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Marissa Mayer Is An Enigma, Wrapped In A Michael Kors Dress, Posing Upside Down On A Chaise Lounge

But a glittering surface often deflects attention from a messier reality, and that’s true with Mayer and Yahoo. No one wants to sound as if they aren’t rooting for Yahoo or for her, and because Mayer didn’t cooperate for this article, even her friends were often unwilling to speak on the record about her. She’s anything but easy to categorize, in ways that are both interesting and possibly troubling for Yahoo’s future. “She is a confusing person,” says someone who has worked with her closely. “It is a mistake to paint her as an angel or as a devil.” Another executive who worked with her agrees that she is a hard person to understand. “There are some parts of Marissa World that are just inexplicably weird,” he says. “It doesn’t add up.” [Vanity Fair, related]

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  1. Short, But Long says:

    I love a nicely manicured lawn… or hell, no lawn at all!

  2. Guy who digs Becky says:

    You'd think with all the other airbrushing a photoshop they did in the damn picture they would have done something about those legs.

  3. everyone says:

    yeah, i'd tear that up.

  4. guest says:

    she didnt cooperate for the article yet she posed supine on a lounger in a Michael Kors dress?

  5. ILoveLamp says:

    I can't help but think those quotes are actually euphemisms for "she's an absolute bitch!"

    • guest says:

      later in the article:

      A product manager who worked for her feels that she eventually became a hindrance, more of a micro-manager than a help. “All she did was move pixels around,” he says. “There was huge dissatisfaction that built. She became more and more authoritarian, and she would just say no if she wasn’t in a good mood or she didn’t like the color.” He adds, “I absolutely hated working for her, and you could not find a single peer of mine at Google who would work with her again.”

      When I say that surely this is an overstatement, he says, “Name me one code-writing Google engineer who [worked with her and] has followed her to Yahoo.”

      Mayer’s problems were mainly with people who were at her level. The cliché “my way or the highway” is one that people often invoke to describe her approach. “She is a dictator, with a top-down style,” says yet another Google employee. “It doesn’t work if people feel like they should be equal to her.”

      • Guest says:

        "It doesn't work if people feel like they should be equal to her"? Well unless they actually are equal to her, like same level on the org chart, that particular problem is not with Marissa Mayer. Not saying she isn't a nightmare.

        Guy (yes, guy) who is convinced there is no worse boss for a smart, attractive young woman than another woman.

        • guest says:

          " "It doesn't work if people feel like they should be equal to her"? Well unless they actually are equal to her, like same level on the org chart, that particular problem is not with Marissa Mayer. "

          seconded.

  6. Guest says:

    Next she'll be renaming Yahoo to Moom to compete with Goop

  7. Rousseau says:

    A woman that's difficult to understand and work with? Hmmm…

  8. Harsh but fair says:

    When YHOO is trading at $4/share and exploring its "strategic options" all kinds of coworkers and friends will be willing to talk about her.

  9. Get your popcorn says:

    Am I the only one excited to see a spat between Bethany McLean and Marissa Mayer?
    http://reactiongifs.me/wp-content/uploads/2013/08

  10. Guest says:

    On the debate team she debated why voting rights for the homeless were not needed because she had the foresight to see that the homeless would be used as Mifi Hotspot hubs and she needed to make certain they wouldn't have any governmental representation to stop such abuse.

  11. Guest says:

    2She had a nervous tic, an nnnhh sound she made when she paused, that made her seem almost a parody of a stereotypical nerd. There was also her laugh, which is so famously idiosyncratic that there is a YouTube compilation of it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcSujceZDmg "

    No way, does she really make that sound?!?!

  12. Guest says:

    " (Mayer told the magazine, “It’s hard to tell where my aesthetic ends and Google’s begins.”) "

    barf.

  13. Guest says:

    That not the picture of an authoritarian. Show me a woman dressed in black boots in a santa hat with a whip, and I'll believe.

  14. Hactivist says:

    I just googled for Marrisa Mayer and got Page Error: 69

  15. adam says:

    I don't know why Bess is calling her upside down ? I just turned the magazine cover upside down and Marissa looked alright

  16. Guest says:

    She's got the other Mary (Tyler Moore) Richards CEO to live up to, the butt-kicking, drop kicking leakers to fuckin-Mars, Carol Bartz. How long until Mayer steal the "Most Overpaid" title won by Bartz in 2010?

  17. Guest says:

    She got the spreadsheet on potential husbands wrong.Page's net worth surely should have outscored her current husband;s,.

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