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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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
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. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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