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"Despite choppy waters at the moment, I really enjoy working here now and look forward to winning the challenges ahead."

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Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
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Pros

There are not a lot of companies out there where just about any new product gets 50+ PR mentions and thousands of users on Day 1 of its release. That's just the coolest thing in the world. And I love the challenge of coming up with pretty broadly appealing mass market products - how am I going to make something that works for at least half the Internet?

Cons

Though I feel it is reversible, Yahoo was on a decline before the economy turned sour - and with two rounds of layoffs in under a year, it's had the effect of shoving a lot of good people out the door before they get caught unawares. That's created an above average level of churn, which really cuts out a lot of momentum towards changes.

I also think Yahoo! can be a bit hidebound at times, depending on the management above you. Sometimes shipping a lite version is better market insight than a market study.

Advice to Management

Yahoo's got good bones, and passionate people - but we need to quickly (<1 year) get to a few key initiatives and start getting clear wins. Don't sell Search - the insights are too valuable to so many other products.

Other Employee Reviews for Yahoo

  1. "A great innovative environment!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Researcher in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Researcher in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and salaries are very competitive. Environment is great. Not too stiff. It's amazing to work with some of the most talented and intelligent people in the industry. A great place to grow professionally. free coffee. awesome training and development opportunities. the most amazing and engaging conversations I've ever had in any job. Great people! Amazing energy at this company!

    Cons

    can never keep anything straight with all the re-orgs and projects dying and being created. difficult to follow or understand the direction different teams or management is going. Too many politics and hidden agendas.

    Advice to Management

    focus on a small set of products and deliver amazing results rather than trying to work on many things and doing an okay job at all of them. Take the approach that Apple has over recent years and focus on a small set of things and deliver an amazing product!


  2. "Matrix org structure killed decision making."

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big challenges and big ambitions - before the Microsoft deal came crashing down. The engineering problems are hard and Yahoo! is still a place where the sheer number of users means that the all problems have scale implications rarely found elsewhere.

    The culture was fun and irreverent. Smart engineers building good software. Healthy relationship with India offices. Reasonable handling of companies that were acquired - except Overture, which should have been cleaned up nearly as soon as it was bought.

    Cons

    Matrix org structure killed ability to move/decide or make decisions. Senior management was often a joke - both ways: senior and management.

    Advice to Management

    The engineers in the trenches know what's going on. Ask them, root out the crap.


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