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Updated July 5, 2015
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Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer
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Pros
  • Work life balance still good (although changing) (in 158 reviews)

  • Was lucky enough to work with really smart people (in 139 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance could be better (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. tech yahoo

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo

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

    Pros

    great place to learn new things.

    Cons

    u need to be quick and ready to adapt to changes

    Advice to Management

    focus should be on revenue plus quality of product


  2. Great Place, with some caveats

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Marissa has vastly improved the company and places a high priority on employee morale. Absolutely the best CEO you could hope for. Awesome perks - free food, free iphone or android, company refreshes all desktops to latest MAC every 2 years.

    Cons

    Still a very hierarchical corporate company, with layers of management. The performance review system deserves all of the bad press it has gotten, though it's no different from what a lot of tech companies are doing. Here though, the flaws in this system are exacerbated because the managers are poor and the hierarchies many. It's basically a favoritism system.

    Advice to Management

    Still need to remove layers of management and empower individuals in all areas of the company.


  3. Great Brand but no clear direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Yahoo

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

    Pros

    Really great, smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of clear decision making. Promotion structure is lacking and extremely arbitrary with quarterly review cycle. Upper management constantly changing focus and direction


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  5. Great People

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Really smart people and a lot of innovation.

    Cons

    The company lost out to Google and couldn't catch up.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of you technical staff and get some focus.


  6. I still believe...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great perks, and an organization that values creativity and risk taking. This is a fantastic place for innovators who want to try new things without fear.

    Cons

    Internal processes are outdated and punitive (i.e. the QPR process - time to lighten up on that). Too much emphasis on metrics when dealing with humans - not the right tactics to drive motivation and retention.

    Advice to Management

    You need to start listening to the people who work for you and stop being so stubborn with certain things. You've got awesome people on board now. You need to grow and foster them, not bucket them with antiquated processes that not even Google or Facebook are still using.


  7. Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Trainer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Trainer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    Pros

    As others have said, this is a great company to work for. The CEO is passionate and driven, and that does drive the employees.

    Cons

    Many organizational changes have left the teams lost with no direction. While the CEO is passionate and driven, her message gets lost by the time it trickles down to the ones that need to do the work!

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to relate to your employees, and to listen to the intent of the message from the CEO.


  8. Renovated Culture old direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The company has a great amount of perks and all the amenities only rivaled by other titans like Google or Facebook. Most people that works there is in general really smart.

    Cons

    Lack of a sustained, cohesive and smart direction to growth, there are constant efforts to re-invent and come up with new ideas that get shot-down for a constant drive for revenue.

    Not enough attention put on customer experience and always favors ugly ads.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clear goal and stick to it. Focus on the customer not the revenue.


  9. Good opportunities

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

    I have been working at Yahoo (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Push to use latest technologies
    Great product owners

    Cons

    Compensation and stock options not as good as other tech companies


  10. Helpful (1)

    Senior Software Engineer

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

    I worked at Yahoo

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

    Pros

    Good work and life balance, very friendly people, and very good benefits, including free food, free phone and more

    Cons

    The overall company strategy is not very clear, the management is a little mess. Though CEO wants to change the culture, but company politics is still very serious

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the org structure, not only evaluate the employees but also the managers. Some managers are not professional at all.


  11. Grab onto your seat

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Yahoo is a fast-paced and intense environment where junior people can gain a lot of responsibility. You must be able to adapt to change. That being said, you also have the opportunity to be part of the world's most visible turnaround.

    Cons

    I mentioned above that things change. They change...all..the...time. You will have to make sure you are ready to bounce from project to project within a moment's notice as different things become the priority.

    Advice to Management

    Unfair to give advice to management since nobody has succeeded yet in turning this kind of company around. I would say to stay as focused as possible and be willing to cut things that aren't a core part of what will make Yahoo succeed in the future.



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