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The dinosaur of the Internet that still kicks ass

Producer (Current Employee)
Munich (Germany)

I have been working at Yahoo full-time for more than 8 years

Pros- Opportunity to work with world-class technology & people
- Good & cooperative atmosphere among colleagues
- International environment without any prejudice against foreigners
- Good hardware equipment for all business units & easy software approvals
- Nice & modern office in the city center (Munich, Germany)
- Voucher coupons for lunch breaks (probably only in Germany)
- Cool social area for breaks including a PS3 running FIFA soccer, Foosball table, Tschibo coffee machines
- A lot of meeting rooms including two hi-end video conferencing setups (Munich, Germany)

Cons- Dishonest managers especially at the mid-level who think they will never need to work again after being promoted.
- Good tech people get promoted to managers, get a 1-week manager-training and fail badly.
- Reward system not working. People getting promoted by threatening to leave. No transparency or career development.
- Yearly Focal performance review process is a mess where you colleagues can really hurt you. It's not used to develop people but to annoy people so much that they leave on their own.
- Frustrating re-orgs or unnecessary business unit naming changes
- Wrong people get hired as everyone is scared to lose the headcount approval and not many people apply. HR support is almost non existent.

Advice to Senior ManagementGo back to school. Especially the mid-level management looks like a bunch of control-freaks who think they can achieve their goals by pressuring their people instead of improving the process. Stop playing politics and silo-wars between business units but build partnerships. Show true leadership by getting your hands dirty and actually do something. My review is 4 of 5 as I think this mid-level management problem is wide-spread across the IT industry.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Manager of Operations (Current Employee)

I have been working at Yahoo full-time for more than 3 years


Pros: Endless career opportunities, high exposure to new products, fast-paced, high level of talent. Excellent work-life balance,… Cons: Lack of leadership at all levels. Lack of company vision, which trickles down into all facets… Advice to Senior Management: None. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

 

Better than you would expect

Sales Trainer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at Yahoo full-time for more than 8 years


Pros: Smart people, good benefits, interesting work Cons: Bad publicity, lack of coolness factor Advice to Senior Management: Keep a CEO for longer than a couple of months! More

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