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Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer
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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. Helpful (7)

    Software Engineer

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

    I worked at Yahoo full-time

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

    Pros

    - Free food
    - Talented engineers
    - Gadgets like smart phones and Mac

    Cons

    Yahoo has a horrible culture. Management is full of people who are good at nothing but politics. Some managers are in Yahoo for more than 7-8 years without any specific skills. Most of them survived Yahoo's layoffs not because of skills but because of their political connections inside the company. They create a culture of fear and negativity. Middle managers do not care about your career growth and are solely interested in exploiting you from one quarter to another. Directors or senior directors who manage several teams play favoritism and can ruin other teams if they want to. Unfortunately, Yahoo provides many tools to manipulate the system at management's will.

    Work life balance is a joke in most of the teams at Yahoo. The company is going through turmoil and they are in "do or die" state. Middle managers who do not have any managerial skills simply act as a proxy for upper management. This means they have no clue of how the product works, they don't want to learn it either. Managers are there just to "pass on" the stress from upper management to the engineering teams. They agree to insane deadlines and schedules just to appease higher management and could not care less about burn out rate of engineers in their teams.

    Enough has been said about the Quarterly Performance Reviews (QPR) at Yahoo. The idea (like most of the other ones) is copied from Google. Management uses QPR as a tool to do silent layoffs. At the beginning of the quarter they set targets that are not possible to achieve in a quarter. Once you start working on your objectives, things change within a month and your goals might not reflect the changes in your project requirements and deadlines. If you are being vocal or argumentative at times with the manager, he would use these tools offered by QPR against you and could give you a bad rating (misses / occasionally misses). If you get one of these ratings, you are essentially screwed.

    Yahoo is not a great place for career growth. A lot of high performers are not rewarded because of the rating scheme. There are many engineers who haven't got any base salary raise for years.

    Yahoo has a concept of centralized committee which "approves" which technologies to use in a project. Many member of this committee have glorified titles like architects and what not but do not have real life experience of building systems. This policy slows down the decision making and makes the whole process bureaucratic. For a company which touts "agile development", this committee is clearly a mismatch.

    Summary - Yahoo is a sinking ship. If you are looking for good work atmosphere and career growth, do not join Yahoo, look for something else.

    Advice to Management

    I would type 20 characters but they won't listen

    Yahoo Response

    Jun 16, 2015Talent Engineering

    Thank you for the feedback.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Software Engineer

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

    I worked at Yahoo full-time

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

    Pros

    - Free food
    - Good engineers

    Cons

    Yahoo has a horrible culture. Management is full of people who are good at nothing but politics. Some managers are in Yahoo for more than 7-8 years without any specific skills. Most of them survived Yahoo's layoffs not because of skills but because of their political connections inside the company. They create a culture of fear and negativity. Middle managers do not care about your career growth and are solely interested in exploiting you from one quarter to another. Directors or senior directors who manage several teams play favoritism and can ruin other teams if they want to. Unfortunately, Yahoo provides many tools to manipulate the system at management's will.

    Work life balance is a joke in most of the teams at Yahoo. The company is going through turmoil and they are in "do or die" state. Middle managers who do not have any managerial skills simply act as a proxy for upper management. This means they have no clue of how the product works, they don't want to learn it either. Managers are there just to "pass on" the stress from upper management to the engineering teams. They agree to insane deadlines and schedules just to appease higher management and could not care less about burn out rate of engineers in their teams.

    Enough has been said about the Quarterly Performance Reviews (QPR) at Yahoo. The idea (like most of the other ones) is copied from Google. Management uses QPR as a tool to do silent layoffs. At the beginning of the quarter they set targets that are not possible to achieve in a quarter. Once you start working on your objectives, things change within a month and your goals might not reflect the changes in your project requirements and deadlines. If you are being vocal or argumentative at times with the manager, he would use these tools offered by QPR against you and could give you a bad rating (misses / occasionally misses). If you get one of these ratings, you are essentially screwed.

    Yahoo is not a great place for career growth. A lot of high performers are not rewarded because of the rating scheme. There are many engineers who haven't got any base salary raise for years.

    Yahoo has a concept of centralized committee which "approves" which technologies to use in a project. Many member of this committee have glorified titles like architects and what not but do not have real life experience of building systems. This policy slows down the decision making and makes the whole process bureaucratic. For a company which touts "agile development", this committee is clearly a mismatch.

