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Akamai Reviews

Updated August 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits and work-life balance (in 109 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 20 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to start your career"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (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

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Technical Project Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "A good tech company overall"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Computational Advertising Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Computational Advertising Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people. Generally pleasant culture. Great location in Tech Square, Cambridge. You're lucky to work there.

    Cons

    Akamai thinks it's innovative and start-uppy, and maybe pockets of it are, but it's pretty corporate.


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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent but could improve"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance, intelligent co-workers, interesting problems

    Cons

    Mediocre total compensation, outdated processes and tools and little executive support to reduce friction in the development processes

    Advice to Management

    Explain the cost/benefit analysis used to make decisions which result in increased friction for employees.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Code base was a train wreck"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits if you want to be comfortable.

    Cons

    Their Objective-C code looks like it could have been used as examples for bad code in the book "Clean Code." Saw many classes with more than thousands of lines. One class was approaching 4000 lines. Saw several classes in one file. It was a waste of time to read, debug, understand, or refactor.

    Advice to Management

    Please care about clean code and enforce it.


  9. Helpful (14)

    "There is Akamai and there is GSS Akamai"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - GSSM in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - GSSM in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Platform Akamai is smart and progressive but you won't work for this Akamai...

    Cons

    An important distinction for job seekers is that there is Platform Akamai (smart) and Akamai GSSM which is accidentally rich but otherwise backward, business unsavvy, intellectually stunted and misogynist

    Advice to Management

    You just have to get rid of the GSSM leadership. To call them leaders is a complete misnomers. They are simply there to collect a paycheck and don't care for customers, employees or stockholders.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Not for experienced professionals"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai full-time

    Pros

    Cool technology. Good bonus. Good for college graduates to ramp up skillset.

    Cons

    My review is only for Commerce team. Other teams are possibly in better shape. Everyone is overwhelmed with work, so if you are looking for good work-life balance look elsewhere as you will be expected to work 60+hrs/wk. Mandatory training and whiteboards are used as team hazing and really break the spirit of newcomers. Help isn't easily available and when is, one can get multiple answers, which makes it that much harder to find true answer. If you are an experienced professional, it's not worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Review training and ensure its consistancy and do not tolerate hazing. Manager never showed up to weekly team meetings, which created leadership void.


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