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Akamai San Francisco Reviews

Updated March 16, 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"

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    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great employee support but little opportunity for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good products, good people, interesting work and rewarding environment

    Cons

    Plenty of room to play, grow and move laterally, just not a lot of opportunities to move up

    Advice to Management

    Support employee innovation more with bigger incentives for those who create new products

  3. "Sr Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, They only hire the best

    Cons

    OK Managment. They don't do harm at least.

    Advice to Management

    Less decisions should be made at HQ.


  4. Helpful (10)

    "Selfish management culture"

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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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "stable"

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    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


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Changing the Internet Landscape"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Super exciting company at the cutting edge of the Internet evolution. For a company that is not a household name, you have the opportunity to work on projects that will change the way that billions of people interact with Internet experiences every day. Akamai's global network is leading the charge to bring broadcast quality TV experiences to any connected Internet user. Their cloud performance and security businesses are enabling the latest and greatest consumer experiences from the top companies in the world.
    Working here is a challenge and rewarding every single day.

    Cons

    Akamai is experiencing a hyper growth period and this has it's growing pains. More of the workforce is new than old so building context and relationships to operate effectively in the organization can be challenging for some newcomers.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on real innovation. Be the best in the industry with a focus on the products that we already have in the market. Raise the profile of our "daily users" in the overall culture of the company.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "software engr"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Akamai full-time

    Pros

    competitive compensation. opportunities to accomplish a lot.

    Cons

    middle management and some groups can be a bit unimpressive.

  8. "Sales Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, great technology, great people

    Cons

    Pay and benefits can be a little higher


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Political"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is working hard and giving their best

    Cons

    Power battles at higher level are outrageous.

    Advice to Management

    Company need sto grow and there is a big need to innovate and that can only happen if you pay attention to your own employees


  10. "Ethical and care for employees"

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    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional and care for employees
    Very ethical and supports initiatives

    Cons

    None I could think of


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