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Yahoo Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
1,729 Reviews

3.6
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Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule that leads to a good work-life balance (in 147 reviews)

  • There are some smart people there and its great to work with (in 131 reviews)


Cons
  • Frequent changes in senior management/C-level management lead to a lot directional changes (in 77 reviews)

  • Work life balance beginning to shift toward Google (in 27 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging but rewarding...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Yahoo  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Yahoo in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Competitive salary
    Great benefits
    Bleeding edge technology
    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    Aggressive goals are not always matched by the rewards and incentives offered
    Frequent re-orgs mean that you don't always know who your manager is quarter to quarter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commit to goals that can be realistically achieved quarter to quarter, rather than pressing to get everything done in three months (or less)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Benefits, fun environment, great co-workers

    Cons

    More then 40 hour weeks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Private communication has always been an important part of the picture, and I think it’s increasingly important,” he said. “Anything we can do that makes people feel more comfortable is really good.

    Cons

    “They have gotten enough privacy black eyes at this point that I tend to believe that they realized they have to take care of consumers a lot better,” said Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum, a nonprofit research and advocacy group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The service will then walk users through the privacy settings for their status updates, remind them of the applications that have permission to use their Facebook

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Revolving management door creates chaos

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    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Good people to work with, fair life balance and very competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Lots of politics, and a revolving door for managers. I had six managers in three years. Very difficult to advance ideas even though the company mantra is to "speak up and be heard". Be careful about this, because if your ideas clash with others more politically connected you could find yourself shoved out of the way very quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look down once in a while and help create a more open discussion environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice perks, good compensation,

    Cons

    Yahoo has become a malicious place to work for. Every Quarter, they get rid of significant number of people just to create continuous anxiety and pressure among employees. Marisa operates with a lot of ego and arrogance. No one likes her although no one is dare enough to admit it. Managers operate with poor ethics and integrity. I advice engineers to stay away from this company. I'm a former Engineer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent

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

    Pros

    Dynamic culture which helps execution

    Cons

    Too much of pressure to deliver new stuff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Potential but still a lot of baggage from the past.

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    Former Employee - Research  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Research in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    I liked Marissa Mayer a lot. She was pretty inspiring and seemed to really care about the welfare of the company. There is a lot of fear and baggage from the past that seeps into everything. Company has some sort of complex despite having a lot of smart people and good content.

    The research work I did was really interesting. And in the time I was there, I saw some major improvements. I use Yahoo more than ever now. Met a few nice people. Fun sports and food. Had all the parts.

    Cons

    Not the most ethical group. Fear and the past challenges really have clouded some people's outlook. Quite sad. Typical big company politics and back stabbing. Felt a little more magnified here.

    Some people really lacked character. Many who have been there a while have a very pessimistic view of Yahoo!. At times I wondered if they wanted Yahoo! to fail. I had never really seen that before.

    The review "process" was a mess and not followed at all despite earnest promises. Still lots of non-sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Split up the company into smaller more nimble and relevant groups. All the ingredients for greatness are there, but need to undo some things. Manage less on clicks and more on quality. Maybe admit your not a tech company in the traditional sense and focus on content---seemed like you were on the right path.

    Try to encourage a real meritocracy, not just talk.

    “Character is much easier kept than recovered.” – Thomas Paine

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Yahoooooooooo!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    technology. Y! is the front runner in technology. If you want to work/contribute to cutting edge technology, this is one of the place u would love to be.

    Cons

    too much politics in mid level management.

  10.  

    Wasted potential

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Design Manager User Experience  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Design Manager User Experience in Santa Monica, CA

    Pros

    The good things about Yahoo! are that there ARE opportunities for those who are smart self-starters and demonstrate results. The Company tries to cultivate a relationship with their employees and create a energized work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, leadership has been so overwhelmingly poor and disfunctional for many years, and priorities kept shifting, which resulted in team burn-out and inability to make real change. The Company has never been able to truly innovate because of this churn, losing out on the potential of engaging it's massive audience reach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great CEO, Great benefit, poor middle management and politics

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

    Pros

    Great Benefit and nice to employees (Free food, company shuttle, free gym, etc.)
    Marissa is the greatest asset in yahoo. She has lots of great ideas and she put lots of afford to make Yahoo a better company. Very transparent with company policy and very open minded to new ideas that is good for Yahoo.

    Cons

    Non technical manager are leading the team that create many misunderstanding. It is hard to imagine the person giving the task without knowing how to do the task.
    Middle management are not working but surfing online. I have seen some people that never be in the office but only come when their boss is here.
    Peer review is great start to review talent but a lot of people are not telling the truth as of i heard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yahoo probably need more engineer, scientist or analyst to build great product instead of manager and director

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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