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Great place to work with a lot of career growth if you seek it out.

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Current Employee - Business Planning and Operations Analyst in Boston, MA
Current Employee - Business Planning and Operations Analyst in Boston, MA

I have been working at Yahoo

Recommends
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

innovative environment, constant change never makes work boring, open atmosphere, smart coworkers, energetic and smart middle level managment

Cons

conflict between departments, duplication of efforts, not enough prioritization of key initiatives

Advice to Management

focus on key initiatives

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Meh

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Yahoo

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There's a lot of smart people there and there's also constant change so you'll rarely be bored. It's a pretty fun environment to be in. People are mostly friendly. The company is extremely good about responding to social challenges (being green, volunteer work, donations, etc).

    Cons

    Management is inept to the point that it's nearly impossible to get things done. There's also so much bureaucracy that it's become a laughing matter. Parking can be an adventure in itself. And you'll tire of the cafeteria food. It doesn't help that there aren't many other places to dine within walking distance.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that they're the problem and do something about it.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Good people, good benefits, but weak leadership, frustrating bureaucracy, inability to execute.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are by and large, really nice. Lots of really brilliant folks.
    Obviously, it is cool to work on one of the biggest Internet brands, and know that your work touches hundreds of millions of people every day.
    The benefits are very solid. Very satisfied with the healthcare in particular. The Sunnyvale campus is really nice, especially the gym. And the free coffee - I could go on and on about how brilliant that benefit was, especially if you have a healthy caffeine addiction!
    Yahoo also cares about the environment and it was nice to see them encourage alternative transportation.

    Cons

    Massive bureaucracy with more layers than one could ever imagine. It is hard to get visibility into what is happening several layers above you. There's lots of political maneuvering up there, as you can imagine.
    No one knows what the overall vision for the company is. People are cynical and have little faith in the leadership. During 2008, management put everyone through a roller coaster ride (MSFT, Icahn, AOL, etc.).
    It's not fun to learn everything that you know about management's plans through blogs like valleywag.

    There is simply no process at Yahoo. No centralization of anything. People live and work in micro-climates, some of which are healthy, others are severely diseased. It depends where you end up. Before you join, just make sure you understand where you are going. Because everyone's situation is different. there is no common Yahoo experience. I never figured out what characteristics or traits I gained from being a Yahoo that allowed me to relate to other ex- or current Yahoos.

    All of this is a result of poor leadership. Yahoo management by and large doesn't consider people development and how people will work together and execute. I'm sure all of the ideas look great in a PPT deck, but the key is how do you execute it.

    Advice to Management

    Clarify roles and execute. Hire ex-military operational types, because Yahoo clearly has an execution problem.

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