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Limelight Networks Reviews

Updated January 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Great industry, relaxed work environment, with continuously improving processes and products (in 23 reviews)

  • If you work in the Tempe, AZ office there is free food in the cafeteria (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management really doesn't understand how important security is, or they would rather not think about it (in 13 reviews)

  • There is no career advancement at the company (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 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.


  2. Helpful (8)

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Limelight a decent place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. "Limelight Networks"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "So close"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Potential & people"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Decent Place to Work."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tier III Support Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Tier III Support Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great and hard working in a competitive environment. schedule and time off is flexible.

    Cons

    Leadership can be slow to apply appropriate guidance at times. Compensation is low compared to companies based in the bay area.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let all your good people leave.


  9. "Challenged but we'll-intentioned acquirer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President, Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President, Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The core of llnw is composed of good, smart, well-meaning professionals who are very loyal to the company and their colleagues. Some of the technical staff were, at the time, the best in the specialized world of high-scale cdns.

    Cons

    The team of executives at the time struggled to manage and prioritize the new companies and initiatives they acquired. They failed to differentiate the company in the face of growing commoditization. Some managers were clearly in over their heads.

    Advice to Management

    Be focused and decisive. Assign a high-level executive to each acquired company. Find and promote top talent from acquired teams. Incentivize mutual success over autonomy.


  10. "Good people, poor execution and strategy"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic environment, ability to chart path

    Cons

    Weak executives, lack of focus, and poor execution

    Advice to Management

    Sell company


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Good stop, but not necessarily a career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Limelight Networks full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are some of the smartest you will ever meet. The products are cutting edge, and unlike anything else that even the competitors are working on. You'll get a great line item on your resume, fair amount of instant recognition. Great perks, including free food, games, and a very casual work environment.

    Cons

    Casual work environment doesn't counteract the overworked, workaholic, alcoholic (seriously) culture that drives this place. The stress is palpable, and there are a large amount of people who work ridiculous hours because this place is seriously understaffed. The salaries could be better, especially as you get higher up. Lots of office politics and infighting among the leadership, which has led to talented people at all levels leaving for greener pastures. Upward mobility is rather limited and slow-moving. Company has absorbed several start-ups, so culture is very fractured.

    Advice to Management

    As long as office politics, power struggles, ridiculous hours, and a total lack of collaboration prevail, the company is doomed to either stay where it is or sink into more decline. The fact that you are losing talent at an alarming rate should disturb you more than it evidently does.


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