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Akamai Systems Software Engineer Reviews

Updated Mar 23, 2017

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Akamai CEO Tom Leighton
Tom Leighton
15 Ratings
  1. Helpful (8)

    "Excellent Culture and Work Life Balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Respect, acknowledgement of effort, fairness, compensation, personal development opportunities, benefits, people, culture, work load, access to resources

    Cons

    Metadata. Non-cloud based in a world of cloud computing. Limited test servers. Shared QA environment for testing with global access for all users (outages, instability of test env, resource consumption and overload)

    Advice to Management

    Trust the advice of your subordinates! Posing a challenge to a statement is one thing, but personal understanding and opinion should take a back seat to the person with detailed knowledge.

    Akamai2017-03-23
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and immense amount to learn make it an exciting place to work. You'll never feel bored with the challenge.

    Cons

    The steep learning curve can be a bit daunting. And your teammates may not always give you the chance to pick things up at your pace.

    Akamai2016-06-15
  3. "Challenging work, flexible employer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Scads of interesting opportunities throughout. Managers care about the whole person and work to ensure employees' needs are being met.

    Cons

    Like most any tech company, deadlines can be all consuming. At times, the level of institutional process seemed excessive.

    Akamai2016-05-07
  4. "Great Company! Great Culture!"

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    Systems Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai for more than a year

    Pros

    Immense amount of learning and opportunities. Great Culture. Everyone is always available for help.

    Cons

    Some amount of office politics at Senior levels.

    Akamai2015-11-27
  5. Helpful (2)

    "great work culture"

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    Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai for less than a year

    Pros

    the work culture is great.

    Cons

    nothing specific. Maybe they should start offering free lunches. [just saying]

    Akamai2015-08-29
  6. "Software Engineer Intern"

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    Former Intern - Systems Software Engineer Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akamai for less than a year

    Pros

    Very lively work environment. very nice Projects and good team which is cooperative at all times. Scope to learn a lot including great pay

    Cons

    Some times the work is very static and you can't explore and the scope for innovation is minimum

    Akamai2015-08-22
  7. "Awesome"

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    Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akamai

    Pros

    Great benefits & compensation package which includes stock options, multiple healthcare plans, 401K plans, commuter plans with 4 weeks paid time off. Great work life balance...

    Cons

    None that I can think of...

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

    Akamai2015-08-01
  8. "Intern"

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    Systems Software Engineer in College Station, TX
    Recommends

    I have been working at Akamai for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing team, nice working environment

    Cons

    Less communication from HR regarding hiring decision.

    Akamai2015-08-08
  9. Helpful (6)

    "Developer at Akamai"

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    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Below are some of the Pros: - Good work-life balance - You get good exposure to different technologies - Good Projects

    Cons

    Some of the cons are: - Compensation is very bad compared to other companies. This is a major bummer!. Having a bad pay, takes away the motivation to work hard. - Most senior management people have no clue of what's happening in the Market. They don't have a clear picture on where the company is headed. - Incompetent testers

    Akamai2015-05-23
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Overall solid place to work"

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    Current Employee - Principal Systems Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive benefits, lots of interesting technical challenges and work due to growth. Management seems to have the company pointed in the right direction in terms of growing into adjacent and new areas to fight commoditization of traditional CDN business.

    Cons

    Growth has HQ sprawling all over Kendall Square, scattered among many buildings. Lots of legacy code and "not invented here" syndrome over the 15+ years means mucking through tons of hidebound code, tools, processes, etc. Definitely a fear of cutting over or "letting go", since the lack of available information and oral history makes it difficult to know what can be discarded and what must be retained.

    Advice to Management

    Put some of the gentlemen farmer "architects" scattered at personal labs around the country back to work on these problems, instead of their advanced research/dev sinecures.

    Akamai2015-05-26
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