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Updated May 19, 2017
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  • Work/life balance (almost no extra working hours need) (in 240 reviews)

  • Free food breakfast/lunch/dinner (in 336 reviews)

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  1. "Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool environment, perks with employee events.

    Cons

    Poor middle management in the Operations organization. Leadership directive was poor and no career growth planning.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not the job I signed up for"

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    Former Contractor - Sourcer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Contractor - Sourcer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They paid me $75/hr which was nice.

    Cons

    I took this position on the condition I would telecommute. Marissa Mayer had ended telecommuting company wide. I had to travel 2 hours each way to Sunnyvale. While the commute was tough, I also found out I was pregnant. My supervisors were not supportive of my pregnancy. In fact, they asked me if I knew I was pregnant when they interviewed me. I was taken back by their words. I could care less about the commute part, but it was how they handled my pregnancy.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "How far they've fallen"

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    Former Employee - Network Quality in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Network Quality in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent salary, good benefits, free food, flexible schedule. Great coworkers for the most part. At one time felt good to be part of a major internet company.

    Cons

    Dizzying ups and downs, upper management out of touch with workers, customer base. But they could be really good at slinging corporate jargon! More concerneed with "maximizing shareholder value" than with delivering a stable, useful product or work environment.

    Advice to Management

    One look at the home page should tell you where to start. Ditch the crap ads and tabloid content. You're chasing the lowest common denominators to the bottom of the barrel. And focus on quality work instead of pandering to shareholders.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Miserable"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits generally good and comparable to other tech companies in the area, free food and other perks. Transportation to and from bay area locations, and that's about it.

    Cons

    Working in constant threat of being laid off any moment, spending more time justifying the work you do (tons of paperwork) and explanations to keep even critical projects alive like fraud and security. No new projects, same old stuff, keep redoing it with fewer and fewer people.

    Advice to Management

    Remove bureaucracy and senior executives who are constantly trying to look good on paper, instead set innovative direction for the company. Value employees worth and treat them with respect.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Graphic designer"

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    International company with bigger platform.

    Cons

    The directors are not creative and the directions are miserable which bring the team spirit down.

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus more on freash creativity and bring fun to the teams.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "No Upward Mobility"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid benefits. Solid pay. Most co-workers are good people. Lots of smart people as well to learn from and be around.

    Cons

    Don't expect a promotion for busting your butt and taking on more work. It's all about which projects you're on and how you spin your accomplishments, and whether or not your manager wants to promote you.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the work and the people. Not the politics.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "VP Engineering"

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, benefits and facilities.

    Cons

    Talent is below average and speed is more important than quality.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully Verizon culture can influence you in a positive way.

  8. "Frustrating for journalists"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good vacation time, huge audience, free food

    Cons

    Highest management doesn't understand editorial needs or value editorial judgment


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great people at the lower levels, complete mess at the top"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Playa Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Playa Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay and incentives and good environment, free food

    Cons

    Strategic black hole, Marissa has surrounded herself with sycophantic yes men who get paid a lot of money to agree with everything she says. So many missed opportunities and costly missteps and investments, which could have been avoided if she had had the courage to hire people who were able to coral her musings in to a coherent strategy.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A failed company"

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    Former Employee - Service Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Service Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation and perks
    Talented people

    Cons

    - The company has a lot of bad managers . My last one was a former good engineer who was promoted to be a manager (who probably accepted the position to speed up his green card process and not because he liked) and became a terrible leader, without any kind of people or soft skills. There are also a lot of directors/VPs whose effectiveness is highly questionable, who barely know what's happening at ground level, know a few buzzwords ("automation" is a good one) and that's all.

    - The performance evaluation (QPR) is questionable (to say the least). There's no transparency at all. During layoffs, a lot of people with a "exceed expectation" performance was fired. while others with a mediocre performance stayed (probably because they belong to more "strategic" groups)

    - Company loves to reinvent wheels. For example, out there people use Docker; most Yahoo properties uses container platform with no cpu or memory isolation very similar to a BSD jail.
    Companies use Kubernetes or Fleet, Yahoo uses a proprietary and mediocre platform that probably spent millions to develop it.

    - No winner strategy. It changes all the time, btw.

    Advice to Management

    Stop reinventing wheels. FIre your bad managers (and there a LOT of them).


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