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Updated January 10, 2018
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  • Work/life balance (almost no extra working hours need) (in 260 reviews)

  • Free food: I mean all kind of healthy food you know (in 360 reviews)

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  1. "Nice place, lots of good perks, future? No clue."

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

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

    Pros

    good perks, good free food, interesting technical problems to solve

    Cons

    management: some managers are really incompetent
    very ad-hoc schedule of projects

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers, do not promote everybody in house


  2. "Lots of great, some not so much"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo as a contractor

    Pros

    Some amazing long-time and new employees; pockets of promising product; free food

    Cons

    Caught in the pre-acquisition shuffle

    Advice to Management

    Don't slash and burn, keep the people who can truly persist the good of the brand and deliver ever better products

  3. "Open culture, great learning and lots of fun"

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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 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People will be receptive to your ideas, and acknowledge your labor. Media usually paints a different (and at times dismal) picture for Yahoo, but its a hard core Technology company. You'll get to work with really bright folks and will learn (and do) cool stuff that matters.

    Cons

    Somewhat bureaucratic, and some legacy debt hounds certain teams.


  4. "Great place to work and learn"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Yahoo as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good people, good culture, good benefits

    Cons

    Uncertain long-term prospects of core business

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees and honestly evaluate their input


  5. "Yahoo: Lots of good, some bad"

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're a software engineer, you get to work with some very talented people, cool technologies, and develop some very large scale services and products.

    I worked on some great stuff and really enjoyed at least 5 of the eight years I was there (my first 3 years, and then 2014 and 2015). I learned tons of stuff and had the privilege to work for tech managers who wanted to take advantage of new technologies.

    Cons

    - Lots of legacy stuff (a side effect of having staying power, I guess) that you have to take into account.
    - Product management sometimes has this attitude: "Make this complex change that affects multiple front-end and back-end services to test some idea we have that might delight our users". This means we have lots of junk code polluting some nicely thought-out code, at least in the back-end services I worked on. Most of this junk code is for stuff that did not pan out but may be partially still in service, so it cannot be easily removed. Almost all of these "delights" seemed to me to have almost no value, as far as I could tell.

    - In my last year there (2016), I felt a lack of shared mission amongst the teams in my particular organization: Teams seemed more poised to pin blame on other teams within the org. Other organizations may have not had this issue.

    Advice to Management

    Yahoo is now part of Oath, so management has radically changed since I left the company in 2016. My advice would be useless.


  6. "Senior Manager Technical Accounting and M&A"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager Technical Accounting & M&A in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Technical Accounting & M&A in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, great experience, great benefits

    Cons

    Difficulty in upper management trying to turn company around

    Advice to Management

    Too late to advise, the company is sold


  7. "Great teams, smart people but scattered upper management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Disclaimer: I quit many years ago.

    It was great to work on innovative products that were used by millions of people all over the world. The talent pool was all-in-all great and the work environment is fun and friendly. Great compensation level.

    Cons

    Upper management changed constantly as did the operating thesis. This led to high turn-over and lots of missed opportunities.

    Slightly de-motivating to be with the constant beating horse of the Valley.

  8. "Reviews at yahoo were very time-consuming process."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    All employees received profit sharing based on company target

    Cons

    The Ranking by cohorts formula was not flawed


  9. "Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technology, talented people, best employer. No impact for performing people.

    Cons

    Always tried to catch up with market than leading.


  10. "Great Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great culture
    - decent benefits

    Cons

    - low salary
    - okayish quality of work

    Advice to Management

    need to hire good talent


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