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Yahoo Reviews in California

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
1,917 Reviews
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Pros
  • Flexible schedule that leads to a good work-life balance (in 158 reviews)

  • Lot of smart people to work with, too good in using latest technologies (in 139 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance beginning to shift toward Google (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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Yahoo was a great place...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was a full-time employee for a good number of years. This company had a great legacy and place in the valley and the people were great! Everyone wanted to be on HQ campus in Sunnyvale and there was a very positive atmosphere. Everyone wanted to contribute and work for a great company and product.

    Cons

    Everything you have read or are reading is true. They need to make some drastic changes, but also remember they are dealing with human beings, people, and not just numbers. This is where Yahoo! has lost some of its appeal and shine. Everything is the "bottom line" and how fast we can get it into production. No matter the incompleteness of the product get it out the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    20-20 hindsight and looking back may help this company move forward. There are still bad times ahead for this company and drastic measures still have not been implemented across the organization. This company still makes billions of dollars, look at why and how and not just at the new "things". You still have many entrenched people from when Yahoo! first started. Maybe its time to clean that attic too and get a breath of fresh air.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, awesome opportunities to work on!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - very talented and seasoned workforce around you
    - opportunity to move across domains and verticals
    - excellent leadership team, CEO meets employees every week

    Cons

    - few really old people in the system doing the same thing for 10-15 years and are not open to discussion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing the whole organizational alignment per the yearly goals so as to avoid friction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    great progress just not much to show for it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -personal growth is welcomed
    -promotions
    -benefits
    -perks
    -amenities

    Cons

    -poor management decision makes things move slower than they have to
    -training
    -leadership
    -bureaucracy
    -options

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -take more risks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    wonder place to work

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

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    people there are all smart and and have passion to work and easy to communicate

    Cons

    the senior management team is not steady and always changes during years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Backend SE @ Flickr

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer, Backend in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer, Backend in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Very smart people, you can learn a lot
    - Strongly motivated team that is making an impact on the web
    - Opportunities to move into various roles with various levels of expertise
    - Incredible opportunities to work with lots of data and the most cutting edge technologies in this area
    - For Flickr in particular, incredible culture of very self driven, highly intelligent and socially able people
    - Renaissance is currently happening across the entire org
    - Open culture

    Cons

    - Dealing with some of the older platforms can be tedious and fall short of the cutting edge
    - Performance reviews are rigid and unfairly bucket employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing great. The one thing I would pick on is the implementation of performance reviews. The feedback itself is great however I don't think the ranking is helping or necessary and in the worst case is discouraging. The best motivation is producing quality work not getting "good grades".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Marissa has been laying a great foundation in record time; now she just needs to launchan innovative/disruptive product.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - great benefits (esp. parental leave, food, employee events)
    - great feedback mechanisms
    - transparent communication from executives, global teams

    Cons

    - review process that fosters internal competition instead of cooperation
    - executive micro-management
    - work-life balance not a priority (company positions itself as all-hands-on-deck startup)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and was inspired by the laid-back and 'familial' culture of the company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Yahoo

    Pros

    The executive leadership seem to genuinely care about their employees, which is reflected in the benefits and personal support all Yahoo! employees enjoy, which are unrivaled in the industry.

    Cons

    The layout of the offices in all of their new buildings doesn't afford employees much privacy. It's an 'open-air' layout, meaning that all cubicles either don't have walls at all, or have glass walls, which means that there is literally someone looking over your shoulder every minute you're there. It's pretty uncomfortable and it makes concentrating one's work much more difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, but make things more comfortable for your employees by giving them adequate privacy at their workstations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Heavily bureaucratic and totally mis-managed.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great domain knowledge and work experience to be gained.
    Some really smart people.
    Good perks.

    Cons

    Stupid managers who only care about themselves.
    Exceptionally stupid HR chief (JR) who brought in the QPR and stack ranking that has caused unhealthy competition within teams and animosity within the orgs.
    Some really dumb people who get away for several reasons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove stack ranking for your own good. Cut unnecessary fat in the middle.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Org changes happen very frequent!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partner Manager IC3 in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Partner Manager IC3 in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    free food for all employees (ft or contract)
    nice employees
    fun events

    Cons

    get rid of QPRs so you retain great employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promotions
    work from home

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Yahoo

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free Food, Free shuttle, good fiestas ...

    Cons

    I can say now more then %50 are from India. so if you are not indian, be very careful you may be backstabed and got fired and another indian will come from banglore and will take your place. be very cautios.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transfering people from banglore to work in US should have more limitation, seems slowly there are no more room for non-Indian to work in Yahoo.

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