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  • Free food breakfast/lunch/dinner (in 321 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Interaction Designer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall, I worked with some great product teams at Yahoo. Great product managers and technical leads made for some very satisfying job experience.

    Cons

    At Yahoo, there were too many reorganizations to caused lots of distractions instead a focus on the projects. A Microsoft buyout was not healthy for the organization

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the internal workings of the company and less on the stock price and then the products will end up speaking for themselves.


  2. "Changing Quickly"

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    Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The management teams are supportive and appreciative of smart hard work. The Santa Monica office has a great culture with emphasis on work/life balance. Great place for parents or people who value life outside of work.

    Cons

    During 2013, the big con was that. Working conditions were totally dependent upon which department you worked in. Certain managers were excellent and on the ball, others were scattered and didn't understand how to plan a roadmap, resulting in lack of results for the whole team. This has probably changed over the past year.


  3. "Not stable, somewhat boring, easy work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As a designer, Yahoo offers you an opportunity to design products a significant scale that attract a larger audience. It has a nice campus in Sunnyvale, good benefits, and regular shuttles that people living in SF can take to office, saving you the hassle of driving yourself to work.

    Cons

    When I was at Yahoo!, it was very unstable. There were 3 rounds of layoffs in the little over a year that I was there along with constant reorganizations. I came on board to work on 2 of the Yahoo! properties that I was very passionate about, and within a month, there was a company wide reorganization that left me on property that I was not at all interested in.

    In addition, my experience was that the different property teams varied wildly in terms of overall talent. Your opportunities for growth and learning really depended on the strength of the individual team and the leadership in that team.

    Advice to Management

    Stop on the reorgs, focus on properties that have high margins and growth and try to innovate in those areas. Properties like search or listings have high profit margins but were being de-prioritized in favor of low-margin properties such as Sports.


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  5. "Great place to work for designers"

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    Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Yahoo has a very open culture. The benefits are great and compensation is very good. There are very smart people and a collaborative, competitive culture. Food is subsidized and coffee is free. The campus is fun; and they encourage employees to have a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    There are many layers of management and different properties (mail, front page, news, search, etc.) don't necessarily work with each other. If you join one property you'll effectively be working for that silo-ed division of the company. Change comes slowly and only after layers of management have reviewed the change.

    Advice to Management

    Create incentives for different parts of the company (different properties) to work with each other.


  6. "Great potential if they'd only focus on where the money is coming from."

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    Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    design is respected. they care about the user experience.

    Cons

    unfocused vision. product groups are silos; they don't communicate/collaborate/integrate well. territorialism. not enough focus on getting the best and brightest at the company on the projects that generate the money for the company: ad systems.

    Advice to Management

    Get focused; pull resources off of the bottom 90% of consumer-facing services. recruit the best and brightest from all areas of the company to absolutely nail the ad systems. Note this starts with customer research; figure out what advertisers really want (not just what they say they want) and deliver that.


  7. "Yahoo! is where you want to be... its a nice place on the Internet."

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    Current Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Interaction Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Love my team. Proud of the product I am working on. The over all culture of the company is a fun environment. Flexible work schedule, acknowledgment that people have lives out side of work. I have had the opportunity to grow and be challenged in my career. Supported to take on areas of interest, take classes, go to conferences, etc.

    Cons

    At times, the sheer number of people involved in any given project can slow things down a bit.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do what you feel is right for the company, its customers, and not to sell out short of that.