Yelp – Why Work For Us?

Yelp (NYSE: YELP) connects people with great local businesses. Yelp was founded in San Francisco in July 2004. Since then, Yelp communities have taken root in major metros across the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Singapore, Poland, Turkey and New Zealand. Yelp had a monthly average of 102 million unique visitors in Q1 2013*. By the end of Q1 2013, Yelpers had written more than 39 million rich, local reviews, making Yelp the leading local guide for real word-of-mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists. Yelp's mobile application was used on approximately 10 million unique mobile devices on a monthly average basis during Q1 2013. For more information, please visit or send an email to [email protected].

​​​​​​ ​Working at Yelp is a 5 star experience! We have offices in San Francisco, New York and Phoenix. Our employees all work towards the same purpose of connecting people with great local businesses and we live by the 5 values of Yelp: Authenticity, Play Well with Others, Protect Your Source, Be Unboring, Be Tenacious.
We're Hiring!​​

​Our offices are filled with all of the tools and fuel you need to make sure that work is never, well, work. Shiny Macs, ping pong tables, and fridges filled with Vitamin Water and Yelpwichingredients abound—all so that your day can be spent focusing on what matters. And after hours? Well, there is our kegmate…​​

Charles Zetterberg​​​​The best part of working for Yelp is the people that work around me. They are all passionate, smart, creative and helping the foundation of small businesses grow.

Charles Zetterberg, Sr. Account Executive​​

Don Bourassa​​I work for a company with values like ‘Be Unboring.’ I’m constantly being challenged to break the playbook and devise more fun and authentic ways to do things.

Don Bourassa, Community Director​​


This engineering team does it all, running a site of 58M+ users and 20M+ reviews. They tame MySQL replication one day, implement a brand-new feature the next, and push it all out that night. They love being responsible for whole systems, and they love scaling those systems to the next level. But what really keeps the code flowing? Daily release cycle, baby!


PMs at Yelp do a lot. In an 'average' day you might be immersed in UI designs in Adobe Fireworks, QAing new features, spec-ing out ideas, and always, always using the site to think of ways we can improve it. We need a Product Manager who can design beautiful-but-simple features, crank out mockups and iterate on them quickly and think creatively about how to make a more useful and fun place to be.


Think you've got the design skills to wow over 58 million users each month? Then Yelp wants to hear from you. We're looking for a designer that can create world class user interfaces that visually amaze but are simple to use.

​​We're Hiring!​​

About Yelp Sales Development Program

Know where you stand. In the Yelp Sales Development Program, promotions are earned by working hard and working smart. A transparent development plan outlines what you need to be doing every day, month and quarter to reach the next level. Increased compensation as well as additional responsibilities keep your career moving: work larger accounts; travel to your territory to meet clients; work out of our offices both domestically and internationally. Find what you excel at and make it a career.

Yelp is growing by the minute, and we’re looking for ambitious, energetic individuals to join our Sales Teams! If you're a brave leader who's passionate about local businesses, online advertising, and looking for a uniquely rewarding inside-sales development program, then we're the place for you.

We offer our employees solid base salaries that increase based on their individual performance; extensive initial and ongoing training; and a comfortable, energetic, world-class work environment with free food and an awesome office! We have a structured professional development program that provides a clear path to increased responsibility, a better title, and of course, more money!

You’ll have the opportunity to earn a higher base salary every 6-months or so, depending on your own performance

This program is structured as a two-year crash course in sales and online advertising. At the end of that period, depending on your performance, you can move into a higher-level sales role at Yelp, or use your training to land your next dream job. Whatever you decide, Yelp will help you get there.

Check out our offices in SF, NYC, and Phoenix!

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​​​Cast your textbook aside, this is where marketing in social media comes alive! Join Yelp as a Marketing Intern and gain real marketing experience to real people!

Community Managers in over 70 Yelp communities are responsible for marketing, PR, other social media outlets, event planning, e-newsletter campaigns, and various odds and ends on the local level —but they can’t do it alone! Yelp Marketing Interns play an integral part in supporting activities designed to rally the Yelp community both online and off.

Want to apply?

Yelp wants interns to work side-by-side with our passionate, creative software developers. That's right, each intern at Yelp has a mentor and substantial projects to work on during their time here. We are looking for students who wish to gain experience at a growth stage startup by working on real work projects for our site. One caveat, though, we would need those projects pushed to immediately as we use continuous deployment.

Something we take a lot of pride in is our space we use for hosting meetup groups and tech talks. Yelp is looking for interns that want the chance to meet and greet with the best and most dynamic engineers in the Valley.

Engineers-in-training at Yelp!

