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Akamai Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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  • work life balance can suffer at times (in 35 reviews)

  • Middle management was largely promoted from individual contributor ranks and isn't very experienced with people management (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "web developer"

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

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

    Pros

    good environment where everyone is friendly with others.

    Cons

    bad pay, where you have to work more.

    Advice to Management

    hike salary


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company - Bad Mid-Level Mangement."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative, supportive environment, strong products, and talented employees. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Mid-level management is not the best. They are primarily interested in helping themselves, much more so than putting their team's first.

    Advice to Management

    Train and motivate lower-level management to focus more on their teams than themselves.


  3. Helpful (8)

    "The Irony of Akamai's faster forward slogan"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great health insurance and benefits, work life balance is awesome

    Cons

    Slow moving, not innovative, siloed communication, pay is poor and not competative, way too many managers not enough engineers. Management can get paid up to double what the actual engineers get paid. Middle management is way too convoluted and communication is poor. No interdepartmental collaboration. No plans for innovation. CEO is weak and lacks vision.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate all the middle management tiers, switch the company structure from a vertical model to a horizontal. Be more flexible with changes and new ideas. Remove the walls of communication between departments.


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  5. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work life balance great. good atmosphere. good learning about CDN. Strong engineering probs to solve

    Cons

    not much in terms of growth, very laid back.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Work management needs a rewrite"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akamai full-time

    Pros

    Akamai is a great job for people who want to go to the office, put their 8-10 hours in, and go home. In general, managers try to keep things low stress for their employees.

    - Flexible hours
    - Work assignments can be flexible (Depending on team/manager)

    Cons

    - All of middle management says "yes, sir" to their higher-ups, regardless of completability (at least in my department)
    - The IT management is almost in the dark-ages
    - Very hard for non-VP ideas to gain any traction

    Advice to Management

    - Get workflow under wraps and start actually managing the work.
    - Learn what technical debt is, and start investing in infrastructure management improvements instead of solely the "next new thing"
    - Make sure you can handle work before acceping it; doing half-jobs or fulfilling non-requirements doesn't help the company at all


  7. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture. Work with smart people.

    Cons

    Work life balance goes into a toss

    Advice to Management

    Hire more employees


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Technical Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot of challenging work and there are lot of avenues to learn from. One of the best places to keep up with the latest trends in the Internet world.

    Cons

    Very much a sales company. Work life balance is bad. Middle management struggles managing folks at the field level.


  9. "A good tech company overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Engineers are given ample opportunities to solve problems. Generous time-off package. People who have been working for 2+ years take even 5 weeks off.

    Cons

    Depends on the team you work for. Big corporate company feel. Communication between teams need to improve. Seen different teams building similar stuff instead of reusing stuff


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Decent company if you can bare with pockets of incompetence"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong and smart management. They are transparent about whats happening with company.

    Cons

    replete with in-competent people who equate smartness with jargon usage and loudness.


  11. "Don't get to use full benefits as a NOCC employee"

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    Current Employee - Platform Operations Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Platform Operations Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling. No on call rotation

    Cons

    No use of Akamai Anywhere. No working from home.
    24/7
    Lack of department funding.

    Advice to Management

    Fight for stronger salaries. I understand that we don't make the company any money but we do keep the company from losing money.



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