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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. 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)

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

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

    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.


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good place, good people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

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

    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.


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  5. Web

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    lots of employee benefits

    Cons

    corporate like culture, not much career progression

    Advice to Management

    stay cool and calm


  6. Slow pace but exciting atmosphere

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yahoo full-time

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

    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Culture is eroding and poor upper management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Yahoo

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

    Pros

    If free food and cell phone is your thing then this is an OK place to work. Still pretty relaxed in terms of office environment and the type of people they employ.

    Cons

    CEO quietly has people fired and offices closed to appease the wall street gang. Outside the US, things are dire. There is a culture of underpaying and under rewarding non US employees and things are the most US centric most people have seen for a long time. The CEO has a bad case of the "Emperor's new clothes"

    Advice to Management

    No strategy and a seemingly impulsive spending streak on smaller companies is eroding whatever confidence people had in the company. Yahoo mail absolutely sucks, whether it be used as a corporate mail or for the end user. Tumblr if people are being honest, has been a spectacular waste of money and an impending failure.


  8. Program Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Yahoo

    Pros

    Sometime fun environment, concerts, interesting talks and things like that.

    Cons

    Can't figure out what it wants to be sometimes.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Golden cage where innovation dies

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good work-life balance at least before Marissa Mayer. Good salary, even compared with Google. Good perks: food, insurance and other.

    Cons

    Innovation is killed by politics. Especially in EMEA, management is cursed: no one ever succeeded in leading the region. Layoffs are a yearly appointment, bringing stress into the office. In EMEA career opportunities are rare.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Strong developers, some very clever people in the ranks, but poor leadership.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Android Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Android Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    The culture is great in the London office, there's good opportunity for professional growth including encouragement to go to many conferences and to experiment with new technologies and ideas, and some great perks. Many of the developers are incredibly smart.

    Cons

    The company is focused around the head office in California, to the point where they can't imagine anyone contributing from outside. And there's a very heavy-handed technical leadership who try to micromanage every process of all teams.

    Advice to Management

    Give people the freedom to use the best tools for them to do their job, not the best tools for Yahoo's leadership. If you have to force people to use something, look at why people resist so much and consider if that product really is going to help them do their job. If you need all employees to dogfood something, to the point where you can't cope with the level of feedback, then something is very wrong in that product's development process.

    Also be aware that most of the technical talent in the world isn't in Silicon Valley and maybe doesn't want to go there - having a lot of financial and emotional investment in other development offices in other regions, or even allowing people to work from home, would be a massive benefit to Yahoo.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Yahoo? Didn't know what it wants to be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in London, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, good work environment, casual and fun. Working at yahoo was like being back at university, casual, lots of change and evolution

    Cons

    Lack of strategic vision--Yahoo doesn't know what it wants to be. The culture isn't united, it's the sum of all the businesses which make it up, so it's hard to relate.

    Advice to Management

    Share your strategic vision with the staff, ensure that everyone knows what role they have to play in executing that vision.



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