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Yahoo Champaign Reviews

Updated September 24, 2017
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  • Work/life balance (almost no extra working hours need) (in 251 reviews)

  • Free food: I mean all kind of healthy food you know (in 348 reviews)

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  1. "Great people, great work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work for. Some of the most intelligent colleagues I've had the opportunity to work with and all very enthusiastic.

    Cons

    Typical large company woes: often hard to move up within the company with such large structure. One of the most common reasons I hear of colleagues leaving is career growth opportunity.


  2. "Yahoo review"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, Decent perks and benefits

    Cons

    Company not moving forward, difficult to get promoted

    Advice to Management

    Give more independence to junior engineers - the architect need not decide everything under the sun.

  3. "Data scientist"

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    Former Employee - Data Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Data Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefit and snack coff

    Cons

    Long hiring process took too long


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Best technical and managerial environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most skilled fellow engineers
    Great incubator for bid data skills
    Supportive, balanced working environment

    Cons

    Constant corporate level uncertainty
    Corporate goals are erratic and muddled
    Sunnyvale corporate culture is poisonous
    Periodic layoffs


  5. "Developer experience depends on operations"

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    Former Employee - Tech Yahoo Software Dev Engineer Senior in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Tech Yahoo Software Dev Engineer Senior in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Really smart developers there to do a good job not just fill a seat.
    Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Operations/sysadmins aren't respected nor staffed like they should be. Devs get sucked into operational issues far to often in some teams.

    Advice to Management

    Ops as first class citizens, staff ops appropriately based on the system and needs not at some "X ops per Y devs" ratio.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Very Happy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I work with very intelligent people who care about what they are producing, writing quality code. They are like a second family and we focus on team efforts.

    Cons

    It can be disappointing to read news that often suggests that we are failing even as many Yahoo products win awards from third parties for great content and experiences.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great people. Messed up company"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The engineers I worked with in Champaign were brilliant. Each and every one of them. They were experienced, insightful and very nice people. I worked on Hadoop which at Yahoo scale was awesome experience I couldn't have got anywhere else. In other teams too, there were hard working geniuses.

    Cons

    The company and top executive management were clueless for most of my tenure (Carol Bartz, Scott Thompson etc). Marissa brought in some stability but then started stack ranking. This killed any semblance of a team spirit that we may have had. People are demotivated and want to play it safe.

    Advice to Management

    *STOP* stack ranking. Focus on mobile and innovate. Build the best apps and get more eyeballs, rather than milking your existing diminishing user base.

  8. "Great talent and Technology"

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    Current Employee - Software Applications Development Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Software Applications Development Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Some of the best minds in the industry to work with.
    2. Very relevant new hire training.
    3. Competitive pay and lots of perks. (free phones etc.)
    4. Daily lunches and snacks.
    5. Flexible timings.

    Cons

    1. Due to recent developments the morale of the company is low!
    2. Management is always looking for an opportunity to cut costs (lay-off people).

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing a great job in terms of keeping the employees happy. I just hope they find a quick solution to improve the profits of the organization.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best places to work as a software developer in CU"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues at Champaign site are both skilled and enjoyable to work with. Little drama and politics. Good work-life balance. Good pay and perks for region, including free lunch. Bright modern office with sitting/standing desks.

    Cons

    Long term prospects of company as a whole seem uncertain. Many projects at Yahoo Champaign are back-end work to maximize company revenue, which isn't for everyone. Not much opportunity for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Somewhere along the line, Yahoo lost user respect and prestige, and until we regain that, efforts to pull in new users won't find much traction.


  10. "Working at Yahoo"

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    Current Employee - Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule, work style is very balanced. Has good amount of very high skilled and smart software architect.

    Cons

    The global view and or direction of the company is not clear.


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