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Akamai Reviews

Updated November 29, 2018
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  • "Work Life Balance could be better" (in 46 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work but could be better"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible environment and WFH options.
    Competitive compensation with bonuses, RSUs etc.
    Company with a strong history and is in a great position to push new, innovative products.
    Very socially conscious company if that stuff matters to you.

    Cons

    Company is incredibly top-heavy and political. Productivity is stifled by the much too many managers and architects who aren't going to do the work and want to give opinions that aren't actually helpful. There are pockets where managers and developers do work well and efficiently, but there is definitely a lot of grandstanding elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your developers and encourage better team collaboration. The culture should feel like working on a team, not a disconnected engineering vs management environment.


  2. "Employment Branding"

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

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

    Pros

    It is great and refreshing to work with smart, creative and innovative minds. Great benefits and it promote a culture of life balance.

    Cons

    Would like to see more diverse groups in every division and internal career & skills development programs.

  3. "Great company!"

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    Current Employee - Service Line Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Service Line Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technology, smart people, good work/life balance, good training, supportive managers, a lot of upward/lateral mobility

    Cons

    There are a lot of people who go above and beyond, so if you want a job where you can coast, this probably isn't the company for you!


  4. "Great company and people"

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

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

    Pros

    People are friendly and willing to help. The pay is competitive and benefits

    Cons

    Moving up in the career, politics


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Akamai is like the Borg"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Respectable pay, bonuses are good, lunch once a week is provided.

    Cons

    Since Prolexic got bought out by Akamai, they did exactly what I expected... laid people off. They have a liberal vacation policy, and because of that, my manager took more than 170 days off in the last year I was there. He was useless, unhelpful, and derelict so bad... that I got laid off. This was my second experience with this company. They did the same thing to InterVu back in 1999.

    Advice to Management

    Human Resource should allow mitigating information from employees, not just the company's "Lets save our butts and money." point of view. I expressed my grievances ans was pretty much told to shut up. Danny would not approve of where Tom has taken this company.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Unlimited PTO (thank you)
    Location

    Cons

    HR will ignore complaints and will not investigate
    Elliott Management scares executive team, so company is reactive/not strategic about hiring, and long-term goals. Only concerned about numbers looking good for the market
    Employee morale is very low
    Most of Management comes from Commerce Team (old boy network). So if Commerce is hiring, go there. People who have done well stay there forever and protect one another
    Expensive solutions for mid-market
    There always seems to be reorganization every 1st quarter
    No transparency or trust, teams will sabotage each other.
    Success is dependent on your manager/politics not on your results

    Advice to Management

    Executive Team needs business people who have grown organizations into success


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Typical Corporate and lot actually depends on your manager"

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    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits as in 401k match and insurance. Overall the company and the culture is great however A lot depends on the manager you have ..if you are on good terms it will be good for you otherwise be ready to face the wrath.

    Cons

    My manager for instance prohibited work from home as an option and expected everyone to work more than 8 hours a day with being 8 hours to be present in office.
    For eg you were looked down upon if you take your job as a 9-5 job and your job is considered below satisfaction if you work your 40 hours.

    I had an on call aspect for which we were not compensated but were expected to wake up in nights and work on weekends to fix the issues.
    Everyone in my team is overworked but Akamai doesn't have more budget to hire.

    If you are a new hire especially out of college Akamai doesn't have a proper training program and you are expected to pick up as you go instead of a proper training first(Although I am sure most companies don't)

    Advice to Management

    If you can't trust your employees with working remotely why hire them in the first place. I understand money is tight, but overworking your employees is not a solution.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Could be worse, could be better"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Never allowed to do what I was hired for"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I guess the technology was interesting (if vastly outdated). Many of the people were fantastic (and deserve better).

    Cons

    I was hired under false pretenses. I was hired to do something, and never got to do it, due to misguided middle management and peers, and spineless upper management.
    The tools they have in place, and much of the technology, is severely out-of-date, and there are too many people that "like it that way".
    Innovation is stifled in the name of the status quo.

    Advice to Management

    If you hire talented people, use their talents. Don't hire them as "space fillers" to do the same tired stuff you've been doing since 1999.