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Updated July 14, 2015
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Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer
Marissa Mayer
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Pros
  • Work life balance still good (although changing) (in 158 reviews)

  • Was lucky enough to work with really smart people (in 139 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance could be better (in 34 reviews)

  • Frequent changes in senior management/C-level management lead to a lot directional changes (in 79 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Excellent Quality and Quantity of work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer (Ic4) in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer (Ic4) in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The kind of work that you can get out here is superb and the tools provided to get your work done are way beyonfd industry standard Benefits provided for employees are superb and there will be nothing employees will be left to ask. A company that values innovation and excellence. Quality of technical people hired in to yahoo is superb which gives a good morale boost anyone who wants to work

    Cons

    Middle managers are very bad and make engineers life miserable Lot of old timers sitting at high positions who do not let transparency of employees work to higher ups Managers not being scrutinized enough to lead the right set of teams or engineers A company which takes pride in high level of scrutiny for every engineer being hired should look hard at what kind of managers are bing hired Too much of bureaucracy to support incompetent managers and non-technical people who can not understand the vision of company

    Advice to Management

    Need to look at how actual engineers are being treated by middle managers Need to look at what a managers role is need to put a clear segregation on technical and non-technical work at team level


  2. Helpful (8)

    Danger! Avoid! Stay away!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advertising in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Advertising in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Talented, friendly and considerate colleagues. I will always treasure the personal and professional friendships I made here. - Good benefits: not as good as some of the competition, but generally good. Matching 401k, good vacation, maternity/paternity leave, free food and espresso bars (in some offices).

    Cons

    - A bright future....in the rearview mirror. Yahoo has spent a decade squandering its future, and is now close to checkmate. Platitudes like 'mobile first' and 'delighting our customers' don't really address the systemic issues at this company. The recent foray into online gambling shows how desperate this company is to shore up its sagging revenue - the primary value of Yahoo is its stake in Alibaba and its Asian assets. - Corporate ineptitude at its finest. The leadership is non-existent, and C-level leadership mixes incompetence with arrogance and lies. The CEO will tell you she doesn't force her leadership teams to stack rank employees, but ask any front-line manager, and you'll see this is a lie. - QPRs...employees are evaluated on a quarterly basis. Sounds good, right? Not when the evaluations are stack ranked, and there's a forced distribution of achieves vs. misses. So if you're on a team of idiots, you're as good as gold...if you work on a team of smart achievers, you might draw the short straw. And make no mistake - that short straw will result in your termination at some point, or at the very least, you'll have to wait over a year for a raise or promotion. Since forced distribution is a zero sum game, it encourages employees to sabotage each other in an effort to avoid the ax. - Ya-who? Not only is Yahoo somewhat of a joke in most of society, they are going through a painful, existential identity crisis. Of the last four CEOs, none has been able to coherently articulate an answer to "What does Yahoo do?". - Layoffs. Yahoo has yet to improve its revenue, so the only other road to profitability is to cut expenses. That means cutting people. For a while in Q1, there were weekly layoffs - management doesn't have the guts to make a large cut, so they cut 20 here, 30 there and hope nobody notices. Everyone noticed. - Lack of communication and transparency. Weekly 'FYI' meetings are supposed to allow employees a chance to ask questions of management - while great in theory, this is just a waste of an hour when the answers are glib coporatisms from the PR department, or complete avoidance of the actual question being asked. Q: 'What are you going to do about QPRs? They're destroying morale at Yahoo'. A: 'I fundamentally disagree, I think morale is great'. It sure is great if you're bringing in the millions in the C-suite! For the drones, maybe not as much. - Terrible products. Try using Yahoo mail alongside Gmail. 'nuff said. Fantasy football is the one bright spot, but even that will probably crash just as you're about to draft your QB.

    Advice to Management

    Resign. Now. Publicly. You're cool, Ken Goldman - you can stay. The rest of the C-suite should be ashamed of calling themselves leaders. Maybe too harsh. Here are some real pieces of advice: - Eliminate stack ranking and subsequent firings. It didn't work at GE or Microsoft. Doesn't seem to be working at Yahoo either. - Stop buying companies that you won't actually monetize to their full potential. Brightroll? Sounds like a good acquisition. Tumblr? Try actually making some money off it! - Roll back the regressive work at home policies. This is 2015, and you're (supposedly) an internet company. Webex works fine, and let's face it - the real impediment to collaboration is the toxic work culture, not people working from their homes. - Develop a coherent and specific statement about what Yahoo is, and what it's going to do in the future. Want to be an internet company? Great. Want to be a media company? Awesome. Pick one and stick to it. And dump the 'mobile first' thing - that's the equivalent of saying 'as a company, we want to be relevant and make money'. No need to pay millions of dollars for leadership to say something so vague.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Great people, but the management was always hit and miss.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Online Marketer in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Online Marketer in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people and the environment were great. Very relaxed, though sometimes the goals were way out of reach.

    Cons

    At the time, there was a lot of insecurity. With layoffs being so consistent, nobody ever felt safe.

    Advice to Management

    Watch for brown-nosers in middle management. There are some who know nothing other than how to shmooze.


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  5. Yahoo has had plenty of ups and downs, but overall has been a good place to work since Marissa Mayer came on as CEO.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly culture with smart, talented people. Great benefits. Flexible hours. Varied opportunities depending on location.

    Cons

    Some find it challenging to keep up with changes. Also at times, change is valued over quality. Marissa's good ideas are not always implemented well by lower levels of management.


  6. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice work culture Free foods :)

    Cons

    product launching plans on week ends may cause you work on week-ends without any compensation

    Advice to Management

    more reward schemes for employees


  7. Great pace and several products to work on

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Aggressive launches to excel in industry. Provides management transparency, connecting employees to goals. Provides more power to employees who can deliver. Great benefits, like new child leave.

    Cons

    Lack of trust with peers


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great for engineers and PMs sales not so much now

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be a fantastic company

    Cons

    Current leadership lacks coherence and direction, reorgs twice in one year, the sales organization is in a shambles

    Advice to Management

    When you have multiple staff with 8 year tenures voluntarily leave you have a problem. Marissa is fantastic but I'm pretty sure middle management obfuscates and tells her what she wants to hear without solving the true problems.


  9. Smart people and advanced technology

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Experience large scale apps, big data and deployments

    Cons

    no clear strategy and confusing priorities

    Advice to Management

    propagate clear strategy and metrics


  10. Great place to work. People are talented!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours and awesome benefits package.

    Cons

    Not be able to work from home could pose a problem for most working parents.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent, be transparent, and communicate to all levels.


  11. Helpful (1)

    horrible people in IT Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Burbank, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Yahoo as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    free food, good cafeteria ...pool table snacks and nice environment

    Cons

    Mistreat newly joined people..treat consultants like labors. boss around too much..most of them seem to be Indians especially in corp apps side..

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to know how to treat people and have reasonable expectations



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