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Updated March 22, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Brutal work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and perks, lots of opportunity for growth and career development, good relationships with co-workers.

    Cons

    The amount of administration and bureaucracy will drive you crazy. Quarterly performance assessments always require "raising the bar" except that you spend most of your work life trying to get purchase orders approved, making sure invoices get paid, trying to hire someone before your req gets closed... A very punitive work environment with not a lot of incentives to try hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging. High-quality employees who can add a lot of value to the organization end up spending too much time on work that doesn't add a lot of value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    The only is star is for food and perk. Yes, they have almost the best perk in Bay Area.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    perk, really good food. Nothing else...

    Cons

    Low salary
    I can only checkin 30 lines code. And many many nonsense code review. Not a place for grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the managers are just a*. What u expect for a 'political' company?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    complete disaster

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    free food
    compensation, brand name, location

    Cons

    politics
    bad management
    bad culture
    constant layoffs
    decreasing revenue
    incompetent CEO
    no future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    replace management including CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful

    Fear Driven Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    - Good perks like free food, snacks and drinks
    - Great benefits, especially with insurance
    - There are still quite a few smart people left in the company to work with
    - Some technology is cutting edge, though not much anymore

    Cons

    - Quarterly reviews (QPRs) are the bane of everyone's existence. The process of goal setting, performance reviews, and manager one-on-one's take up most of the first month of each quarter. That makes four months of each year a useless time suck.
    - Managers have had all their power removed. Managers have no say in how people are ranked, they are only there to deliver bad news. Moreover, the good managers have all left Yahoo and all that are left are yes-people who are more interested in their own survival than taking care of their directs.
    - Rudderless ship with a vision-less CEO at the helm. The CEO is more interested in their own vanity than the company's health. This is most greatly seen by the large sum of money the CEO has spent on building a stage in the cafeteria to be "transparent" with the employees (which the CEO is never transparent, but puts on a good show, like when the CEO read the employees a children's book).
    - C-level executives are afraid to speak up against the CEO. Bad decisions from the CEO go unchallenged by all execs, leading to the company meandering senselessly.
    - CEO does not seem to be able to connect with employees and has a total lack of apathy. Rather than treating employees as humans, the CEO treats employees as numbers.
    - Complete lack of work-life balance because everyone is afraid to work normal hours. Because of the QPR system, everyone fights each other instead of working as teams. Individuals hoard information and do not share. Teams only exist to make things look normal.
    - Hiring takes forever and when employees bring the red-tape laden process up, the CEO blamed employees for being the slow ones. A lot of good talent could have been hired were it not for the hiring process which for a long time had the candidates end up at the CEO's desk waiting for CEO approval, all because the CEO demanded that they be the last word. This made the process painful as candidates would take other jobs by the time the CEO could review their job packets.
    - Stop with the tiny "reorgs" which are actual firings and layoffs. The only reason for this is to be able to avoid reporting the cuts to the state. This backfires as the morale goes into the toilet for everyone as everyone continues to wonder if they are next. If you are going to cut the workforce, suck it up and do it like a real executive: Do it all at once.
    - The culture is a culture of fear. Everyone fears getting laid off or cut. People disappear randomly and no one knows why.
    - If you want a promotion or even a raise at Yahoo, leave the company. Promotions are hard to get in Yahoo because of the overly-stringent rules for promotions. Raises are miniscule and so are bonuses. Look elsewhere if you actually want career opportunities or good money over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the CEO: Learn to trust your employees. Stop trying to control everything. Learn to let your people do their jobs and do not make them fear you. Fear can get results, but for only so long. Stop trying to be in the spotlight all the time and let your employees and company shine instead. Learn some apathy and treat your employees like humans.

