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Mixed bag

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Senior Director in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Senior Director in Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Yahoo

Pros

It is a dynamic place in a dynamic industry so you'll always be pushed to think about new opportunities and challenges. There are lots of smart people around from which to learn. It's size (in terms of audience) opens many doors for potential partnerships. Career advancement and mobility are very possible (although you need to make it happen on your own). Good gym. Decent cafeteria.

Cons

There is lots of over-strategizing going on. Decisions are often revisited over and over again. Senior management is often afraid to make difficult decisions. As a result of these factors, teams and projects spend a lot of time spinning in circles, rather than executing and moving forward. There is not always good role clarity. Multiple people often have overlapping responsibilities and as such, things get dropped or people bang heads. In some cases there are just too many people. And despite the many smart people around, there are also many pockets of people that are very complacent and have very little passion. They show up, they go home, and that is it. They don't care about winning.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Figure out what you want to be once and for all and then do it. Stop with the org change every 6 months. Stop with the strategy overhaul every 6 months. Make your bet. If it works, then you will be heros. If it doesn't, then leave the company gracefully and let others try their hand at fixing the mess.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be cautious when you work for yahoo!

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Yahoo

    Pros

    Good benefits and free Espresso coffee. The cafeteria is good and sales tax is paid by yahoo. yahoo has great parties on site and off-site. It is fun place to work if you have time to have soem fun.

    Cons

    Adhoc environment. No work-life balance. You will have soo much work and everything will change few days. There is hardly any process there and is a start-up environment. Management just dumps a lot of work and then you are just expected to get it done. You will end up working a lot during evenings and week-ends. Work is often under-appreciated.people skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on business and also growing people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Still not a bad place to work and has potential in the future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Yahoo

    Pros

    If you have a good manager who allows you to do your job, you can contribute to and build some exciting products. Perks and benefits are pretty good as well.

    Cons

    Sr management is slow to make decisions and managers constantly switch priorities to the hot topic of the day. The culture has become very risk adverse so prototyping or releasing beta products are incredibly difficult to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear out the dead weight in sr management, focus on core businesses, and invest heavily in them. Allow business owners to take risks where appropriate and be willing to accept failure as part of the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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