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Limelight Networks Reviews

Updated June 17, 2017
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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
  • Upper management really doesn't understand how important security is, or they would rather not think about it (in 13 reviews)

  • Salary is good, but some larger companies with similar roles can afford to do better by between 20-30% typically (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time

    Pros

    LLNW continues to make competition tough for companies like Akamai and Level3 - also good companies. LLNW is still able to operate with nimbleness of a startup.

    Cons

    The strength of being a company with the nimbleness of a startup can provide a lack of good processes that ensure good releases for a global product.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Improving month over month"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Limelight Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great industry, relaxed work environment, with continuously improving processes and products. Great benefits and fair pay make it an enjoyable workplace.

    Cons

    It is a competitive space with larger companies offering similar solutions and products. No other cons that I can think of.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Being part of a a turn around story is exhilarating. Great teams of committed employees who are in it for the long haul..

    Cons

    Upward mobility is limited due to the small size of organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on the track we are on and there will be huge rewards.


  4. Helpful (10)

    "Pushing talent away"

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    Former Employee - NOC Analyst in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - NOC Analyst in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time

    Pros

    The deli is nice but that is about as far as it goes. Id rather buy lunch and like where I work.

    Cons

    Management is awful. After one of the smarter directors left (who was probably the smartest person at the company) the place turned into garbage. The managers who were put in charge have very little technical understanding and basically want to run the place like a call center because that is all they understand.

    They also started rotating everyone's shift every single quarter. They also made it a requirement that one quarter each year, you have to work nights. They did this even though the people working nights actually being happy with working nights and were actually hired in to work nights specifically. So they basically just made everyone unhappy. A lot of people left because it just didn't make sense.

    They don't understand IT jobs at all. It is too easy to find another job if you are talented.

    I saw multiple people get "promoted" because they were unhappy. This company likes to do the trick where they give you a new title/more responsibilities and then tell you that they can't compensate any more because HR has their hands tied. DONT FALL FOR THIS.

    People who aren't really go getters are allowed to just coast along.

    Advice to Management

    Find a job outside of IT.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Limelight Networks full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, smart co-workers, relaxed work environment, unlimited PTO. If you work in the Tempe, AZ office there is free food in the cafeteria.

    Cons

    There aren't many cons that are company-wide, the cons depend on which department you work in.

    Advice to Management

    Give more training opportunities, create more career guidance, listen to your employees feedback. Keep up the good work.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "New Management Forced People Out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, great management team (the old team), interesting projects, collaborative work environment.

    Cons

    New Management came in and forced people out without giving them a chance to do their jobs. The irony is that the incoming CFO was just recently fired himself.

    Advice to Management

    Assess your employees and let them do their jobs for a few months before you tell them to leave. You lost a lot of talent.


  7. 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".

  8. Helpful (9)

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

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    • 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


  9. 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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Market dictates limelight is expendable"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Executive
    Former Employee - Business Development Executive
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Limelight Networks (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -free food
    -Good pay
    That's it.

    Cons

    -lots of abandoned projects
    -forcing reps to sell unfinished products
    -way too much politics
    -technology is behind Amazon and Akamai
    -it's a cemetery: they owe Akamai 43MM. (Most of their cash)
    -product is not reliable

    Advice to Management

    You guys have waaaay too many people at your Director and VP levels. Fire the useless ones and hire engineers to bring about good product.

    Honestly, I'd fire the management team; the only hope is for them to get acquired since google just entered the space in partnership with Akamai.


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