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Yahoo Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
1,911 Reviews
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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. 1 person 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.  

    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
  3.  

    great progress just not much to show for it

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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 a year)

    Pros

    -personal growth is welcomed
    -promotions
    -benefits
    -perks
    -amenities

    Cons

    -poor management decision makes things move slower than they have to
    -training
    -leadership
    -bureaucracy
    -options

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -take more risks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    wonder place to work

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

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

    Pros

    people there are all smart and and have passion to work and easy to communicate

    Cons

    the senior management team is not steady and always changes during years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Marissa has been laying a great foundation in record time; now she just needs to launchan innovative/disruptive product.

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    - great benefits (esp. parental leave, food, employee events)
    - great feedback mechanisms
    - transparent communication from executives, global teams

    Cons

    - review process that fosters internal competition instead of cooperation
    - executive micro-management
    - work-life balance not a priority (company positions itself as all-hands-on-deck startup)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and was inspired by the laid-back and 'familial' culture of the company.

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

    I worked at Yahoo

    Pros

    The executive leadership seem to genuinely care about their employees, which is reflected in the benefits and personal support all Yahoo! employees enjoy, which are unrivaled in the industry.

    Cons

    The layout of the offices in all of their new buildings doesn't afford employees much privacy. It's an 'open-air' layout, meaning that all cubicles either don't have walls at all, or have glass walls, which means that there is literally someone looking over your shoulder every minute you're there. It's pretty uncomfortable and it makes concentrating one's work much more difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, but make things more comfortable for your employees by giving them adequate privacy at their workstations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good to join if you seek challenge to grow fast

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo

    Pros

    Big products impacting many people's daily lives. Some products would be very appealing to you.
    A lot of internal opportunity.
    Top level of welfare and perks like free food.
    Company is converting to more tech/product oriented and leverage open source solutions, so there will be a lot to learn for engineers
    When join, your compensation will likely be competitive.

    Cons

    Some products are old and not awesome. Make sure you don't join team supporting them.
    it's a big company so beaurocracy and politics.
    Work and life balance is not good. They are getting to work like a start up.
    Quarterly perf review and let-go of low performing employees might be a stress.
    Once join, your salary may not grow fast unless you get a promo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat existing employees with better comp, otherwise attrition will stay high.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Better experience Senior Software Engineer

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    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good technologies to learn and grow technically
    - no limits for taking ownership and learning
    -Recently launched many mobile apps so lot of opportunities for mobile developers
    - Free food and mobile phones
    -Casual work culture

    Cons

    - Multiple layers of managers
    -Some managers don't do anything and atleast one layer is sitting there as couch potatoes with large paycheques
    -Quarterly performance reviews and annual performance review might be stressful sometimes and leads to politics since there are % to be filled in buckets.
    - compensation package for base salaries is not as per tech giant bay area standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of QPR and have half yearly reviews instead of every quarter
    Please remove the mid level managers who don't do anything and just report to their seniors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Used to be good, but lost identity

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

    I worked at Yahoo

    Pros

    Challenging technical problems, scale, good benefits

    Cons

    Top management did not have any clear vision and suffers (still) from identity crisis. Business is split between Google and Facebook.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the products and think out of the box. Stop spreading too thin.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Has been satisfying

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, free food, nice campus

    Cons

    morale doesn't exist and those not in upper levels are thought of less and compensated less

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider making all employees equally thought of

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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