Yammer Reviews

Updated August 8, 2015
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  1. Fun workplace, good people

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Yammer as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Office is fun and has an open atmosphere. I felt the company and employees genuinely believe in the culture. I got to work on a variety of projects with little unnecessary overhead.

    Cons

    As an intern, I would have benefited from closer management and more explicit mentoring. Switching between projects sometimes caused an increased workload for a while.

    Advice to Management

    Try to more explicitly assign a mentor to new employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    A deluge of deluded, arrogant yuppies.

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    Former Employee - Sales/Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales/Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/Life balance cannot be beat at Microsoft. Yammer and all of the other Startups that claim you can take days off when you need it is of the upmost BS. Compensation, once again, was terrific once Microsoft came along. But I suspect that's because they were trying to assuage us poor little orphans that they had already planned to let go quite some time ago. Outsourced Institutional Training. I have no wisecracks about this one. Pretty formidable training here. Incredible Product. I'm not sure who exactly to give credit to for this save for the CEO David Sacks. He's an eccentric, weirdo who puts on white face with Snoop Dog. But hey, he's a genius so he gets away with it. Great, great product. One that I thought was literally the best after trying all other competitors' product. Lots and lots of booze, food, extracurricular activities and outlets. Benefits were more than fair and quite extravagant. Thanks Microsoft.

    Cons

    Yammer and all of the other laddish-infused tech startups that mirror it is a great place to work: If you have yet to graduate psychologically from high school. Harsh? Perhaps. Hyperbole? Sadly, for all of us who have to deal with the Yammer-like-ilk, no. For those in the know--or if you have a pulse and live in the Bay Area--it isn't a surprise to you that there is a great deal of animosity towards the tech companies. In their hubris-induced states (which is fueled by a perpetual, collective effort by all who work there and built on a foundation of willful ignorance) they cannot fathom why the tech world gets so much flak. Gee, it's such a mystery! They are so delusional in their pathology that it is no wonder they are blind to the ire they evoke. It's like they've all been infected with the 28-Days-Later-Dunning-Kruger virus. The vast majority have NO experience in consultative sales yet they prance around, foaming about the mouth, as if they are Ricky Roma incarnate. Fake it 'til you make it you say? Wrong. Not if you want intrinsic, nuanced, complex sales folk on your team. This of course led to insecurity, high-tension, uncertainty, unhealthy competitiveness and lack of team bonding to name a few. Don't even get me started on management. Good Gawd. Most were just as sophomoric or, if not that, nauseatingly pretentious. The great ones jumped ship of course. The reviewer below says it best..."In my entire career I've never been in an environment full of so much ego and pretentiousness." IMHO, if you start off with or reach the tipping point of this egotastic sub-culture you can kiss your sales-mojo goodbye. Don't believe me? Check out the reviews for just ONE company that many Yammer employees flocked to: Fuzebox. I gape at the floundering beast that is the nepotistic, startup world.

    Advice to Management

    Study up on what goes into hiring a natural born sales person. Heck, I did it. The answers are out there. But that's not the hard part. The hard part is actually hiring those that have those traits. They are not going to look like the people on your team now.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Don't work at Yammer

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Honestly I don't really have anything positive to say about this company. In my entire career I've never been in an environment full of so much ego and pretentiousness.

    Cons

    They marginalize their staff. Their CTO has no integrity, he's a terrible leader. They have no loyalty. They will take advantage of you every opportunity the get. They're elitists.

    Advice to Management

    If I could give one piece of advice to Yammer management it would be to invest in some leadership training.


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  5. Fun youthful place to work.

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    Former Contractor - QA Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - QA Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Yammer as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are really nice and positive. There are many learning opportunities, great perks and a beautiful environment.

    Cons

    Lacks some structure and organization. Process is a little sloppy. Most people come from small companies and startup environments so lacking enterprise experience. The food and beer and parties can be distracting and not the best fit for quieter more work oriented folks.


  6. Great place to work with great people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture like I've never experienced before. Everyone was smart, passionate, and worked hard, which created a really fun environment. Going to work was fun, not a drag like it becomes after awhile at other places.

    Cons

    Being acquired by Microsoft. I understand why the execs did it, but I think we could have gone farther on our own and would have kept up the momentum and great culture. Now it's a completely different place to work then it was a private company, still a great place, just not a start-up anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the transparency :)


  7. Roller Coaster

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of different experience. Learned how to keep my head down in an always changing environment through the acquisition by Microsoft.

    Cons

    Some inconsistencies throughout the acquisition and the Yammer business has come to a halt as Office 365 is the primary focus.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that employees know what is coming next and insure they know how to navigate around MSFT.


  8. Helpful (1)

    the anti MBA company but is it still?

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, culture, people, technology, food, good pay, awesome parties, dont skimp on anything

    Cons

    Hiring of SalesForce Management Team changed culture. There was discrimination in multiple instances with compensation, territories, and option grants- very discouraging. I am pretty sure we were told that Yammer would not be sold, even for $1 billin dollars.

    Advice to Management

    yammer is built to increase internal transparency. go out of the way to maintain that transparency as it seems to be getting lost.


  9. Fun, Challenging, High Impact

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    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Yammer full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy going, hard working culture. Lots of opportunity to impact the direction of the product.

    Cons

    Demanding work, and Microsoft may slow it down yet


  10. Helpful (4)

    trending down

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    Current Employee - Sales Development in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Development in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Yammer full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great perks, good food. Highest level of management seems reasonable and interested in employee wellbeing and in creating a great product. Great CEO and CTO. would highly recommend the company to anyone outside of the sales org.

    Cons

    *very* poorly run sales org. High uncertainty.

    Advice to Management

    find a way to level the playing field between people who have similar job functions. the disparities make for a demoralizing environment.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great until they added additional management from a competitor.

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    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. Amazingly driven and smart. Fun environment.

    Cons

    Growing the company added several layers of management they didn't understand the culture. Didn't care. Disregard for past achievements.

    Advice to Management

    You're a social network. Communicate with your employees. Yammer grew as fast and as successfully as it did for a reason. Marching in and changing the dynamic destroys morale and a good working environment.



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