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  • work life balance can suffer at times (in 35 reviews)

  • Middle management was largely promoted from individual contributor ranks and isn't very experienced with people management (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Challenging work, flexible employer"

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    • 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.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and immense amount to learn make it an exciting place to work. You'll never feel bored with the challenge.

    Cons

    The steep learning curve can be a bit daunting. And your teammates may not always give you the chance to pick things up at your pace.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "great work culture"

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    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai (Less than a year)

    Pros

    the work culture is great.

    Cons

    nothing specific. Maybe they should start offering free lunches. [just saying]


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  5. "Software Engineer Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Systems Software Engineer Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Intern - Systems Software Engineer Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very lively work environment. very nice Projects and good team which is cooperative at all times.
    Scope to learn a lot including great pay

    Cons

    Some times the work is very static and you can't explore and the scope for innovation is minimum


  6. "Awesome"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits & compensation package which includes stock options, multiple healthcare plans, 401K plans, commuter plans with 4 weeks paid time off. Great work life balance...

    Cons

    None that I can think of...

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  7. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Systems Software Engineer in College Station, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Software Engineer in College Station, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Amazing team, nice working environment

    Cons

    Less communication from HR regarding hiring decision.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Overall solid place to work"

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    Current Employee - Principal Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive benefits, lots of interesting technical challenges and work due to growth. Management seems to have the company pointed in the right direction in terms of growing into adjacent and new areas to fight commoditization of traditional CDN business.

    Cons

    Growth has HQ sprawling all over Kendall Square, scattered among many buildings. Lots of legacy code and "not invented here" syndrome over the 15+ years means mucking through tons of hidebound code, tools, processes, etc. Definitely a fear of cutting over or "letting go", since the lack of available information and oral history makes it difficult to know what can be discarded and what must be retained.

    Advice to Management

    Put some of the gentlemen farmer "architects" scattered at personal labs around the country back to work on these problems, instead of their advanced research/dev sinecures.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior system software engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Akamai is great place to work. I was fortunate enough to be part of Akamai.

    Cons

    None I can think of.


  10. "System Software Engineer Coop"

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    Current Employee - Software Systems Engineer Coop in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Systems Engineer Coop in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good learning experience with Akamai Technologies

    Cons

    Not much exposure since i worked for 8 months

    Advice to Management

    Cool


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Solid company, but bureacratic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A very relevant company with a clear vision for its own future. Certain areas of the company lead the world in what they do. If you're interested in networking or security, there is no other place to be.

    Cons

    Communication across the organization is difficult, different parts of the company jockey and compete with each other. Parts of the company not directly related to the core business (CDN, security) sometimes have second-rate people. Not always, but sometimes. If you're interviewing, judge your interviewers as much as they're judging you.

    Advice to Management

    Seek out places where work is being duplicated and bring those groups together to cooperate instead of compete.