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Akamai Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits and work-life balance (in 111 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 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good company with great promise"

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

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

    Pros

    Leadership is great. Despite having some glitches in senior leadership in recent past, CEO stuck to company and is reasonably successful in maintaining company culture. As an engineer, I was given opportunity to pursue any things beyond my regular job and my team supported it.

    Cons

    Middle management in certain teams take long time to act and there is a feeling that anything that works can work without looking for future improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Stock price fluctuates quite a bit. Please work on making it stable


  2. "Major Account Executive"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Major Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Major Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - A great work life balance
    - Terrific benefits
    - Very fast paced work environment
    -There are some very smart people here
    - Customers tend to be loyal and committed
    -Akamai does the right thing
    -Evolving product landscape and go to market strategy
    -Solid investment in future roadmap
    -Market leader in its space
    -Great earnings potential if you can execute a sound plan
    -You can make a difference if you speak your mind
    -Akamai has a very strong future.

    Cons

    - Too many internal roadblocks to sell (company is addressing this)
    - Product and Finance are slow to adapt to market demands
    - Product portfolio in current state needs to adapt to changes in customer consumption model
    - Management expectations don't always align to what's really happening at the customer level.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on what the market is demanding. Structure the business to enable sales, and to support the people who are on the street trying to make a difference. Invest in the people and be much more agile. Implement a real "faster forward" initiative to smash the competition.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Company is Great; Management Lacks!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge, Great Benefits; Startup Feel

    Cons

    Promote people to management who are clueless. HR is useless to fix issues. Startup Mentality

    Advice to Management

    Listen you your employees!


  4. "Software Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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.


  5. "Consistently Rated Top Place to Work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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


  6. "Industry Leader"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Process Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Process Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Product leadership, strong learning culture, intelligent and friendly co-workers, competitive salary, detail oriented

    Cons

    Lack of internal communication due to silo structure, lack of KPI metrics or management, consistently invests in production vs. process

    Advice to Management

    Improvement in efficiency and production takes investment in the planning process and a willingness to manage to aligned metrics.


  7. "Great place to work at"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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.

  8. Helpful (3)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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.


  9. "Great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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


  10. Helpful (13)

    "Tough Times Ahead"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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.


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