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Updated June 23, 2017
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  • Work/life balance (almost no extra working hours need) (in 240 reviews)

  • Free food breakfast/lunch/dinner (in 338 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Yahoo! Past performance does not ensure current success. Too may hires of folks who have never nor could."

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It used to be a great place to work

    Cons

    Too many pissing matches at levels above you keeping any progress from occurring.
    For instance HRC why? If there is an budget why the micromanaging?
    Platforms? Platforms do not work. Why does it takes months to release features - platforms. If properties were able to build innovative products without having the restrictive nature of platforms then yahoo would be more interesting place to work. As it is now it is like crawling vs the pace it used to conduct run. May it run like a 1000 small BUs and yahoo will innovate and lead again. Sure that seems hard but how well are you doing now?

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring and promoting only sycophants. Being given input by those who benefit from only good news is the down turn of that place.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "They were once a great place. If you go there, go in eyes open and be careful who you trust."

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are great. And Yahoo is a great name to have on your resume.

    Cons

    Horrible culture. A lot of incompetent people that rose quickly in the early days hold management positions and keep making bad decisions. Business units are too siloed. Serious inability to cooperate between business units and/or functions with a unit. Yahoo! Hotjobs is the absolute worst business unit. All management there are buddies & they are all incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house (which I think they are doing). Listen to customers. i know deal with Yahoo everyday and there isn't a single person in the media industry that will tell you that Yahoo is easy to deal with. They are horrendous. Make customer service and sytems designed for customers the focus.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Yahoo= Hell"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director, Music in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Music in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It used to look good on your resume and maybe you can get a good exit package.

    Cons

    The management is completing incompentent, racist, sexist, anything you can name I have never seen such bad behaviour. It's a sad state of affairs over there and they are cutting back in fear and hope that is will raise the stock price. They buy up companies and then don't integrate them properly knowing nothing of culture or inspiration. They've lost the plot completely.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company now, you don't know what the hell you are doing.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "This is a sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None. This is the worst place to work. You will work with dinosaur technology, inane management, bottom of the barrel pay.

    Cons

    Bottom line: This company sucks! Don't come!

    Advice to Management

    Resign!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Yahoo has passed its peak, DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE OF JOINING YAHOO"

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    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Yahoo in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They spoil their employees, and you really feel good about how they treat you. Bar none, they really go out of their way to treat their employees well.

    Cons

    Because of the special attention given to employees, they have unfortunately turned into a bunch of spoiled brats. Senior management is absolutely incompetent. Jerry Yang has ruined the company with his incompetence. He should never have become CEO. There are reorgs every 3 months and no one knows what to do or which group they belong to. A lot of properties are paralyzed by the Microsoft bid. Even devel-random is silent whenever something negative is brought up because no one can defend the company any more. Key employees are leaving and it really feels like a sinking ship.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to be culled, by about 66%. There are far too many managers, directors, and VPs. Sue Decker, Jerry Yang need to be held accountable for their failures as leaders of this company and for turning it into the laughing stock that it is now, and they should resign. Enough corporatespeak and just admit that Yahoo is declining and try to rally the employees into working hard.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "A once-great employer is now directionless"

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    Former Employee - Managing Editor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Managing Editor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company perks and benefits are OK -- better than average for the Valley. For tech-types, there's lots of internal training available. For others, there's very little.

    Cons

    Yahoo! is a big company that grew too fast and management isn't able to handle the changes and responsibilities that entails. It hasn't developed the infrastructure necessary; all internal systems and tools are poorly designed and buggy. Communication among groups is poor, with many "silos" within product groups. Management is good at giving the big picture -- what the big 3 goals are -- but is short on details, like how you meet those goals and how you measure success.

    At Yahoo!, who you know is definitely more important that what you know and what you do and how well you do it. Success is built on relationships and sometimes building and retaining relationships takes precedence over quality and business.

    Management definitely does NOT want feedback if it is at all negative or anything less than enthusiastic optimism. Even the most tactfully worded feedback that might suggest that a plan is maybe, perhaps, perchance lacking in details or merit is treated as treasonous. It's "get onboard or get out." No one in management wants to be told that the bus is heading in the wrong direction.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the upper and middle management. Anyone above the level of Manager should consider his/her job at risk. Get rid of the long-time management -- those folks who have been with Yahoo! for 10 or more years and have retired on the job.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Does YAHOO! really suck? Yes."

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    Current Employee - Service Desk Tech in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Service Desk Tech in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you really hate yourself, and all other companies, then definitely work for Yahoo!

    Cons

    Only hire contractors and then fire people AT WILL with absolutely no notice. Yahoo! also propagates "dress down". What they dont tell you is that they will hire you (only as a contractor), say how great you are, then replace you with outsourcing, then fire you without notice. They also let you work from home. Very catty atmosphere. Not conducive to growth. Realistically, dress down does not matter. What does matter if they were upfront about replacing people with outsourcing. It would be nice to have at least 1-2 weeks notice. At will sucks. And so does YAHOO!

    Advice to Management

    Quit and let someone intelligent do the job.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "cool company to work but not a place for learning...."

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    Current Employee - Technical Yahoo in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Yahoo in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Branding, casual, fun, good, exciting.

    Cons

    Product based company but lack in the process impelementation.

    Advice to Management

    Please leave the company to bring young and good talent to change the shape of yahoo in the market or society.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Ask not what you can do for Yahoo ask what Yahoo can do for your."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free gourmet coffee. Great Gym.

    Cons

    Management is clueless. There are way too many employees in Yahoo! now that are interested solely in bettering their resumes. There is no interest whatsoever in company profitability or advancement of existing strengths. You will find a great example of this in two failed products both launched simultaneously because two groups of employees thought they can to do it better. I am talking about mash.yahoo.com and 360.yahoo.com both competing with many other "Web 2.0" products. Take Panama: Some fathead employees convinced management that they should waste >1000 Man Years to rewrite an already existing product. Instead of bettering pieces that did not work well they let the existing system painfully burn to the ground, letting millions of $ or revenue go. They are doing the same with Apex. No wonder they are losing the old timers like mice from a sinking ship.

    Advice to Management

    Play your strengths.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Culture is aligned to destroy all of the brand's potential"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great brand. The Yahoo! platform gives one the ability to have their work affect hundreds of millions of users. If you make a go of it here, it can be a great place to experience lots of different businesses.

    Cons

    Risk is not rewarded. Culture is one of the "Peter Principle." I've never been part of another company where mediocrity was so well rewarded. If you are predisposed towards honesty, hard work and a challenge, this company's culture will actively try to extinguish you.

    Yahoo takes the matrix structure to almost comical extremes. You can literally have an organization with 100s of bodies in it, but be unable to fire any of them.

    Advice to Management

    New CEO and new top layer of management. Redo the entire compensation scheme to reward the following behaviors: (1) risk taking (2) cross company cooperation (3) efficiency of resource utilization.


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