Yelp
San Francisco, California
Yelp is an American multinational corporation headquartered in San Francisco, California. It develops, hosts and markets Yelp.com and the Yelp mobile app, which publish crowd-sourced reviews about local businesses, as well as the online reservation service SeatMe and online food-delivery service Eat24.
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Audio Software Engineer

Vancouver, BC, Canada

$5,800
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[Fall 2017] I worked at The Coalition, a game studio owned by Microsoft best known for the Gears of War series. They have an office in Downtown Vancouver (15 mins away from "Big Park," the other MSFT office) WORK: Game development is hectic and haphazard, and unfortunately, I came in during a particularly busy time for my team. I didn't really have a chance to sit down with someone and "learn the ropes," and I was instead thrust head-first into a task and told to "figure it out." Now, Unreal Engine 4 is a BEAST, and is not something that easily lends itself to "self learning." Pile-on all of the game-specific things you need to know, getting started in the codebase was incredibly difficult... Regardless, one of the (few) nice things… Show More
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Software Developer Intern

Montreal

$4,800
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While a solid tech company to work for overall, your experience at Shopify is largely dependent on which team you're placed on. Shopify is also a great launchpad is you're looking to coop in the states next.
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Software Developer Intern

Ottawa, ON, Canada

$5,300
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Definitely one of the best places in Canada to work. Great pay, culture, and development seems pretty well run. Great opportunities for mentorship, but you may need to actively seek it out. Learned a huge amount from the various engineering talks as well as chatting with teammates.
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Software Engineer

San Francisco, CA, USA

$7,547
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Worked on biz.yelp.com full stack web development. The intern program is tbh one of the best I've ever seen. Everyone is super fun, they know exactly how to treat interns from fun events, to making sure your project is done at the end of the term. I got a bit unlucky put on my own project doing front-end which I found out I didn't like, so work-wise it was a bit of a rough ride. Still, from my mentor to the PM to the team, everyone was really nice and my coding style got infinitely better, so it was a good experience.
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The internship experience was great, it was my first time in San Francisco and the YIP (Yelp Intern Program) offered a ton of fun events to get to know the other interns. As well, they offered plenty of reimbursement and support to find housing. The work life balance was great, there were smash nights on Monday, board game night on Wednesday and occasionally movie or trivia nights will pop up. The work I did was primarily Android, I was one of 4 people on the Core Android team so it was extremely fulfilling.
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Probably the most fun you can get from an internship. The Yelp Internship Program (YIP) is awesome, and they really help you explore the city/surrounding areas by providing events and weekend ideas. Perks are pretty standard: snacks + drinks, foosball, pool, free in-house coffeeshop (especially the chai latte). The work is very team-dependent. On Search, you work on pretty cool projects that cover a lot of different disciplines. Some of the other interns didn't like their projects too much, and a lot of people were placed on a different team than what the recruiter said. Mentors are hit-or-miss, but there's definitely a lot of opportunity to learn.
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Interned Fall 2016. Salary was roughly $3500 per two weeks plus $1500 housing per month. Perks include but are not limited to: frequent intern events, quarterly offsites, and lunch on Fridays. Part of your experience depends on the team you're on and the project you're assigned. I believe your second round interviewers will recommend teams for you to be placed on so be sure to let them know where your interests lie and what kind of work you want to do. Some aspects that don't depend on team and project are the work-life balance and company culture. The vast majority of engineers, PMs, and managers I interacted with were very smart and approachable. Seize opportunities to check out what other teams are doing, through yelp-beans, show and… Show More
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Let me start off by saying the Yelp Intern Program (YIP) is really awesome. The recruiters do a great job showing you around town and making sure you have a good time. My mentor was just alright but I've heard of others having really cool mentors. Unfortunately I didn't learn too much from my mentor. Work-life balance was okay too, most people regularly work over 8 hours but nothing ridiculous. There's a lot of clubs (board games, sports etc) and people are generally friendly. I really didn't find the work that meaningful and I'm not very optimistic about Yelp's future as a company. But there is some really awesome stuff being done in their data science and infra teams. If Yelp offers you your first time in the Bay Area, definitely take… Show More
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Yelp was a great learning experience. I found the mentorship and atmosphere to be incredibly chill and inviting. Experience varies widely from team to team, but I found that most teams on search had fun and interesting work. Would recommend 5/5.
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Perks: $1500 Housing stipend Snacks & Drinks Catered lunch on Friday Yelp has a very solid internship program. The work experience might vary depending on the team, but YIP (Yelp Internship Program) does an amazing job at engaging interns with activities at least once a week (e.g. street art painting, indoor mini golf, Giant's game with the mentor, trip to Angel Island, just to name a few). I participated in most of them and it was a great way to get to know the other interns and explore the city. I enjoyed the work; it' was not a 'let's add this small feature on the internal tools', but actually directly working on the Yelp platform. One drawback for me was that my mentor was leading a big project and had a lot of responsibilities… Show More
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Worked here in Fall 2014. Snacks and Friday catered lunches were provided. There was also a $1000 /mo stipend. I was assigned a team and given a designated mentor. I wasn't really given many options to branch out into what I was interested in. I worked mostly modifying internal API responses to facilitate the building of a few smaller features. The main feature I worked on wasn't particularly that complex or interesting; hence, the low rating for the quality of work. Work-life balance was essentially enforced for interns, since interns are paid hourly and overtime is discouraged. However, because of this hourly system, interns are also not paid for any holidays (i.e. I was only paid for 24h during the week of Thanksgiving).
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For my final co-op term, I worked for the Performance team at Yelp. I learned a lot at Yelp and really enjoyed my experience there. The culture is quite chill, and the workload is very reasonable. During my term, there was a large group of (30 or so) Waterloo interns, and the company organized group events for us once or twice a week. These events were a good way of getting to know people. Another perk is they provide a housing search service, so you don't have to spend hours combing through Craigslist -- this proved to be super useful. There is only free lunch on Fridays, but the pantry is stocked generously with snacks and drinks. I would definitely recommend working here!
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Software Engineer Intern

