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Great company to work for as an engineer, but some things need to change

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Yelp full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

It's in the city. Engineers are self-directed and management is horizontal. Engineers are friendly, have a strong sense of humor, and are happy. The company thoroughly has faith in that you're self-driven and will get your stuff done. This is a big gamble since some engineers may take advantage of this, but from my experience most engineers still work hard and are dedicated to the success of the company. They're liberal in terms of working from home and coming in whenever you want to. There are unique opportunities available in specific areas as this company continues to grow rapidly, especially for engineers interested in search, spam detecting, machine learning, and data mining.

Cons

The awkward division between sales and engineering which is obvious by reading other reviews. The culture and goals of each are completely different. They might as well be two companies. None of this gets explained to you. Yelp is a sad place for designers or design-minded folk, at least for the time being. Yelp hires very few real designers and leaves most design work to product managers, who typically only have a technical background. Being a public company forces product to give priority to short term revenue over building a great products. For example, banner ads are all over the site, and many of these ads are not only ugly but directly contradict Yelp's mission of connecting people with local businesses (e.g. Taco Bell). In many ways Yelp is very corporate, as much as they would hate to admit it. Terribly inefficient workflows and outdated internal tools are maintained despite constant griping. Important decisions often go unquestioned. Quality is not job one. The politics of priority or "MVP" prevent good ideas from even seeing the light of day.

Advice to Management

I strongly believe that combining sales and engineering into the same office is bad overall for the company. They are very different cultures that inevitably clash. Maintaining engineering talent in Silicon Vally amounts to spoiling your engineers rotten, which ends up appearing as favoritism from the perspective of most sales employees. Take more gambles and stop being so afraid to make big changes and innovate. To many consumers the product has barely changed in years.

Other Employee Reviews for Yelp

  1. Great place to start your sales career!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mid-Market Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Mid-Market Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Yelp full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fully stocked kitchens Fun and nurturing environment In-depth sales training Work hard, play hard mentality Upward mobility Ability to work with C-level execs as you move up in the sales org Located in the heart of downtown SF

    Cons

    It can be a grind, if you're not ready to work hard and take feedback it's probably not the place for you Starting pay is low, but that can change quickly based on your performance You are selling to local business owners, and the product set isn't very diverse Emotional sale rather than strategic.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen and adapt.


  2. Helpful (1)

    THE defining position of my career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Yelp full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unlimited potential for growth and earnings. Amazing, challenging-but-fun work environment. The ability to surround yourself with ambitious, smart and hungry individuals. The opportunity to learn sales from some of the finest sales people around. This company is growing fast and taking the best and the brightest right along with it. Every day is an opportunity to try something new or do something different. Sales will help you in every facet of your personal and professional life - and nobody sells better than Yelp. Sheryl Sandberg said something like, "When someone offers you a seat on a rocket ship - no matter what seat it is - you take it". Get on board.

    Cons

    Challenge/competition is not for everyone. This job is not for the emotionally unstable, obviously un-ambitious. Go hard or go home.

    Advice to Management

    Go/Fight/Win


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