Yandex Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Yandex CEO Arkady Volozh
Arkady Volozh
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Pros
  • Many experienced and smart people around (in 9 reviews)

  • Interesting and challenging problems with large impact (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • work-life balance, team working, decision making (in 4 reviews)

  • There is some quite unusual corporate culture (it's hard to describe but not everyone could fit in easily) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great, modern place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Yandex full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company is full of young, smart and enthusiastic people. They offer all the flexibility and benefits you see at any modern tech company.

    Cons

    I don't know of any cons that are systemic to the company.


  2. Software Engenering

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Petersburg, CO

    I worked at Yandex

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Yandex have cool problems to solve, a lot of self-made services. Office is nice and health insurance is great,

    Cons

    Office have really bad location


  3. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yandex

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - strong team
    - challenging tasks
    - nice office, good location and facilities
    - full range of benefits

    Cons

    - large company, so things get slow at times
    - salaries vary


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  5. Best IT company in Russia.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - UI-developer
    Current Employee - UI-developer

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Best IT company in Russia.

    Cons

    Some departments are have poor managment.


  6. Fantastic team, fantastic atmosphere, fantastic company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Moscow (Russia)
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Moscow (Russia)

    I have been working at Yandex full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -It's a big IT company and you will certainly find here a technology you are interested in
    -If you get interested in another subject you can join some other team inside the company; you can try a new position and make a career in a different field
    -Promotion opportunities
    -Strong corporate culture
    -Great location: our head office is in the heart of Moscow, just a 5-minute walk from the metro
    -Good insurance plans for employees, including dental insurance
    -No dress code
    -Flexible working hours
    -Possibility to do some part of your job remotely
    -Great friendly and comfortable atmosphere
    -Monthly meal allowances in corporate cafeteria
    -Corporate discounts in a number of cafés, restaurants, coffee shops, beauty shops, online stores and different service providers
    -Yearly corporate picnics
    -Free underground parking for employees
    -Coffee points with complimentary coffee, tea, fruits, cookies and more
    -Yandex participates in different scientific research (i.e. CERN)
    -Technical and scientific seminars and conferences for employees and guests
    -Free gym

    Cons

    -The salaries are not the highest on the market, but on the other hand there are so many perks about working for Yandex that they actually make up for the not-so-high salary level

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if the company sometimes could conduct surveys in order to find out what skills the employees would like to upgrade. Based on the results of these surveys Yandex could organize different training courses for their staff.


  7. very good

    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moscow (Russia)

    I worked at Yandex

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Best office ever, great eating options (+ food compensation), great people, great corporate culture

    Cons

    life-work balance sometimes is not that great


  8. Modern and nice place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moscow (Russia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moscow (Russia)

    I have been working at Yandex full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good people around, motivates to grow
    - Relaxed atmosphere, nice office
    - Little paperwork and little bureaucracy (most of the documents needed are prepared automatically by intranet services)
    - More or less free schedule on some positions as long as you get your stuff done. You can work from home some days a week if your boss is okay with that.

    Cons

    - The salaries are not indexed, only if you become more skilled and do more complex stuff
    - Some working tools could be better documented
    - Not exactly Yandex problem, but recent Internet laws may hurt company business and worsen the its situation

    Advice to Management

    Try to not ruin the Yandex spirit while optimizing the efforts/costs nowadays.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Review Title

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Petersburg (Russia)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Petersburg (Russia)

    I have been working at Yandex

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of several companies on the Earth that solves complicated problems on a large scale. Yandex has it's own data analysis school and a computer science department in a university. Complicated problems for those who like it and less complicated for those who don't :)
    You can easily know what happens in other departments using internal forum.
    Great work/life balance, flexible working hours.
    The best company I have worked yet.

    Cons

    It's not easy to work outside of Russia.


  10. Java Develpoer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Java Developer in Moscow (Russia)
    Current Employee - Java Developer in Moscow (Russia)

    I have been working at Yandex full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It's really great to work here. We have great, friendly atmosphere and interesting work.

    Cons

    Russian salary, don't have enough practice in English language.


  11. One of the best places to work in Russia/Belarus

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Minsk (Belarus)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Minsk (Belarus)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Russia's number one search engine, a lot of users, a lot of experienced colleges. Different products: browser, search, maps, market and so on.

    Cons

    There are many different teams, and sometimes one team doesn't know what other team does, so they can do the same things.

    Advice to Management

    More control on global level. Create not only 'like a Google' things. Be less selfconfident, maybe more pessimistic. Be more mobile.



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