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"Not as "Fun" of a place as the yodel suggests"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Flex-time and opportunities to work from home, which are ideal for working parents. Nice fringe benefits like free coffee, snacks (in Santa Monica), soda, gym membership, etc. The brand is well-known and highly respected externally. It's nice to be a part of such a global brand.

Cons

Very little career advancement opportunities. It's so political that promotions are based more on who you know rather than what you've accomplished or how hard you work. And management is lacking in many ways. They can't manage, no matter how many management courses they take. The few good managers have already left.

Advice to Management

Most of the managers are incompetent. I'd say that only about 10% of the managers are actually adequate. The rest are terrible at providing support, guidance, and smart decision-making. They care more about their own careers rather than the people, products and Yahoo! overall. It's a shame the company has become so tainted with bureaucracy, politics, in-fighting. I came to yahoo a few years ago with so much excitement and enthusiasm. But all that was killed within a few months due to the poor management, inefficiencies, disorganization, and pure chaos.

Other Employee Reviews for Yahoo

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Yahoo is a fun place to work."

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    Former Employee - Vice President Engineering in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President Engineering in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Yahoo's culture is a work-hard, play-hard culture, which I really like. Also Yahoo emphasizes taking care of employees and making them feel at home. So from inside, Yahoo is a very fun and friendly place to work for. Another nice thing about Yahoo is the impact it has, you get to change the lives of 100s of millions of users all around the world, that is not something you can do at many other companies.

    Cons

    Google outshines it, so you will continuously feel bad about that, despite the fact that it is a good company and leader in many areas other than search. For example, Yahoo is number one in Mail, Messenger, Finance, News, and Sports, only in Search it is number two to Google, but unfortunately Search is the biggest money maker due to its highly monetizable business model (explicit intent).

    Advice to Management

    Having a clear focused sense of direction for a sustained time period, they keep flipping around a lot.


  2. "Yahoo, glorious history, uncertain future"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of good people, talented engineers and very good co-workers. People are mostly friendly, the company is extremely good about responding to social challenges (being green, volunteer work, donations, etc).
    There are lots of cool technologies to work on.

    Cons

    The senior management is incompetent, looming lay-offs and the morale is down. There are lots of cool technologies, but not enough direction. There's also so much bureaucracy. Fix the Parking, we have an external website to showcase the bad parking for chris'sake!
    Also what's up with the cafeteria ? I think some one is getting a kick-back!

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together and focus on the things that will get Yahoo money. Sell to Microsoft if you have to.

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