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Yahoo Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
1,905 Reviews
3.6
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Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer
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588 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    good people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good people, great focus... lots of perks and career opportunities. Work life balance depending on your role and responsibilities but a strong effort is made to find balance accordingly.

    Cons

    shifting priorities and the quarterly review process -as last implemented- were distracting and at times frustrating, regardless of performance. Even when performing with high ratings, the constant need to deliver quarterly reviews eats up a good 1/3rd of every quarter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on your larger goals, keep the communication levels high, and talk to your customers... lots and lots of them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    wonder place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    Backend SE @ Flickr

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

    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
  7.  

    software engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yahoo

    Pros

    very good environment and hard working people

    Cons

    slow process as all big companies have

  8.  

    Great company

    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    Smart people,
    new technology,
    interesting projects
    keep-improving products.

    Cons

    Lack of investment in employees personal growth. Increasing turnover rate.

  9.  

    Excellent place to work for

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

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    Very good culture, highly dynamic with plenty of opportunities to shine
    Very good employee benefits

    Cons

    Strong competition, some dead wood in the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good to join if you seek challenge to grow fast

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

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    Big products impacting many people's daily lives. Some products would be very appealing to you.
    A lot of internal opportunity.
    Top level of welfare and perks like free food.
    Company is converting to more tech/product oriented and leverage open source solutions, so there will be a lot to learn for engineers
    When join, your compensation will likely be competitive.

    Cons

    Some products are old and not awesome. Make sure you don't join team supporting them.
    it's a big company so beaurocracy and politics.
    Work and life balance is not good. They are getting to work like a start up.
    Quarterly perf review and let-go of low performing employees might be a stress.
    Once join, your salary may not grow fast unless you get a promo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat existing employees with better comp, otherwise attrition will stay high.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 10 people found this helpful  

    getting worse

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    used to be innovative, little politics

    Cons

    getting more and more politics, good people left, not that good people hold of important positions

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