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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 (2)

    Horrible when it comes innovation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay with stock options

    Cons

    - no innovation - hires only people from India or other countries and says - "working late hours should be contagious" - no life/work balance

    Advice to Management

    Let people innovate and don't ask them to work more than 40 hours if they don't want to.


  2. Helpful (7)

    No Job Security

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    Former Employee - Customer Care Associate I in Williamsville, NY
    Former Employee - Customer Care Associate I in Williamsville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay (if you know what you are worth) and great benefits - health, time off, etc... They also like to give you gifts on special occasions.

    Cons

    Fired me with no warning when I had a 100% quality average. Constantly trying to make the impossible happen by setting unrealistic goals for average handle time. Did not care about their employees. People were swearing at customers and not doing their jobs, but they didn't get fired. There is a lot of favoritism.


  3. Helpful (3)

    If you like constant change and lack of direction - this is the place for you

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo full-time

    Pros

    You can have some Free food, You can have some free gym, You can have some free parking, You can have some free coffee.

    Cons

    But you cannot have Free time, Freedom of thought, Free advice, or anything that will help you grow and develop. The company is on borrowed time and borrowed dollars

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be cool; It's too late. Stop trying to innovate; it's too late. Stop trying to be the search King; It's too late. Be a conduit for other companies to deliver content. Or just get acquired and call it a day.


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  5. Helpful (9)

    Danger! Avoid! Stay away!

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    Former Employee - Advertising in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Advertising in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Talented, friendly and considerate colleagues. I will always treasure the personal and professional friendships I made here. - Good benefits: not as good as some of the competition, but generally good. Matching 401k, good vacation, maternity/paternity leave, free food and espresso bars (in some offices).

    Cons

    - A bright future....in the rearview mirror. Yahoo has spent a decade squandering its future, and is now close to checkmate. Platitudes like 'mobile first' and 'delighting our customers' don't really address the systemic issues at this company. The recent foray into online gambling shows how desperate this company is to shore up its sagging revenue - the primary value of Yahoo is its stake in Alibaba and its Asian assets. - Corporate ineptitude at its finest. The leadership is non-existent, and C-level leadership mixes incompetence with arrogance and lies. The CEO will tell you she doesn't force her leadership teams to stack rank employees, but ask any front-line manager, and you'll see this is a lie. - QPRs...employees are evaluated on a quarterly basis. Sounds good, right? Not when the evaluations are stack ranked, and there's a forced distribution of achieves vs. misses. So if you're on a team of idiots, you're as good as gold...if you work on a team of smart achievers, you might draw the short straw. And make no mistake - that short straw will result in your termination at some point, or at the very least, you'll have to wait over a year for a raise or promotion. Since forced distribution is a zero sum game, it encourages employees to sabotage each other in an effort to avoid the ax. - Ya-who? Not only is Yahoo somewhat of a joke in most of society, they are going through a painful, existential identity crisis. Of the last four CEOs, none has been able to coherently articulate an answer to "What does Yahoo do?". - Layoffs. Yahoo has yet to improve its revenue, so the only other road to profitability is to cut expenses. That means cutting people. For a while in Q1, there were weekly layoffs - management doesn't have the guts to make a large cut, so they cut 20 here, 30 there and hope nobody notices. Everyone noticed. - Lack of communication and transparency. Weekly 'FYI' meetings are supposed to allow employees a chance to ask questions of management - while great in theory, this is just a waste of an hour when the answers are glib coporatisms from the PR department, or complete avoidance of the actual question being asked. Q: 'What are you going to do about QPRs? They're destroying morale at Yahoo'. A: 'I fundamentally disagree, I think morale is great'. It sure is great if you're bringing in the millions in the C-suite! For the drones, maybe not as much. - Terrible products. Try using Yahoo mail alongside Gmail. 'nuff said. Fantasy football is the one bright spot, but even that will probably crash just as you're about to draft your QB.

    Advice to Management

    Resign. Now. Publicly. You're cool, Ken Goldman - you can stay. The rest of the C-suite should be ashamed of calling themselves leaders. Maybe too harsh. Here are some real pieces of advice: - Eliminate stack ranking and subsequent firings. It didn't work at GE or Microsoft. Doesn't seem to be working at Yahoo either. - Stop buying companies that you won't actually monetize to their full potential. Brightroll? Sounds like a good acquisition. Tumblr? Try actually making some money off it! - Roll back the regressive work at home policies. This is 2015, and you're (supposedly) an internet company. Webex works fine, and let's face it - the real impediment to collaboration is the toxic work culture, not people working from their homes. - Develop a coherent and specific statement about what Yahoo is, and what it's going to do in the future. Want to be an internet company? Great. Want to be a media company? Awesome. Pick one and stick to it. And dump the 'mobile first' thing - that's the equivalent of saying 'as a company, we want to be relevant and make money'. No need to pay millions of dollars for leadership to say something so vague.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Intern Experience

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    Former Intern - Technical Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Intern - Technical Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good perks and free food

    Cons

    Terrible management and recruiting team. My team manager was rude with me most of the times. Even though he got very poor reviews by the entire team, no action was taken by the senior management. Recruiting team or Talent Acquisition Team takes ridiculously long time to let candidates know about the offer decision.

