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Management was bad in 2008, curious to see how it performs now

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Former Employee - Vice President  in  Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Vice President in Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Yahoo

Pros

One of the centers of the internet world Was THE center in 1998.
Lots of groups to work in, pretty good freedom to move around
Good growth opportunity in Engineering

Cons

Jerry and Sue were the wrong people to lead the company. That's fixed now, and friends there seem much more optimistic.
Decision making was awful. Generally unclear who made the decision, and thus 4 people tried to make it and nobody followed anything.
Matrix organization gave too much power to Product Mgmt. Engineering had no budget, but had to "work with" (read beg) product for any headcount needed. Hard to get people staffed on maintenance and code cleanup/repair (technical debt) projects.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be better than the old management. Make quick decisions and make them stick. Balance the responsibility between Eng and PM.

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Other Reviews for Yahoo

  1.  

    Good place to be but uncertain future

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Yahoo

    Pros

    1.cutting-edge work/ professional growth
    2.work life balance

    Cons

    1. unstable org/ too much restructuring/ layoffs
    2. lacks strategy for financial growth/ dealing with competition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come out with a strategy to achieve financial growth

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    just ok

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    Current Employee - Technical Yahoo
    Current Employee - Technical Yahoo

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    + good people -- but again it depends on the team

    Cons

    - considerable pressure sometimes when L are to be announced
    - Mgmt can do a better job -- seems a lot of inconsistencies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid considerable wastage of money at times when cost saving initiatives are taken elsewhere

    No opinion of CEO
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