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Yahoo Senior Software Engineer Reviews

Updated July 17, 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. "Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director, Software Engineering in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Software Engineering in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, option to advance, interesting, cutting edge work with intelligent people.

    Cons

    On a consistent downward path in the market. Difficulties with executives making hard decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Probably not much of a concern as soon as the sale to Verizon goes through...


  2. "Fun But Distracting"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food, free transportation, free gym, more free stuff.

    Cons

    If you come to Yahoo! by shuttle, you're pretty much stuck on campus. If you're trying to write code, it means dealing with constant conversations, bright colors, visual distractions, being crammed in with lots of people in an open office plan, no acoustic controls in the building design, and lots of mandatory fun. There is no escape. The net result is that is difficult to concentrate and stay focused. It is not the sort of environment that allows me to do my best work, which is a shame because there's a lot of work to be done.

    Advice to Management

    Put up some partitions to dampen the noise, spread people out more, and establish some basic etiquette regarding noise. Seating people according to role would help too,

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Yahoo Future Doesn't look so bright .... or does it ?"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not very hard working env. If that what you looking for, More play and have fun than actually doing any work, Free food, Everyone gain ~10 pounds the first year here.

    Cons

    Not very diversified work environment . 60% Indian decent, 30% Asian, 10% White.
    Most people are 'followers' - like to be told what to do and wait for someone to tell them and manage them.

    Slacker environment, no one work very hard, Games and events every day can not imagine much work gets done when there is company. Wide event half the day and the rest of the day people eat and drink like it was not end,

    Talking about free food, I get turned off by seeing all this people bringing home food in food containers, just because it's free food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) it doesn't mean you need to stack your containers and bring home to you hole family the feed them!

    Advice to Management

    Yahoo has struggle to find out what to go from here....
    Marissa Meyer was brought in but didn't know what to do either
    All now innovation at yahoo was accrued by acquire startups like Flickr Flurry Tumblr Brightroll etc, not created by Yahoo, Same goes for Broadcast (Mark Cuban / Shark Tank) sold his sport media streaming company to yahoo for 5 billon and now Yahoo sold itself for 4.3 billion !! Yahoo got a management refresh 80% of management purged out and new executives brought it by AOL (Owned by Verizon) Yet to see what this new company Oath will do with Yahoo. For starters 2100 people was fired when the Verizion deal was closed recently and that wasn't good for morale but that's what happens when you turn over they keys and the CEO takes the golden parachute and leaves the company in the dust .....


  4. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Tech Yahoo Software Dev Engineer Senior in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Tech Yahoo Software Dev Engineer Senior in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's still an awesome place to work. Great food! Great people!

    Cons

    Some degree of uncertainty to integrate with AOL

    Advice to Management

    Retain the culture


  5. "management"

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

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

    Pros

    good life balance
    good knowledge
    good brand

    Cons

    low compensations
    management not good always
    terminations
    many politics


  6. "Developer experience depends on operations"

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    Former Employee - Tech Yahoo Software Dev Engineer Senior in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Tech Yahoo Software Dev Engineer Senior in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really smart developers there to do a good job not just fill a seat.
    Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Operations/sysadmins aren't respected nor staffed like they should be. Devs get sucked into operational issues far to often in some teams.

    Advice to Management

    Ops as first class citizens, staff ops appropriately based on the system and needs not at some "X ops per Y devs" ratio.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Inconherent company"

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

    Pros

    Free culture, very active employees.

    Cons

    Disoriented business, corrupt and incompetent management.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the corrupt and incompetent managers.

  8. "Good culture, OK leaderahip"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    technology driven, good people,
    free food and very good good benefits

    Cons

    lack of vision in some upper management, too many layers in management.
    Lack of Diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Focus


  9. "Great place to learn how to make big things go fast"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Yahoo - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Yahoo (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Much of what has been learned about scaling, Yahoo did first. If you dig through the code, you can almost see the progression

    Cons

    Alas, it's heyday is past. It could come back, but unlikely as before

    Advice to Management

    Hold on to any employee with a gumball machine. Yahoo can still win on brand and customer loyalty. Build on that.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Past its best days"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Yahoo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Yahoo was a very exciting company to work for a long time ago. Then, it became a reasonably stable place to work for people with families, or a place for new grads or H1Bs to gain some experience. There was new hope with the Alibaba IPO and Marissa for a while, but that has faded.

    Cons

    Most managers don't have a clue about technical topics. Product Managers have all the control and most technical managers are afraid to stand up to them. They do user testing and then ignore the results until the drop in traffic after the poorly designed or buggy site is launched. Then, it's time to redesign again. Products in this environment end up being second class at best, as we've all seen.