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Akamai Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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  • work life balance can suffer at times (in 37 reviews)

  • Middle management is lacking experience (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Developer"

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    Former Employee - Developer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Developer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, quality perks, and intellectual freedom to collaborate with some of the best developers in the industry.

    Cons

    The ramp up time is massive for a new developer.

    Advice to Management

    Akamai has a solid plan for the future and knows exactly where the industry is headed.


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    "ALL of my colleagues are a combination of scary smart + super nice + extremely competent."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Employees are empowered to act and interact freely across the company and at all levels to get the job done;
    2. Akamai employees represent a company that has a proprietary, world-class product that is in high demand;
    3. Employees are genuinely excited about Akamai's technology;
    4. The company is fiscally conservative but invests in good benefits, equipment and training;
    5. The culture welcomes unique ideas, innovation and opinions and places greater value on these than position or title.

    Cons

    If you are someone who thrives in a well-structured, unambiguous and procedures-based environment, you might feel a bit frustrated here.

    Advice to Management

    Generally senior management is doing a good job of balancing the needs and demands of customers, employees, partners and investors while continuing to grow revenues in a rough economy.


  3. "Rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to many types of leading edge technologies
    Place to learn all about the internet

    Cons

    Very demanding
    Too much politics at times


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  5. "A good learning experience, everyone is willing to help, tons of resources at your disposal."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly People
    Go get em attitude, positivity.
    Encourage new ideas plenty of opportunity to be heard.

    Cons

    Very big, somewhat demanding with a good amount of pressure to perform job, this can be seen as a pro as well...

    Advice to Management

    Keep being friendly and understanding, keep pushing us to do more and more feedback would be appreciated, good or bad.


  6. "Great Technical Challenges in Flexible Work Environment!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work From Anywhere
    Work on systems which impact all internet users

    Cons

    Brilliant technical staff, spread across the whole world.


  7. "One of the most technically sound company"

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    Current Employee - Business Intelligence Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Business Intelligence Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Work environment. Great Technology!

    Cons

    No cons, company is excellent


  8. "Cambridge headquarter is great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interacts effectively with various levels of the organization. Treats others’ opinions with respect. Management offers assistance proactively and shares information that helps others do their job well. Probes to understand and confirms understanding of what is heard. Often encourages employee to innovate.

    Cons

    Hires too many project manager to create lots of process that often gets in the way of innovation.

    Advice to Management

    The unmanageable, non-productive and remote employees, who are 'resting and vesting' without adding value to the team will end up discouraging the truly talented and hard working employees.


  9. "One of the best companies I have ever worked in"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intellectually challenging work in a very collaborative environment. Lots of non-trivial problems to be solved, and many opportunities to provide ideas for solving them. Due to its unique business and technology, the learning curve is very steep, but everybody I met was happy to help you learn.

    If you want to work and think hard, and you want feel that you are contributing to a great team, then Akamai is one of the best places to be!

    Cons

    In 2+ years of working at Akamai I could not find even one "con"!

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Akamai is a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Systems Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This review pertains to my experience in engineering working with folks in Cambridge, MA and San Mateo, CA.

    Akamai is a great place to work for engineers who are passionate about distributed systems and network security.

    1. Work along side some of the best minds you will ever work with in your career. Beyond all benefits and perks, this is the single best reason to be at Akamai.

    2. Terrific opportunity to grow and make an impact at all levels.

    3. The original DNA of the company that was set by the founders from MIT is alive and well. There is a culture of innovation.

    4. Use the latest technologies (including open source) - skills picked up here are applicable across the industry. This is important as you don't want to be an expert on proprietary stuff no one outside cares about.

    5. Managers are very technical and do a great job of managing a skilled set of engineers.

    6. IT department doesn't come in the way. Just walk in and pick up whatever equipment you need and get on with your job.

    7. Unlimited vacation policy.

    Cons

    There will always be things to complain about. No company is perfect.


  11. "My fast paced career at Akamai has given me insight into the cutting edge technology that makes the Internet work."

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

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

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits. There are new, fun projects every day, and no two days are the same. It is extremely satisfying to work on projects that reach millions of people every day.

    Cons

    There is so much work to be done that it's hard to fit it all into normal business hours.


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