On 23 September, the Russian Internet company celebrates its 20th anniversary. 23 September 1997 developed by Ilya Segalovich and founder of CompTek Arkady Volozh announced the search engine Yandex. The project has become the third largest search engine in Russia, but in 1999 were among the seven most visited websites in the Russian Internet, and in 2001 was ahead of the first Russian search engine Rambler. Edition vc.ru talked to former employees of “Yandex” about what they taught and how this experience helped to establish your own business.
A former head of service of design of geoinformation services of “Yandex”. I came to Yandex in 2007, when the company actively recruited new employees. Not yet exist and thousands of people — many worker processes was adjusted. So, first of all, I had an interesting experience the growth of the company, collected from the sect dedicated and very professional people, into something more serious. Now it seems (and then, unfortunately, it seemed like everyday) that being in the same room with Volozh, Segalovich, Ivanov, Kolmanovskii, Sepanta, and many other wonderful colleagues has been a big lesson.
They were taught to love what you do. In addition, at first it seemed strange that the only people doing that talk, that attitude is taught to hear, to listen and to negotiate. After all, many interesting ideas and products in “Yandex” became a reality not because of someones decree or the order. Here we gathered a few people and did something interesting. If to speak more down to earth, in “Yandex” a lot of attention is paid to organization processes.
Many of the tools created within. For example, task tracker, scheduler, and other. Of course, the tools are not important, but it was useful to see how the debugged processes. Now my team is growing and I see that there are the same issues of organization processes and building relationships with colleagues. Perhaps I unconsciously want to see that, “Yandex”, but it is clear that if you create the conditions, many of the right things start to happen as if by themselves.
So, to paraphrase in short, “Yandex” has learned to create an environment where people can constantly grow and do incredibly cool things. Truth be told, the experience of work in “Yandex” gives a little “plus sign” in communicating with potential customers, and in “Yandex” have any contact people with whom you can consult. On the other hand, a large “Yandex” and a small company is completely different genres.
First, different pace. Still in a small boat must be very fast to pull the oars, and the big ship the sailors mostly just run from the deck to the deck. Secondly, waves on the sea boat and liner perceive differently.
Working in the “Yandex”, you can gamble in case of failure, risk, basically, their reputation, and in a small team such failures can result in loss of employees because they have nothing to pay. Former Director for international development of “Yandex”. The work in “Yandex” has taught me that: ? Happiness of users not an empty phrase, but really considered metric, the deterioration of which can stop almost any project. ? Ability to negotiate with people is the Foundation of any project.
In “Yandex” there was no hierarchy and the designated authority. Or you are able to prove and explain their case, or youre out. ? If you spend more time than at home, then you should be good at work, otherwise it makes no sense to work there. ? Communication solves everything. Your success depends on the size of your social graph and speed of communication inside it.
? A world in which decisions are made based on data can be more harmonious world ruled by emotions. Paradoxically. All this I brought to your current business. Without this experience I Skyeng would be ten times less effective. If you really cool expert in development, but not passed to us, in Skyeng, of course, go to the “Yandex” is also a really great school of life.
Former designer of “Yandex”. Of course, working in such a company, you know about the structure, about processes, about the interaction. How it should be and can be built, especially in it companies. For me it was the most relevant experience. A cool thing that I took from there is what can be called corporate culture.
“Yandex” — one big family. One of those companies, about which we can say that it is very comfortable to work. Theres a stunning environment for employees, especially for engineers. This is the famous “Yandex”. Remember, we had a period when we were playing Counter Strike at night, and it could be heard throughout the seventh floor, where he sat, the tops of “Yandex” and including Volozh.
Some of them passing, even asked what is the staff yelling. On the one hand, of course, all these beautiful and comfortable environment in a company and attract bribe, it then very difficult to go into an “unsafe zone”. Such companies as good as the first or last place of work. But when you want some heat, intensity and hell, you probably have to go to work in a startup. In “Yandex” I worked in the marketing Department and design and was not in command of any serious project.
In this sense, our Department of internal creative Studio that served many services. What I like in “Yandex” is simple communication, tone of voice. Its all about copyright, creative, advertising and so on. “Yandex” is simple and unique language on which the company communicates with the audience. Its really cool, we tried to use it in our work in Qlean.
