engineer, I was given opportunity to pursue any things beyond my regular job and my team supported it.

    Cons

    Middle management in certain teams take long time to act and there is a feeling that anything that works can work without looking for future improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Stock price fluctuates quite a bit. Please work on making it stable


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