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Limelight Networks Reviews

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

  • Somewhat disorganized and fragmented (but it's getting much better with the new management) (in 4 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 (5)

    "Market dictates limelight is expendable"

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    • Culture & Values
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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.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Limelight a decent place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "High growth industry...on the right path!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits & compensation. Fun place to come into everyday. The products really differentiate and I learn something new everyday. The industry is growing a ton and there is a lot of opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    I'd like to see more investment in our product development which should allow us to bring new functionality quicker to market.

    Advice to Management

    Take the hard road sometimes! The Content Deliver space is growing at such a rapid pace. It's important we have the right talent across all levels of org to ensure a successful next couple years.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Can we say Hostile work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Deli with free stuff is the only thing I can say good about the company

    Cons

    No documentation, people who own products hold company for ransom to get more money or they leave and take their documentation with them leaving the company forced to reverse engineer or beg them to come back. Worst when you are trying to get things done and document processes you are told things like "stop thinking just do as your told", "I'm gonna nut punch you" and many other negative things that just brings the stress level so high that I would rather be homeless than continue working here. Save your self a headache move on and don't stop here.

    Advice to Management

    Work on communication stop playing the budgetting game and focus on teams and making sure that they work together and have in house training berating and bludgeoning new people doesn't work and leave people with a lack of desire to actually care.

    Limelight Networks Response

    Mar 8, 2016 – Recruitment Manager

    This comment started with "Hostile Work Environment". The definition of a hostile work environment is when allegations are based on discrimination for race, color, sex, national origin... More


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Seems to be moving in the wrong direction"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - On-premises deli. Free drinks/snacks/lunch every day.
    - Tier 3 (Engineering and above) has exposure to a wide variety of technology and cross-department work. Lots of room to grow/learn from a technical-skill stand point.
    - Relaxed atmosphere (no dress code) and flexible work hours.
    - Some great people still working there, especially on the technical side of the house.

    Cons

    - Extremely top-heavy when it comes to Management. 1/10 Director-to-employee ratio. This is JUST the Director level and is not counting other middle-management.
    - Good ol' boys club. This feeling permeates the entire organization and it's outright blatantly obvious when it comes to internal career advancement and recognition.
    - Internal promotions for most, (see Good ol' boys club note above), is met with little-to-zero increase in financial compensation. There are many extremely bright and talented engineers that were promoted from within, but were rewarded with laughable increases in compensation for their talent and hard work, leading to resentment on multiple levels.
    - Culture has taken nose-dive since the most recent change in Executive Management. It is understandable that the company cannot retain that "mom & pop" feel forever, however, a lot of what made LLNW a fun place to work from a cultural standpoint has been nearly all but stripped away.
    - Constant company reorganization to plug holes.

    Advice to Management

    The most glaring issue that I encountered in my years at Limelight was the extreme under-compensation of home grown talent. This is causing rampant internal resentment towards executive management. Upper management is well aware of the issue, but it has seemed to fall on deaf ears. This has resulted in very talented Engineers leaving the company to peruse the financial compensation they deserve elsewhere. From a technological standpoint, working for, and learning how, a CDN operates can be a complicated and daunting task. Yet the people who understand it best and are terrific at addressing it's issues, (the internal talent), are consistently under-appreciated and drastically under-paid. Again, unless you are part of the "Good ol' boys club". It's as if LLNW assumes that these young, talented Engineers will remain loyal and/or ignorant of their value on the open market.

    This is especially troubling when the company has a 1/10 Director-to-employee ratio. In addition to the constant company reorganization which results in many "VP to Sr. VP" or "Director to Sr. Director" type of "promotions". That is a lot of middle management making six-figures plus and receiving substantial compensation for their "promotions" , yet, hard working and talented Engineers can't get a 5% pay raise when promoted internally.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Needs House Cleaning"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Limelight Networks full-time

    Pros

    - flexible work options
    - decent benefits
    - good technical challenges
    - some amazing people to work with
    - heading in the right direction, but slowly.

    Cons

    - good old boys club and management heavy to the point of being dysfunctional.
    - stuck in the past in many ways technologically and organizationally. loads of room for operational and business process improvement with many internal obstacles (empires and silos) to the changes that need to happen and that your engineers would like to make happen.
    - cannot follow through with commitments to many new hires
    - constant fire lighting and curiosity projects by curious management wanting to know something now, derails focus of things that are in-development.
    -imho, least agile company to follow that process that I have ever seen due to change process and the need for a dozen or more management to approve nearly anything.
    - seeming constant internal reorganizations to plug holes and attempt at becoming more agile, instead of growing groups and teams organically to fill gaps and build domain expertise and ownership of products.

    Advice to Management

    Trim your manager, director and vp ranks drastically. Almost 1/5th of the company had a director title or higher. Then when you factor in managers, you are looking at another 20% of the company. Cut that by 60 percent or ideally more. That's beyond top heavy and many old timers are not up to date on the industry trends leveraging their silo'd good ole boys club, how things were done in the past methodologies, using old tools and slow methodologies. Too many people have worked together for too long and fresh idea's and solutions are often pushed aside because the old way gets the job done and it worked for them in the past. I saw many great solutions pushed aside because, one manager or another would rather look at an spreadsheet, or because they would rather build their own solution with a team of 15 than pay what would be one engineer's salary in licensing fees for a mature off-the-shelf product.

    Get more people who work together into offices where they can work toegether. The global nature and distributed aspects of the company hurt your agility too much. Questions or problems that could be solve in minutes often take hours or sometimes weeks.

    You have far to many people who do little but sit in 30+ hours a week worth of meetings and really do not accomplish much of anything for the benefit of the business other than to slow things down.

    Many of your engineering staff do not think highly of management, but don't speak up because they like their jobs and paycheck and the flexibility of the work environment and don't like to cause waves, they are pushing you in the right direction. A small of few them who are part of the old guard are responsible for pushing you in the right directions, give them the resources they need.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good office atmosphere (satellite office), nice salary, unlimited PTO (without getting hassled by managers) is great. No micromanaging, there's a culture of respect between manager and employees.

    Cons

    A good bit of disorganization and constant priority switching. It's hard to see a large project to completion without being pulled off for the new important thing.

    Advice to Management

    Stay with the changes that we're making, I like where things are headed. Keep priority switching to a minimum, and if something does need a temporary change, come back to it after the new priority is complete.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Account Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid vision and objectives to conquer the market opportunity at hand. Many talented individuals and leaders with great products along with the ability to execute.

    Cons

    High turnover slows down progress and damages employee morale. The company is trying to catch up and oftentimes step on their own toes trying to do so.

    Advice to Management

    If someone makes you a reasonable offer please take it, many of us will forever thank you....


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Director"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company, great people, great opportunities if you're lucky to have the right management.

    Cons

    Sometimes can be political, sometimes good ideas are ignored. In the right org, you can learn a lot and get really far.

    Advice to Management

    Be open minded. Some of your greatest minds, ideas, and strategies may come from middle management and not just your executive circles.


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