    To the C-level executives: Learn to speak up if things are wrong. If you can't be strong like that, then that position is not yours for the holding and move on to a different company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful

    Too much of stress in terms of layoffs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    Free food and campus location

    Cons

    Quarterly review process puts lot of stress. Plus layoffs happen very frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If doing layoffs - adopt a better strategy. Rather than bring secretive take a hard call of laying off and then not touching the work force strength for a long time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful

    Poor direction and senior management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Service Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Service Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    This place looks pretty good on your resume and you will learn a lot about working at global scale that is unbelievable on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Extreme hours with terrible performance review process that encourages individuality and discourages teamwork in many ways. The senior management is constantly changing the target and the bar. Prepare for early burnout. Plus with the "Quarterly Performance Review" (QPR) you never know if/when you're going to be fired over something stupid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the QPR system. Its pitting team members against each other just to save their own jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Do not work here

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    Former Employee - Mobile Build Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Mobile Build Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    There are no pro to work here

    Cons

    Managers are jerks. The head of mobile doesn't have any brain . The dumbest idea come out of his mouth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees they are ones doing the work not you. Working in open office has to be the worst idea ever. Boy is is so hard to work when you have just a 2x4 desk and no space to yourself

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 10 people found this helpful

    High hopes, disappointing internship experience

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Yahoo as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic employee culture! Most people here are happy to be here. They should be. The work environment is relaxed and fun. The managers are rarely overbearing or negative. The company seems to genuinely care about the positive work experience enjoyed by its employees.

    Cons

    1. I was assigned to a project that management knew I would dislike. Several managers, including the one who assigned the project, made it quite clear that they felt sorry for the two interns who got "stuck" with this project. It "just needed to be done" and the interns were considered cheap temporary labor. Even though we were both graduate students, the project was nearly all repetitive and not developmental at all. It involved very little interaction with any Yahoo employees, so any time we spent interacting with employees detracted from our job.

    2. Throughout the summer, it was made very clear that the interns graduating the following year (including me) would receive offers. We were encouraged (though not helped) to meet with managers throughout the department to find roles that we would like to work in when we were brought on full time. We were put through a series of interviews late in the summer to identify good fits with different divisions in the department. Then on the very last day of the internship, we were informed that the recruiting budget would be used for "experienced hires" instead of "campus hires" this year, so the interns would not receive offers.

    3. They say the are the world's largest startup, and they act like it. Processes change weekly. They are missing many of the basic things expected of large established companies, like job descriptions and basic information on how the business works. People work on their own projects with no regard for how they affect processes and work in other offices or departments. Managers spend no time coordinating across projects because they are all expected to work on projects themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Employees deserve honesty and predictability. This includes interns. Make sure managers are acting with integrity and communicating openly all the time.

    2. Find a business strategy. You're not Google, so stop trying to emulate them. The strategy can't be "have engineers who make internet stuff" - who is your market and what do they want from you. Your customers can't only be advertisers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful

    Disorganized, Hope It's Better Now

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yahoo

    Pros

    Great food
    Great compensation
    General sense of excitement

    Cons

    Very political
    Bureaucratic, micromanaged work
    No work-life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 13 people found this helpful

    getting much worse

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good compensation and benefits
    free food

    Cons

    Very bad, unprofessional management that only play politics to survive;
    Quarterly performance review (QPR) system gives unlimited power to management to do whatever they want with engineers;
    Unrealistic QPR goals that impossible to achieve gives management full freedom to put any QPR score based on manager personal decision;
    Up to 5% hidden layoffs by performance due to QPR score every quarter without severance package;
    Lots of great engineers have been fired by “performance” just because of managers wanted to get rid of inconvenient people;
    Due to bell curve inside team (low 5% should go every quarter) there is no team work at all. Nobody shares any knowledge and help;
    No work/life balance;
    Culture is good for new college grads and interns but very bad for senior engineers with knowledge and experience;
    So if you are senior engineer please stay away from this company. You will not be appreciated and rewarded;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yahoo used to be great company with good culture and excellent engineers. Unfortunately, it is getting much worse now. It has all potentials to be successful company: good engineering team, money from Alibaba, brand, customers, products, etc. The only problem is – management. Please reorganize management team if you want to move forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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