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Yahoo Product Manager Reviews

Updated July 9, 2017
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  • Work/life balance (almost no extra working hours need) (in 243 reviews)

  • Free food breakfast/lunch/dinner (in 343 reviews)

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  1. "Good Company to Work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Culture, Perks, fun to work at, fast paces environment

    Cons

    Uncertainty around future state. Too many organizational changes.

    Advice to Management

    Provide felling of security to talent. There is too much attrition.


  2. "Senior Product Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Timing
    Free food, gym
    flexible vacations
    good pool of talent
    free phone/reimbursements

    Cons

    limited growth
    communication with manager is no so transparent
    very difficult to apply and get tuition reimbursements

    Advice to Management

    employee career growth

  3. "Awesome place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. culture of 'lets try it out'
    2. Free gourmet food
    3. work life balance
    4. Free shuttles

    Cons

    1. some cross org politics


  4. "one of the best companies to work for -- if you find the right team"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great culture
    great perks
    smart, friendly people

    Cons

    lackluster management, legacy mess, constant reorgs, layoffs


  5. "good pay, low morale"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I came over to Yahoo via an acquisition and our team was relatively isolated for a while, but ultimately got integrated within the broader Yahoo org. The pay was good, there were lots of opportunities to work on interesting projects, and there were some smart and motivated people still there.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the majority of Yahoo employees seemed to have lost their drive and motivation, and I think it was a direct result of lack of inspiration and clear strategy from the top.

    Advice to Management

    It's a bit too late now, but a clearer product strategy, stronger confidence in the staff, and increased transparency would have gone a long way to help motivate the employees to perform at a higher level.


  6. "Great place to change hats!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to move around within the company. Work life balance. Good perks. Free food.

    Cons

    Negative media. Quarterly review system. Hiring is very difficult and it can be hard to get the right people in the right jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people and don't assume that if they are not talking that everything is okay. Get rid of the quarterly review system that hurts team work and makes high performers leave.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Toothless Purple Disappointment"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good perks, free food at the main campus.

    Cons

    Heavy bureaucracy, rigid structure, heavy politics, dated technology

    Advice to Management

    Probably too late for any kind of advice.

  8. "There's still life"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Despite the noise around the media, employees are still upbeat and holding up well. There's still an abundance of food and perks around campus

    Cons

    Obviously there are some who think otherwise and will comment on not having an idea of what will happen next.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company made too many poor decisions"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Agile culture, many positive and smart people to work with

    Cons

    Not enough business leadership to push the smartest decisions upward

    Advice to Management

    More transparent business leadership to lead the way


  10. "Learn everything!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The APM Program at Yahoo is the best place to become an exceptional Product Manager. We get a solid foundational introduction the first few weeks, and begin our projects right away. It's a bit intimidating at first the level of responsibility you're given, but it's awesome. I meet with my manager regularly, have a few mentors who have helped provide additional perspective, and an executive coach who works with me on developing my leadership style, communication skills, and anything else I need help with.

    Throughout the year, we have chats with SVPs, Design directors, Architects, and other teams such as the Accessibility Labs and User Research groups, to learn more about what they consider / how they approach product. We have outings and fun events with our class and other APMs. We also went on a 2wk international trip to study tech markets in Israel and Asia, specifically focusing on how tech is created & consumed in those regions by speaking with venture firms, startups, tech policy makers, and university research labs.

    There is a lot of change, and keeping up with it can sometimes be challenging. However, I've found that this has helped me work more flexibly, so I'd consider it both a pro and a con. Yahoo can only grow as quickly as it has if there is constant transformation, which requires change as the company evolves. It's a special time in the company's history to be here, and it's cool that my work has such a large impact!

    If you want to be challenged to do great things with the support system of champions, the Yahoo APM Program is the place to be.

    Cons

    Constant change = a pro and a con.