Akamai - Fine for a few years, bad for a long-term career | Glassdoor
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"Fine for a few years, bad for a long-term career"

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

- Unlimited (or at least uncapped) vacation time
- Good (but not spectacular) compensation
- Tom Leighton

Cons

- The company is run by the old guard, who have formed cliques and jealously guard their information. I've seen several people new to the company become completely overwhelmed and have no help whatsoever.
- No documentation anywhere.
- Lack of focus. It's common for projects to be pushed back, and some get ignored completely.
- Most of the challenges Akamai faces now are business challenges: how to manage sustainable growth, which smaller companies to acquire, and so on. There aren't as many genuinely technical challenges as there are at other companies.
- The people there are in it for the stock, not because of the engineering challenges.
- Very few promotion opportunities.
- Endless office politics.
- Very few women engineers. The ones that are there are generally in positions high enough to avoid the worst parts of the office environment.
- No freebies (soda, lunch, etc.), unlike most tech companies.

Advice to Management

Decide whether you want to be an agile internet startup or a mature infrastructure provider

Other Employee Reviews for Akamai

  1. Helpful (8)

    "Professional Services"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, Flexible work from home

    Cons

    - Poor Leadership- Many managers/directors/VPs are highly inexperienced and have no clue
      how to manage people, grow careers, retain or motivate their teams. Many should NEVER
      have been promoted to the positions they are in.

    Advice to Management

    - Pay close attention to growing careers and providing the right opportunities for your
      employees. Ensure those who get promoted to management positions understand this is a
      KEY responsibility along with ensuring team members are motivated and engaged.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Akamai"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Volunteer opportunities; work and life balance

    Cons

    office politics; lack of sense of urgency between departments

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