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Yahoo Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
1,867 Reviews
3.6
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Pros
  • Flexible schedule that leads to a good work-life balance (in 158 reviews)

  • Lot of smart people to work with, too good in using latest technologies (in 139 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance beginning to shift toward Google (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. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great company doing cutting edge tech stuff. Beware of cut-throat politics and bs.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    This is the company where I spent the 10 best years of my career so far. Lately (in the last 4 years or so), I could really see how Yahoo's aggressive bets on innovation really put them in the path to success, e.g.: Hadoop, OpenStack, HTML5, Isomorphic / Single Page Apps.

    Now I'm cheering for them from the sidelines, and I hope to see them succeed. I'm also grateful for a lot the people that I got to interact with during my stay there, all the cool and new technologies that I got to work on/with, and all the things that I learned.

    Cons

    Once you end up in a team where either a) the manager doesn't like you, or there is just no chemistry between you and the manager, or b) the manager already has a chosen set of favorite people that they know really well and have strong trust relationships with (and getting a new manager like that could happen any day given the huge amount of re-orgs taking place over there all the time)... it will be only a matter of time before you will start getting bad "QPR" ratings, with all the stress and reduced options (even moving to other positions becomes harder once you get a bad "grade") that that brings. All this is too much stress and too little to gain, if you ask me, which is unfortunate given all the good things that the company has going for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of do-nothing social climber Managers, Directors and VPs. Take input from lower ranks seriously. Don't do things like publicly making fun of people complaining about the QPR process with ad hominem attacks suggesting that anyone doing poorly in the QPR aren't good enough for the company anyway, like Marissa did during several of the "Anonymous Moderator Q&A sessions".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Company is doing very well but management sometime slow things down!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - perks
    - transparency
    - bold and impactful moves
    - awesome CEO :-)

    Cons

    - quarterly goals can sometime put individuals again each other's to meet targets
    - lack of breakthrough products

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    swe

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    Good technologies used, lot of learning

    Cons

    no personal time, Lot of work

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Exciting environment but a mess internally

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

    I worked at Yahoo full-time

    Pros

    If you get to know enough people at Yahoo you'll meet some really great people that can stick with you for life. Individually, there is a lot of talent there. Some of the best years of my career so far were at Yahoo, even though it was always an uphill battle to get anything measurable done. I met lifelong friends and have kept in touch with the people who were as dedicated to their work as I was. There were a lot of people who just floated by too. You don't have to prove to be a superstar to keep your job there - you can just float along getting things done - if that's your thing. It was always an internal joke that no one ever gets fired at Yahoo. But landing in a team there with an innovative leader can end up being a fantastic career experience.

    Cons

    As a whole, any individual talent is very often diffused by (1) politics or (2) constant internal reorganizations or (3) by properties choosing to go after what makes money over the user experience. Of course each team is different, so your overall success and happiness will largely depend on who is leading the team and how innovative, forward-thinking and independent-minded they are. I was shuffled around to 4 different teams in my time at Yahoo, and I was lucky enough to have one manager in that time who was inspiring. Another was argumentative and hot-headed, another was completely uninterested in what I did for the company, and another was basically absent - in the year I reported to that person we only had one meeting together. All that said, I still like those people as people, and I enjoyed my time there. I did find it disheartening to put so much effort into a company that diffuses it by being a bit of a misguided mess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What brings money is a great product. Working to increase page views is important, but never worth sacrificing the user experience. A few product managers at Yahoo were innovative and forward thinking - thinking about what makes the product better and more useful than the competition, and not just 'how do we increase the comscore numbers'. They are the ones that are leading successful products at Yahoo - the ones that we can say hey, Yahoo isn't *always* a laughable brand - look at what's happening over here. The best teams there were the ones with great leaders and those teams coveted that - they didnt want the rest of Yahoo politics and messiness to ruin what they had (think Flickr, Y! Music, Sports, etc). Yahoo needs more of that forward- and independent-thinking leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Amazing potential

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

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    Limitless resources, huge impact if you can get your product in front of the audience. Also, really smart people, and a lot of them.

    Cons

    Hard to get the resources, company is fighting a rear-guard action to keep users, internal tools and systems are scattered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to break down barriers between major groups. Mix the teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    great benefits but not great working experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits such as free food and free smartphone/plan. Would recommend to friends solely on benefits only.

    Cons

    * Stack ranking hurts moral
    * Engineering at L2/L3 level lack innovation and focus on ROI in $$$
    * Tech leaders lack innovation
    * Weak product management team that does not work well with sales team to create/update products that make more money.
    * Engineering management dictates product development, wasting resource on re-writes and tech updates that yield no ROI - worse, they require drop focus on making current product better (fix bugs and add new features). So, every couple of years, we have new products that has no new ROI features but with new bugs, while existing software continue to be barely usable. The cycle starts again and again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop wasting resource on solely on tech updates and re-writes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Becoming Bureaucratic!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Perks, free food, good and smart people

    Cons

    Yahoo's become very bureaucratic over the last year. Lots of red tape which make it painful and difficult to get anything done. Lack of career opportunities within Yahoo and an unwillingness to promote from within is painful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen your control a little bit. Marissa should not have to approve every single REQ, promotion or hire - leave some autonomy to the managers and let them make these decisions for their teams. Serial Skimmers... So an Achieve score is no longer good enough - REALLY?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stack Ranking really ruined it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    -Great food
    -Decent gym and fitness classes
    -Decent pay
    -Lots of technical classes for personal improvement

    Cons

    -Stack ranking (two less than stellar reviews = quarterly firing)
    -Management is incompetent
    -Tons of politics due to stack ranking with peer reviews on a quarterly basis
    -Lack of parking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -You are getting paid more than a quarter billion dollars. Do more than micromanage and ride on the coattail of Alibaba.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good journey for past 5 years

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

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

    Pros

    It used be a great working place and good work culture. I used to love going to work everyday and spend my 8-10 hours at work. There were people who were passionate about the company and its technologies.

    Cons

    There is no more innovation happening here. Old wine in new bottle. Only one thing Yahoo keep doing is , keep building new platform and migrate the same product to those platforms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Main Pros and Cons of Life at Yahoo

    • 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

    Pros

    Yahoo provides great benefits for employees. These include health insurance, pension, free breakfast and free lunch and shares.Overall a good package
    Great people working at Yahoo, very international feel to the office

    Cons

    Work life balance depends on the individual. You can stay all night and all the work will never be done or you can prioritize and work relatively normal working hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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