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Yahoo Reviews in Santa Monica, CA

Updated January 5, 2015
Updated January 5, 2015
1,913 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedule that leads to a good work-life balance (in 158 reviews)

  • Lot of smart people to work with, too good in using latest technologies (in 139 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance beginning to shift toward Google (in 34 reviews)

  • Frequent changes in senior management/C-level management lead to a lot directional changes (in 79 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    The office culture and the upper management was great!

    Cons

    The leadership is fantastic and the we were always encouraged to take the training classes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay great!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Little Direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    Free gym membership to relieve stress

    Cons

    Everything else? Little direction, poor management, high turnover and burnout rate, horrible QPR system, tools never work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to us!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Changing Quickly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    The management teams are supportive and appreciative of smart hard work. The Santa Monica office has a great culture with emphasis on work/life balance. Great place for parents or people who value life outside of work.

    Cons

    During 2013, the big con was that. Working conditions were totally dependent upon which department you worked in. Certain managers were excellent and on the ball, others were scattered and didn't understand how to plan a roadmap, resulting in lack of results for the whole team. This has probably changed over the past year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Byzantine, multi-layered structure that kills innovation

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    Former Employee - Editor in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Editor in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (less than a 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lucrative disaster

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Great pay. Huge scale. Some very talented people.

    Cons

    Litte chance your work will come out well. The company will always find a way to make the end result sucky.

    Lots of people punching the clock, working minimal hours to cash a steady paycheck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must find do a better job of finding business justification for product quality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Wasted potential

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

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (more than 8 years)

    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
  8.  

    Great people, lousy management

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer IV in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer IV in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Many really smart and passionate people

    Cons

    Lack of direction from management because a lot of middle managers came to just ride the wave then move on to another company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what Yahoo! is and empower your talented employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was exciting creating news on deadline.It w

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    Former Employee - Web Design in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Web Design in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues to work with, who are all competent at their jobs. It was great when we could work from home and at the office when needed.

    Cons

    Their new PD2 content management system was horrible and not ready for prime time. The new mandate to all work in the office was disappointing. Especially considering if you work until midnight each night.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consult with editorial before changing content management engineering.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    The "new" Yahoo is fierce, be prepared for quarterly reviews to keep your job

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    Former Employee - Director of Corporate Communications in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Corporate Communications in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Top brand, lots of employee perks, most positions offer good resources to get the job done.

    Cons

    Lacks trust within the organization, you'll need to earn your place or lose it, don't expect an easy ride, forget work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget to manage down, not just up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A wonderful company to work at

    Current Employee - Editor in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Editor in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The relaxed culture and atmosphere here makes it conducive to a creatives ultimate hopes for a place of work.

    Cons

    It's difficult to get hired as a full time employee

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