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Limelight Networks Reviews

Updated January 16, 2018
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Limelight Networks President, CEO & Director Robert Lento
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Pros
  • Free food - legit deli style sandwiches, soups, sodas, and much more (in 23 reviews)

  • Great industry, relaxed work environment, with continuously improving processes and products (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Somewhat disorganized and fragmented (but it's getting much better with the new management) (in 4 reviews)

  • t buy or marginalise Limelight to posting critical data instead to someone like Akamai (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Flexibility with inconsistency"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility -- a lot of employees are either remote or work in various offices. The culture is very flexible on where you work from as long as you are available when you're needed and get your work done.

    Cons

    There is old company culture that still exists where the 'ol boys club bands together and promotes based on relationship rather than merit / qualification and skills. Also, there lacks a cohesiveness across regional teams and divisions within the organization.


  2. "Account Development Rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed office environment with fun coworkers

    Cons

    Management is not always properly communicating things down to the employees.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Company really doesn't understand security"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Good benefits. Most people you work with are helpful and friendly. I enjoyed my time here even if it was a little frustrating.

    Cons

    Upper management really doesn't understand how important security is, or they would rather not think about it. They are more concerned with getting a fast through network throughput than worried about security. Then when something does happen and it does, then they just sweep it under the rug and ignore it. When someone or a group does try to do something toward making a change, it usually fails due to so many managers wanting to do it their way rather than listening to the people who actually know what they are doing and have done it multiple times.

    Advice to Management

    Get someone in who actually knows and has experience in Security rather than putting someone in who suddenly wants to get into security. Don't believe everything they say like they know, because "they can learn all about it in a week".


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Has problems, but seems to be trying to work them out"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Neat technologies, international reach, free deli if you're in the office, lots of community support activities and other attempts at morale building. My manager and team were top-shelf. Lots of technical folk are incredibly passionate about doing things right. They may not always agree on the definition of right, but they'll also generally make cogent technical arguments.

    Cons

    Phenomenal amounts of technical debt and lack of ownership make for a challenging environment. The semi-annual re-orgs only aggravate the situation, as products owned by vanished departments are left in limbo. The disaster which is "network architecture" needs to be fixed.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to your guns. If you say you're going to decommission a product, then do so. If the business environment changes so you can't, admit the change and staff to support it. Killing support on products that are making you money is, IMO, negligent.

    Also? Tell the guy with the $5M compensation package to stop talking about needing to conserve funds and "do more with less". Because $5M can buy a hell of a lot of technical talent and go a long way towards cleaning up the technical debt.

    Finally, take career control away from HR. Promoting technical fold to "Assistant Director" with no reports simply because there's no other way to pay them what they require to stay demonstrates an amazing lack of understanding of the careers of technical people.

    Limelight Networks Response

    Mar 8, 2016 – Recruitment Manager

    At Limelight the employees control their career, the company takes responsibility for providing the tools and processes than enable people to understand how to map and grow their unique and personal... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A Company In Search Of Direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Willingness to try new approaches
    - Recognition of the importance of IP
    - Flexibility as regards work: many employees worked remotely from home

    Cons

    - Lots of jockeying for position
    - Role of politics in promotions
    - Geographically disparate teams create islands between which communication is difficult
    - Searching for strategy and direction

    Advice to Management

    Moving up the stack is the only realistic option in the commodified CDN market. However, execution is key to being able to achieve this. Focus on bringing the disparate groups and businesses together.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Limelight a decent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Streaming Media Specialist/Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Streaming Media Specialist/Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Limelight Networks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, Excellent network infrastructure, healthy competitive environment

    Cons

    Too loosely organized on the network side. Too many competing application within the same space.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate apps that don't work, and centralize on a single application for each technology


  7. "Limelight Networks"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to be a part of. Very laid back. Jeans and t-shirt kind of work place.

    Cons

    There are a number of people working here in high up positions who don't really do much, yet collect very hefty paychecks.

    Advice to Management

    Need more structure to help employees move up the corporate ladder. Low level employees have an opportunity but middle level seem very stagnant.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "technical writer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    they offer good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    but alsoLong hours and high stress


  9. Helpful (2)

    "So close"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Limelight has many ways for a talented employee to grow, with internal advancement a common theme for the best contributors. They have long been an important part of the CDN ecosystem. However...

    Cons

    Multiple poor to bad acquisitions and an all over the place focus of the company have hurt the brand and the company moral.

    Advice to Management

    The current executive staff has done a better job recently trying to focus on the key areas of their business and may in time be able to regain a spot among the top CDN's in the business if they keep that focus

    Limelight Networks Response

    Aug 31, 2015 – Recruitment Manager

    We value our talent at Limelight and continue to look for ways to offer opportunities for promotion and growth, to train and develop our employees and encourage them to set goals for their own career... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Potential & people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time

    Pros

    The people and their passion to be winners with a good, differentiated technology story

    Cons

    Lack of vision and how to evaluate leadership. Previous senior management was inept or irresponsible in understanding the chemistry of leadership from senior down to mid-level management. Most VPs were incompetent and got their position by knowing someone not something of value. Most of since left w/a few holdovers, some of which are still hanging on w/o value, but it is what it is.

    Advice to Management

    Past management: They took the money and ran.
    Current management: stay the course, be innovative to create more value, keep listening to customers and partner with them.


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