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Updated May 3, 2017
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  • Work/life balance (almost no extra working hours need) (in 243 reviews)

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

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  1. "good place to learn. but not great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time

    Pros

    mature tech stack, good education opportunity

    Cons

    move slow. hire process needs improvement


  2. "Not confident in the future..."

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazingly passionate & talented people, inspiring vision, free food + other great perks, fun culture. Lots of job opportunity if you're comfortable stepping up to the plate / earn trust quickly / like ambiguity / are a self-starter.

    Cons

    Lack of execution from C-level & middle management, very few non-homogenous / diverse teams, severe lack of resources & support (when I left, I was doing the volume of work we had 3 ppl to do at this same time last year, but my compensation wasn't raised; makes it near-impossible to do anything well).

    Advice to Management

    Things felt like they were slipping anyway, but I'll always wonder what would have happened if we hadn't sold ourselves to Verizon *sigh*

  3. "Better than expected"

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    Current Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of work to do, smart people, nice benefits and perks

    Cons

    Lack of self-awareness around brand, uninspired leadership, too much focus on short-term gain vs corporate mission, and "global" strategy that plays it safe in a competitive field makes it easy for people to be wooed away. Attrition issues. Mandatory CEO approval of all candidates impedes hiring.

    Advice to Management

    Take more risks (fail fast), focus on building a world-class design culture, institutionalize innovation rituals, and invest in emerging technology.


  4. "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.


  5. "Interesting Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some really great and dedicated people working there.

    Cons

    Difficult to get anything done with the hierarchy.
    Wasn't everything I hoped it would be.

    Advice to Management

    Have more confidence in the team you hire.


  6. 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.


  7. "Great people"

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    Former Employee - Group Director, Product Management in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Group Director, Product Management in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super talented people, ton of product opportunity, winning in multiple categories, hunger to do great things

    Cons

    CEO turmoil, lack of overarching vision and focus, too many things happening at once, spread too thin, lots of redundant efforts

    Advice to Management

    Lock in on vision and back in the strategy; drive from top down clear focus and what success looks like

  8. "It all depends on team you are in"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent engineering culture in the team

    Cons

    Dealing with external teams could be frustrating


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Rudderless ship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, decent perks and pay.

    Cons

    No direction, company doesn't know what it's business is, management too busy putting out fires to provide any direction.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what business you're in—preferably one that makes money—and design the company around that.


  10. "The Purple Rollercoaster"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits, solid employee resources (including upgraded office spaces), lots of smart people, some very solid products (Finance, Sports, Mail, Messenger), opportunities to move within the company to work on projects of interest with proper outreach

    Cons

    Consistent Uncertainty, Inconsistent messaging/leaderships - especially around employee reviews, too top heavy with Sr. Leadership, Sr. Leadership can be patronizing in regards to public challenges

    Advice to Management

    Don't patronize your employees when it comes to layoffs/cuts/changes. Be open and honest with them. Don't have an employee review/rating system if you aren't going to stand behind it when it comes to prioritization of products/jobs.


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