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Akamai Reviews

Updated October 18, 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 (3)

    "Technical Project Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot of challenging work and there are lot of avenues to learn from. One of the best places to keep up with the latest trends in the Internet world.

    Cons

    Very much a sales company. Work life balance is bad. Middle management struggles managing folks at the field level.


  2. "A good tech company overall"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerville, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Engineers are given ample opportunities to solve problems. Generous time-off package. People who have been working for 2+ years take even 5 weeks off.

    Cons

    Depends on the team you work for. Big corporate company feel. Communication between teams need to improve. Seen different teams building similar stuff instead of reusing stuff

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Computational Advertising Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Computational Advertising Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Akamai full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of smart people. Generally pleasant culture. Great location in Tech Square, Cambridge. You're lucky to work there.

    Cons

    Akamai thinks it's innovative and start-uppy, and maybe pockets of it are, but it's pretty corporate.


  4. "Don't get to use full benefits as a NOCC employee"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Platform Operations Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Platform Operations Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling. No on call rotation

    Cons

    No use of Akamai Anywhere. No working from home.
    24/7
    Lack of department funding.

    Advice to Management

    Fight for stronger salaries. I understand that we don't make the company any money but we do keep the company from losing money.


  5. "One of the best companies to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Oracle Database Administrator in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Oracle Database Administrator in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Great life balance
    2. Good carrier growth.
    3. Very cooperative employees and management.

    Cons

    No onsite opportunity. Other then this i didn't find anything.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. Recruiter"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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.


  7. "software engineer"

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    • 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.

  8. "principal business analyst"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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!


  9. "Great"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • 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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome company"

    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

    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.


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