Mountain View, CA, USA

$7,800
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Worked at Microsoft in summer 2017. Despite not being at the HQ in Redmond, there were intern events every week or two (paintball, baseball games, cruise, etc), and we also got flown to Seattle for a week for the famous signature event. In terms of work, I was put on a great team where my project was actually critical for the team. I became good friends with my mentor and manager, but with a company as big as Microsoft, team culture can really vary. The team asked for my preferences on the type of work I want beforehand and gave me something that matched them exactly, despite me not having any experience in that domain beforehand. However, I did find that intern expectations here were noticeably higher than the other companies I worked… Show More
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Software Engineering Intern

Redmond, WA, USA

$7,425
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As mentioned in other reviews, Microsoft is the biggest software company in the world and your internship experience varies drastically depending on what team you are assigned. I would like to emphasize the compensation in this review. Microsoft literally makes it rain for interns. For first time Microsoft interns (not explorer), you will get paid $7200 per month (per tax). If you were to return to Microsoft as an intern, your salary will get bumped to $7650 and you will receive a one-time bonus of $5000. On top of the base salary and bonus, you can either choose to live in a corporate housing (hella fancy one, with bi-weekly cleaning service) or a one-time $9000 housing stipend for your 4-month internship. So if you are a returning… Show More
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Mentorship and work/life balance were great. Work was not that meaningful because I was assigned to a product that no one ever heard of and I was working on an intern project (meaning my work probably end up in the garbage right now). The intern events are probably the best out of all the big companies. Microsoft invited Daya and the Chainsmokers to perform in front of 2,000+ interns and gave out free xbox one to every intern. Overall, it's a very big company and your experience varies drastically depending on what team you are assigned. HR is also flexible on switching team/organization for your next co-op, though sometimes they are very unresponsive and unhelpful.
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Software Engineering Intern

San Francisco, CA, USA

$7,680
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I interned at Yelp in Winter 2018. Yelp has a really solid internship program. They really try to give the interns the best experience with weekly events. It helps to have a smaller intern group in the Winter term because you can really get to know everyone. In terms of actual work, I mainly got worked on their backend APIs and business logic. Nothing too challenging, but still pretty fun. The mentorship I got from my mentor was exceptional, but this is very team/mentor dependent. The culture at Yelp is definitely one of its major perks. Everyone is super nice and chill, no overtime expectations. The salary was 8000$/month with a 1500$ monthly stipend.
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YIP (Yelp Intern Program) is awesome and their dedicated team for handling interns is the best I've come across. They host weekly events that allow you to really get to know the other interns and explore San Francisco which is honestly a major plus. That being said, the work depends on what team you end up on and what projects are available. I personally did not get much mentorship and worked independently on an intern project for most of the term which does not give me a good feel of what it is like to be a full-time at Yelp. However, some of the other interns had good experiences and caring mentors, so that is not to say you will not find any meaningful work. Culture-wise, Yelp is great and all the people I met and interacted with… Show More
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