If not for our team, there would not be where we are today. It is the combined effort that translates into growth and bold decisions. We value every member of our team, respect their differences and strive to build unity around passion for technology and innovation. Together, we navigate crises, ambiguity and have the courage to embark on the most ambitious projects.
Including full-time and part-time employees as of December 31. Not including interns
The number of unique interns during the year
New hires from January 1 until December 31. Not including internship positions
Calculated as a share of all unique employees during the year
Calculated as a share of all unique managers during the year
Includes women in technical and tech-related roles: developers / computer engineers, testers, data analysts, web designers, product and project managers
Actively engaged employees according to annual engagement surveys
Diversity & Equal Opportunity
Yandex values professionalism. And does believe that the equality of opportunity is the key to success. Here are some actions we take to increase representation of employees from diverse backgrounds.
How we hire
We use a uniform procedure to assess all candidates applying for the same position.
How we invest in education
We invest in cultivating passion for applied sciences and tech among the youth.
How we assess performance
We use a clear assessment framework and transparently explain how a particular review outcome can impact an employee’s income.
How we bring talent from different regions
Our relocation assistance program provides an opportunity for talent from various regions to join the company.
How we uphold business ethics
We foster a culture of mutual respect, honesty, openness and equality of opinion.
We encourage continued learning among all our employees, throughout their entire career paths at Yandex. We also invest in developing strong leaders.
Leadership development programs are available to managers at different seniority levels, as well as to those who only plan to move on to managerial roles.
Bets and Experiments
We have introduced the program of bets and experiments in various business units, which focuses on upscaling product ideas developed by employees.
Bets and experiments that are now full-fledged businesses
A happy worker is a good worker. At Yandex, we put a lot of effort into learning what makes our employees happy, and intend to provide the resources that meet the needs of our team members.
Finances & Benefits
We provide a competitive compensation package that consists of fixed salaries and performance bonuses, which are paid based on the results of semiannual performance appraisals.
To ensure fair pay, we carefully monitor the labor market and incorporate advanced analytics of employee profiles: their level of skills, knowledge, responsibilities and efforts.
In addition to that, over half of our employees receive stock-based rewards in a form of restricted share units (RSUs) as of 2022*. Subject to vesting, RSUs as an incentive seek to align employee performance with shareholder interests.
*The crisis in late February 2022 affected the prices of Yandex shares and made it impossible to exercise options. As a result, we decided to freeze temporarily the vesting of equity-incentive awards and convert a portion of restricted stock units (RSUs) subject to vesting after February 2022 into cash payments denominated in local currency based on the stock price as of the RSU grant date. Under this system, new RSUs granted after February 2022 were replaced by deferred cash payments with effect until the end of 2022. Employees could choose either to take advantage of the new system or continue receiving RSUs. Beginning in September 2022, issue of new options was replaced with salary and bonus increases.
Private medical insurance
We want our employees to have access to best-quality medical services, at all times. While healthcare is free in the national markets of our major presence, we offer private health insurance package to all full-time employees on top of that. It covers a wide range of medical services, including dental care, extended maternity care, laser vision correction, in-office medical assistance, therapy, as well as international travel insurance.
With the outbreak of COVID, a number of medical services were added to cover expenses associated with hospitalization, post-COVID health screens and rehabilitation, PCR testing, and vaccination.
Our private medical insurance also covers preventive healthcare. Employees can take advantage of comprehensive health screening. These include a general health examination, targeted cardiovascular and gastrointestinal screening, cancer and post-COVID screening, as well as immunological, endocrinological and athletic checkups. Women at Yandex also have access to medically supervised pregnancy planning.
Mental health benefits
Mental health is vital for leading a happy life. We continuously monitor employee sentiment and work to ensure that they have access to professional help and self-care tools to cope with stress and uneasy situations.
Our private health insurance covers a variety of mental health services, including counseling and crisis support at offices, covered clinics and online services. We also reimburse the costs of up to 10 counseling sessions not covered under the employee’s insurance policy. We invite highly qualified therapists to hold internal stress management webinars that focus on building resilience during times of hardship, quarantine or uncertainty.
The birth or adoption of a child is a special milestone in an individual life. Yandex employees in Russia who have a new addition to their family can take up to three years of parental leave. This benefit is available to all employees who look after a child, including parents, adoptive parents, guardians, and caregivers. On top of benefits provided to working mothers by the local legislation, Yandex offers a one-off bonus payment that equals two full salaries.
We also support employees who would rather get back to work right after the birth or adoption of a child. There are nursing rooms in our offices. Employees can take advantage of flexible work hours after consulting with their supervisor. They can also take out health insurance for children under the age of 19 at discounted corporate rates starting from their first day at work, with Yandex covering 80% of the policy cost.
These include home buying assistance and numerous special offers across various services, such as education, travel, childcare, legal services, insurance, beauty, real estate, pet care, an many more.
Under the home buying program, employees can apply for a short-term loan that is issued at no interest rate, or for a long-term loan that is offered at only 3% per annum.
Comfort & Convenience
At Yandex, everyone has the opportunity to find the best application of their skills and pursue their passions. Employees who meet certain requirements, such as having good performance results and at least one year of experience at Yandex, can rotate to different divisions or business units.
We have found that rotation is among the factors that help improve employee performance and accelerate professional development. It is also an effective staffing strategy that allows us to fill vacant positions with experienced talent familiar with our business and corporate culture.
We value employees' time, respect their other obligations, and are open to discussing flexible hours and their preferences regarding on-site or remote work. If a job does not require an employee to be physically present at specific times, they can negotiate preferred working hours and transition to an all-remote or hybrid-remote format. The most important aspect is to ensure the team remains well-connected, in sync, and completes their tasks on time.
Yandex provides all the necessary resources to support remote work, including online in-house services, virtual meetings, and leisure activities.
We design our offices to reflect the culture of open doors and informality. And to make employees feel safe and taken care of, too. All our employees are encouraged to have well-deserved fun in the office and take advantage of various facilities, including gyms, libraries, music rooms, game rooms or relaxation zones.
Our green office initiative helps make eco-friendliness an easy and enjoyable habit. We have equipped our offices with convenient waste collection points and now send a wide range of materials for reuse or recycling, including unconventional items like textiles and batteries. The funds generated from recycling office waste are donated to support Yandex's charitable initiatives (see Packaging & Waste). We also offer swap-and-share activities as well as provide lectures and workshops to raise awareness and share useful environmental tips.
All our employees are entitled to food allowances when working from the office. The allowance can use in a number of restaurants and supermarkets in the vicinity as well as when ordering delivery from Yandex Eats, Market Delivery and Yandex Lavka to the office.
We are pro-active. Yandex has an in-house instructor, offers a variety of free functional workouts, stretching classes, yoga, dance and running lessons, reimburses participation in certain sports events, and provides discounts for sportswear.
Based on the annual engagement surveys conducted annually between 2019 and 2022, with an annual completion rate of 63%-78% of all employees.
of surveyed employees enjoy working at Yandex and believe Yandex cares about the team
Over 95%( of surveyed employees enjoy working at Yandex and believe Yandex cares about the team)( Based on the annual engagement surveys conducted annually between 2019 and 2022, with an annual completion rate of 63%-78% of all employees.)