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  1. 4 people found this helpful

    Yahoo was a great place...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    I was a full-time employee for a good number of years. This company had a great legacy and place in the valley and the people were great! Everyone wanted to be on HQ campus in Sunnyvale and there was a very positive atmosphere. Everyone wanted to contribute and work for a great company and product.

    Cons

    Everything you have read or are reading is true. They need to make some drastic changes, but also remember they are dealing with human beings, people, and not just numbers. This is where Yahoo! has lost some of its appeal and shine. Everything is the "bottom line" and how fast we can get it into production. No matter the incompleteness of the product get it out the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    20-20 hindsight and looking back may help this company move forward. There are still bad times ahead for this company and drastic measures still have not been implemented across the organization. This company still makes billions of dollars, look at why and how and not just at the new "things". You still have many entrenched people from when Yahoo! first started. Maybe its time to clean that attic too and get a breath of fresh air.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Account Manager Sales

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - Seasoned and very good sales team.
    - Benefits are excellent.
    - People are great to work with.

    Cons

    - need more life work balance
    - a bit disorganized since everything is moving at such a fast pace.
    - need more empowerment of employers to make change and decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - lower to mid managers need more power

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Cool place.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lockport, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lockport, NY

    I worked at Yahoo part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great perks
    Fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Small office (Lockport, ny)
    Management isn't the best in all departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Yahoo

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    paid well, people were nice

    Cons

    QPR, cut stock plan, cut half the work force

  6. Yahoo review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yahoo

    Pros

    Nice co-worker, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Top management doesn't have good vision on Yahoo's future

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Unbeatable Benefits, Smart Wonderful People!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    The people are amazing and smart, easy to work with. The benefits are overly competitive. Free lunch is something you get used to quickly but stop to appreciate often.

    Cons

    In any large company there can be some red tape and limitations. However, Yahoo does a pretty good job attempting to create internal opportunities to innovate and move laterally.

  8. 3 people found this helpful

    complete disaster

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    free food
    compensation, brand name, location

    Cons

    politics
    bad management
    bad culture
    constant layoffs
    decreasing revenue
    incompetent CEO
    no future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    replace management including CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Great company, awesome opportunities to work on!

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    - very talented and seasoned workforce around you
    - opportunity to move across domains and verticals
    - excellent leadership team, CEO meets employees every week

    Cons

    - few really old people in the system doing the same thing for 10-15 years and are not open to discussion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing the whole organizational alignment per the yearly goals so as to avoid friction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful

    Fear Driven Culture

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    - Good perks like free food, snacks and drinks
    - Great benefits, especially with insurance
    - There are still quite a few smart people left in the company to work with
    - Some technology is cutting edge, though not much anymore

    Cons

    - Quarterly reviews (QPRs) are the bane of everyone's existence. The process of goal setting, performance reviews, and manager one-on-one's take up most of the first month of each quarter. That makes four months of each year a useless time suck.
    - Managers have had all their power removed. Managers have no say in how people are ranked, they are only there to deliver bad news. Moreover, the good managers have all left Yahoo and all that are left are yes-people who are more interested in their own survival than taking care of their directs.
    - Rudderless ship with a vision-less CEO at the helm. The CEO is more interested in their own vanity than the company's health. This is most greatly seen by the large sum of money the CEO has spent on building a stage in the cafeteria to be "transparent" with the employees (which the CEO is never transparent, but puts on a good show, like when the CEO read the employees a children's book).
    - C-level executives are afraid to speak up against the CEO. Bad decisions from the CEO go unchallenged by all execs, leading to the company meandering senselessly.
    - CEO does not seem to be able to connect with employees and has a total lack of apathy. Rather than treating employees as humans, the CEO treats employees as numbers.
    - Complete lack of work-life balance because everyone is afraid to work normal hours. Because of the QPR system, everyone fights each other instead of working as teams. Individuals hoard information and do not share. Teams only exist to make things look normal.
    - Hiring takes forever and when employees bring the red-tape laden process up, the CEO blamed employees for being the slow ones. A lot of good talent could have been hired were it not for the hiring process which for a long time had the candidates end up at the CEO's desk waiting for CEO approval, all because the CEO demanded that they be the last word. This made the process painful as candidates would take other jobs by the time the CEO could review their job packets.
    - Stop with the tiny "reorgs" which are actual firings and layoffs. The only reason for this is to be able to avoid reporting the cuts to the state. This backfires as the morale goes into the toilet for everyone as everyone continues to wonder if they are next. If you are going to cut the workforce, suck it up and do it like a real executive: Do it all at once.
    - The culture is a culture of fear. Everyone fears getting laid off or cut. People disappear randomly and no one knows why.
    - If you want a promotion or even a raise at Yahoo, leave the company. Promotions are hard to get in Yahoo because of the overly-stringent rules for promotions. Raises are miniscule and so are bonuses. Look elsewhere if you actually want career opportunities or good money over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the CEO: Learn to trust your employees. Stop trying to control everything. Learn to let your people do their jobs and do not make them fear you. Fear can get results, but for only so long. Stop trying to be in the spotlight all the time and let your employees and company shine instead. Learn some apathy and treat your employees like humans.

    To the C-level executives: Learn to speak up if things are wrong. If you can't be strong like that, then that position is not yours for the holding and move on to a different company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Yahoo has had plenty of ups and downs, but overall has been a good place to work since Marissa Mayer came on as CEO.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly culture with smart, talented people. Great benefits. Flexible hours. Varied opportunities depending on location.

    Cons

    Some find it challenging to keep up with changes. Also at times, change is valued over quality. Marissa's good ideas are not always implemented well by lower levels of management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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