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Yahoo Santa Monica Reviews

Updated February 14, 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. "It was OK"

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    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and culture, fun attitudes.

    Cons

    Too big, too many levels of management, products took too long to launch.

    Advice to Management

    Remove layers.


  2. "Once great, not so much anymore"

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    Current Employee - Director, Product Management in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Director, Product Management in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the legacy staff are great to work with.

    Cons

    Executive Leadership is a bit clueless

    Advice to Management

    Remember you are dealing with people, not just numbers.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are the best place about the company and the breadth of digital experience that you will receive. It truly is like working at a bootcamp.

    Cons

    Leadership has no direction, people are afraid of losing their jobs, the company is so large that it takes a year to navigate it.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you want to achieve, stick to it and encourage everyone to work together


  4. Helpful (2)

    "good while it lasted..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexibility, some good people, good pay

    Cons

    toxic environment, clueless execs, so much potential wasted!

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the core business and throw some resources at it


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Even valued employees can get screwed. RESEARCH YOUR SALARY"

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    Former Employee - Editor in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Editor in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Yahoo full-time

    Pros

    Amazing, talented co-workers, great health insurance and 401k match, free employee stock, daily free lunch, tons of snacks and cute events, great on resume, paid better for entertainment positions than non-tech companies.

    Cons

    Was a Temp worker who was converted to full-time, which was already a lengthy task that took over a year to complete, even when my dept barely operated without me. A year later I discovered I was being paid about 40% less than my peers, some of whom were were less valued and far far less skilled. Found out only because another dept wanted to poach me and that manager was literally appalled at what I was being paid at the time. I verified this asking other trusted co-workers in similar positions in my dept. They were also shocked at this information, fully knowing my excellent reputation.

    I was so highly-valued that during the constant layoffs, upper management told me point blank I was one of very few out of dozens of employees they wanted to keep to help shape the new regime. I had even won an annual Yahoo award, beating out seasoned veterans in my extended vertical. When it was discovered I was thinking of switching departments, 3 heads privately sat me down multiple times to plead for me to stay. I brought up the gross income discrepancy to them, they promised to try their best, which I believe they did. But even my upper management was powerless to do anything, as traversing Yahoo bureaucracy is so impossible that nothing gets done.

    Ended up quitting because it wasn't worth spending another minute there being so underpaid, and I was too valued to be laid off with their awesome severance package. I survived about 5-6 waves of layoffs in 4 years.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your valued employees and do the bare minimum to offer them a salary on-par with their peers. Lift the ban on employees discussing their salary to prevent situations like mine from happening. Because once a mistake is made, it is impossible to compensate and you will keep losing a lot of fantastic talent. I'm still reeling over this, lost tens of thousands in salary discrepancy compared to people with the same title in just 1 year.

    The only reason I'd recommend to a friend is if they worked in Dev.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great people and benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people who actually care about the business are great. And the benefits are on par for what most internet companies provide.

    Cons

    The executive staff is a joke. it's a good ol'e boys club run by a women. A women who is there as a token to run it to the ground for a profit.
    It's also hard to transfer internally because despite what is being told to employee's they really do care about where you went to school.

    Advice to Management

    why bother.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Big Company with All That Comes With It"

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

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

    Pros

    Very smart, talented colleagues;
    Great learning environment;
    Lots of great perks, including free breakfast, lunch, and snacks
    Very competitive compensation

    Cons

    Hard to get stuff released - by the time you are finishing up a project, management might just change their mind and pull the plug on it.
    Frequent reorganizations and layoffs make for a lack of job security and, ironically, a lack of organization.

    Advice to Management

    Let your engineers finish what they've started (especially when they are finished or nearly finished) and get some job satisfaction from having completed something instead of frequently changing directions. The morale will be a lot better.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, no real direction"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At many levels (excluding E-staff), Yahoo hires exceptional people. It's filled with folks with a high business and emotional IQ. The pay is solid as are the benefits.

    Cons

    Current senior management have no real plan for long term growth. As a result, employees are generally tasked with working on products and doing deals with no sense about how their work fits into the overall direction of the company. This sense of frustration can be found at nearly every level and explains why there has been such an exodus of talent in the last two and a half years.

    Advice to Management

    Identify and share your plan for the direction of the company. FYI is appreciated, but often comes across as lip service and avoids the big question that everyone wants answered. Finally make Yahoo Mail a best-in-class product and you can build momentum around that. No excuse for Mail to still have so many issues - it should be priority #1.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Little Direction"

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

    Pros

    Free gym membership to relieve stress

    Cons

    Everything else? Little direction, poor management, high turnover and burnout rate, horrible QPR system, tools never work

    Advice to Management

    listen to us!


  10. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The office culture and the upper management was great!

    Cons

    The leadership is fantastic and the we were always encouraged to take the training classes

    Advice to Management

    Stay great!


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