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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. Yahoo London

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo (More than a year)

    Pros

    -global offices -high work standards -talented staff

    Cons

    -constant performance reviews (1 per quarter) -depending on the team you are in, can feel cliquey and hard to fit in -can't work from home, not allowed


  2. Helpful (1)

    Mixed feelings

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company is very premium so all the staff have access to the latest technology to work, including great laptops and smartphones. They are also very transparent with global live streaming of the CEO's updates every week and the benefits are great (including free breakfast and free lunch every day)

    Cons

    There is no international strategy whatsover, so outside the US is a big mess, with people being hired and fired all the time. You can be there for 15 years or 3 months and you can be fired just like that, there is no security. The QPR process is also extremely though and unfair and if you get too bad results in one year you are automatically fired. The communication outside the US is extremely bad.

    Advice to Management

    International matters and employees are not only numbers


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good pay, perks, decent people, but lacking direction

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo full-time

    Pros

    - Pay, bonus and share scheme were all very competitive - Good perks - excellent free canteen, holiday purchase, company phones etc - Good travel opportunities - In a large office of >250 people, an impressive lack of unpleasant people - generally a friendly place to work

    Cons

    - There is an atmosphere of slow decline - despite efforts to come up with new products and offering, numbers aren't significantly improving and this does reflect on the mood - Relatively frequent redundancies - It feels like markets outside of the US are always an afterthought, and generally have to wait in order to get new products and offerings - Strategy seems to change focus often


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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with some truly passionate people at an iconic company. Everyone knows who you work for. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Assuming you're not working in sales or business development, you really need to be based in Sunnyvale. Otherwise you're pretty much on the sidelines.

    Advice to Management

    Pull everything back to Sunnyvale. Reduce footprint. Move quickly to find a new growth area/product and implement globally.


  6. Worth spending a little time here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Yahoo (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opens a lot of doors in your career, fun, inspirational

    Cons

    So fast moving that after a couple of years, you may start to feel irrelevant.

    Advice to Management

    Try sticking to a strategy for longer than 6 months before panicking and changing track


  7. Learning and Development

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Learning & Development in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Learning & Development in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues to work with Fun place Free phone, free food. Good medical insurance Flexibility in terms of time as long as you do your job properly

    Cons

    No clear career path and development for employees. Career and workload depend mainly on your manager, there'snot necessarily consistency even within teams. There's no proper review on managers or training to up-skill them Salary is not competitive at least not in my department. Too many re-orgs and changes.

    Advice to Management

    Have a proper career path for your employees. Train managers and ensure consistency.


  8. Lots of interesting work and able to connect to many organisations across locations.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting and buzzing ... Love the work, and the fact that we impact users. Good compensation, free food (which is very nice) and phone.

    Cons

    Uncertainty as we never know what comes the next day.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the at time too much uncertainty.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good place, good people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The interview was not as hard as other tech companies, but the people at Yahoo! are still pretty bright. I've worked with some very smart, and helpful people. The environment was very collaborative, and there was good team spirit. The "agile" practised here is very pragmatic, and each small team gets to choose what process they want to follow for a given quarter. There were no hard rules beyond making the Product/Business aware of how things are coming along. Nice office, good benefits, free lunch, and snacks.

    Cons

    Quarterly Performance Reviews, aka QPRs. While the environment is relaxed, and there isn't too much pressure, the QPRs are hanging over the head every quarter. Despite this, managers do their best to keep the team happy, which is nice. Talent is slowly melting away, as they started to close down international Development teams, including London.


  10. Web

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time

    Pros

    lots of employee benefits

    Cons

    corporate like culture, not much career progression

    Advice to Management

    stay cool and calm


  11. Slow pace but exciting atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent colleagues who really pushed me to better myself. Really relaxed atmosphere, encouraging the best work to be implemented.

    Cons

    Slow work pace to release features. Competitors have left Yahoo in the dust somewhat. Middle management felt like a blocker to try, experiment and really push things.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline products and experiment way more.



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