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Akamai San Mateo Reviews

Updated October 30, 2016
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San Mateo, CA

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  • work life balance can suffer at times (in 36 reviews)

  • Middle management was largely promoted from individual contributor ranks and isn't very experienced with people management (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Sr Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "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.


  3. 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.


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  5. "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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, unlimited annual leave, good salary and benefits, lots to learn, helpful coworkers

    Cons

    Work overload, work/life imbalance, location

    Advice to Management

    Intermediate manager should visit teammates regularly to keep close and good relationship


  7. "Senior 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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, Employee friendly and great benefits

    Cons

    Compensation not comparable to industry standards
    Bad location


  8. Helpful (1)

    "The biggest Internet company you've never heard of."

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rapid growth. Akamai essentially owns the scalable Internet. As the world comes online, Akamai's fortunes and your career opportunities rise with it.

    Cons

    The value-add services are interesting, but Akamai's bread and butter is acceleration and CDN. For most techies, the problems you solve at Akamai (make a website or video faster and scale against DDoS) are not particularly satisfying.


  9. "My journey at Akamai"

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Traditional caching technology mixed with some new cutting edge technologies to deliver the needs of Internet.

    Cons

    depends on the product you work on

    Advice to Management

    nothing.


  10. "UX Design Intern"

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    Current Intern - User Experience Design in San Mateo, CA
    Current Intern - User Experience Design in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Many companies give interns easier projects but Akamai had me work on pretty significant projects.
    - Free breakfast and lunch once a week

    Cons

    - they don't pay for lunch hours if you're getting paid hourly
    - The San Mateo office didn't have a cafeteria or a place nearby to buy food, but they are moving
    - Desks were set up as cubicles. Made the office space extremely quiet.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "After a decade, I still love this company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akamai full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of smart people to work with and the job is very interesting.
    You get a chance to change the world everyday by helping Akamai's customers with new project (almost every cool Internet service out there uses them like top social sites, all big news sites, media sites, etc).
    Lots of internal chances to grow (if you are good).
    Good health benefits, lots of funded culture clubs to choose from (like fishing, surfing, scuba diving, chess, coffee, biking, beer, etc.), free drinks and food (varies from office to office).
    Over the years I got approached by most of Akamai's competitors and interviewed with some of them to see which benefits and salary they offer, and I am happy to say that none of them pays as well or offers comparable benefits.

    Cons

    Hard to think of cons... Well the Akamai provided coffee in San Mateo sucks (some people have brought their own espresso machines though). Other Akamai offices I visited have cool espresso machines, so I guess this is just in San Mateo.

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating and ensure good people are happy as there is a lot of opportunities out there right now



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