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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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    Good place to work though not sure about career advancement.

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    Former Employee - Media Library Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Media Library Assistant in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Yahoo

    Pros

    Work environment is laid back and people are very friendly. Management is open to training their employees new skills and allows them to pick projects that they may have an interest in. Time was reasonably flexible (can come in a little later to leave later) and was not micro-managed.

    Cons

    As a contractor, did not get many benefits that full time employees got. Was hard to be promoted to full time due to what we were told as "budget reasons," though many of us were welcomed back after contracts expired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When passing down new information or important instructions, make sure it's clear that all your employees get the message. Often times we had to learn from each other when there was changes.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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