    Summary - Yahoo is a sinking ship. If you are looking for good work atmosphere and career growth, do not join Yahoo, look for something else.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  3. Helpful (1)

    Compensation and Benefits Specialist

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

    I worked at Yahoo full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Large responsibilities and all round grooming

    Cons

    Low job security, less long term commitment

    Advice to Management

    Manage organization from a long term perspective


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Company tries to hold you by delaying Green card process

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    Pros

    1) Free food.
    2) Relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    1) I was told my green card process will get started after 3 months of employment. But PERM filing took about 9 months, even that happened after fighting with HR. HR blocked Green card processing for almost 4 months by saying Yahoo does the processing in batch mode. Don't trust the HR people words on Green card. By giving little money they want you to get hold of you for atleast 3 years. Also I140 stage processing through premium is not allowed.(even if you pay out of your pocket.)

    2) Poor architectural design, never cares about building right components. Hires C players.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Don

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Sales in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Yahoo

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

    Pros

    There are no pros to this place.

    Cons

    The owner is a tyrant and the employees are hateful to each other. Do yourself a favor and look for work elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Your turnover is probably extremely high for a reason, perhaps you should care about that a little more.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Try to avoid if you have another offer.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    1. Pay is decent, but there is no annual increase unless you get a promotion.
    2. Most engineers are knowledge and approachable.
    3. Free food, but you have to line up for 30 mins at least to get food.

    Cons

    1. Too many reorgs. Shuffling resources every three months. I had 3 managers during 8 months there.
    2. Too many layoffs. People just disappear for no reason.
    3. Managers suck! They are the ones who should be let go of!! They make terrible decision and all they do is to push you and make Yahoo a sweatshop.
    4. Products suck. Who the heck is still using Yahoo? The CEO tries to sugar coat bad things and brain wash the employees as much as possible.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of all the managers. If you are not looking for another opportunity while working at Yahoo, you are screwing yourself up. No kidding!! You never know what will happen when you walk in the office next day. Be prepared hombres!!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Yahoo Benefits

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

    I worked at Yahoo

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Lack of support from management

    Advice to Management

    Provide more support to employees


  9. Helpful (4)

    Work life balance is dead at yahoo

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Frontend Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Frontend Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Yahoo full-time

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

    Pros

    Smart people, difficult problems. Excellent compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Work life balance! Under Marissa leadership has started to demand insane work hours on the theory that Yahoo is fighting for its life. Also, as a former manager at yahoo, I can say that QPR (stack ranking) is completely arbitrary. Managers give their rankings and VPs can override them on a whim in calibration. The only way to get high ratings is to be "visible" to senior management. Which means self promotion is more valuable than your actual contribution.

    Advice to Management

    QPR is destroying the culture, work life balance helps you retain people.


  10. Helpful (9)

    Once great, now not so much

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of really smart engineers
    Lots of really huge scale systems
    Plenty of opportunities
    Casual culture
    The usual free food, free snacks, onsite gym kind of Silicon Valley perks

    Cons

    Quarterly Performance Reviews (QPRs): They are as awful as you've heard. Every quarter you go through a full-on review cycle. That means having to spend a lot of time justifying the work you've done, a lot of time filling out peer reviews for your coworkers, and a lot of time generally worrying about your status there. Yahoo! uses a stack-ranking system where everyone is ranked from first to worst. Everyone is put into a bell curve and all slots in that curve must be filled. That means that if you're on a high performing team you may wind up in the lower quartiles even if you do good work. When I worked there if you wound up one standard deviation to the right for two consecutive quarters you were put on a PIP. I've heard from friends who still work there that now if you wind up in a lower quartile on *one* QPR you're not put on a PIP, you're simply fired. That's right folks, one bad quarter and you're out. They pretend that the reviews are objective, but they're not. How can they be? It's a nasty political system. If you're not into that, stay away.

    The company has been sputtering along for 8 years now. Despite many many changes in top leadership and lots of big talk, nothing has really changed. Yahoo! is always a takeover target. There is always a threat of layoffs, although now with the harsh QPR system there's a constant stealth layoff going on.

    Also as I was leaving I noticed that a new harsher, nastier engineering culture was taking hold there. Engineers talked gleefully of "getting rid of the dead weight" (translation: mass firings). If you weren't absolutely stellar you were crap.

    If you're anything less than a top-tier engineer, stay away. Your life there won't be pleasant. If you are a top-tier engineer, stay away, there are *much* better companies in the valley where you can really shine.

    If you need a job out of college, it's probably a fine place to go. Yahoo! still looks good on the resume. Just don't plan to stay there too long.

    Advice to Management

    They don't listen, so why bother?


  11. Helpful (4)

    Unorganized

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yahoo

    Pros

    Flexible Hours and that's about it

    Cons

    No automation, micro management, extremely unorganized



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