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Yahoo has left its best days behind

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Yahoo full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

- New product launches are bootstrapped with millions of users, which is a rare luxury in this space.
- The company still has some good talent remaining, although I am not sure why they are still around unless they are the recipients of RSUs that the CEO has given out to a lucky few.
- Free food. Free shuttles. Company sponsored Mac Air and iPhone with unlimited minutes and data plan.

Cons

- The company, its products and technology are well past their prime. Their loyal users are aging and the brand is no longer relevant. Company's strategy to get back to relevance is still unclear and performance to date remains spotty.
- Marissa makes every single major product decision in the company - feature, functionality, pixel level design decisions, you name it. Nothing moves without her approval, which can take a while coming while teams burn rubber iterating through multiple options as they try to second guess her constantly shifting preferences.
- The internal work environment is stressful and fast moving in pockets while other teams still churn out buggy code once a quarter. It just depends on where you happen to work and how important your team is to Marissa Mayer
- Career advancement is limited as leadership is being brought (or rather bought) from Google and acquisitions

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Back off a bit and let the teams find their voice and innovate. Stop spreading investment in areas where competition is extremely strong (e.g. search, social, communications, ad platforms, etc) and double down on content/media which has always been Yahoo's strength.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    All Smoke and Mirrors

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    Current Employee - Customer Care in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Customer Care in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free food (but isn't good), good health benefits..

    Cons

    Terrible 401k first and foremost. For a company of this size, offering 25% on the dollar is miserable! Also, if you care about being a good worker and being recognized for your good work then don't bother working at Yahoo because it will not help you in the long run. Everything is determined by who the Directors and managers like regardless of work ethic or quality. The worst nepotism I have seen to date.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off your high horses. Yahoo is quickly gaining a poor reputation and the nightmare of inner horrors that goes on inside some locations will eventually become transparent. Poor training, office cliques that make others feel left out, and promotions given to anyone other than who management "doesn't like!" A big name company with no real substance to back up their name.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company...will do better now

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Yahoo as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Yahoo is the oldest internet company, but one that is learning new tricks now! The recent management change should really help. Employee productivity is not that great but not bad either.

    Cons

    Downsides are that the Yahoo brand is right now not as cool as Google, Facebook etc. but the newt few years could change all of that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue in the current direction and things could look a lot better given a decent period of time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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