Yahoo Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
1,805 Reviews
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Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule that leads to a good work-life balance (in 153 reviews)

  • There are some smart people there and its great to work with (in 137 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance beginning to shift toward Google (in 32 reviews)

  • Frequent changes in senior management/C-level management lead to a lot directional changes (in 78 reviews)

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  1.  

    Politics are heavy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yahoo full-time

    Pros

    Free food, free drinks, good exposure

    Cons

    Everything is based on politics; those who get chummy with the people at the top get promoted while those at the bottom never see the light

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more restructuring within the company in terms of who is leading each team; VPs should really think about growing the business from the bottom up instead of hiring their friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Byzantine, multi-layered structure that kills innovation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Editor in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits
    Location
    Free food
    (I truly can't come up with anything else!)

    Cons

    Bizarrely layered structure for the simplest of tasks
    Multiple people holding similar job titles so it's impossible to figure out who's in charge of what
    Truly awful people in the Santa Monica office - everyone seemed to hate their job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked there a few years ago so under Marissa Mayer things may now be different. I hope so.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Big Potential, Bad Management for Freelance Writers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Freelance Writer
    Former Employee - Freelance Writer

    I worked at Yahoo (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work from home, assignments offered upfront pay plus residuals based on page views, provided excellent "writing for the web" online training for newbies and professional writers.

    Cons

    Crummy management overall, inconsistent and downright bizarre (at times) staff editors, poor site maintenance, but they shutdown the site instead of correcting the problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relaunch the site with better management, staff, and pay on a better platform.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Leadership lacking leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good and pay/benefits are very good. I don't think the compensation will be sustainable, though, as the ratio of revenue to employee is poor relative to competitors and revenue has been flatlining.

    Cons

    The leadership is very smart but inexperienced and it shows in a number of poor decisions. The CEO has lots of product smarts but lacks experience running a company and has made poor hiring decisions including the costly selection of a COO. HR leadership appointment was made to someone with no HR experience which led to very poor HR policies and programs including discontinuation of work from home option... and quarterly forced ranking performance reviews. Marketing leadership, though bright, is out of touch and not inclined to listen to employees. This has led to poor, myopic decisions such as taking a classic, dynamic, and unique logo and turning into something quite bland.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to speak more freely without any recourse and listen to them. We've lost a lot of talent to other Silicon Valley firms but there are still employees with good ideas and sound judgment. Hire more leaders who have good people skills and show compassion for their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Service Engineer

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

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Genuine technical foundation. Excellent working environment. Unlimited working infrastructure.

    Cons

    Extremely sluggish recruitment process, very much disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be promising while interviewing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    This used to be a great company, then it lost its way, forgot what it was, and chose sucky management

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    Former Employee - Something In Human Resources in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Something In Human Resources in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits package is pretty great.

    Cons

    Years ago, we had a hard card of "Our Core Values" that we added to our badges. One of the core values was communication. Well, hope springs eternal. Too often the right had didn't know what the left hand was doing. Departments were siloed and had vested a vested interest in protecting their turf. The idea of "One Yahoo!" was floated for over a decade and will never come to fruition. Back in the day, we were a search company and our competition was Google. Then we became a media company, and our competition was Sony, EMI, and newspapers/magazines. Then we became a social media company and our competition was Facebook, for crying out loud. When I was forced out, we'd decided that we were no longer a media company but we weren't told what sort of company we were. I'd lived through 5 CEOs, including the resurrection of Jerry Yang, and wow, was THAT a worthless choice. There's a general consensus that Marissa didn't tell the Board that she was pregnant before they hired her. She hired her BFF out of Portugal (before he had the legal right to work in the US, of course, cuz the laws don't apply to Marissa and her senior staff), and very publicly threw him under the bus when she could no longer deny that he was out of his league. She's made some lame hiring decisions, and she's made some really horrible hiring decisions. EVERY offer passes through at least one hiring committee, and then is scrutinized by Marissa. If she doesn't like the comp (and she often doesn't), she will reduce it to what she thinks is fitting and there is no appeal. She talks about hiring the best and the brightest but neither the best nor the brightest will surrender their right to negotiate their compensation. Anyone who does so cannot, by definition, be either the best or the brightest. Free food goes only so far. Oh, and cutting work from home while claiming that it only affected 100 people, most of whom, according to you, rarely logged into the network to actually work seems a little like overkill. Friday 430 pm all-hands meetings is also a nice touch, especially when if you show up at 4:31pm, security will not unlock the doors to let you in.

    The employee population have also gone from reasonably nice/decent to an unattractive assortment of narcissists and ego maniacs who seem to take out their frustration of having no work-life balance and being constantly under the gun and under threat of getting a poor quarterly review that they can take it out on their co-workers. We used to have fun at Yahoo!. We'd work our tails off but we'd have fun. Now it is just a miserable, hateful place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perp walk Marissa and the rest of her senior staff. Figure out what you want the company to be in its old age. Cut loose with a few of the superfluous layers of management. Stop lying. Value your employees and quit trying to pit them one against the other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Bad place to work

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

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice perks, good compensation,

    Cons

    Yahoo has become a malicious place to work for. Every Quarter, they get rid of significant number of people just to create continuous anxiety and pressure among employees. Marisa operates with a lot of ego and arrogance. No one likes her although no one is dare enough to admit it. Managers operate with poor ethics and integrity. I advice engineers to stay away from this company. I'm a former Engineer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst Employer Ever

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free food but beware of chaotic cafeteria

    Cons

    Horrible culture! I'm surprised that Yahoo has even survived especially now with Marissa Mayer. Very unwelcoming environment. Practically feels like a place where everyone is a robot and brainwashed. This is the very first company throughout my career where I've experienced such a lack of professionalism and respect. I didn't have any expectations for what was going to happen during my time here, but it is unacceptable and I am disappointed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to teach your staff some manners and just stop the wanna-be Google lifestyle on this campus. It's not working for Yahoo!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Yahoo has a grim future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Looks good on your resume as one of the pioneers of internet technology

    Cons

    - the managers, worst of the kind I have ever seen. they do not care about quality of the product they deliver. the code looks like it is being done as part of high school/college project. all these managers do is to ask for updates from one meeting to the other. they add zero value to any product.
    - no real focus on any specific idea or product. focus keeps shifting resulting in half baked products and junk code that never gets cleaned up
    - absolutely insane timelines

    I believe all the "good" reviews here are given by new joinees. anyone who has worked for atleast half a year know things are going downhill.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great if you're an Engineer or Developer - Otherwise, beware.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, perks, most people are nice.

    Cons

    Executive team is not aligned. Open and constant bickering leads to a volatile environment. Limited to no communication. Inconsistent direction given be each executive. Limited accountability with mush blame being pushed to lower management. Extremely political with tons of micro-management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. They don't listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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