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Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
1,867 Reviews
3.6
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Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer
Marissa Mayer
572 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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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    getting much worse

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    good compensation and benefits
    free food

    Cons

    Very bad, unprofessional management that only play politics to survive;
    Quarterly performance review (QPR) system gives unlimited power to management to do whatever they want with engineers;
    Unrealistic QPR goals that impossible to achieve gives management full freedom to put any QPR score based on manager personal decision;
    Up to 5% hidden layoffs by performance due to QPR score every quarter without severance package;
    Lots of great engineers have been fired by “performance” just because of managers wanted to get rid of inconvenient people;
    Due to bell curve inside team (low 5% should go every quarter) there is no team work at all. Nobody shares any knowledge and help;
    No work/life balance;
    Culture is good for new college grads and interns but very bad for senior engineers with knowledge and experience;
    So if you are senior engineer please stay away from this company. You will not be appreciated and rewarded;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yahoo used to be great company with good culture and excellent engineers. Unfortunately, it is getting much worse now. It has all potentials to be successful company: good engineering team, money from Alibaba, brand, customers, products, etc. The only problem is – management. Please reorganize management team if you want to move forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Fake Reviews For Yahoo

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

    I worked at Yahoo full-time

    Pros

    I use to think the free food was a pro. But when you have to wait in line for 20-30 minutes to get lunch I think it's fair to say that's no longer a pro.

    Cons

    - Wow so many fake reviews on glassdoor. I love how there are reviews for Nov 11th, 12, 13th...one after another. And all four stars. Marissa is this your handy work?
    - Cut throat work environment
    - No direction
    - Who uses Yahoo? No one..Marissa has just done a great job of getting herself in the news to keep things interesting.
    - Trying to make Yahoo like Google
    - No appreciation for its employees.
    - No work life balance.

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

    Current CEO is the Death Rattle

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

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

    Pros

    * Free Food (but greasy)
    * Cell phone
    * ICs are usually smart
    * Some managers are awesome

    Cons

    Long Standing Issues:
    * Meetingitis - ICs for hours a week, managers all the time. Meetings to prepare for meetings about meetings.
    * Too many middle managers, and the ones that "kiss up and kick down" get promoted.
    * Silos, no incentive to work with other groups or have fresh ideas. People who do get screwed in the reviews.
    * Top down, one size fits all "Agile" process imposed, whether it makes sense or not. Lots of "Cargo Cult Agile" used as a micromanagement tool ("Why haven't you done what you committed to?" - every sprint a death march.)
    * Below market wages - by around $20K
    * Loaded with H1(b) indentured workers, who get treated like slaves because they can't quit without being shipped home. This pressures wages for everyone below market. Slow green card process, too - because once people get their green card, they will leave.
    * NIH syndrome - long standing habit of not wanting anything in their stack not invented or at least pissed in by in-house engineers. Only dribs and drabs given back to the open source community.
    * HR sides with management, even when management does something so egregiously bad that multiple people report it.

    Current CEO added:
    * QPR - quarterly stack ranking, employees compete against each other to not get voted off the island. You're gauged on how visible what you do is, not on how well you do it. People are paranoid and demoralized.
    * Open plan, no partitions, small desks, no privacy, noisy - symbolizes utter contempt for employees and their need for personal space.
    * No WFH - to address a problem with incompetent management not realizing that some employees weren't doing any work, the whole company was forced to come in to the (now nasty and crowded) office. Swatting a fly with a sledgehammer, and a nasty letter from HR to kick it off.
    * Beware changing groups, your previous manager will give you a bad QPR, and if you had one before you're out the door.
    * Mimicking Google, trying to draw in RCGs, shoving older workers (and their domain knowledge) out the door.
    * People let go in QPR are asked to sign an absolution letter saying there was no discrimination or retaliation at Yahoo in order to get their severance. [I didn't sign - it would have been a lie.] Letter also demanded the existence of the letter be kept secret for some reason... but only if you agreed to it.
    * C-level micromanagement, and when people point out user dissatisfaction or problems, just dismisses the users as "whiners" or "change averse".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I bled purple. I tried to tell people when they were being short sighted. The product offerings kept being "redesigned" in worse and worse ways, by people who didn't understand or care about their hard core users, power users, and other heavily invested users. Lowest common denominator became king, and more app development was shipped overseas. The main page became even more tabloid.

