Yahoo Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Great experience

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

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Diversity, innovation and technology, fast-paced decision-making process, tremendously deep talent pool of employees - most of which are under-utilized.

    Cons

    Shifting leadership, unclear goals, lots of big egos in senior management, sudden lack of flexibility in working environments and locations.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent with your messaging to the troops. Rethink the machine to keep the user - your consumer - at the forefront of all decisions and projects.

  2. Challenging, engrossing, consuming and fun.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Service Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Contractor - Service Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Yahoo as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Advanced technology, dynamic environment, intelligent and hardworking workforce, progressive working environment.

    Cons

    Intense schedules, long work hours for direct employees.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to ptmress the envelope of change. Focus on getting, keeping, engaging mobile users.

  3. great people, outdated technology, fiefdoms

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

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    great benefits, enthusiastic smart people, great work/life balance, fantastic campus, a sense of fun

    Cons

    layers and layers of management, each team with its own goals and technology. outdated sites, technology graveyards, no room to disrupt ancient dead sites making millions from ads on accidental clicks. still have to support old browsers, which slows interesting projects. way too many meetings.

    Advice to Management

    if you don't start killing some of the old tech, no one will want to work there. and there is a LOT of dead management weight.

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  5. Great people and culture, but has its challenges

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Yahoo (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Smart, collegial people and exciting projects

    Cons

    Frequent re-orgs, planning churn, decision-making roadblocks

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your high performers and excellent work charting a course forward and bringing Yahoo back into the mix.

  6. Technical Yahoo

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Yahoo

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The perks are comparable to other large employers in the valley:

    Free Lunch and Snacks
    Shuttle Bus
    Employee Discounts at Company Store

    Cons

    Quarterly Performance Reviews make you paranoid about what management has in mind for your position.

    Advice to Management

    Ddo't use QPR to "thin the herd" because it de-motivates everyone.

  7. Helpful (1)

    QA Engineer

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    free lunch, 401k match, good senior management and leadership

    Cons

    no espp, quarterly review, bad collaboration review

  8. Helpful (1)

    Vp

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

    I worked at Yahoo

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company, good people, lots of energy, good location, people ll seem to enjoy working at the company. Cafeteria is great

    Cons

    Lost the way with products. Company needs to bring in leaders that understand the direction of the search market so they can become relevant

  9. Helpful (1)

    sr technical yahoo

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Yahoo in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Yahoo in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Yahoo (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Was generally happy there, mostly smart and hardworking PPL.

    Cons

    Yahoo has great and good, but products that are no longer sexy or cool.

    Advice to Management

    trim underperforming middle mgmt.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Overall, great place to work, smart people, but always lots of uncertainty around job security

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    Former Employee - Principal Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Designer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Since Marissa Mayer because the CEO, morale got much better -- free food, transparency during weekly company-wide meetings, conference/travel budget, tons of events and flexible work hours have all helped the employees morale and passion for the company.

    Cons

    Middle management is terrible. I have seen people get promoted to managers because they had the loudest mouths or that there was no one better for the job -- not necessarily because they had the best skill set. Also, Marissa and her executive staff are getting less trustworthy these days. With the implementation of the QPR system: sticking every employee on a bell curve to judge how they compare to others every quarter and where the unlucky ones who end up at the bottom of the bell curve usually get booted out even if they performed highly, employees are often left confused and disgruntled.

    Advice to Management

    Get a better system in to promote middle managers, get rid of that QPR system and be more transparent when it comes to layoffs.

  11. In fact it is a good place to work but job security is another issue need to be considered

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    Former Employee - Tech Yahoo in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Tech Yahoo in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Yahoo

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free food, free drinks, free snack every day. Also free shuttle from pickup point to workplace. If you live near by, you can take shuttle to work.

    Cons

    Lack of privacy. Everyone can see you what you are doing in your cubicle. Quarterly performance review kind of awkward.

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