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16 people found this helpful  

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

Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

ProsIt'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.

ConsThe 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 Terribly inefficient workflows and outdated internal tools are maintained despite constant griping.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 Senior ManagementI 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Decent job for recent college grads interested in sales.

    Account Executive (Former Employee) New York, NY

    I worked at Yelp full-time for more than a year


    Pros: Excellent training/ orientation period to learn Ad product. On site kitchen full stocked/ free beverages. (You… Cons: This is a two year sales program at best with zero room for advancement once you hit sales elite. Account Executive= Telemarketer. You are working… Advice to Senior Management: If you aren't happy, resign and try something new. You might just surprise yourself and find… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    1 person found this helpful  

    Brand Ambassador + Marketing Assistant/Intern

    Brand Ambassador (Former Employee) Nashville, TN

    I worked at Yelp part-time for less than a year


    Pros: people interaction, every day was unique Cons: night and weekend hours, not much structure Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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