Yelp opens offices on California Avenue

New space aims to give South Bay engineers commute respite

California Avenue businesses have a new big-name neighbor in the online user-review company Yelp, according to a company blog post.

The San Francisco-based Internet company announced Wednesday that it was expanding to build a satellite office for Yelp engineers in Palo Alto, "just blocks from the California Avenue Caltrain station."

The post states that the office would mainly be used for Yelp engineers. It pitches the space as a way for Silicon Valley engineers to be able to work for Yelp without having to make the long, traffic-ridden commute to the company's downtown San Francisco headquarters.

A Yelp spokeswoman said there are already some engineers working at the space on 490 California Ave. and that the company will have a team of 20-25 engineers working there.

"The objective of opening this office was to find a site with good proximity to the engineering talent pool further down the peninsula and with good commuter access for South and East Bay employees who wish to work closer to their homes in that area," she stated in an email. "Palo Alto, on the Caltrain corridor, fits those objectives. The office is within convenient walking distance to a train station, to bus-lines and to numerous local businesses which was also an important consideration for Yelpers."

The announcement comes as Yelp moves its San Francisco headquarters to the old Pac Bell building at 140 Montgomery St. in San Francisco.

Yelp stated that it serves an average of more than 108 million unique visitors each month, an increasing number through mobile devices, and with more than 42 million online reviews.


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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Oct 2, 2013 at 11:58 am

Yelp-- well known shake-down artists.

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Posted by Chris Gaither
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Someone, please be the first to write a Yelp review about this article! There goes the neighborhood :)

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Posted by yelp beagle
a resident of Southgate
on Oct 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm

yelp =-= review [paloaltoonline] ''one wonders who reads this site. are they concerned aware people ,or are they clueless? nevertheless ,there seems to be a confusion of values expressed by the number of posts removed by staff. go elsewhere ,or make your own palo alto blog. call as in cartoon...we won't take ourselves too seriously.

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Posted by yelp! the beetles
a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 2, 2013 at 1:33 pm

yelp! the beetles - review for CREAM ... maybe thsi place got something completely down and they went for works, however it's happening. not only is this ice cream good,you wonder where they got it. even the packaged ben and jerry isnt quite this well done. and economical, you can't beat ''2 scoops for $ 2.99. long crowds yeah, but go late ,thyre open very late. a stitch in time ,enjoy it while you can.-----there ,that is an objective review. no need to read any ''yelp'' reviews! (for the ''there goes the neighborhood crew).

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Posted by Yup
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 2, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Translation of the first poster's comment: Apparently, businesses have to pay Yelp to keep the good reviews and delete the bad reviews.

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Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 2, 2013 at 2:03 pm

I never use Yelp for anything. They have a very bad reputation for demanding bribes. Who would believe anything on their site?

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Posted by Georgina
a resident of Southgate
on Oct 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Why does Yelp need to be on Palo Alto? It certainly will not improve our tarnished image!

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Posted by Josh
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 2, 2013 at 7:31 pm

After reading several articles on Yelp, I stop using it. The comments above are from most of those articles. Don't trust it for reliable ratings.

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Posted by PA fam
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 2, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Welcome YELP!!!! Folks who read the Weekly (and comment) are so grumpy! Great service and Palo Alto is lucky to have such a booming economy.

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Posted by no more yelp
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 3, 2013 at 8:29 am

I no longer read or post on YELP. I use to but now all the useful reviews go into the "filter folder" and are not included in the stars rating, so the stars rating is meaningless. I honestly reviewed a local Palo Alto dentist according to the set guidelines; my review was not calculated in the stars and ended up in a "filter" folder as did another low stars review, as of now, the dentist has a perfect number of stars, this is very skewed. I joined my neighborhood group Google and Yahoo email lists and, I get real reviews and feedback for the local services and businesses from my neighbors not dentist's friends and relatives who over-hype the practice. This dentist advertizes with Yelp so maybe this is why my and other negative reviews end up in the filter folder.

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Posted by no more yelp
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 3, 2013 at 8:38 am

Here is and example of Yelp and its failure: Web Link
2 reviews posted and calculated in star rating; 48 reviews filtered and you have to log in and type in gibrish before you can read those

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Posted by Palo Parent
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 3, 2013 at 9:16 am

Can you rate Yelp on Yelp?

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Posted by Yup
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 3, 2013 at 10:01 am

@No more Yelp: At least they still leave filtered reviews for people to read. They used to just delete. I still use Yelp even though it is skewed. But I don't necessarily believe reviews if there are only a handful. If there are 150+ great reviews, it's probably accurate.

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Posted by elp
a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 3, 2013 at 2:27 pm

yelp review -''campo''. i dont get it. i keep going here and thyre always closed. it's as if they don't want customers or something. i just can't understand it. i advise taking your business elsewhere.

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Posted by Hanna
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 3, 2013 at 9:47 pm

The online reviewing company Yelp has joined the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. They have paid thousands of dollars to sit on ALEC's Civil Justice Task Force.
Whether Yelp likes it or not, that money will be used to further all areas of ALEC's pro-corporate agenda, from voter suppression and union-busting to "Stand Your Ground" laws.


Mr. Stoppelman,
The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, develops and disseminates model legislation that is detrimental to the lives of consumers, voters, workers and their families - in other words, your customers.
No matter your intentions in joining ALEC, by paying thousands of dollars to sit on a task force you are supporting their efforts: including but not limited to voter suppression, union-busting, the privatization of education, and so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws.
A company that claims to help people should have nothing to do with these efforts. Please immediately cut all ties between Yelp and the ALEC.

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Posted by Fenton Heirtzler
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2015 at 11:17 pm

As a newcomer to Palo Alto from the East Coast, I am VERY grateful for the honest reviews which I read on that site. In spite of the comments of the "trolls" on this webpage.

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