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Akamai Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits and work-life balance (in 111 reviews)

  • Work with smart people, not only clever but also very responsive in terms of help when going through the learning curve (in 77 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance can suffer at times (in 38 reviews)

  • Some of the middle management are still old school about work ethics (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, great culture"

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    Former Employee - Co-Op in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

    I worked at Akamai full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed, fun culture with flexibility in work from home/hours on a lot of teams. Great coffee, stylish offices. New tower is being constructed. Starting an initiative to encourage internal growth and movement. Pays well!

    Cons

    This is just a great company! No real complaints.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Inconsistent / Nonexistent leadership in Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company as a whole is great. Great benefits, cool technology, strong CEO. Folks in Engineering and other groups seem to enjoy their work.

    Cons

    Marketing is a disaster right now. New leadership took over a year ago and has since fired majority of middle-management and many of the individual contributors, replacing with cronies from previous company. New team is focused on playing defense and making excuses for underperformance rather than making any improvements. Morale is low low low -- Those not fired either have quit, are actively looking, or waiting for sev package from next round of firings. I'm in the third camp. One thing all three camps have in common is that we're all "checked out," made all the easier by the fact that leadership is often out of office.

    Advice to Management

    Do an audit of Marketing and determine whether executive intervention is needed (In my opinion, it is).

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    More Technical including Management.

    Cons

    Not many benefits compared to other Bay area companies. Looks from the eyes of East Coast (very imbalance), very thrifty and pessimistic. Bonus cut downs even after year long hard work. Slow hiring/ Resource shortage but expectations are very high.

    Advice to Management

    Open more resource or atleast fund properly when planning to work on a new product to be really fast forward and be competitive with benefits for employees in bay area.


  4. "Fantastic job with amazing benefits and great co-workers."

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    Current Employee - Solution Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Solution Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, employee centric focus, career track, visibility to company's success and future

    Cons

    None, but I need twenty words to be able to submit this entry


  5. "Principal Software Engineer Lead"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer Lead in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer Lead in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn about all aspects of the internet.

    Cons

    Can be fast paced and stressful at times.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Good resume builder, but evident growing pains"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good benefits package (unlimited paid vacation, ESPP, RSUs, 401k, bonus, discounts/perks, etc)
    - Descent work-life balance (work from home is common)
    - Nice, modern offices
    - Access to work on big, global projects for a large, well-known tech company
    - Startup culture with an all-inclusive, progressive environment

    Cons

    - Career growth is severely limited
    - Budget cuts due to slower growth over the past couple of years have limited access to things like attending conferences to learn to skills
    - "Managers" tend to be the most-tenured employees rather than people who demonstrate effective management skills
    - New management has taken over Marketing which has resulted in layoffs, people jumping ship, awfully-low morale across the board, "us-and-them" tension between the new Management team and tenured Akamai employees, little transparency, and snap decisions that adversely affect other arms of the department
    - The company is known for it's smart employees, but not in Marketing. Smart, good employees are leaving because employees who can't perform tend to stick around (some of whom came through acquisitions)
    - Employee reviews are a joke and not taken seriously at all
    - Employee promotions are tied to politics—not performance
    - The onboard training program is a waste of time unless you're in sales, or an engineer

    Advice to Management

    - Many good employees are leaving because new management and acquisitions are not sufficiently integrated, which results in silos, an us-and-them culture rather than a team culture, and subsequently, low morale. This needs to be fixed before the company continues to grow.
    - Don't champion education as a perk during the interview process, then take it away due to budget cuts for all non-customer-related travel.
    - Promote and hire managers who know how to effectively manage employees rather than people with x years of experience doing a function.
    - Take employee reviews seriously: require peer 360 reviews, measure performance, and recognize it, and promote accordingly. Because right now, it's: "You exceeded your yearly goals, great! Here's a 3% cost-of-living raise and a fraction of the bonus we forecasted for you at the beginning of the year. Congratulations."


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start your career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. lots of things to work on
    2. you work on everything from writing code to debugging issues on network
    3. work life balance can be good depending on the team you work for

    Cons

    1. slow to catch on to emerging trends in software industry
    2. most of the work is maintenance and monitoring with little 'new' work

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work like balance - unlimited vacation, flexible schedule and wfh opportunities. Self starter environment. Fun.

    Cons

    Difficult to move within Akamai - promotions tend to be political but also performance based. At least in Sales, people stick around for a long time, so there is not a lot of growth opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage and grow talent - promote from within! Also, make it easier for employees to get opportunities within the organization - whether it be a switch of departments or promotions.


  9. "Data Center Technician"

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    Former Employee - Data Center Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Data Center Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible time, decent salary, very nice people to work with

    Cons

    there is no Cons for Akamai


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Solutions Engineer II"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer II in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer II in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with smart people, not only clever but also very responsive in terms of help when going through the learning curve. Great benefits and work-life balance

    Cons

    A bit steep initial learning curve to understand the company's technology


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