    Advice to Management

    Yahoo! management should take employee concerns more seriously. The recruiting team should speed up the process to let the candidates know about offer decision.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Try to avoid if you have another offer.

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    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Pay is decent, but there is no annual increase unless you get a promotion. 2. Most engineers are knowledge and approachable. 3. Free food, but you have to line up for 30 mins at least to get food.

    Cons

    1. Too many reorgs. Shuffling resources every three months. I had 3 managers during 8 months there. 2. Too many layoffs. People just disappear for no reason. 3. Managers suck! They are the ones who should be let go of!! They make terrible decision and all they do is to push you and make Yahoo a sweatshop. 4. Products suck. Who the heck is still using Yahoo? The CEO tries to sugar coat bad things and brain wash the employees as much as possible.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of all the managers. If you are not looking for another opportunity while working at Yahoo, you are screwing yourself up. No kidding!! You never know what will happen when you walk in the office next day. Be prepared hombres!!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Company tries to hold you by delaying Green card process

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1) Free food. 2) Relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    1) I was told my green card process will get started after 3 months of employment. But PERM filing took about 9 months, even that happened after fighting with HR. HR blocked Green card processing for almost 4 months by saying Yahoo does the processing in batch mode. Don't trust the HR people words on Green card. By giving little money they want you to get hold of you for atleast 3 years. Also I140 stage processing through premium is not allowed.(even if you pay out of your pocket.) 2) Poor architectural design, never cares about building right components. Hires C players.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Don

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    Former Employee - Sales in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Sales in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are no pros to this place.

    Cons

    The owner is a tyrant and the employees are hateful to each other. Do yourself a favor and look for work elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Your turnover is probably extremely high for a reason, perhaps you should care about that a little more.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Work life balance is dead at yahoo

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

    I worked at Yahoo full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, difficult problems. Excellent compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Work life balance! Under Marissa leadership has started to demand insane work hours on the theory that Yahoo is fighting for its life. Also, as a former manager at yahoo, I can say that QPR (stack ranking) is completely arbitrary. Managers give their rankings and VPs can override them on a whim in calibration. The only way to get high ratings is to be "visible" to senior management. Which means self promotion is more valuable than your actual contribution.

    Advice to Management

    QPR is destroying the culture, work life balance helps you retain people.


  11. Helpful (10)

    Once great, now not so much

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    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of really smart engineers Lots of really huge scale systems Plenty of opportunities Casual culture The usual free food, free snacks, onsite gym kind of Silicon Valley perks

    Cons

    Quarterly Performance Reviews (QPRs): They are as awful as you've heard. Every quarter you go through a full-on review cycle. That means having to spend a lot of time justifying the work you've done, a lot of time filling out peer reviews for your coworkers, and a lot of time generally worrying about your status there. Yahoo! uses a stack-ranking system where everyone is ranked from first to worst. Everyone is put into a bell curve and all slots in that curve must be filled. That means that if you're on a high performing team you may wind up in the lower quartiles even if you do good work. When I worked there if you wound up one standard deviation to the right for two consecutive quarters you were put on a PIP. I've heard from friends who still work there that now if you wind up in a lower quartile on *one* QPR you're not put on a PIP, you're simply fired. That's right folks, one bad quarter and you're out. They pretend that the reviews are objective, but they're not. How can they be? It's a nasty political system. If you're not into that, stay away. The company has been sputtering along for 8 years now. Despite many many changes in top leadership and lots of big talk, nothing has really changed. Yahoo! is always a takeover target. There is always a threat of layoffs, although now with the harsh QPR system there's a constant stealth layoff going on. Also as I was leaving I noticed that a new harsher, nastier engineering culture was taking hold there. Engineers talked gleefully of "getting rid of the dead weight" (translation: mass firings). If you weren't absolutely stellar you were crap. If you're anything less than a top-tier engineer, stay away. Your life there won't be pleasant. If you are a top-tier engineer, stay away, there are *much* better companies in the valley where you can really shine. If you need a job out of college, it's probably a fine place to go. Yahoo! still looks good on the resume. Just don't plan to stay there too long.

    Advice to Management

    They don't listen, so why bother?



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