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Updated March 16, 2015
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Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer
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Pros
  • Work life balance still good (although changing) (in 158 reviews)

  • Was lucky enough to work with really smart people (in 139 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance could be better (in 34 reviews)

  • Frequent changes in senior management/C-level management lead to a lot directional changes (in 79 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Great people, but the management was always hit and miss.

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    Former Employee - Online Marketer in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Online Marketer in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people and the environment were great. Very relaxed, though sometimes the goals were way out of reach.

    Cons

    At the time, there was a lot of insecurity. With layoffs being so consistent, nobody ever felt safe.

    Advice to Management

    Watch for brown-nosers in middle management. There are some who know nothing other than how to shmooze.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great for engineers and PMs sales not so much now

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Burbank, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a fantastic company

    Cons

    Current leadership lacks coherence and direction, reorgs twice in one year, the sales organization is in a shambles

    Advice to Management

    When you have multiple staff with 8 year tenures voluntarily leave you have a problem. Marissa is fantastic but I'm pretty sure middle management obfuscates and tells her what she wants to hear without solving the true problems.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Fun, for a bit

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    cool people, interesting scaling problems, Fun Parties. Still have many friends from there to this day. Its good for a big company.

    Cons

    Constant treat of layoff. Low pay, benefits were ok. Re-org, re-org, re-org. Too many bosses, not enough workers. Older technology.

    Advice to Management

    Pare down the management structure.


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  5. Employed during Yahoo!'s challenging years ... not applicable to Yahoo! today

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Significant global scale company. Mobile, video, big data, and great consumer experiences

    Cons

    Historic executive troubles in establishing a lasting corporate strategy


  6. overly bureaucratic and very top heavy org

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    smart technologists and product people still abound new google ceo in 2012 may change culture

    Cons

    too many executives and no singular focus too many touch points to get anything done

    Advice to Management

    less upper management


  7. Good experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Acct Manager in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Acct Manager in Burbank, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great for the resume Nice perks

    Cons

    Micro managing Favoritism Goals constantly changing Poor communication


  8. account executive

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Burbank, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits great brand name wear jeans

    Cons

    management laying off people to corporate hire competent people micro management

    Advice to Management

    start listening to employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    not a bad place, but could have been a lot better!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Monkey in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Monkey in Burbank, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1) good/decent pay 2) lots of bright, intelligent people to work with 3) good opportunities for career growth if you have initiative 4) good opportunities to learn, if you have initiative

    Cons

    1) always a firefight, every day 2) lots of stupid people to work with (law of averages) 3) at the time i was there, the layoff situation/notices was entirely demoralizing 4) executive management (starting with filo & yang, then all their cronies, and finally carol) at yahoo is such a joke. they are disinterested in any of their employees, only mindful of their personal agendas. sadly, things got done by extremely motivated middle management and below--anyway--despite the idiocy from the top

    Advice to Management

    it's a sinking ship. everyone knows


  10. Great coworkers, mediocre management

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    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo in Burbank, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of good people to work with, including some very sharp, talented developers. For example, internal technical mailing lists were very educational.

    Cons

    Lots of murky politics at higher levels of management, lack of transparency about upper management's decision making, and apparently arbitrary decisions handed down.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out who you want Yahoo to be and what you want it to do, and make it clear to the employees what's going on. That doesn't mean holding bi-weekly content-free "all hands" meetings, though.


  11. Good colleagues but not-so-good senior managers

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Burbank, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent coworkers who are smart and hard-working. Opportunities to work on exciting new products such as search marketing. Good exposures to new technologies such as cloud computing.

    Cons

    Senior managers failed to provide sound long term strategies and good directions. Internal communications among different teams were extremely frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure what Yahoo is and will be. It is going to be very hard, if not impossible, to be both a technology company and a media company.



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