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Akamai Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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  • work life balance can suffer at times (in 36 reviews)

  • No cons that should be mentioned (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent Culture and Work Life Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Respect, acknowledgement of effort, fairness, compensation, personal development opportunities, benefits, people, culture, work load, access to resources

    Cons

    Metadata. Non-cloud based in a world of cloud computing. Limited test servers. Shared QA environment for testing with global access for all users (outages, instability of test env, resource consumption and overload)

    Advice to Management

    Trust the advice of your subordinates! Posing a challenge to a statement is one thing, but personal understanding and opinion should take a back seat to the person with detailed knowledge.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "great place to safely retire"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai full-time

    Pros

    if you don't ask why you're doing given task and produce the results regardless of their qualities, you will be safe. However, if you start to ask why you're doing given task, then you'll be in a big trouble. Just make a lot of garbage, be a good dog, and rationalize what you're doing every moment. Then you'll be safe, until you retire.

    Cons

    If you look for growth in your career or interesting and challenging work, Akamai is not the place for you. Also, your Akamai career will not much help you get a new job, while suffering from communication problems with people outside, since you have been exposed to ambiguous and only working inside Akamai terminologies without understanding what they are actually. Too many competitors exist, many companies have been building their own CDNs for their own purposes, or many companies have been developing CDN servers, so market is not growing anymore.
    compensation is not competitive, compared with other companies.
    management is horrible.


  3. "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing work culture and work/life balance
    Strong work ethics
    Smartest bunch to work with

    Cons

    Nothing to report so far.


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  5. "Associate solutions Architect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Solutions Architect in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Associate Solutions Architect in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work timings as long as the work gets done !

    Cons

    Hopeless management, please recruit managers who are capable enough and do justice to the position.

    Advice to Management

    Hopeless management, please recruit managers who are capable enough and do justice to the position


  6. "Technical Solution Engineer II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akamai full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Work-life-balance is good.

    Cons

    Career advancements is very slow


  7. "performance engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akamai full-time

    Pros

    Good Pace and friendly environment

    Cons

    Not i can think of now


  8. "Great expectations!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. My colleagues are extremely bright and willing to share information and provide guidance when I have questions.
    2. Unlimited PTO and flexible office schedule
    3. The management team treats everyone with respect.
    4. Product training (F2F and online) is really good.

    Cons

    No cons to report at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  9. "Tough Times Ahead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Akamai's brand is great and the pay historically has been good, but the Cons out weigh the Pros.

    Cons

    Akamai has been great for many years, but after a number of internal reorganizations within the Finance and Operations organizations and poor leadership decisions, morale is at an all time low, attrition is high, and cost cutting is adding insult to injury. The "you're behind, move faster" motto is not motivating, especially when work life balance is no existent.

    Advice to Management

    Look outside to recruit leadership from organizations that better understand how to drive strategy. Pay attention to the very high attrition rates. Stop with the smoke and mirrors and be honest with your employees. Drop the "you're behind, move faster" motto.


  10. "Consistently Rated Top Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Pros

    Freedom to speak up, present new ideas and flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    Recent investment in Management and Leadership training may result in another year or so before improved results start to come to fruition


  11. Helpful (5)

    "You experience in Akamai will depend on your team and manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai full-time

    Pros

    good benefits
    pays attention to ergonomics at work
    some nice people in the company

    Cons

    Some mid to low level managers are not suitable to be managers.
    I worked at different teams at Akami.
    First I reported to a director who paid attention to what you need to get your work done and supported your growth and development. He gave me an excellent recommendation that still helps me today.

    Then I moved to a different team. The woman who I reported to was a manager from hell. I just graduated from grad school and I needed working visa sponsorship, so I tried my best to cope. I worked really hard and tried to do a good job, but everyday I was just depressed. There is no guidance, no training, no explanation on what we're doing. I was used like a data-pulling machine. No context of why doing this, how to do it. If i did it slow, she would pour on me "then what's the differece between you and some cheap guy in India?" When i ask a question, I would get a condescending push-back "I dont understand what you're saying" and then she just turned around.
    When I said someone else did this before, let me go ask him. She said "NO,then he has all the CREDIT." When someone feels her result is fishy and wants to take a look at the raw data, and I said "Sure, I'll send", she would scold me so bad because she wanted to protect her own work.
    ......
    Simply put, there was no respect and I was bullied. After a while, I tried to talk to the good old HR "business partner" (native me). The HR person didnt help. She just turned around and told my manager even though i said the chat was "confidential". You can imagine how i was treated after that.
    I learned from the bad manager what to avoid when one day I manage people. However, it was a really bad experience, and I strongly suggest you interview your manager before you take the job, even if you worry about visa and want the job a lot.



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