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"Working at Yelp is inspiring! You really feel like you're part of a great team that's growing."

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Current Contractor - Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
Current Contractor - Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Yelp as a contractor (Less than a year)

Pros

The people I work with

Cons

Still some growing pains, but that's part of the excitement and where the inspiration comes to do more, make an impact and contribute!

Other Employee Reviews for Yelp

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work for the summer."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Yelp as an intern

    Pros

    Well I ended up learning a lot of cool stuff that made me want to come back.

    Cons

    There weren't any that I could obviously think of. My chair was weird but thats about all.


  2. Helpful (26)

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

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    • 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.


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