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Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer
Marissa Mayer
631 Ratings

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. Great People

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Really smart people and a lot of innovation.

    Cons

    The company lost out to Google and couldn't catch up.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of you technical staff and get some focus.


  2. Great Place, with some caveats

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time

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

    Pros

    Marissa has vastly improved the company and places a high priority on employee morale. Absolutely the best CEO you could hope for. Awesome perks - free food, free iphone or android, company refreshes all desktops to latest MAC every 2 years.

    Cons

    Still a very hierarchical corporate company, with layers of management. The performance review system deserves all of the bad press it has gotten, though it's no different from what a lot of tech companies are doing. Here though, the flaws in this system are exacerbated because the managers are poor and the hierarchies many. It's basically a favoritism system.

    Advice to Management

    Still need to remove layers of management and empower individuals in all areas of the company.


  3. Great Brand but no clear direction

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Yahoo

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

    Pros

    Really great, smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of clear decision making. Promotion structure is lacking and extremely arbitrary with quarterly review cycle. Upper management constantly changing focus and direction


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  5. Yahoo!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in Dallas, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers, corporate culture, benefits.

    Cons

    Multiple layoffs each year, high churn in senior management (C-level, SVP-level) resulting in continuous disruption in strategy/direction.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the continual layoffs and stop hiring people in top management seats who are not in it for the long haul.


  6. Awesome Place

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    Yahoo is really an awesome place to work for. You get access to all kinds of programs , roles, technology etc. Yahoo gives an opportunity to work for multiple teams in short duration.

    Cons

    The only cons i had observed is changing priorites


  7. I still believe...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, great perks, and an organization that values creativity and risk taking. This is a fantastic place for innovators who want to try new things without fear.

    Cons

    Internal processes are outdated and punitive (i.e. the QPR process - time to lighten up on that). Too much emphasis on metrics when dealing with humans - not the right tactics to drive motivation and retention.

    Advice to Management

    You need to start listening to the people who work for you and stop being so stubborn with certain things. You've got awesome people on board now. You need to grow and foster them, not bucket them with antiquated processes that not even Google or Facebook are still using.


  8. Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Yahoo

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

    Pros

    *Really great people
    *Direct management gets it and is there to support their teams
    *Free food
    *Relaxed environment if you can deal with stressful situations and type A sales directors
    *Access to executive level management
    *Great work/life balance if you can stay on top of your work

    Cons

    *Constant ridicule from the media
    *Uncertainty about the future of the company
    *Constant reorgs
    *Systematic layoffs due to performance system brings morale down


  9. Renovated Culture old direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The company has a great amount of perks and all the amenities only rivaled by other titans like Google or Facebook. Most people that works there is in general really smart.

    Cons

    Lack of a sustained, cohesive and smart direction to growth, there are constant efforts to re-invent and come up with new ideas that get shot-down for a constant drive for revenue.

    Not enough attention put on customer experience and always favors ugly ads.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clear goal and stick to it. Focus on the customer not the revenue.


  10. great place

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time

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

    Pros

    free food , free commute
    Advance technology, good career growth

    Cons

    start up culture , less processes


  11. Great Place to Work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Trainer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Trainer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    Pros

    As others have said, this is a great company to work for. The CEO is passionate and driven, and that does drive the employees.

    Cons

    Many organizational changes have left the teams lost with no direction. While the CEO is passionate and driven, her message gets lost by the time it trickles down to the ones that need to do the work!

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to relate to your employees, and to listen to the intent of the message from the CEO.



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