    Madam CEO, you need to:
    A) Scrap your nasty little QPR scheme, it's destroying the company just like annual stack ranking destroyed Microsoft.
    B) Fire half of HR. HR is not trustworthy. Teach the rest how to communicate without insulting people's intelligence.
    C) Don't treat your people like 50's factory floor peons. The rows of desks crammed together suck.
    D) Stop micromanaging, you aren't that smart a technologist. You handle the schmoozing, let the technical folks handle the products.

    Seriously, barely six months after I left I sold my stock.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Politics are heavy

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

    I worked at Yahoo full-time

    Pros

    Free food, free drinks, good exposure

    Cons

    Everything is based on politics; those who get chummy with the people at the top get promoted while those at the bottom never see the light

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more restructuring within the company in terms of who is leading each team; VPs should really think about growing the business from the bottom up instead of hiring their friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    The company from hell

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Insights Analyst in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Data Insights Analyst in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    The people. They were clueless about the reality of the company. So after awhile you tend to have alot in common with them - misery.
    Some of the managers can really be encouraging and supportive.
    Transport, free breakfast, lunch etc

    Cons

    The company takes more than it gives.
    Absolutely slow when it comes to growth and development.
    While your direct managers might be great they have no power to stop higher management when they want to screw with you.
    Leadership can be pissy. They can treat you like kids all because they're in a better position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shut it down!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Leadership lacking leadership

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good and pay/benefits are very good. I don't think the compensation will be sustainable, though, as the ratio of revenue to employee is poor relative to competitors and revenue has been flatlining.

    Cons

    The leadership is very smart but inexperienced and it shows in a number of poor decisions. The CEO has lots of product smarts but lacks experience running a company and has made poor hiring decisions including the costly selection of a COO. HR leadership appointment was made to someone with no HR experience which led to very poor HR policies and programs including discontinuation of work from home option... and quarterly forced ranking performance reviews. Marketing leadership, though bright, is out of touch and not inclined to listen to employees. This has led to poor, myopic decisions such as taking a classic, dynamic, and unique logo and turning into something quite bland.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to speak more freely without any recourse and listen to them. We've lost a lot of talent to other Silicon Valley firms but there are still employees with good ideas and sound judgment. Hire more leaders who have good people skills and show compassion for their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Byzantine, multi-layered structure that kills innovation

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

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits
    Location
    Free food
    (I truly can't come up with anything else!)

    Cons

    Bizarrely layered structure for the simplest of tasks
    Multiple people holding similar job titles so it's impossible to figure out who's in charge of what
    Truly awful people in the Santa Monica office - everyone seemed to hate their job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked there a few years ago so under Marissa Mayer things may now be different. I hope so.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Big Potential, Bad Management for Freelance Writers

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

    I worked at Yahoo (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work from home, assignments offered upfront pay plus residuals based on page views, provided excellent "writing for the web" online training for newbies and professional writers.

    Cons

    Crummy management overall, inconsistent and downright bizarre (at times) staff editors, poor site maintenance, but they shutdown the site instead of correcting the problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relaunch the site with better management, staff, and pay on a better platform.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unstable

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    No cap on sick leaves,no dress code,fun activities once in a while.

    Cons

    The unstable nature of the company has everyone worrying about their future.As a contractor,you are safe.Do a good job and take the pay and go home.The moment you become a Full Time Employee...the timer starts.In the name of 'Performance',you can be thrown out of the job at any moment.No matter how much you slog,you break your back,screw up your health,exceed the targets set,in the end,you will get a crappy rating and made to look like you messed up.There is a lot of crap going on with the management and you'll never understand the logic behind throwing talented people out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the secrecy and the 'inspirational' speeches.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Service Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Genuine technical foundation. Excellent working environment. Unlimited working infrastructure.

    Cons

    Extremely sluggish recruitment process, very much disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be promising while interviewing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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