Optimizely v/s Yelp

Eventbrite ebmania
Mar 20, 2018 19 Comments

I recently received an offer from Yelp to join as a software engineer and work on search related problems.
I also managed to get an offer from Optimizely from their Data Infrastructure team as a distributed systems engineer.

Yelp has given out an initial comp package as 120k base and 115k RSUs over 4 years.
Optimizely hasn't given out the exact comp yet but the recruiter mentioned that their range is 135-140k base with some stock options.

Trying to decide how Optimizely is doing and what those stock options could be worth. Yelp seems adamant about not budging on comp any further.

Work Ex: 1 year

Update:
Optimizely base : 145k, and 10k options.

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TOP 19 Comments
  • Yelp fxTy66
    Your Yelp offer is good offer for 1 yr exp. Yelp search team can be a bit boring though because they just rarely have something new to work on. Old system + old technology. Good thing about Yelp is it’s very good for junior engineers like you to grow.

    From what I know Optimizely is not doing well in the business. Not sure about technical challenges.
    Mar 20, 2018 0
  • Yelp wQAc57
    I'd probably go with Optimizely. Yelp is a much older company, and you'll probably pick up newer technologies at Optimizely. Distributed systems will probably set you up for better opportunities afterwards too. That said, company culture at Yelp is very good.
    Mar 20, 2018 2
    • Eventbrite ebmania
      OP
      Yeah the interviewers at Optimizely seemed to work on cutting edge distributed system tech. From my Yelp interviews, it didn't feel like the problems or the tech we're very novel.
      Mar 20, 2018
    • Yelp wQAc57
      There are some very interesting problems at Yelp in some teams but it is team specific.
      Mar 21, 2018
  • New / Eng HTav22
    Go with Yelp if company culture is important to you. They have many teams to choose from once you're there for awhile. Don't know about Optimizely but my experience interviewing with Yelp has been incredibly positive. Everyone was super nice from the start and almost all of my interviewers took the time to send me a congratulations email after I received an offer. The HM spent an hour going over a bunch of my questions. Everything was transparent and clearly communicated. For a junior engineer, you can thrive and learn a lot in such an environment.
    Mar 20, 2018 0
  • Cisco XChH08
    How much time did yelp take to respond back after the onsite?
    Apr 10, 2018 1
    • Rev / Eng HTav22
      Not sure about their average time but I had a competing offer and heard back in 2 days or so.
      Apr 14, 2018
  • Uber eZpZ999
    I'd go for Yelp
    Mar 20, 2018 1
    • Eventbrite ebmania
      OP
      Are you judging on compensation or the company standing?
      Mar 20, 2018
  • Optimizely qKDF74
    I have experience as an Optimizely engineer. kilj, ebmania, anyone else: feel free to PM me, happy to chat.
    Mar 25, 2018 0
  • Juniper avengers!
    My roomie is joining Optimizely over Microsoft Seattle. When asked him his reasons were bay, big data, good startup. He s SDE2 joining next month for 145k base.. hope this helps
    Mar 20, 2018 2
    • Eventbrite ebmania
      OP
      And ideas on his stock options and what they are valued at ?

      The recruiter told me it's a Software Engineer 2 role as well though. Did he have any competing offers.
      Mar 20, 2018
    • Juniper avengers!
      He had Microsoft and one more company. I think he has got 20k options.
      Mar 20, 2018
  • Juniper avengers!
    Both sfo?
    Mar 20, 2018 1
    • Eventbrite ebmania
      OP
      Yea
      Mar 20, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng
    jdhwhicjeb

    Amazon Eng

    PRE
    Morgan Stanley
    jdhwhicjebmore
    Years of experience?
    Mar 20, 2018 1
    • Eventbrite ebmania
      OP
      1 yr, updated the post
      Mar 20, 2018
  • Yelp / Product 🛸cadet
    Another big difference is working on a consumer mobile product versus a b2b product. Search team is doing some big overhauls this year. Should be fun.
    Apr 10, 2018 0
  • New kilj
    I'm in the same boat as you are. Trying to decide between optimizely and another bigger company with a search related role. Optimizely is paying more so that's the main reason I'm considering it. Altho the search role seems to have new tech like elasticsearch,flink, rust. Optimizely role seems like it would give me a wider range of problems to work on since its a smaller company.i would expect chaos tho knowing it's still growing. That's something you might want to consider too.pm me if you decided anything.
    Mar 21, 2018 0