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Good, calm place to work - chance to learn a lot

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Former Employee - Technical Yahoo in Santa Clara, CA
Former Employee - Technical Yahoo in Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Yahoo

Pros

Technical Challenge, Chance to work on something people use. Yahoo deploys on a grand scale, which gives a chance to run into problems from all areas of Computer Science and learn a lot. In addition Yahoo's environment is entirely relaxed, casual and employees are very well taken care of (up to date laptops, great benefits plans).

Cons

"Sinking ship" feel - people constantly leaving to go to other places. Lot of is due to the low stock values and due to people's compensation packages vesting, due to people joining start-ups. Less ability to change roles within the company. People getting promoted on things other than their technical merits.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make Yahoo a more dynamic place, more like a small company

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    Great legacy... Need to be more strategic in investments...

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    At Yahoo, you would have the ability to impact 500 million internet users. There are very few "wasteful" projects, once you are in the company, you can be quite sure what you do will see the light of the day. Each person can potentially work on projects in the critical path of the company. The company runs on open source technologies - it is more open than Google - for example the backend distributed system is based on Hadoop/Pig which are in open source.
    If you are in Sunnyvale, lots of great concerts and events. In other locations, it is fewer.
    Free Coffee everywhere

    Cons

    The company is struggling for revenue growth, so projects get only a short time to prove themselves. So folks can be working very hard and can get burnt out on a project for a year or two. Even if they achieve great results, the next year, the project is put on the back burner, and everyone is working on the next big thing.

    Due to this, there is no long term retention of knowledge in many projects. There are only few long term strategic projects in the company, mostly around search. In other areas, there are likely to be changes in your priorities every 18 months or so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please get the company focus on areas where the barrier to entry is very high - such as search/grid computing.

    Get rid of portals which are #3 or lower in the industry and partner with the #1 or #2 help these "partners" get traffic by integrating into the front page.

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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.

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