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Yahoo Reviews in Champaign, IL

Updated November 5, 2014
Updated November 5, 2014
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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.  

    Yodel at Silicon Prairie, Yahoo Champaign.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

    - You get to work with very smart sons and daughters of midwestern farmers. You get to work for the hottest CEO out of all companies that exist.
    - Whole site is about 150, so people know each other and very friendly.
    - Hiring on-going.
    - Family oriented. Good work/life balance. Just not much to do even after you get off work.
    - A lot of workers have been around the area for a long time, average age is high. There's a few who are older than Gandalf and do some magic on computer.
    - Handle Yahoo's all advertising traffic, big big big data.
    - Small college town surrounded by cornfields if that's what you're looking for. (could be cons.) But cost of living is much lower than CA.

    Cons

    - There won't be a lot of opportunities to advance. This may change since they are building new and bigger building to cope with many new hires coming in. Which means they are going to need more manager-level positions.
    - Main purpose of the site is to maintain existing data pipeline. All the exciting things happen at Sunny Vale. Once people at Sunny Vale are done playing with new technology, they dump it to Champaign if it's something Yahoo! wants to maintain. You have to fix and maintain lousy second rough draft 90% of the time. Managers are aware of this and try to bring something exciting to the site.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your job is not to be a politician. Your job is to lead world's brightest software engineers. You gotta be a geek. You got to be technically strong. Keep it purple!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Experience with nice and talent people!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Intern in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Intern in Champaign, IL

    I worked at Yahoo as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Yahoo! has great working and learning environment, and people there are very friendly, talented and willing to help.

    Cons

    Sometimes, the tasks assigned to me are not very challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My manager is nice, patient and knowledgeable. He always offers me the opportunities that can help me improve and grow.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

    Yahoo 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.

    Cons

    Once 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Behind the doors politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

    Salary, 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.

    Cons

    Good 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 ManagementAdvice

    There are some good engineers who can make great contributions if they had more honest and technical managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Good engineers. Mis-matched managers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Yahoo in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Yahoo in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Managers 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 ManagementAdvice

    One 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.

    Neutral Outlook
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Redundant people and roles

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Subtle 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 ManagementAdvice

    Finer oversight is needed from VPs. Do not fall for happy, smiley faces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bug Fixes != Cool Technology

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

    Salary, 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.

    Cons

    Work 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Need technical leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Yahoo in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Yahoo in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

    Agree 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.

    Cons

    Layoffs 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 ManagementAdvice

    Administration oriented directors need to be replaced by techie management.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Technical Yahoo Senior

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo Senior in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo Senior in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    Advice 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stuck Careers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Bad 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire site manager with tech chops and a real backbone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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