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Akamai Reviews

Updated September 19, 2018
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  • "Work Life Balance could be better" (in 45 reviews)

  • "no cons to say its great company" (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent workplace with recent growing pains"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation
    Can work on some cool products
    Flexible environment and WFH options
    Smart and talented workforce

    Cons

    Focus is scattered. Teams can be siloed and there needs to be better collaboration/communication all around between teams as well as management.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage teams to work together across the company. Better communicate with your employees.


  2. "Technical Project manager II"

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    Current Employee - TPM in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - TPM in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, professional colleagues and unlimited vacation

    Cons

    More perks would be good.

    Advice to Management

    Management is overall good and professional

  3. "Humane workplace with disorganized managment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Akamai full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, very sharp people, the firm has a solid reputation

    Cons

    The company is struggling to get past its love of "made in house" platform tools., Akamai needs to incorporate latest open source tools into the platform.

    Advice to Management

    Reform product marketing - these people have done a substandard job.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Excellent company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Generous vacation package
    Flexibility
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Management is very incompetent. They don't value management or leadership skills.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Could be worse, could be better"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Palm Coast, FL
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in Palm Coast, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - 10 year employee and there are many more like me so there is an opportunity to have a long career.

    - Business travel is respectable if not generous

    - Some peers are competent and willing to help in any way.

    - My immediate manager is great

    - the platform is better than most

    - If you’re good, you can move around within the company but trying to move out of country is very hard.

    - Most customers know who Akamai is and the security products are attention getters

    Cons

    - The CEO needs to move on. Too much resides on his opinion, which right, wrong or indifferent, is what he wants not necessarily what’s best.

    - New product pipeline is thin

    - Very political

    - Senior leadership lacks diversity in many ways not just gender or race

    - Losing ground to too many competitors

    Advice to Management

    Please retire the CEO
    Make the platform more self service
    Offer tenured employees sabbaticals
    Take more chances on niche products


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very innovative and customer centric company that has products that rock. The leadership is comprised of highly intelligent people who encourage people to challenge the status quo.

    Cons

    They need to overhaul the outdated website. It does not accurately reflect the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, chill envoronment

    Cons

    Poorly experience managers who have no desire to grow their individuals or look after their career development. Promotions are seldom and hard to come by. So many silos created where your happiness and satisfaction completely depends on your individual team that you belong to. Yes, we have All Hands when lots of promises are made but never do we see that tone or those promises trickle down to individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Please spend MORE time grooming and mentoring your managers and pay attention to teams that have individuals who have been stagnant. Create a 360 degree review mechanism, skip level meetings.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Akamai"

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    Current Employee - Learning and Development Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Learning and Development Specialist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, great benefits.

    Cons

    Collaboration is tough across the board.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of forecasting employee headcount needs.


  9. Helpful (16)

    "The sad fall of innovation"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - for the right role and performance, pay is excellent
    - amazing scale which can teach a motivated engineer tremendous skills and techniques

    Cons

    - toxic culture and extraordinarily political. teams sabotage each other to ensure that their competing ideas win, it seriously happens all the time.
    - sadly, people play on Tom's personality to get projects done or tanked
    - many in senior leadership are clueless, or willfully ignorant, about what is happening in their teams.
    - Good ideas, especially those based in industry best-practices are often ignored or discounted because of Not Invented Here, or early inventor syndrome - because Akamai's tech was truly so great in 1998, they struggle to let go of parts of it that now have been leap-frogged, leading to a bizarre state of advanced and very cludgy or backwards and outdated technology - and not just for legacy systems, but even new work.
    - As an example - the VP in our office showed up to work less a couple times a year - only when bigwigs would visit. Effectively delegating his entire job, even direct reports wouldn't be able to reach him for weeks at a time, he never did perf reviews or gave feedback - nearly non-exisistent leadership for his teams - but he talks just enough of a good game to leadership to somehow get away with it for years now.

    Advice to Management

    Get a CEO. Tom is an amazing scientist and mathematician, but focuses on numbers so much that he doesn't see the games played at the next level down, or how bad the politics have become.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best places to work"

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Extremely talented smart people
    working on the most advanced technologies

    Cons

    none. i really love it


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