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Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. awesome place to work

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

    I have been working at Yahoo

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

    Pros

    great tech minds to work with

    Cons

    politics sometimes ruins great projects


  2. Challenging

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

    Pros

    Team work excellence. Working around the globe.

    Cons

    Loyalty to longtime employees is not a plus

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and don't allow employee's to make life changes.


  3. Great Place t Work

    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great corporate structure. Alot of oppurtunity

    Cons

    little overhead. Need a more hands on approach

    Advice to Management

    be more hands on


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Smart and super friendly employees

    Cons

    change of manager ever 3-6 months


  6. Position

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

    I worked at Yahoo part-time

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

    Pros

    Great environment to learn new skills and build upon knowledge within IT Services.

    Cons

    Management did not understand individual basis situations (student).


  7. Helpful (5)

    Yahoo in Turmoil

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

    I worked at Yahoo

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

    Pros

    Competitive Salary
    Good Perks (free phones, food, etc.)
    Decent communication by Executives (Marissa) at weekly FYIs

    Cons

    Yahoo has lost it's way,, no strategy to gain revenue growth
    Yahoo doesn't "own" its core revenue stream (ads outsourced to Microsoft)
    Yahoo culture requires being located in Sunnyvale
    Zero work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Make difficult decisions to get Yahoo to revenue growth


  8. Helpful (6)

    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.


  9. account executive

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

    I have been working at Yahoo

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Love it!

    Cons

    There are no "cons". Love it!


  10. Helpful (1)

    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


  11. Helpful (5)

    Troubled environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yahoo full-time

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

    Pros

    Nice colleagues to work with, good place to learn and keep up with current technologies. Benefits vary a lot depending on location.

    Cons

    Ineffective management that believes more in motivational speaking than providing real guidance for the company. Rolling layoffs for almost a decade.

    Advice to Management

    Provide real guidance to the company rather than just motivational speaking. Do your best to halt rolling layoffs to instill some minimum level of morale and loyalty.



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