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Updated August 29, 2015
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Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer
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73 Ratings

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. Takes advantage

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is on the higher end.

    Cons

    They really take advantage of freelancers. You're working 40 hours a week at least, so really you're not able to have another job -- yet you're denied benefits or treated as well as full time employees.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Take the good with the bad

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, good work-life-balance, nice offices, relatively nice people.

    Cons

    Huge amount of corporate politics. You will be spending most of your time playing the Yahoo "Game of Thrones"

    Advice to Management

    No idea, get rid of politics and make stuff. Too many people managing, not enough people making.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Yahoo has lost its way

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

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

    Pros

    There are pockets of friendly and smart people. The benefits are really good. Lots of company events.

    Cons

    No work-life balance, expect to work long grueling hours and days on projects that could be canceled by the CEO on a whim. Always a chance you will get laid off, even if you are a top performer. Management continues to say there is no stacked ranking, but their actions show otherwise. Promotions are non-existent and depend on politics and not your performance. No focus and no vision for where the company is headed. Middle management is fat and is in need of serious trimming. What managers are left there are the egotistical ones that look out for only themselves. The smart and caring managers have all left the company for better opportunities. Don't expect to be paid well and don't expect any raises.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of your Alibaba and Yahoo Japan shares. Sell the husk of what was a great company to a larger company. Stop trying to be Google or Facebook, you will never be Google or Facebook.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Experience Designer

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    working with nice people, friendly environment, great benefits for employees

    Cons

    be aware of putting your career with yahoo.. unbalance work and life, heavy politics, facing layoff all time regardless of working performance ( think about your best friend gets layoff all the time for no reason and when is your turn). no mentorship, people shift around and leaves the company constantly, sad environment, expect to work on weekends, extremely hard to get your next job after yahoo for the fact it is not a good moral company and design is just horrible although there are good designers the final decision is up to CEO.

    Advice to Management

    we are suppose to give this world a vision instead asking the world to give us a vision.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Unrealistic goals for overstressed, overworked employees.

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    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food Great coworkers Fun parties / offsite events

    Cons

    No work-life balance Salary is lower than average Outrageous goals, without the products to support them Layoffs are usually a result of the team that people are assigned to, not a direct reflection of performance Everything in this company is fragmented. There's no streamlining here. This busywork results in constant overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees


  7. Helpful (4)

    No job security

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Care Associate I in Lockport, NY
    Former Employee - Customer Care Associate I in Lockport, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome benefits. Easy work.

    Cons

    Unrealistic goals. They treat you like you dont matter. No job security.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Systems Engineer

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

    Pros

    Casual office culture, fun events, some excellent people.

    Cons

    Turnover. Losing good people faster than they can hire them. My personal experience was that there were some great team-players in the dept, and some grouchy old guard who made it very difficult to assimilate and do my job.

    Advice to Management

    Just because Yahoo's product isn't the latest and greatest doesn't mean it's irrelevant. They still put emphasis on employee pride, and a fun culture. I would advise, from Marissa on down, to stop ripping out and redesigning management structure, and instead focus on keeping quality managers. Good managers make everybody below them happy to be there.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Downhill

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun culture; hard working people

    Cons

    company has a lack of focus and direction

    Advice to Management

    Define and improve overall business strategy


  10. Helpful (3)

    the old problems are gone, but now there are new problems

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yahoo full-time

    Pros

    free food everywhere, free gym, some fun things happen on campus like music, parties. pay is good.

    Cons

    MM brought in too many google people who think the whole world should run like google. there is so much in-fighting and political maneuvering it makes it really difficult to get anything done. revenue continues to drop in parallel with morale. forced ranking hurts high performers. in a team of 10 people, HR will tell you there must be one or two low performers, even if those at the bottom are better than the top performers in another group, they'll be forced out. the lowest ranked graduate of Harvard is still smarter than 99.9999% of the population but at yahoo they'd be pushed out or fired without severance. it's a toxic environment


  11. Helpful (6)

    Yahoo in Turmoil

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive Salary Good Perks (free phones, food, etc.) Decent communication by Executives (Marissa) at weekly FYIs

    Cons

    Yahoo has lost it's way,, no strategy to gain revenue growth Yahoo doesn't "own" its core revenue stream (ads outsourced to Microsoft) Yahoo culture requires being located in Sunnyvale Zero work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Make difficult decisions to get Yahoo to revenue growth



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