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Updated July 29, 2015
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Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer
Marissa Mayer
138 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. Not managed well

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Yahoo as a contractor

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice working environment, friendly co-workers. Snacks, Breakfast and lunch are provided. I enjoyed working with my team and building ways to improve our product and outcome.

    Cons

    mis managed and not a lot of communication across different platforms. It was hard to understand priorities and decisions that were made. Our team did not receive support, engineers or marketing to allow us to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    If you are unable to achieve what you have been asked to do, you should ask for help. It was frustrating to continue to ask for resources and ultimately be ignored.


  2. Research Scientist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture Fast paced Lots of perks

    Cons

    low bonuses strategy keeps changing frequent layoffs


  3. Great company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yahoo full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    energetic culture, great perks, flexible

    Cons

    High pace & stressful - growth opportunities are slow

    Advice to Management

    be more transparent


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  5. Great People, Still Struggling to Find Vision

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are intelligent, driven, and humble. The strategy is clear, but it probably won't move the needle much given the size of the company and the shifts in the advertising industry. The company is unlikely to build or buy a breakthrough product in the next few years, but it's a pleasant enough place to work.

    Cons

    There is still high turnover. There is a tendency toward hiring youth and work life balance was starting to disappear. Performance is stack ranked and struck many as unfair.

    Advice to Management

    Take a shot at an inspiring new product. Keep investing in your people, and keep beefing up your engineering talent in SF.


  6. Helpful (1)

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    Former Employee - GSD Analyst in Lockport, NY
    Former Employee - GSD Analyst in Lockport, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    free food, decent work environment, decent pay

    Cons

    management is unpredictable, job security is uncertain, seems that few people are considered for long term employment while others are tossed in to a talent tasting pool


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great people, no real direction

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    At many levels (excluding E-staff), Yahoo hires exceptional people. It's filled with folks with a high business and emotional IQ. The pay is solid as are the benefits.

    Cons

    Current senior management have no real plan for long term growth. As a result, employees are generally tasked with working on products and doing deals with no sense about how their work fits into the overall direction of the company. This sense of frustration can be found at nearly every level and explains why there has been such an exodus of talent in the last two and a half years.

    Advice to Management

    Identify and share your plan for the direction of the company. FYI is appreciated, but often comes across as lip service and avoids the big question that everyone wants answered. Finally make Yahoo Mail a best-in-class product and you can build momentum around that. No excuse for Mail to still have so many issues - it should be priority #1.


  8. Helpful (4)

    What is happening (or happened)?

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Perks like free food, coffee, phone, etc. Flex sched, nice campus and facilities, smart ppl. Clean, bright environment, shuttles, parking, smoothies, mobile services (dental, health, haircuts, etc)

    Cons

    Direction, career growth, motivation, QPR - quarterly reviews, constantly channging priorities, inexperienced management. I really dislike the time and effort the QPR dance required.

    Advice to Management

    I was there for 8+ years. Overall I had a fulfilling time there, although the ups and downs were trying. I miss yahoo because of the friends i no longer see, but most of them left anyway. Biggest con that comes to mind is the qpr process; honestly, it is quarterly and often, and then yearly. And each time it is a week long process. I see it as short sighted; it measures and quantifies. It separates and it divides. It does what it does, but it does not motivate people. To some, it does the opposite. Translation - the QPR system at Yahoo tries to identify top performers for possible rewards. It does, and sometimes the right people get rewarded, although engineers are super hard on each other compared to other functions. Why is that? The QPR system at Yahoo does not motivate employees as a whole. It possibly does the opposite. Define a singular mission. Teach others. Motivate the employees to perform, then measure their performance, then feed them. Do it in that order.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great People

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Challenging to grow in a company that reorgs so often

    Advice to Management

    Promote a positive company culture and make people feel appreciated. Lose the quarterly review process.


  10. contract feedback

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    Former Contractor - QA Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Contractor - QA Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Yahoo as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good contract given & good interviewers

    Cons

    No notice of end date


  11. Helpful (3)

    Too much stress

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

    I worked at Yahoo full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good for healthcare, paid time off, and the free food is also very good. The CEO, Marissa, is a great communicator and strategist. After so many CEOs in the past, it is nice to have her navigating the ship. Free access to Lynda.com and an electronic book site are also helpful in expanding skills.

    Cons

    Quarterly ranking and rating is a big distraction to productivity for individuals and management. It also keeps the stress level too high.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should get rid of the quarterly ranking and rating and also not foist seating arrangements (like workbench style vs. more private cubicles) on employees. There should be a choice.



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