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Akamai Reviews

Updated May 27, 2017
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  • work life balance can suffer at times (in 37 reviews)

  • Middle management is lacking experience (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "software engineer"

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

    I have been working at Akamai full-time

    Pros

    work and life balance are very good

    Cons

    cannot think about any cons

    Advice to Management

    career map might be more detail, and clear


  2. "Challenging work, flexible employer"

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

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

    Pros

    Scads of interesting opportunities throughout. Managers care about the whole person and work to ensure employees' needs are being met.

    Cons

    Like most any tech company, deadlines can be all consuming. At times, the level of institutional process seemed excessive.


  3. Helpful (9)

    "Head of Security Product Marketing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Really smart people. They own the market for Content Distribution Networks. The benefits are decent. HQ is in a great location. Truly global player.

    Cons

    A highly political environment. Not collaborative. The senior executive team is one big clique. If you don't have a PhD from MIT you are looked down upon. Many insecure senior managers that fire at will when they feel threatened. They say they want people to challenge the norm but many managers are threatened by that policy. Not well liked by customers as their reputations is one of arrogance. Pay is low relative to competitors.

    Advice to Management

    You need to do 360 degree reviews. I've never met so many incredibly smart and competent former employees that absolutely despise the company.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Great culture horrible politics and slow to make change"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved the culture and energy of the place and the total compensation is excellent. Since joining 5 years ago l have seen and done a lot in my Finance career.

    Cons

    Finance is the most backward department with many VPs that shouldn't be ones and need major leadership experience. Shared accountability doesn't work and processes are slow to nonexistent to change since my 5 year tenure.

    Advice to Management

    Hire real leaders and give more opportunity to others.


  6. "Best company I have ever worked for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Operations Center Technician in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Security Operations Center Technician in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really supportive work environment. Lots of training, flexibility for family life, opportunities for OT, cooperative work environment. Pay is very competitive for similar positions in South Florida.

    Cons

    Location in downtown Ft Lauderdale is not convenient for finding affordable housing in safe neighborhood nearby, and there is no on-campus food or gym.

    Advice to Management

    Workload needs to be reviewed for realistic expectation of what can be done with the resources we have and match that to what client expectations are based on sales pitch.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent but could improve"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance, intelligent co-workers, interesting problems

    Cons

    Mediocre total compensation, outdated processes and tools and little executive support to reduce friction in the development processes

    Advice to Management

    Explain the cost/benefit analysis used to make decisions which result in increased friction for employees.


  8. "Financial Analyst II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Liberal vacation policy, competitive salary, work/life balance

    Cons

    busy seasons, fire drill reporting


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Network Infrastucture Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Infrastructure in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Network Infrastructure in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Akamai full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits- Stock options
    Great referral bonus available

    Cons

    Bad Management
    Pay on the low scale
    Good work/life balance - Unlimited Time Off

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your employees


  10. "Akamai Co-op"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Web Applications Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Web Applications Engineer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Akamai (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent HR team. Proper guidance for freshers.

    Cons

    Conversion to full-time from internship is less.


  11. "Great place to work"

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

    I worked at Akamai (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good environment, great UR team.

    Cons

    No negative experience faced as such.


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