Yummly

Silicon Valley
51 - 100 Employees
26 - 50 Engineers
$10M - $25M Funding
Exited (Acquired)

Born from the belief that great things come to those who cook, Yummly provides limitless inspiration, with the tools to make it happen—from recipe discovery to prep to perfect results. Just as appliances removed the most cumbersome chores, the next tipping point in daily life is upon us in the food space. A system of personalized discovery that learns your preferences to serve you better, so the question “what’s for dinner?” is answered before it’s even asked.

Yummly has grown to over 26 million registered users and our mobile apps are consistently leading recipe apps on iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows. Next on the menu? Building the connected kitchen of the future.

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Why join us?
  • Yummly is building the most functional, beautiful, and intelligent apps and integrated experience for the smart kitchen. We have a solid technical foundation, industry-leading food AI, and we are building revolutionary integrations with connected kitchen devices.

  • We have a small but very strong technical team and we work on fun problems using the best tools available. We have built a number of food-focused ML models from scratch, we use React on the front-end and Clojure and Scala on the back-end, we are fully cloudized and containerized, continuously integrated and deployed, and very focused on engineer productivity and satisfaction.

  • Having been acquired by Whirlpool, we have a solid footing and are focused on the long term. Both the team size and the scope of our products have been growing since the acquisition. While there is no equity compensation component, we offer very competitive salary, great benefits, and 401(k) matching.


Engineering at Yummly
Engineering team and processes

Our engineering organization consists of platform/back-end, web front-end, mobile front-end, and data science/engineering teams. All are small and work very closely together. We don't have strict code ownership, instead we encourage collaboration and everyone is welcome to contribute across the entire stack.

Our process is non-religious agile, supported by CI/CD across most of stack.

Technical Challenges

At the heart of Yummly are food-specific ML components, built in house, that power our data ingestion, search, recommendations, and many other parts of the system. One of the major current challenges is building a visual food recognition component of our mobile apps: you can find a demo we showed at this year's CES.

We are also building the first set of integrated kitchen experiences, where our apps integrate with intelligent kitchen appliances. IoT is going to be a large part of what we do going forward.

Projects you might work on
  • Visual food recognition on a smartphone

  • Mobile app/backend/IoT integration to drive connected appliances from a user's phone

  • A custom front-end to CloudFormation/docker/CoreOS to enable one-click creation of fully self-contained Yummly development environments (this is a past/ongoing project, in use and under development for the last several years)

Tech stack
Clojure
Scala
AWS
Docker
React
Python

Working at Yummly

What makes Yummly unique and special is how much we: • encourage independent decision-making • share information openly, broadly, and deliberately • work cross-functionally to drive innovation • advocate for inclusive behaviors in all discussions and decision-making • focus heavily on driving a stunning user experience • respectfully share candid feedback with one another • focus on retaining highly effective people • avoid rules and unnecessary process • encourage trial & error, and making mistakes that lead to learning

Our full culture deck can be found on our careers page: https://www.yummly.com/careers

Generous Vacation

We have an unlimited vacation policy

Free Food

We are a food company! There is a catered lunch once a week, lots of great snacks, excellent coffee. Plus we have a full, top-of-the-line kitchen and we test recipes almost daily.

Beautiful Office

Our office is currently in Palo Alto in a WeWork space, an easy 8-minute walk from the Caltrain station. The office is beautiful and spacious.

Pet Friendly

We have at least one dog in the office almost every day

Maternal/Paternal Leave
Health Insurance
401(k) Contribution
Team Activities

We are always cooking. Literally.

Flexible Hours
Work from Home

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