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Yahoo = Second Banana

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Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Yahoo

Pros

Benefits are really good, subsidized cafeteria, great people.

Cons

Lack of direction, morale. Google gets all the attention (and profits). Squandering of a formerly great company.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

1) Big layoffs to reduce expenses
2) Figure out what Yahoo stands for - no one seems to know (Google = search, Microsoft = software, Yahoo = ??? email, gossip news???, large audience??). When I was there, Marketing couldn't come up w/ a coherent message b/c no one could figure out what defines Yahoo. A bunch of lame marketing at that time - FUSE acronym, TV commercials w/ people carrying around placards w/ URLs on them, etc.

Disapproves of CEO

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    The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Yahoo

    Pros

    Most of the people actually doing the work are genuinely good people. They're smart and really want to do good work.

    Yahoo did well from a non-monetary compensation standpoint. From shuttles to free coffee to decently healthy food the employee perks were well above average.

    The weather was usually nice too.

    Cons

    Where to start...

    Unfortunately, a lot of incompetence was promoted to middle management when the company doubled in size. A lot. Sycophantism ran amok and in order to advance your career you had to thump your chest so the incompetent boobs could take your accomplishments and parade them as their own up the ladder.

    Some talented individual contributors were also promoted, but they were just that...stellar individual contributors. They didn't have the first clue how to manage and motivate. But, that didn't seem to matter at Yahoo.

    The businesses were also foundering. Everyone was too busy trying to get their share of the pie to work together and create products of true value that would sustain themselves over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk away and fire everyone left between you and the Sr. Director level. Starting over and eliminating four or five layers of ineptitude is the best place to start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I have nothing good to say about Yahoo, but I love it there.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    Yahoo does a very good job allowing you to maintain a good work/life balance

    Cons

    Software engineering at Yahoo is a joke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop paying yourselves so much. Fire most of the "architects" and replace them with people who have some idea what they're doing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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