Akamai Employee Reviews about "middle management"

Updated Jan 9, 2021

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  • "Salary, Work life balance, interesting work(in 238 reviews)

  • "Amazing benefits and great work culture(in 124 reviews)

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  • "sometimes the work can get out of hand but mostly we do have a good work life balance(in 59 reviews)

  • "No career progression ppportunities within middle management(in 28 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Alliance executive

      Jan 15, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Excellent leadership. Significant autonomy and authority to make decisions. Their technology just works. Encourages remote workforce.

      Cons

      Sometimes impatient in letting initiatives take hold. Middle management was largely promoted from individual contributor ranks and isn't very experienced with people management.

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Excellent CEO ... EXTREMELY BAD middle management

      Dec 8, 2020 - Enterprise Architect in Boston, MA
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      Pros

      interesting technology, very nice perks

      Cons

      bad middle management, way too many managers

      3 people found this review helpful
    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Super Political Senior Leadership

      Jan 9, 2021 - Director in Cambridge, MA
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      Pros

      Salary and benefits are above average

      Cons

      No career progression ppportunities within middle management Far too much politics going on at senior levels

      1 person found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Solution Architect

      Jun 26, 2019 -  
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      Pros

      Very family friendly, Flexible work schedule, good work life balance once you are used to the work, nice culture, Encourage learning outside of work. Excellent benefits. One of the best companies to work for. HR is good. Pretty much work from any where.

      Cons

      After a while, work may get boring. Middle management could be better but subjective to who you work with. Career progression and growth outside of your team could be challenging if you are not in the headquarters office. Salary could be better. Innovation pace is slow in most areas. Hiring could be better.

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Ok place to work overall

      Jan 29, 2020 - Senior Engineering Manager 
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      Pros

      Decent technology problems and scale. Strong engineering culture.

      Cons

      Risk averse middle management lacks vision.

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    6. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Circling the drain..

      Oct 24, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      800 pound gorilla in the industry, but the industry is evolving. Secular trends in the market are in Akamai's favor When global scale is needed (eg. broadcasting the Olympics) Akamai is still the best choice Ethical and socially conscious company and CEO Decent comp and benefits package Company generally treats employees well though some managers are toxic and vindictive

      Cons

      Aging platform held together by proverbial duct tape and popsicle sticks in many cases. Middle management - Directors to VPs - filled with Akamai veterans and politically savvy types whose primary competence is playing a dysfunctional system to their advantage. Meanwhile, the executive team hems and haws because no one wants to put their name to a decision. And so it goes in endless loop - Rinse, rehash, repeat. A shocking lack of execution discipline, priority setting and planning across all parts of the company - product, sales, marketing, IT, finance - you name it. Akamai seems to believe that normal rules of business simply don't apply Products that take forever to come out CEO is academically brilliant, and seems a decent man, but is an overpowering and controlling figure with no operational skills. The tone and expectations he sets allows folks (especially the old guard) to get away with pretty much anything

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      3 people found this review helpful
    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Never allowed to do what I was hired for

      Oct 6, 2018 - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test in Santa Clara, CA
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      Pros

      I guess the technology was interesting (if vastly outdated). Many of the people were fantastic (and deserve better).

      Cons

      I was hired under false pretenses. I was hired to do something, and never got to do it, due to misguided middle management and peers, and spineless upper management. The tools they have in place, and much of the technology, is severely out-of-date, and there are too many people that "like it that way". Innovation is stifled in the name of the status quo.

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      13 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      No accountability & too much middle management

      Apr 19, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Industry-recognized brand. Has some decent technology. Has been around for years. Makes good acquisitions to stay relevant!

      Cons

      For a technology company, there's a huge shortage of good engineers, with knowledge of new frameworks. Everything gets built on top of old code that's clunky and difficult to QA. Many releases have to get rolled back because they cause customer issues or simply don't work! It takes a painfully long time to get new features out, many times years... and by the time something is released, there are multiple competitors doing the same thing much better and for lower price! Finally, certain teams/industries get all the attention of product and engineering and everything gets built with them in mind. The rest of the customer base is left with having to shoehorn Akamai products into their workflow. As a company, there's a huge middle management layer that's ineffective and adds to employee frustration. These are managers who play politics, don't care about helping their direct reports advance their careers, and are simply dead weight. This adds to the work/life imbalance for high throughput employees and lets those doing bare minimum fly under the radar (and many times, get promoted!).

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      4 people found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Inconsistent / Nonexistent leadership in Marketing

      Oct 11, 2017 - Marketing Specialist in Cambridge, MA
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      Pros

      Company as a whole is great. Great benefits, cool technology, strong CEO. Folks in Engineering and other groups seem to enjoy their work.

      Cons

      Marketing is a disaster right now. New leadership took over a year ago and has since fired majority of middle-management and many of the individual contributors, replacing with cronies from previous company. New team is focused on playing defense and making excuses for underperformance rather than making any improvements. Morale is low low low -- Those not fired either have quit, are actively looking, or waiting for sev package from next round of firings. I'm in the third camp. One thing all three camps have in common is that we're all "checked out," made all the easier by the fact that leadership is often out of office.

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      36 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Work management needs a rewrite

      Nov 8, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Akamai is a great job for people who want to go to the office, put their 8-10 hours in, and go home. In general, managers try to keep things low stress for their employees. - Flexible hours - Work assignments can be flexible (Depending on team/manager)

      Cons

      - All of middle management says "yes, sir" to their higher-ups, regardless of completability (at least in my department) - The IT management is almost in the dark-ages - Very hard for non-VP ideas to gain any traction

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      5 people found this review helpful
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