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Akamai Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. Recruiter"

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic technology and an equally encouraging environment to brings ideas to the table. They are remarkable in how a billion dollar company can do so much to feel an individual contributor feel empowered to make an impact.

    Cons

    They can sometimes default to being a little too conservative financially, but they are very open about communicating with employees. The Quarterly All Hands meetings put the cards on the table and they are always previewing technical products that are around the corner.

    Advice to Management

    They need to do more to create a culture that promotes internal mobility. We do have a formal Internal Transfer Program, but many managers still react angrily when someone notifies them that they are interested in speaking with another group.


  2. "software engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture encourages asking questions and learning.

    Cons

    There's a lot of company specific knowledge to learn once you onboard.


  3. "principal business analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Business Analyst/Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Business Analyst/Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, world famous scientists and engineers who will give you their time.
    Innovative and forward looking senior management.

    Cons

    none to speak of now

    Advice to Management

    Keep developing new non commodity products like security pattern analysis. Great move with lightlight!


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  5. "Great"

    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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    smart people, competitive benefits, great culture

    Cons

    company performance is lacking, however, I think long term we're in the right industry.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome company"

    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

    Work with some very smart people, on very interesting problems.

    Cons

    Groups spread across many buildings and locations. Somewhat silo-d structure, hard to collaborate across institutions.


  7. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Smyrna, GA
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Smyrna, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people here are highly intelligent and very driven to succeed. The culture inspires and the work life balance is incredible.

    Cons

    Once within the company, moving up or laterally to another group requires tact and navigating the political landscape can be difficult.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Very poor management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Davie, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Davie, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits assuming your manager doesn't undercut or remove access to them, akamai name looks good on resume

    Cons

    Sub par pay
    Lack of leadership among management in Ft Lauderdale office
    HR Department non-responsive to complaints
    No response to transfer requests
    Claims to welcome ideas, doesnt
    Lies during recruitment
    Manager can cut some perks purported to be available (akamai anywhere)
    Lack of feedback from immediate management team
    Lies in employee review and readiness evals, hr disregards complaints about this

    Advice to Management

    Go back to what you're passionate about and leave management to those who love it


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Innovative on the outside only"

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

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

    Pros

    Huge flexibility - trust from day one as to where you do your job from - great people - plenty of autonomy

    Cons

    Not centrally located in cities - Terrible innovation inside (multiple systems that don't speak to each other to get things done) - Akamai implementation of basic CRM/Finance tools means no self-service - Too many decision makers

    Advice to Management

    Pick a system/OS and stick with it - different CRM/expenses/email/storage/chat/audio/webex meeting options mean it's hard to get things done


  10. "stable"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Helpdesk/IT Assistant Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Helpdesk/IT Assistant Contractor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Akamai (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good work life balance, stable environment, nice people, lack of young people, flexible scheduling for engineers, 2 office locations in the bay area - allowing for hires to select for most convenient office

    Cons

    IT viewed as cost center


  11. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and immense amount to learn make it an exciting place to work. You'll never feel bored with the challenge.

    Cons

    The steep learning curve can be a bit daunting. And your teammates may not always give you the chance to pick things up at your pace.


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