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Akamai Reviews

Updated February 21, 2019
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  • "Work Life Balance could be better" (in 45 reviews)

  • "no cons to say its great company" (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - SDET2 in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - SDET2 in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - smart people
    - flexible work schedule
    - reasonable expectations

    Cons

    - tough commute
    - hard to keep talents with the right skill set


  2. "Akamai US Channel Sales Executive"

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    Former Employee - Director, Channel Sales Management in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director, Channel Sales Management in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    amazing people and strong product

    Cons

    Very focused on Cambridge location

    Advice to Management

    Greater diversity needed both racially, gender-wise and geographically

  3. "Interesting Projects and Smart People"

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    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

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

    Cons

    Facing pressure from competitors in areas that Akamai has traditionally been strong in.
    Some morale issues with recent layoffs.

    Advice to Management

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


  4. "Solid company, great work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Great work life balance
    Moving forward
    Smart people
    Cutting edge tech

    Cons

    None really, recent layoffs worry employees

    Advice to Management

    Reassure workforce
    Retain your people
    Find other ways to generate revenue - big data


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Great Technology, too political, and way to slow on execution"

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, technology works brilliantly, great work life balance, no real mirco-management.

    Cons

    Company has changed since joining 7 years ago. Today it is not about execution but who you are politically aligned with in the company. People are rewarded for the narrative not results. Too many click's in the company and you can no longer express your ideas or challenge anyone without fear of political backlash. Company has lost its way and does not subscribe to the three tenants that the cofounder Danny Lewin initially implemented 20 years ago. Many of the new employee's are sub par based on below market salaries and OTE. If you are looking for a company that is safe, slow moving and makes decision by committee with everyone able to say no Akamai is it....

    Advice to Management

    VP's and above add very little value. I would recommend doing one on one's with individual contributors, next level managers randomly chosen to really get a good view of the dynamics and problems the actual "doers"have to face everyday. You are being told what you want to hear by "the management team".


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Akamai doesn't really develop anything."

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    Former Employee - Systems Architect in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Systems Architect in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large company. Liberal work from home policy. International.

    Cons

    Your work will never see the light of day.

    Akamai started as a web caching service and pretty much stopped there. They have gone on to buy other little companies to acquire new technology and ... don't seem to do anything with it. Akamai has annual layoffs where folks that are not politically aligned get axed regardless of their contribution or technical importance. Honestly though, Akamai needs to lay off a LOT more people. Because Akamai doesn't really develop any new technology, they really don't need all of those engineers and developers. Seriously, Akamai could be 1/10th its current size and still be just as "productive".

    The liberal work from home policy is nice, but it also has a down side. My manager lived in another state. His manager lived in another country. Our BU was run by another guy in another country.

    Nothing seems to get done. My team produced lots of great work but there was nobody to hand it off to -- even the teams that requested the systems in the first place. Nobody is in charge. Nothing seems to go anywhere. There is no direction.

    Advice to Management

    Bite the bullet and decide just what the heck it is you do. Figure out what people you need to do that one thing and then -- sorry -- fire the rest. Akamai is bloated with people looking for something to do. Let them go or give them real jobs!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "n/a"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Technical, great work culture, great people to work with

    Cons

    Poor Management Decisions, slow growth opportunities, very strict hierarchy

  8. Helpful (2)

    "OK place to work"

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    Former Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Akamai (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good place to learn about streaming and webscale security

    Cons

    - Legacy / proprietary infrastructure
    - Not the best place to learn new technologies


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Mismanagement at the lowest level"

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    Current Employee - Test Automation Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Test Automation Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are many smart people and some departments are very profitable

    Cons

    Some lowest level managers are psychopaths. Their supervisors and human resources can clearly see that but there is no action taken.

    Advice to Management

    Just follow the established rules, don't allow your subordinates abusing them. Maintain high ethical standards.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Hire And Fire - Old Boy Netwotk"

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    Former Employee - Busineess Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Busineess Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great portfolio, market domination (so far).
    - Interesting technologies and market segment.

    Cons

    No matter how you perceive Akamai today, they are basically a start-up company with a start-up attitude to strategy and employees.

    If you joined during the early days and part of the old boy network, you will be secure and protected. If you're part of any new hire in last few years, be prepared to be let go in a heart beat, nobody will back you up from the management team as they will only be worried about their own jobs.

    The sales teams are shocking to work with, they are mostly fly-boys, complain about Akamai all the time and how they could earn more money elsewhere and brag about their Porsches and R8s all the time, no commitment to the company. I met many sales people who were in Akamai, left, rejoined and wanted to leave again which Akami embrace as they're only interested in the dollar.

    The experience of the management team is very poor and they wouldn't stand a chance in any other business I have worked in. They are used to hiding in their offices, taking no ownership or responsibility.

    The current CEO has no balls since Elliott Management took a hefty stake in the business. Elliott now runs Akamai and the CEO and his inexperienced management team dance to the beat of the Elliott drum.

    The company is being shaped by Elliott for imminent acquisition so if you're reading this and thinking of joining then I would advise waiting as you might not be in your job long; sleep easy though as the CEO and his inexperienced management team will make a lot of money out of this.

    Finally, the HR team are useless, have no power, no control, another bunch of inexperienced individuals given power but can't help you, only help themselves.

    Advice to Management

    What's the point, you're very inexperienced and have no decision makers, anyone wanting to take risks and better of giving advice to Elliott in hindsight.