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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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    Yahoo! is a great place to work & learn

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    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    Exciting, well-known company that made the internet and will change the internet. It's great to be at the leading edge, and also to work at a company that everyone has heard of. On the personal side, Yahoo! is very respectful of people, and treats employees very well. My fellow employees are smart, fun and interesting people.

    Cons

    sometimes leadership & priorities aren't as clear as they should be. the flip side of being at a publicly visible company when things are going great is that it's still a publicly visible company when we're going through a change in direction.
    But, we will prevail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue the turn-around. recent leadership hires are exactly what we need! in particular the new CTO and folks he's brought in are already making an impact.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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