We love interns at Yelp! And since we are such a small, agile team, we can take on Product Manager interns around the clock. If you are looking to gain experience at a cool start-up and do real work, then this is the place. Join us as an intern and have a real impact on our mobile apps, or our services for business owners.

Think you've got the design skills to wow over 58 million users each month? Then Yelp wants to hear from you. We're looking for a designer that can create world class user interfaces that visually amaze but are simple to use. We are currently looking for summer interns.

​​We're Hiring!​​

The glue that keeps Yelp together, our “General and Administrative” crew consists of everyone and anyone outside of sales and engineering! From Legal to local Community Managers, Finance to Recruiting Coordinators, User Operations to Accounting, G&A covers it all.

Whether you’re a marketing guru or a whiz with numbers, Yelp is seeking enthusiastic, pro-active, and innovative individuals to join the Yelptastic team in SF, Phoenix, or NY!

​​We're Hiring!​​

Health and Medical:
Yelp covers 100% of the costs of insuring its’ employees. Insurance is your choice of HMO or PPO, and includes health, vision, and dental

Yelp encourages a healthy lifestyle by subsidizing exercise facility fees for full time employees. We reimburse you for up-to $60/month in gym memberships that bill ongoing.

Time Off:
Employees accrue 15 PTO days annually, on top of 10-11 paid holidays off, and 5 paid sick days.

Did someone say free food? Some may call it the “Yelp-15”, but that’s because it’s hard to resist the tasty snacks and Odwalla the kitchen. And for those long-awaited TGIF afternoons, we have some adult beverage machines (kegs) and our very own "bar." Don’t forget to check in!

Speakers and Education:
​​​We offer bi-monthly speaker series events with some of our company directors. We’ve also included outside celebs including:

  • Tim Ferriss-- author of the “4-Hour Workweek”
  • Derrick Hall-- President of Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Peter Thiel-- co-founder of PayPal
  • Meg Whitman-- CEO of Hewlett-Packard

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    Challenging, fun environment with smart colleagues

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Yelp full-time (more than an year)


    My coworkers are smart, respectable individuals with a variety of backgrounds. Few people came from the same previous company-- or even the same industry, college, or major. This brings a lot of perspectives to the worktable and makes your water cooler conversations all the more interesting. The flat hierarchy of our work culture means everyone's ideas are heard and valued, and the team spirit of the organization is unrivaled. I also really respect the mission-driven aspects of the business-- our mission drives every business decision, and that's clear from the choices our facilities makes about being located in the middle of downtown SF (near tons of local businesses) to the engineering org's feature rollouts. The lean business model (in terms of perks and comp) can be a pro and a con, but I appreciate seeing that no dollar is wasted here (at least in the perks part).


    Compensation for some roles isn't top of market, but is still fair and they hired a comp analyst to make adjustments moving forward (benefits of a growing company). Time off policy is lean but fair, though I wish for applicable teams there was more flexibility to work from home for those days when you're sick enough not to want to spread it around but not so sick you can't work at all. It's also unfortunate that the company hires a lot of immature people (particularly in sales, where they just need an army on the phone) who make mistakes that impact the whole company's perks and regulations (like beer privileges being limited after several people got drunk at work...Get it together, people!).

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    Improve mentorship programs across the company (seems great for engineering interns, but we should expand it... this could help solve the immature hires problem), better-support long-term employees (an extra 3-days of PTO after 2 years isn't an awesome incentive, but 5 days would be).

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Yelp Interviews

Updated 20 Oct 2014
Updated 20 Oct 2014

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    Software Engineer Intern Interview

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    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Yelp.

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    Applied to yelp through college campus fair. They got back to me within 3-4 weeks after application. Initially there was email conversation to set up date and time for the first telephonic interview round. It is a 20 minute phone interview where they ask about you and your background and then some generic computer science related questions.

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Yelp Awards and Accolades

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50 Must-Have iPad Apps, TIME Tech, 2013
10 Great Travel Apps, The Boston Globe, 2013
The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies, Fast Company, 2013
Top 10 Business Deals, Time, 2013
50 Best iPhone Apps, Time, 2013
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Additional Info

Headquarters San Francisco, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 2004
Type Company - Public (YELP)
Industry Information Technology
Revenue ₹10 to ₹50 billion (INR) per year
Competitors Google

Our users have contributed more than 53 million cumulative reviews of almost every type of local business, from restaurants, boutiques and salons to dentists, mechanics, plumbers and more. These reviews are written by people using Yelp to share their everyday local business experiences, giving voice to consumers and bringing “word of mouth” online. Approximately 120 million... More

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