Yahoo Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
1,795 Reviews
3.6
1,795 Reviews
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Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer
Marissa Mayer
524 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule that leads to a good work-life balance (in 153 reviews)

  • There are some smart people there and its great to work with (in 137 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance beginning to shift toward Google (in 32 reviews)

  • Frequent changes in senior management/C-level management lead to a lot directional changes (in 78 reviews)

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  1.  

    Collaborative, Best Practices, Micro Managing

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    • 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

    Collaborative environment, many Best Practices in place to learn from, annual stock grants are fair,

    Cons

    Ship has gotten so big its hard to turn/change/improve, micro management by executives on travel, spend and hiring decisions creates a massive bottleneck and stagnates what improvements can be made, annual increases are very low on average, executives ultimately control comp and can trump direct submissions for personal reasons if desired

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find a new revenue stream, rotate long time executives to facilitate change, generate some spark, and open closed doors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good pay and perks, morale is rising after Marissa

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

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

    Pros

    Yahoo! Is back again a cool place to work after Marissa's leadership. Great people are being hired, and some people that needed to go in order for the company to move forward are being asked to leave.

    For engineers, there's lots of resources, huge scale and crazy problems to work on.

    Cons

    Being an old company (for tech standards), there's a lot of legacy and old processes that still drag teams to move faster.

    Some people in leadership position still hold old views about how to develop software.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more like start ups and try to avoid the overwhelming size and bureaucracy. That's crucial for the continual survival.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Times of great changes

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

    I have been working at Yahoo as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free food, good compensation, challenging projects, a lot of entertaining events, building community among employees , undergoes exciting and hopefully beneficial changes

    Cons

    unclear infrastructure, too many meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make the infrastructure more transparent, less meetings (can stand-ups be every OTHER day? )

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Interactive Designer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interactive Designer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Interactive Designer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    I worked at Yahoo for 5 years. Great Company, Great Benefits, I felt that all of the people and teams that I worked with embraced change. If I wanted to try something new I felt that people were very accepting which was a huge plus for me. I made a lot of great friends here.

    Cons

    My work-life balance started to diminish at the end of my time at Yahoo which eventually led me to leave and explore new avenues. I was working an average of 60 hours a week towards the end. Working Fridays and one or two days on the weekend started to become regular. This isn't the norm for most teams at Yahoo. I was just one of the unlucky few. I would still recommend this company to a friend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People do their best over there. Its a great place to work. Everyone I have worked under has been more than fair with me.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A great company to work for, up and coming in the mobile design department.

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

    I have been working at Yahoo as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great manager and team, free food, free gym, free shuttle, free work computer, fun events, new projects on mobile front

    Cons

    Currently a contractor, do not receive full benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great to work with Yahoo

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

    I have been working at Yahoo as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, Learning, Peers, Values, Perks

    Cons

    Leadership, uncertanity, Office culture, work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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.  

    great people and poor management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yahoo

    Pros

    The employees were amazing people that I hope to work with again. I gained a lot of knowledge in this postion.

    Cons

    Poor management and disconnects within departments

  10.  

    Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yahoo

    Pros

    great experience to learn about the business. Has a lot of potential to grow and was a great opportunity. I would recommend this company

    Cons

    Compensation was not as good as I beleived it would be. I wanted a lot more than they offered. However experience is worth more than money.

  11.  

    Leadership lacking leadership

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    • 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

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