Inside Yahoo: Employees Sound Off In Post-Bartz Era
It’s been almost two months since Carol Bartz was ousted as CEO of Yahoo and the company continues to be a feature story in the news, as rumors have been swirling about the search engine’s next big move. This week alone, Yahoo has made headlines as a result of its annual Product Runway conference which debuted new products like Livestand, and the company’s purchase of Interclick for $270 million.
While Yahoo has been no stranger to the limelight, Glassdoor turns to the employees to get an insider’s perspective as to what it’s been like to work at Yahoo since Bartz left and as the company looks for ways to further innovate.
Advice Yahoo employees have for senior management:
“Yahoo needs a re-boot, it’s time to let go of everyone between manager level and Tim Morse.” – Yahoo Software QA Engineer (New York, NY)
“Be bold and decisive, and create a more unified objective for the company. What is Yahoo today?’” – Yahoo employee (Sunnyvale, CA)
Employee perspective on pros and cons of working at Yahoo:
“It is great to work at Yahoo and I’m proud to be part of it. However, sometimes we just don’t know what our focus is.” – Yahoo Technical Yahoo, Front End Engineer (Sunnyvale, CA)
“[Pros] Yahoo is a great place to get your feet wet with Internet technologies and big datasets. [Cons] Yahoo has been in decline for a long time, and I don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel. The company has lost a huge amount of talent over the past few years, especially after the search deal with MS.” – Yahoo Scientist (Santa Clara, CA)
“[Pros] It has been a great experience working in Yahoo. [Cons] No future direction is causing some concerns amongst employees.” – Yahoo Vice President (Sunnyvale, CA)
Reaction to Bartz’s ousting and opinion of leadership at the company:
“The board seems to have handled the firing of Bartz rather poorly. It was very abrupt and without any good reason. The executive staff is all fairly new to Yahoo, with many of them coming from Microsoft. It gives the impression that Microsoft is slowly taking over, which is not a good thing from my standpoint.” – Yahoo Software Engineer (Sunnyvale, CA)
“[Pros] I like all the Smart people. [Cons] Senior Management is having tough time understanding all product potential.” – Yahoo Senior Manager (Sunnyvale, CA)
“Hire smart ones [senior leaders]. Find a leader who has online industry experience. Get your innovative ideas marketed before the competitor does.” – Yahoo Senior Systems Engineer (location n/a)
Viewpoint on competitive landscape and company priorities:
“INNOVATE and let the company be engineering driven, for some stupid reason, they’re branding it as a premier digital media company. This doesn’t work dude! Just look at AOL and Demand Media, they are barely alive, so don’t be silly!” – Yahoo Technical Yahoo (location n/a)
“Lack of consistent and lasting strategy translates into sometimes competing priorities within the company and much wasted work. With the right management and strategy, Yahoo could remain a force in its industry.” – Yahoo Senior Director (location n/a)
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