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"Good, calm place to work - chance to learn a lot"

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Former Employee - Technical Yahoo in Santa Clara, CA
Former Employee - Technical Yahoo in Santa Clara, CA
Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Technical Challenge, Chance to work on something people use. Yahoo deploys on a grand scale, which gives a chance to run into problems from all areas of Computer Science and learn a lot. In addition Yahoo's environment is entirely relaxed, casual and employees are very well taken care of (up to date laptops, great benefits plans).

Cons

"Sinking ship" feel - people constantly leaving to go to other places. Lot of is due to the low stock values and due to people's compensation packages vesting, due to people joining start-ups. Less ability to change roles within the company. People getting promoted on things other than their technical merits.

Advice to Management

Make Yahoo a more dynamic place, more like a small company

Other Employee Reviews for Yahoo

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    "Good for short-timers."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Its a big operation. You can learn a lot as an engineer or otherwise (spend 1 or 2 years here and then LEAVE). You can learn a lot of "how-not-to"s that would be very valuable if you start your own shop or get on the drivers seat.

    There are also a good set of yahoo technologies/tools that you could learn about. They do have a good coffe bar (free, ofcourse). Freshly made to order. You could get free-soda if you go down to the first floor but not on other floor (very yahoo like huh).

    Also, i guess, having yahoo in y our resume helps (anyone?)

    Cons

    Too many layers slowing progress and not a lot of room to learn stuff outside your project. Because of too many layers, not much room to grow and if you do grow, not much can be done. Fragmented teams, really hard to defend team boundaries just to support having different teams. There are a lot of smart people and at the same time, a lot more of the opposite. So things could get frustrating when the latter start going up the chain.

    It might be a subsidized cafeteria but ask anyone who eats more than once there, you will know that the only reason they are eating there is because they have no choice (so are most company cafeterias).

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of senior management and middle management. Currently, company seems to have some ideas to execute against but long term this bureaucracy is a drag and will not let the company compete much further.


  2. "Great legacy... Need to be more strategic in investments..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    At Yahoo, you would have the ability to impact 500 million internet users. There are very few "wasteful" projects, once you are in the company, you can be quite sure what you do will see the light of the day. Each person can potentially work on projects in the critical path of the company. The company runs on open source technologies - it is more open than Google - for example the backend distributed system is based on Hadoop/Pig which are in open source.
    If you are in Sunnyvale, lots of great concerts and events. In other locations, it is fewer.
    Free Coffee everywhere

    Cons

    The company is struggling for revenue growth, so projects get only a short time to prove themselves. So folks can be working very hard and can get burnt out on a project for a year or two. Even if they achieve great results, the next year, the project is put on the back burner, and everyone is working on the next big thing.

    Due to this, there is no long term retention of knowledge in many projects. There are only few long term strategic projects in the company, mostly around search. In other areas, there are likely to be changes in your priorities every 18 months or so.

    Advice to Management

    Please get the company focus on areas where the barrier to entry is very high - such as search/grid computing.

    Get rid of portals which are #3 or lower in the industry and partner with the #1 or #2 help these "partners" get traffic by integrating into the front page.

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