I see the Akebono pads are carried by NAPA and Pep Boys in my area, and likely carried by others. Manufacturers of rotors and pads may (and usually do) have trade secrets on their composition, materials, design, but that doesn't mean mixing manufacture's parts is detrimental. That in itself, would not make much business sense, and many have a "Satisfaction Guarantee".
The "instant breaking" would entirely be judgmental by you. Your driving habits, road conditions, tire conditions, and many other things effect them. Basically, what your neighbor says is great, you might think they stink. As stated above, if you are not satisfied return/exchange them. And, it's the ceramic pads that have reduced dust compared to other types.
Check this site for a good comparison of brake pad materials:
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 AT 11:21 PM