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Akamai Reviews

Updated March 28, 2017
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  • work life balance can suffer at times (in 36 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

    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

    I have been working at Akamai full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Leadership at exec level is really good
    Pay is competitive
    Excellent benefits (especially vacation)

    Cons

    Not a lot of focus on career development / career path & options not clear
    Performance assessments are very subjective, so hard to really know how you're doing
    Lots of focus on hiring outside US (to save substantial $$)


  2. "Great company!"

    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

    Solid technology and well managed

    Cons

    Not a start up anymore.


  3. "Great place to work at"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, very interesting problems, huge amounts of data to look at.

    Cons

    Huge growth, organizational structure may suffer because of that.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more freedom for side-projects.


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  5. "Great 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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Culture
    Cutting edge technologies
    Great benefits
    Great collogues
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company and Culture. High attrition in Service Delivery."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    I love working at Akamai. The technology is unparalleled and the people are exceedingly smart and competent.

    Cons

    Management doesn't seem to care to much about attrition in the Services Delivery organization. Your salary will be much higher coming in from outside of Akamai than if you are promoted from within Akamai. Engineering is another ball of wax. Engineers are treated generally better than Professional Services.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating Solutions Architects as such an expendible commodity.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  8. "Finance"

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

    I worked at Akamai full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, great CEO, great benefits, remote work for some employees, organized well, progressive

    Cons

    Pay is average; vacation policy sounds great, but in theory isn't; company outsources many white-collar jobs to India, Poland, and Costa Rica; hours can be complex to accommodate multiple time zones during meetings

    Advice to Management

    Work-life balance should be taken more seriously


  9. "Application developer"

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

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

    Pros

    Lot of interesting challenges to solve using cutting edge technologies

    Cons

    Slow career growth and opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Invest more on career guidance


  10. "Great company"

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

    I have been working at Akamai full-time

    Pros

    great perks, technically Challenging projects, and room for growth in technical roles.

    Cons

    Culture of oral tradition makes on-boarding a bit tricky for new engineers. There's a great need to consolidate up-to-date information about legacy systems. Yearly bonuses could better haha.

    Advice to Management

    Management should crowdsource and adopt from engineers about technology tools and system designs before committing to long-term projects.


  11. "Great employee support but little opportunity for advancement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good products, good people, interesting work and rewarding environment

    Cons

    Plenty of room to play, grow and move laterally, just not a lot of opportunities to move up

    Advice to Management

    Support employee innovation more with bigger incentives for those who create new products



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