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Akamai Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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  • work life balance can suffer at times (in 36 reviews)

  • Middle management was largely promoted from individual contributor ranks and isn't very experienced with people management (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Company is Great; Management Lacks!"

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

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge, Great Benefits; Startup Feel

    Cons

    Promote people to management who are clueless. HR is useless to fix issues. Startup Mentality

    Advice to Management

    Listen you your employees!


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Head of Security Product Marketing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Really smart people. They own the market for Content Distribution Networks. The benefits are decent. HQ is in a great location. Truly global player.

    Cons

    A highly political environment. Not collaborative. The senior executive team is one big clique. If you don't have a PhD from MIT you are looked down upon. Many insecure senior managers that fire at will when they feel threatened. They say they want people to challenge the norm but many managers are threatened by that policy. Not well liked by customers as their reputations is one of arrogance. Pay is low relative to competitors.

    Advice to Management

    You need to do 360 degree reviews. I've never met so many incredibly smart and competent former employees that absolutely despise the company.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Great culture horrible politics and slow to make change"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved the culture and energy of the place and the total compensation is excellent. Since joining 5 years ago l have seen and done a lot in my Finance career.

    Cons

    Finance is the most backward department with many VPs that shouldn't be ones and need major leadership experience. Shared accountability doesn't work and processes are slow to nonexistent to change since my 5 year tenure.

    Advice to Management

    Hire real leaders and give more opportunity to others.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Great benifits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Senior Security Operations Center Engineer in Tamarac, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Security Operations Center Engineer in Tamarac, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Benefits are awesome! The Health Benefits and amount of Vacation time are great.

    Cons

    Pay is below standard and the culture is one of those drink the kolaid and worship the company or Punished for your Blasphemy

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to your employees that actually work with the product and have the skills not some out side consultants with a degree who has never worked a day in the field. Also when your your employees start quitting cause they are over worked and under paid. try filling their positions and opening up more. Not closing them out and offering over time.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Great pay and benefits but infrastructure lacking"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, charismatic CEO who is very much in the details, company makes great efforts to try and retain the start-up feel

    Cons

    Systems are woefully lacking, many managers are new to managing and micromanage to death, no investment in upkeep of employees' skills, some groups work really long hours for lack of systems and hierarchies

    Advice to Management

    Do what's right not only for the company but for the employees. If there's smoke, there's usually a fire!


  7. Helpful (12)

    "Friends don't let friends work at Akamai"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Service Performance Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Service Performance Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good wages, don't have to work very hard. In fact, don't work very hard: they're not intetested. Actually, some of the biggest names in the tech biz worked there, gettinng the heck out as fast as they could.

    Cons

    What a sad, sad place. Full of people who have given up and are just pulling down a paycheck by scrupulously following arbitrary office rules. All baby pictures on cubicle walls must contain at least one rubber duck.
    Of course there are exceptions, but this appears to be more of the rule.

    Any company that still heavily boasts of inventing the consistent hash has some serious laurel sitting going on:
    "Oh yeah? Well, we invented TURNIPS! Take that, Mister you-and-your-cool-social-app guy! How do ya like THOSE … umm … turnips?"
    In short, a has-been place for those not going anywhere in a hurry.

    Advice to Management

    Patent troll the consistent hash for everything you've got.


  8. Helpful (19)

    "Top down culture run by bureaucrats,well supported by HR."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good viable business.
    Good developers and testers mostly. Very smart, interesting personalities.
    The CEO is likable and smart , but his blog "ask Tom" is written and signed by HR.

    Cons

    Culture of extreme fear, fed by many very quiet people on H1 visas..
    People run away from you as soon as they sense any trouble. Run by the incompetent old timers with the great social skills, who would turn your every word against you. The ability to do the job does not count at all. HR refuses to look at that.
    Developers discuss technical details behind the closed doors, so to avoid disappointing those sharks with too much knowledge. Groups are isolated and only communicate to each other after the manager's approval.
    Six levels of hierarchy between a developer and the CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out your managers. People need some air to breeze.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Fine for a few years, bad for a long-term career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Unlimited (or at least uncapped) vacation time
    - Good (but not spectacular) compensation
    - Tom Leighton

    Cons

    - The company is run by the old guard, who have formed cliques and jealously guard their information. I've seen several people new to the company become completely overwhelmed and have no help whatsoever.
    - No documentation anywhere.
    - Lack of focus. It's common for projects to be pushed back, and some get ignored completely.
    - Most of the challenges Akamai faces now are business challenges: how to manage sustainable growth, which smaller companies to acquire, and so on. There aren't as many genuinely technical challenges as there are at other companies.
    - The people there are in it for the stock, not because of the engineering challenges.
    - Very few promotion opportunities.
    - Endless office politics.
    - Very few women engineers. The ones that are there are generally in positions high enough to avoid the worst parts of the office environment.
    - No freebies (soda, lunch, etc.), unlike most tech companies.

    Advice to Management

    Decide whether you want to be an agile internet startup or a mature infrastructure provider


  10. Helpful (14)

    "Angst driven"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice benefits and location. some great people to work with..while most seem to have no problem stabbing people in the back or throwing people under the bus.

    Gaslighting is a true art form within Akamai saw this happen to several people before it happen to me.

    Cons

    Terrible work/life balance, only way to keep up is to take computer home and work evening and weekends including vacations.

    lack of true opportunities unless part of the good ol boy's club....women not welcome.

    Advice to Management

    why..they dont care and haven't from the start.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "A stressful experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Team in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Operations Team in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The main pro is that the company pays well and you are likely to work with very intelligent people. You will learn new skills while you're there.

    Cons

    The company is having growing pains. Most of the people there are the ones that held on through the dotcom burst. While that makes them very engaged in the success of the company it also make it very clicky... and tough to be a new person. For at tech company they're surprisingly uptight and have a generally tough culture.

    Advice to Management

    Relax a bit


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