“Best of” lists aren’t the be-all and end-all measurement of transcendent goodness, but I think it’s a positive thing to be included in such lists. Yahoo! made its debut in this year’s Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, which is cool since I just started here five months ago. IDG, my last company (parent company of InfoWorld) was listed for four years straight and it was indeed a really nice place to work. I’m sure there are many great companies that should be on such a list, so it’s not perfect, but I think Yahoo! deserves the ranking.
That being said, I’m not sure Fortune nailed the “why” very well, at least not for me. Here’s what they said:
The dot-com spirit lives at the Internet portal, which makes its debut on our list. Onsite amenities include massage, haircuts, dentistry, car wash, oil change, foosball, bocce, free lattes, and stock options for all.
Yes, we have all of that stuff, but for me it’s more about the people and what we’re working on than the “amenities.” I’ve only played foosball once since I’ve been there, and I played mainly because Matt and I decided that we had to play at least once just because we could (and he destroyed me. . . I haven’t played since). It’s kind of like when I went off to college. . . on first glance, I noticed some really cool facilities and services, but in the end it was really all about the people and the learning (ok, and a little mindless partying).
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