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Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer

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    Great company to work for

    Software Developer (Current Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    ProsYahoo offers great benefits and cultures. You get to work with brilliant programmers. This is one of the companies that handles the biggest amount data. Get to experience a lot of new technologies for handling it.

    ConsOnce you get to know you job, it can get boring because there are things that just have to get done. But there is a room to be creative and have fun.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Behind the doors politics

    Technical Yahoo (Former Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    ProsSalary, work flexibility most of the time.

    Marissa has been good for Yahoo! I do not agree with people who diss no more work from home policy. Maternity and paternity benefits are just great. Even though many will not get to use these, it shows what is important to company and the culture they want to build.

    ConsGood new talent is very difficult to attract.

    There is a cultural disconnect between Chamapign and the rest of Yahoo. People who have never travelled to HQ don't even know. Older managers try gimmicks to keep their influence because they are aware of their technical shortcomings. Sadly likeability of managers is what is keeping them in place. Fiefdoms!

    Managers do not give real feedback face to face because it makes them less likeable. Behind the doors though, they do not shy away from taking others down. I know first hand because I overheard a very interesting conversation through the porous conference room walls. There is a very well defined them Vs management Vs HQ thinking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are some good engineers who can make great contributions if they had more honest and technical managers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good engineers. Mis-matched managers

    Technical Yahoo (Current Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    ProsGreat engineers. You get to work with the best talent in CU area.

    ConsManagers and directors are living off of their team's accomplishments. Can not have a decent technical conversation with some of the managers and most directors. Can not justify them to be engineering leaders.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOne has to ask what exactly is the contribution of some of the managers and directors besides "managing people". Hire and promote more managers and directors who have "technical" skills and are not just administrators disguised as engineering "managers/directors". Fire the grandfathered managers and directors.

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    Redundant people and roles

    Technical Yahoo (Former Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    ProsIn CU area Yahoo is one of the better option for software development. All at site enjoy work and $$s.

    ConsSubtle level politics to keep favorite people (read "yes sir/madam") around by shuffling them around to different roles or teams. Good engineers who disagree have been let go using HR designed performance tools. Managers here define their own version of Yahoo way/culture to justify their deplorable actions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFiner oversight is needed from VPs. Do not fall for happy, smiley faces.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Need technical leadership

    Technical Yahoo (Current Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    ProsAgree with some latest comments. Good talent, salary. Good going for now. Champaign is a small site so the general fear of something bad happening persists. With expansion projects things will get better.

    ConsLayoffs have not been consistent with performance. Impacts morale. Surprised that some non-technical managers and directors continue to be around. Politics at top level is bad for long term success.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdministration oriented directors need to be replaced by techie management.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bug Fixes != Cool Technology

    Technical Yahoo (Former Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    ProsSalary, bonus, easy life. Being in Champaign one is not expected to be producing out of the world results. Low expectations that are easily met. Work is okay, good enough to beef up my resume.

    ConsWork is slow and not that great. Hadoop and Cloud technologies are well advertized but a closer look will tell you that most engineers are fixing bugs.

    Pros are the biggest con. I ruined quite a few years of my career working for managers and especially the directors at Champaign site. Managers have no real control over their teams, all is dictated by the Directors. Some other reviews also mention this and is true that these Directors are technically incompetent and use their political influence to keep themselves at the top. Somehow it has worked for quite a few years. The decision makers in HQ do not want to change them to keep a smooth sailing impression. These Directors have ruined quite a few careers by initially hiring people who were not a good fit for the job, but hiring them allowed to meet their hiring quota. Then they fired some of these people on account of poor performance - of course a bad fit will not perform well. So on both occasions Directors come on top, first by meeting their hiring quota and then when the company was looking to trim, they got rid of the same people. Ironically and ridiculously, some of the same people were hired yet again as part of site growth agenda.

    There are three distinct groups of Champaign Yahoos. First with the ones that came in bulk from Motorola. They are the older people. They stick together and take care of each other. Some are good. Difficult to break into this group. Second group is in Champaign because their spouses are in the area for employment. These people are the most political ones and will do anything to hang on to their dear jobs. Group three is made up of independent Yahoos who think they can make a career and living in Champaign.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome other reviews suggested to fire the directors. Right-on. You do not need them. New technical managers can handle the site well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Technical Yahoo Senior (Former Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    ProsGood salary. Stock has been doing good. Decent work with new technologies.Several great colleagues.

    ConsNot against Yahoo but in general working for Yahoo in Champaign is risky. If you loose your job where to go?

    Senior managers are not technical. Senior engineers are the ones who are helping bring in work. There are pyramid building undercurrents in management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice to managers in HQ is to make more changes at top level in Chamapign. Champaign will need more technical leaders to build true center of excellence. Some role changes are a step in the right direction. Apply same standards to senior leaders.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stuck Careers

    Senior Developer (Current Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    ProsGood salary, good work, good co-workers. Small community town. University town with some very decent food joints.

    Marissa is cool and taking bold steps to move the needle. Presently she has tail winds beneath her wings. Good for general morale. Good for stock but real revenues are not up to mark. Fixing that will take time. Hope that the board will have patience this time.

    ConsBad for career development good if you do not plan any progress. Bad if you only want to do your job good if you look nice to your manager. Bad managers who look like deer in headlights when technical questions come up good managers who lack courage to stand up to management. Bad if you raise Qs on management style, good if you can suck up to managers.

    Some current employees will not fit in with evolving culture. Some are already trying to fake it till they make it.

    Corn fields everywhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire site manager with tech chops and a real backbone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best Intern Experience at Yahoo! Champaign Office

    Tech Intern (Former Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    ProsPeople are smart and friendly, good pay, free lunch and snakes, doing very interesting project related to Yahoo! advertising.

    ConsChampaign is a comfortable and good place to work, but if you prefer big city, it won't offer the things big city have.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great technology, rudderless leadersip

    Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
    Champaign, IL

    ProsYou will work with some very smart and bright people.
    Yahoo! experience especially on Hadoop, Pig etc is always a plus.

    ConsLeadership is generally direction less.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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