If you're going to work incredibly hard, you want be sure the right decisions are being made at the top.
Pros: phenomenal leadership, simple mission, growth company
Cons: growing pains, sales is a tough racket
Usually when I'm interviewing a new sales hire, I get asked what I like most about Yelp. Although I could point to our sales culture, which is something I think most people would be lucky ever to experience in their careers, instead I talk about the executives.
Two things about me: I work my *** off and I never effing quit.
Prior to Yelp, I saw a lot of success and learned a lot, but the company I worked for fell apart due to either arrogance or incompetance on the part of the leadership team. (I'm not sure which because obviously I wasn't in those meetings.) At Yelp, most of the decisions handed down are brilliant, and when our executive leadership makes a mistake, they look at the data and pivot. As long as I'm learning and being challenged, being compensated fairly with a decent work/life balance, and feel inspired by what I do, the only other thing I need to be happy is trust in the folks at the top. So far they've earned it.