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Yahoo CEO Bartz Leaves With 33% Approval Among Employees

Posted by Glassdoor Team

Career Advice Experts

September 6, 2011

As the world continues to buzz about what’s next for Yahoo after CEO Carol Bartz got fired over the phone, turns out, Yahoo employees may not be so sad to see her go.

According to the nearly 300 Yahoo employee reviews on Glassdoor, Bartz is leaving Yahoo with a cumulative 54% approval rating,and a 46% disapproval rating. The average CEO approval rating on Glassdoor is 62%.

However, as we dug deeper into the data, we found that Bartz’s approval rating has generally been on the decline since late 2010. According to the most recent Yahoo employee reviews, Bartz garnered a 33% approval rating, thus far, during Q3 of 2011. The table below shows how Bartz’s approval rating has changed each quarter since taking the top job at Yahoo in January 2009.

In addition, it’s interesting to note that when former Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang left office, he held a 43% approval rating, and a 57% disapproval rating among employees.

Yahoo employees also give the company a 3.2 (OK) rating (ratings based on a 5-point scale). This is slightly higher than the average company rating on Glassdoor, which is a 3.1.

Below is recent commentary from Yahoo employees on what it’s been like to work under Bartz as of late:

Recent Employee Commentary

“No strong leadership with vision & execution. Especially lacks execution.” – Yahoo Principal  Engineer (Sunnyvale, CA)

“Be straightforward with the real problems Yahoo is facing and focus on the core business rather than spread the money over many irrelevant projects that are destined to die from the day they start.” – Yahoo Employee (location n/a)

“Very low employee morale is taking a toll on those who still want to work here. Upper management gives the same raa-raa speeches with little to back up the talk.” – Yahoo Employee (Sunnyvale, CA)

“Lack of numbers drive decision making, lack of customer focus. Top leadership denies the world changed so we are still pursuing the portal business when the world rapidly changes to mobile, apps, social networks and location based personal solutions.” – Yahoo Product Manager (Sunnyvale, CA)

“Keep fighting the good fight; keep employees motivated, and reward them for doing well! Do better at identifying top talent and nurturing, stimulating, and retaining that talent.” – Yahoo Technical Yahoo (Sunnyvale, CA)

In advice to senior management, some employees had this to say:

“Go away already!” – Yahoo Web Analytics Manager (Sunnyvale, CA)

“Please stop making senseless speeches about your vision and strategic plans. Instead, focus more on quality engineering and addressing the platform problems. Please don't attempt to save a few bucks by outsourcing.” – Yahoo Technical  (New York, NY)

Read more Yahoo reviews from employees.