Yandex Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
72 Reviews
4.4
72 Reviews
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Yandex CEO Arkady Volozh
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Review Highlights

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

  • Interesting and challenging tasks (in 8 reviews)


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

  • Salary is middle of the market, not top (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Awesome company

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Moscow (Russia)

    I worked at Yandex full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    * Benefits
    * Corporate culture
    * Work-from-home policy
    * Positive environment
    * Smart people
    * Great projects
    * Perks

    Cons

    * Poor management
    * Hard to grow
    * Internal competition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    You work hard and they don't care

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    Former Employee - Specialist  in  Turkey, TX
    Former Employee - Specialist in Turkey, TX

    I worked at Yandex full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Colleagues from different nationalities help you grow faster in many different perspectives.

    Cons

    There are no promotions given no matter how hard you work. They always have their chosen people and people who don't work as nearly hard as the others. Double standarts are everywhere in this company. Also HR doesn't care about the employees at all. They will never treat you fair enough. Salaries are also very very low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should do satistifaction surveys in the company and get some people at HR who knows what they are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worked a long time, but didn't get much higher

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Moscow (Russia)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Moscow (Russia)

    I have been working at Yandex full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The staff is very qualified, mainly kind and friendly, but many geeky people too. The company strives to keep their employees wanting to come to the office so the staff is pampered to a great extent: the office looks homely and has many benefits including a restaurant and unlimited supplies of cookies/tea/coffee, there is a doctor in the office and a massager as well, the gym is constantly inhabited, several ping-pong and billiards tables are available, there is even a music room. The tasks at hand are mostly interesting and involve brain work=). Also the feel of working in the most popular search engine in Russia is something many value.

    Cons

    The salaries are low. There is no increase of salaries due to the dollar(or euro) exchange rates. If you want an increase, you have to do something really extraordinary, and sometimes it's not possible at all within a given position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well, can't we just respect people and pay them for what they do??

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Now is a good company, several years before was the best

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    Former Employee - Team Leader  in  Saint Petersburg (Russia)
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Saint Petersburg (Russia)

    I worked at Yandex full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of new projects written from scratch. It's very interesting to work here as a software developer. Good atmosphere inside company. Free food, good offices, free schedule.

    Cons

    Low salary. Yandex has lost its geek culture. Now it is company of managers. It's very difficult to move between projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administration Assistant  in  Moscow (Russia)
    Current Employee - Administration Assistant in Moscow (Russia)

    I have been working at Yandex full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    professional growth, atmosphere, people, business vision

    Cons

    interesting tasks, work life balance, people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best job in my career

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    Former Employee - Team Lead  in  Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Moscow (Russia)

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, good management, perfect work-life balance. What else do you need?

    Cons

    No. Really no cons. Trust me :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Marketing manager

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Moscow (Russia)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Moscow (Russia)

    I have been working at Yandex full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fast developing industry, startup corporate culture

    Cons

    Sometimes chaotic management & project planning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More strategy planning needed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yandex full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I like my job. Good technologies. I can growing. smart people

    Cons

    salary, overtime (for free), a lot of stars

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care about salary in middle sector , not only top managers can be happy in this place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tough at times but very rich experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Moscow (Russia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moscow (Russia)

    I have been working at Yandex full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Really world-class software company, operating at exceptional data, users base and load scale. There are plenty of opportunities to learn and to grow. Lots of really bright people with very different skills and background. Immediate impact of your work on millions of users, adrenaline level is pretty high. Corporate culture is still very strong despite it has eroded somewhat over a few recent years. The focus is on openness and free speech and internally the company is very open and free. Compensation is fairly good, confortable office, very flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Organizationally and technolgically many things are done very ad hoc. The company didn't handle its scaling very well, it falls behind the pace it grows with. Anyone can come up with an idea (which is good), but often it is unclear what one has to do for the idea to have a chance to become real. Often it is not clear who is responsible for what, who is in charge of making a decision, how plans of various departments match each other. Many processes are inefficient, producing much frustration. It feels like a lack of big ideas, big vision for both products and technology, and this lack feels on all level - from bottom to top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more established processes for making routine things truly routine and efficient, and thus leaving creativity for creating truly new things. Need more visionary, true courage for doing something really new, and not merely keeping up with competitors in the "me too" style.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Nice

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yandex full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    office culture, interesting projects, good teams

    Cons

    promotions, very low salary, management,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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