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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Yahoo!

    Jun 30, 2015 - Director of Engineering in Dallas, TX
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    Pros

    Great co-workers, corporate culture, benefits.

    Cons

    Multiple layoffs each year, high churn in senior management (C-level, SVP-level) resulting in continuous disruption in strategy/direction.

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  2. 4.0
    Former Contractor, more than 1 year

    Nice perks, lots of bureaucracy

    Oct 20, 2021 - Anonymous Contractor 
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    Pros

    Many people are smart and kind. The free lunch was great. Loved the location in the city, when we were going in person. Easy to switch to all remote. Some managers are really excellent.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape and bureaucracy in senior management. Strategy changes a lot. Hard as a junior employee to see a path to growth.

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  4. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Think about others because Yahoo! is not your world

    Jun 14, 2008 - Director in Santa Clara, CA
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    Pros

    Environment to grow and bottom line people are good. Engineering resources and training courses are very good. Good fun stuff like hack days. They have offices worldwide, so you can get exposure to other countries too. They have too many product lines, so good technical and product experience. You can wear jeans and causal clothes. They have gym and cafe in most of Sunnyvale and Santa Clara location with shuttle services to SF and East Bay areas. You can work from home if your manager allows you and they provide VPN token and Laptops. They offer 2 weeks vacation first year and 3 weeks after that.

    Cons

    Too much politics, everyone just want to save their position and no one cares about company as such. Mistrust and mis-communication is common theme in senior management. You head can be chopped off very easily if you're not involved in politics and everyone is waiting to eat you if you're star performer being they're not, so you always have to watch for them rather than focusing on your actual work. Even though Fun is their basic value but they don't allow too much. Once you're in trouble then it is very tough to come out because others enjoy that. I don't think of working for Yahoo! again.

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Great place to work, excellent benefits, smart people, but lots of drama.

    Jan 6, 2009 - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
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    Pros

    Yahoo! is a valley pioneer and home to many smart people. I have worked with lots of smart and talented people in my time there and would do it again. The benefits package is generous with lots of choices for health care, and an excellent vacation accrual system. Work from home depends on your manager, but many are flexible. Free coffee bars and a corporate cafeteria with supplemented meal prices is an added perk. The company is large, but there are places within the company that still give you that small company vibe and feel. You will be challenged and given an opportunity to work on really cool things. After a long time of seeming to be without direction, the last 6 months have really shown positive signs and finally sticking to a plan and making things happen.

    Cons

    Working at Yahoo! is like working in a fishbowl, especially when it comes to the tech rags and valley publications. The last year, since the attempted Microsoft purchase has been especially trying. Senior management failed to provide a strong direction and in-ability to act led to rumors, speculation, and doubt. Yahoo! is a big company now, and some of that small company vibe has gone missing during my time there.

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  6. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Neutral

    Oct 12, 2015 - Research in Sunnyvale, CA
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    Pros

    Benefits of a large Silicon Valley tech company. Excellent and talented colleagues.

    Cons

    A tremendous amount of effort is put into hiring the best candidates only to turn around and micromanage. Quarterly reviews have the potential to build a strong culture if they were used to encourage growth. Unfortunately they only inspire fear based management and, in turn, fear based performance. Middle management is not trained well to improve as managers. Too much focus is placed on appearance of providing support to all product teams and recognition from senior management, rather than setting a strategy for where effort will make the most impact. Direct reports are expected to keep doing more because management doesn't understand (or just don't hold themselves accountable for the fact that) providing quality support to product teams begins with setting a strategy and clearly communicating to product teams what can and can't be covered. Employees end up being asked to do more and more because management doesn't play the role of prioritizing and saying no even when it's appropriate to do so. Employees are left to do this on their own and then not supported when issues arise. Last but not least, there is lack of understanding that while pay is important, morale and support is often more important.

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    6 people found this review helpful
  7. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    It is a media firm, not a tech firm

    Oct 19, 2018 - Engineering Director in Sunnyvale, CA
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    Pros

    Market level (or above, for some roles) compensation Opportunity to learn full-stack platform development for engineers Great place for product managers to learn advertising technology ecosystem Work/life balance is easy to reach in most teams Sunnyvale campus offers great amenities

    Cons

    Career growth opportunities are very limited Almost zero guidance from senior management on vision or execution Lack of large org leadership experience in some managers (most coming from acquired startups with limited process and/or people leadership experience) General lack of ownership or unwillingness to take initiative at even senior management level (job is just a job attitude) No established org culture (still unfinished jigsaw puzzle with disparate pieces of acquired start-ups) Weak HR support (impacting managers more often than individual contributors) Heavy consolidation, minimal innovation Gradually losing its competitive edge (Amazon showing its huge presence, behind FB and Google)

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  8. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    great salary but limited upside for career advancement

    Apr 27, 2020 - Business Continuity Manager in San Francisco, CA
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    Pros

    great salary and working environment, good work life balance

    Cons

    poor senior management judgement and guidance for the company

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  9. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Mixed bag

    Sep 30, 2008 - Senior Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    It is a dynamic place in a dynamic industry so you'll always be pushed to think about new opportunities and challenges. There are lots of smart people around from which to learn. It's size (in terms of audience) opens many doors for potential partnerships. Career advancement and mobility are very possible (although you need to make it happen on your own). Good gym. Decent cafeteria.

    Cons

    There is lots of over-strategizing going on. Decisions are often revisited over and over again. Senior management is often afraid to make difficult decisions. As a result of these factors, teams and projects spend a lot of time spinning in circles, rather than executing and moving forward. There is not always good role clarity. Multiple people often have overlapping responsibilities and as such, things get dropped or people bang heads. In some cases there are just too many people. And despite the many smart people around, there are also many pockets of people that are very complacent and have very little passion. They show up, they go home, and that is it. They don't care about winning.

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  10. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Yahoo! used to be a good place to be.

    Apr 2, 2009 - User Experience Researcher in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    It was a fun place to work, with people who believed in the company and who were motivated to make the best products. It also had great facilities once you got to the campus - a nice cafe, a gym, and spacious offices. My colleagues were intelligent and talented, and were generally nice people. It is also an international company and offers employees the opportunity of overseas work and international postings. It encouraged innovation. It encouraged diversity without sacrificing quality. Its technical infrastructure was excellent and was continually being improved. It was possible to do excellent work that was recognised as such.

    Cons

    It was poorly managed and lacked a strategic direction at an executive level. There were too many ineffective prima donnas in senior-management roles. At the time i left, it was beginning to lack an identity so that people did now know what greater goal they were working towards, and were expected to put in the same amount of effort regardless of the overall quality of the project they had been assigned to work on. When I left, there was a growing sense of doom, which has evidently got worse since, and staff members were even less confident about the company's overall direction and future.

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  11. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Decent place to learn, but people are averse to accountability

    Jun 5, 2012 - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Yahoo has one of the best set of internal tools to help a developer and they should think about making these open source. There aren't many other companies out there that handle the amount of data that Yahoo does, and no one else has been doing it for longer than Yahoo. So if you are interested in Big Data this is one of the best places to work for the sheer scale at which they operate.

    Cons

    The attrition rate is unbelievably high, the musical chairs that is the CEO's office is not helping matters. Senior management gets rewarded more for playing politics than for delivering new products/services. The technical leaders want to always play the safe game and just do enough to keep their jobs safe. Multiple teams are always working on similar projects even after the huge layoffs. Teams are very insecure about other teams stepping on their toes and there is not enough collaboration or communication between teams that are in different locations.

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