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Yahoo! used to be a good place to be.

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Former Employee - User Experience Researcher in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - User Experience Researcher in Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Yahoo

Pros

It was a fun place to work, with people who believed in the company and who were motivated to make the best products. It also had great facilities once you got to the campus - a nice cafe, a gym, and spacious offices. My colleagues were intelligent and talented, and were generally nice people. It is also an international company and offers employees the opportunity of overseas work and international postings. It encouraged innovation. It encouraged diversity without sacrificing quality. Its technical infrastructure was excellent and was continually being improved. It was possible to do excellent work that was recognised as such.

Cons

It was poorly managed and lacked a strategic direction at an executive level. There were too many ineffective prima donnas in senior-management roles. At the time i left, it was beginning to lack an identity so that people did now know what greater goal they were working towards, and were expected to put in the same amount of effort regardless of the overall quality of the project they had been assigned to work on. When I left, there was a growing sense of doom, which has evidently got worse since, and staff members were even less confident about the company's overall direction and future.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If your pet project has not succeeded in six months, drop it and focus on something else.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Yahoo, a dull diamond waiting to shine.

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    Company with great brand name. A lot of work done more than 5 years ago, so a lot of opportunities to prove yourself. While other places may be more "chic", Yahoo is a diamond that has dulled, but still a diamond. I believe that this is the best time to come to Yahoo because it has great potential to be a contender for first place against Google.

    Cons

    A lot of "leftovers" people from 2 layoff cycles. A lot of good people has probably already left. Some people are tired and are actively looking for other positions. A lot of non-native English speakers (like a 3 to 1 ratio) that have accents that take some getting used to - but once you get used to the accent, there is no problem. Many cutbacks that hurt morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use more open source without creating an internal version. Improve technical tool availability. Revamp desktops and laptops so to match competing companies.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to advance your career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Management Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Product Management Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Yahoo

    Pros

    Career advancement - if you're good, you will get promoted.
    Work on cool products - nothing beats that
    Great facilities and good salary and stock grants

    Cons

    Too many layers of management - most are incompetent.
    Product launches require up to 4-5 reviews as you go up the chain
    Engineers are not motivated enough - place is run my sales and product management
    Yahoo! made hiring mistakes during its growth period from 2002 to 2006/7. Hired sub-par to incompetent people in important roles and/or product areas. What you see now is a result of those mistakes. Management should correct those mistakes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the number of layers of management

    No opinion of CEO
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