A former senior Manager of “Yandex” for advertising agencies. Work in “Yandex” have learned that a good idea is worth nothing until, until you gradually do not know who, what, when and how needs to be done to do it right. I remember how Arkady Volozh locked in the office for a few days, phoning the company and selling contextual advertising, and counted out the funnel of conversion of calls into buyers. It was important for him to understand how it can work.
Based on these data it was possible to plan. I was mainly engaged in the alignment channels of advertising sales. In the process, it became clear that a necessary condition for any deal or partnership to the other party needed it as much as you do. So, before what someone has to offer, you need to understand what they need, and how you can help.
Without this good agreement does not work. And what is the important rule of a negotiator is to never say “no”. You can always find someone who will say “no” instead of you and you will remain to offer a quality alternative. And also, what not to say or to write that even if taken out of context and published maybe you hate. You Willy-nilly, responsible for his every word.
I grew up in “Yandex” came when I was 21, and was with him for 11 years. Came when it was 70 people, and when she left, was, I think, four thousand. Not that Ive been since something gets revised. I still believe that if you want something done, do it.
If circumstances do not allow you to do what you want, change the circumstances. If the rules do not allow, then change the rules of the game. The former head of the assessors of “Yandex”. I actually worked in “Yandex”, about 2001 or 2002 to the end of 2007 (possibly, with breaks, cant remember). That is, it appears to work in “Yandex” I started about 14 years.
Sounds very proudly, until you start to remember, what was the work — the first two years I was engaged in that filled out the questionnaire for “Yandex.Market”. The work was paid for in.e. For every profile — in the admin you can choose what to fill. Highly valued stereos, they gave something like 1.e.
The questionnaire — but work has been hell. Cheaper than all was, it seems, Hairdryers. It was my first job in “Yandex”, the office was still located on Vavilov street. Then there was the second. Both times, I have to thank for that Lena Kolmanovsky the first and, as far as I know, the only editor-in-chief “Yandex” — after her departure, the post has ceased to exist.
Second job (and I already can accurately track miraculously not dead mail list.ru) occurred in 2004, when I was a freshman. “Yandex” then moved to the street Samokatnaya. Called work is really proud — I was appointed team leader assessors. Head. I had to come up with the requests and issue them in the admin interface missing (that people, not robots).
They evaluated the queries on some scale, and I had to check them out. Of course, I dont remember neither the scale nor the method of assessment — but most importantly, two years in this position I did not understand why this is necessary. It is clear that it somehow improves the search — but how. No idea.
I remember two parts, one bad, the other shameful. Not bad this. Somewhere in the second year of work I figured out how to replace me with a robot and describe the mechanism. I said thanks, paid the premium and I continued to work. At least a decent story.
In “Yandex” I why-that was supposed to appear twice a week. But by October 2006, I worked for “Billboard” — and thats where I went every day. Plus, theres the University too, every day. In “Yandex” I received $ 300 in “Billboard” — 10 thousand rubles (it was about the same). In the “Yandex” was a huge plus — there were Lunches.
There were Lunches. What sandwiches! As a result, several times a week I, coming from the University in “Billboard” on Pushkin square, a couple of hours worked, then sat on the bike and rode in the “Yandex” in Lefortovo lunch. Then raced back. 6.5 miles before lunch, 6.5 miles back.
For the New year it became clear that you cant live out of “Yandex” I quit. Since then, the “Yandex” (especially Lena) I am terribly grateful, because it was my first experience, and few people are lucky just to be in a company where love and life and people. Since then, I feel they are not entitled to evaluate the “Yandex”, no matter how he changed — for me its part of childhood, extremely pleasant, and that since then everything has changed — without me say. Its been over 10 years since I dont work there, but “Yandex” regularly reminds of itself. The fact that the company has an internal system for questionnaires with employees.
You can get there, but it seems impossible to fade. So Im there. And my photo made into some kind of Friday at the now defunct club “apshu”, too. Why I remember that.
Because every friend of mine gets in the “Yandex” on the job, considers it necessary to find me on this site, take a screenshot and send.