Akamai Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 14 May 2020

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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    technologies work-life balance self development learning a lot culture

    Cons

    I can not see any

    Akamai2018-10-04
  2. "Heading in the right direction"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akamai full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Working with some very smart people (Internet protocol development, kernel level engineering etc). - Smart humble people! they really are the best quality about this company! - Depending on the manager - can have good mentor-ship opportunities/continuing professional development - Encouraged to get involved in communities such as the IETF - Ability to relocate between offices - Good work life balance, generous remote work policy

    Cons

    - Salary lags behind competitors - Can be tough to make positive change (lots of process & hurdles to go through can make even small changes difficult). - Sometimes management decisions seem tone def. - Sometimes projects seem doomed to fail - (Understaffed/resourced)

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    Akamai2019-12-09
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed Experience"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - TPM 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akamai full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Going big with great future plans and roadmap;

    Cons

    Extensive and monotonous online based training, mainly watching video clips, which IMO is quite ineffective and tedious; Lack of meaningful support and development; Mgmt can be quite oblivious to their team's overwhelming workload and provide little support ; Overstretched resources; Very poor work-life balance; Training and Professional Development budget is either tight or poorly spent

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    Akamai2019-03-13
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Mostly Sunny, with the odd shower..."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akamai full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * - The company is happy to give you lots of opportunities to grow and change roles internally * - Incredibly flexible on how I work, and where I work. I go to the office less than 3x times a month, and work from home most of the time! * - Go-getters, and smart people are appreciated. * - The technology and the Akamai Platform are incredible, and it develops constantly * - If you like cool technology and constant evolution, this will be a great place to work! * - Akamai handles the largest amount of Web Traffic of any entity on the Internet - 15-30%, with peaks of over 30Tbps! * - Because Akamai are a Premium provider in the market, you'll get to deal with literally the largest companies on the planet. No SME's here! * - Its great being able to work with the largest organisations in the World, and gather that kind if experience. Its a great confidence builder and looks awesome on my CV! * - If you're into Media, CDN, or Security, they have plenty of products that are either at the forefront of development, or do not need to hide. * - You will get a LOT of training! *

    Cons

    * - Depending on which team your work in, the hours can be horrible sometimes * - The entire company seems to be full of workaholics. So if you don't like this attitude to work/life balance (or lack thereof), you need to think carefully about which role you move into. Its mostly the Sales oriented roles that put in heavy hours. The other departments are usually better. * - You will get a LOT of training! Yes, and some of it is horrible, mind numbing, and depression inducing.... Unfortunately Akamai over-train their employees at the beginning, so the first 6 months can be gruelling. They call it 'Drinking from the Firehose'. And a lot of the training material is not very good and a waste of time. * - The amount of emails I have to process is ridiculous! And Akamai *loves* emails! * - They suffer from Information Chaos. Too much information, in too many places, with lots of it outdated, and with few people maintaining it. This used to be a daily source of frustration for me as a newcomer for about an entire year. Until I learned all the information that wasn't written down, but that was stored int he 'collective brain' of more senior employees. * - Depending on the department you work for, there can be a LOT of internal calls. * - Depending on the department you work for, Salaries are not always at market rates. * - Because Akamai are a Premium Provider in the markets they operate in, they are also the MOST expensive! This means that we've had to turn away a fair few potential customers, because they simply couldn't afford our solutions. There's a certain level of perceived arrogance that comes with this unfortunately. * - The Business Units in charge of new product development can sometimes be slow to react to trends in the market. It makes the company less agile than smaller competitors. * - The benefits are pretty good, with good health insurance, pension and good bonuses.

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    Akamai2015-09-16
  5. "Fantastic environment. Family Culture. Job for life"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer - II in Addlestone, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akamai full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Solid income, good bonus structure, fantastic training, amazing staff both talented and friendly, excellent work-life balance, large company which opens opportunities globally and internally

    Cons

    UK head office is based in Addlestone - poor location for almost every reason. Commute is a pain, lunch is horrible in the area etc.

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    Akamai2014-11-17
  6. "Awesome Company"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Operations Analyst in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Varied Employee Benefits - Work from Home, Cab for all shifts, Subsidized Lunch. Free Dinner, evening snacks. Compensation are very good for all levels. Growth, progression policies are good. Learning and education programs. Work life balance. Paternity leave of 1 month

    Cons

    There are no cons that comes of mind after working 4 years.

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    Akamai2020-05-14
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for, but progress is slow"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, flexibility, and benefits. Most colleagues were friendly and nice to work with. Ability for IC career progression.

    Cons

    High level of bureaucracy, need many people to sign off to move forward. Some colleagues and leadership were old-fashioned. Transition in leadership in my dept led to team decline. Recent trend of large layoffs based on what makes revenue, leading to projects that were more user-centric being cut.

