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"Yahoo! used to be a good place to be."

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Former Employee - User Experience Researcher in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - User Experience Researcher in Sunnyvale, CA
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

It was a fun place to work, with people who believed in the company and who were motivated to make the best products. It also had great facilities once you got to the campus - a nice cafe, a gym, and spacious offices. My colleagues were intelligent and talented, and were generally nice people. It is also an international company and offers employees the opportunity of overseas work and international postings. It encouraged innovation. It encouraged diversity without sacrificing quality. Its technical infrastructure was excellent and was continually being improved. It was possible to do excellent work that was recognised as such.

Cons

It was poorly managed and lacked a strategic direction at an executive level. There were too many ineffective prima donnas in senior-management roles. At the time i left, it was beginning to lack an identity so that people did now know what greater goal they were working towards, and were expected to put in the same amount of effort regardless of the overall quality of the project they had been assigned to work on. When I left, there was a growing sense of doom, which has evidently got worse since, and staff members were even less confident about the company's overall direction and future.

Advice to Management

If your pet project has not succeeded in six months, drop it and focus on something else.

Other Employee Reviews for Yahoo

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    "Do you Yahoo!?"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - "Yahoo!" brand on your resume: Contrary to what many so called financial analysts of bankrupt Lehman Brothers, Merill Lynch, Goldman Sachs etc. describe; the company still carries a great reputation among general public.
    - So many really smart people: Some of the people are really top notch. A look at the developer network would give you a glimpse of the talent at Yahoo!
    - Fun culture: People work hard and party harder
    - Free latte/mocha and other facilities: Great facilities. Although, no 'free food' but good pay. Free lattes alone can save you $1200 every year. :-P
    Overall, a great environment to work

    Cons

    You have to develop thick skin as media has been lashing out at the company for a long time.
    Matrix org structure makes it difficult to figure out responsible groups. Success has many fathers and failures have none. Too many managers and incompetent sales force.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the shadow of Google. Yahoo! is still a great company with many great people. Improve decision making. Get rid of dead wood.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A lot of potential, but mismanagement contributes to its failure to live up to it."

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

    Pros

    The people at Yahoo! are very good at what they do. Every day, you encounter people who are very good at their jobs and are very helpful with specific problems. Perks at Yahoo! are also much better than at a standard company, even one in the Silicon Valley. The company gym with trainers, locker room and even the subsidized food at the cafeteria are cheaper and much better than what you will find at most other companies.

    Cons

    The excessive layers of management are very tough to work through at times. It often seems like there are about 50 different people willing to tell you "No" on a project, but no one willing to take a stance and say "Yes" or even "Let's give this a shot" on anything. For the most part, I came away from a lot of discussions with the general feeling of apathy, as in the people I meet with exude the general attitude of "I'm just here to collect a paycheck." Some of this is normal for a larger company, but I don't feel like there's anyone really pushing the envelope either.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the management layers. There are a whole society of people inside of Yahoo! that live for the politics and maintaining their place in the hierarchy as opposed to doing something that will ultimately benefit the company.

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