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Yahoo! is 'fun' right?

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Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in London, England (UK)

I worked at Yahoo

Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

Pros

High profile global projects. Great experiences, working alongside some extremely talented people. Nice office, perfect location in the heart of London. Free fizzy drinks.

Cons

Severe lack of direction - zero organisation/hierarchy. Constant restructures and lay-offs. Continuous bombardment of pessimistic media reports. Poor management skills and training throughout the business. Little or no personal development opportunities (unless you are lucky). A severe lack of resources in Europe, despite watching the US marketing team shovel money into pointless plastic toys and vanity websites which do nothing to change the user perception of the brand. General frustration.

Advice to Management

End the blame culture, be brave.

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  1. Matrix Structure Kills Ambitions

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Yahoo

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

    Pros

    Yahoo! is a diverse business and if you make the effort you can learn a lot.

    It has some really smart people. Generally, people are very respectful of one another.

    Cons

    Matrix organisation which gets worse in Europe.
    Very political and the wrong people are promoted.
    Management does not make hard decisions about people. They keep people who are mediocre for too long. That is why they are in such a mess now.

    Advice to Management

    Work much quicker. Stop being wishy-washy. Create a strategy and then let the smart people below to develop and implement a tactical plan

  2. View from a former employee

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Yahoo

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, fair compensation. Great chance for professional project development. As a software engineer, it doesn't matter what your specialty is - C++, Java, Perl, PHP - you may have a chance to use them all.

    Cons

    Occasional lack of clear direction from management. Potential lack of long term career opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest and upfront. If you can't pay us more, that's understandable as long as other forms of compensation are on the table. Glass doors are different from glass ceilings.

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