    Akamai2020-04-07
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Learn Politics, become part of the good old boy's club STAT and you are set!"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Account Executive 

    I have been working at Akamai full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, Work Life Balance, Great Products

    Cons

    Implementations never go right Not a minority friendly company Politics, once you play the game you are set. It has helped me now but some people will never fit in. And will struggle with this....Don't join if you care about culture, join if you are here to make money, work hard and enjoy life outside of work

    Akamai2020-04-07
  9. Helpful (3)

    "The job was OK but the coworkers were not!"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SOC Specialist in Kraków
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Akamai full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working in SOC is great opportunity to get familiar with Network-related attacks, especially DDoS Game Room Free meal once a week for SOC Linux Academy Access

    Cons

    Speaking per SOC, full of over-judgmental, unfriendly, demotivating, jealous and even discriminative people, especially among those so-called "Seniors", who did everything to make the new comers feel like they knew nothing, they were worthless and even they did not deserve to be at Akamai. All of this was becoming much more evident while those so-called seniors were interacting with foreigners from Middle East in the office, They were clearly treating them worse but somehow this did not bother the local management at all as the local management did not want to mess up with those so called "Seniors" of SOC Krakow. Eventually, one of those discriminative, jealous and additionally anti-social so-called Seniors became a manager for the night shift as noone else was willing to do it.  At that point, things got even worse as not only he had this judgmental obsessive character with extreme jealousy (especially of better-looking people) but also he did not even know the basics of either management or interacting with people in general. This toxic atmosphere in the SOC Krakow was so strong that even some of the Polish new-comers grabbed this attitude and started to treat other new-comers as such as soon as they started to work (you can also call it a desperate attempt to be appreciated by the Seniors in order to be promoted) I have kept those people called "so-called Seniors" on purpose so far, as being a Senior does not only mean having more experience and/or more technical knowledge (which literally anybody can do just by cramming the books& sitting in front of the computer all day long). Therefore, even though those toxic people were regarded as Senors at SOC Krakow, in reality they did not even have a tiny bit of wisdom of a true Senior, who can guide less experienced people, motivate them and most importantly, is nationality-agnostic. In fact, in my opinion, this last thing is not an issue of merely SOC Krakow but rather of all of undeveloped countries with immature business culture, like the Polish one. Virtues like motivation, guidance, wisdom, multi-culti team work etc. are simply too abstract to understand for people coming from such cultures, since all they care about is pragmatism, i.e. whether a person knows the stuff enough or not. That's why even such people were given the title Senior there, the title which they would never be able to acquire,  merely with their technical knowledge,  in any of the developed countries with this attitude and mindset, Work/Life balance was bad for the ones who were working on night shift as well. As Night shift is something that messes up this balance. Finally, Average English level was also too low at SOC Krakow, which is no surprise for Polish IT industry

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    Akamai2020-03-16
  10. Helpful (5)

    "BOCC | Media Operation Engineer | Monotonous Technical Work"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Operation Engineer II in Bangalore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akamai full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Management Flexible in giving leaves Work life balance Engineers Enjoy watching/monitoring many live major events/show/games like GOT, IPL, NBA, NFL You will get opportunity to work with many big online live video provider companies Compensation is fairly good

    Cons

    Once you understand the technology, things will become boring. Not much work to do, engineers fight with each other like Hungary dogs for the food. Few engineers will share each and everything with managers, they will even share when they go for washroom. (can't write the rude language, I had a different version to write though) Biased managers who keep a few chosen engineers at their arm's length. Every team has a chosen engineer favoured for everything. Management gives preference to a few engineers who does bootlick. Two-faced managers. That most favourite engineer will carry out most of the work and will get credit for it. Manager will give work to his favourite engineer and makes others believe that the chosen one is the hard-working engineer in the whole team. Engineers who keep a smiling innocent face in front of the manager and spend hours of talking with them gets the most favoured engineer tag. Those innocent face making engineers show true face to other engineers when managers are not around. Best shift to work is weekend shift. you do 12 hours of work for 3 days and enjoy 4 days of the week off!!! Lots of internal team politics. Engineers will keep a smiling innocent face in front of you who you believe are friends but will do backstabbing, they will complain a lot about you to your managers. Managers enjoy listening to the gossips and they start believing the rumours. The whole management team is built with a motto of let engineers wipe their mess and award the one who wipes really good or even eat their mess really good. Each team will think that they are supreme to others that leads to lot of team-specific escalation to each other. One short advice is to not to join this team as this team looks shittiest in Akamai. Don't join if you are looking for good technical role and career growth. You will be stuck in a loop you will not be able to break it. Akamai as a whole is a really good company but not BOCC.

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    Akamai2020-03-16
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