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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. "Fun place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - open environment
    - lots of space to share ideas

    Cons

    - heading towards becoming a top heavy company


  2. "Software Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a lot during 10-12 week summer project

    Cons

    Some long hours, but it was worth it


  3. "Fun place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good energy, great people, opportunities are there for self starters.

    Cons

    Slow moving sometimes, always trying to place catch up.


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  5. "Software Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Projects and teams. Manager very flexible

    Cons

    Requirements changed too often in one project


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Selfish management culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Akamai full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dominant position in the CDN market. Stable company.

    Cons

    Selfish management culture, I have not seen good managers of any level many years in this company. They all seem to be similar in style: first priority is their job security and career ladder, last thing on their mind is their employees and company long term health and development. All these kinds of management culture even made engineers working in the similar selfish style. in the end, team work, enthusiasm, innovation and collaboration cross departments are getting less and less over the years. Company will suffer in the end.

    Job pay level including bonus and stock is on the cheap side, i.e. low end of Silicon Valley range. Besides, company gears up more to hire H1 visa cheap labor, to relieve its non-competitiveness in retaining good employees.

    Some HR managers are not fair to employees either. They work from headquarters in Boston. Know very little about Silicon Valley open culture and employee concerns. When employee reports issues about their managers to HR, they feel like colluding with the manager to defeat the employee, rather than addressing employees concern and solving problems of the bad manager and management culture.

    All these culture things make me think never recommend someone to work for a company headquartered in East coast.

    Advice to Management

    Determined to improve management and its cultures for the long term health and development. Promote top engineer talents with no job security concerns from outside to be managers, hire Silicon valley HR managers. All managers should have independent decision powers, not subject to someone in East coast. Treat employees right with competitive compensation.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "great company!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    amazing benefits
    intelligent employees
    great work space
    good opportunity for growth
    WFH opportunities

    Cons

    some over the top characters who are not reprimanded for their actions- some are reported, some are not but others are afraid to speak up.

    Advice to Management

    need more follow up on folks reported to HR
    maybe have subordinates review their managers
    there are great opportunities but maybe if there were more ppl in HR who helps with career develop more specifically. ppl who would do more than just say look at that career page.


  8. "Akamai is the best company I've personally worked for, so far"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Unlimited vacation
    MBTA subsidy
    Company is growing
    Great location

    Cons

    Not easy to get into

    Advice to Management

    Fewer contractors, more perms.


  9. "Company Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun environment to work with really helpful people

    Cons

    A bit f a learning curve to understand how the company does business.


  10. "Internship review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture!!! Good work!!! Easy to speak with CEO!!!

    Cons

    Nothing really!!!! work depends on department!!! also very few extra activities to do in company.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing really...


  11. "Engineering Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to work and great culture.

    Cons

    Depending on the group, promotions could take a while.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing at this point.



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