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Yelp Inc.

Having It All: Growing My Career & Family At Yelp

Below is an article originally written by Caitlin Erickson at PowerToFly Partner Yelp, and published on September 17, 2018. Go to Yelp's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

When I started at Yelp's Phoenix office six years ago as an Account Executive, I was nervous. I was six months' pregnant and had no idea how I was going to start a new career and a new family.

But Yelp made it easy. No one thought twice about my going on maternity leave after only being at work for three months. In fact, my training manager asked me about names and my teammates threw me a baby shower (they gifted me with a baby swing that proved to be a lifesaver). The day I left for maternity leave, my director even came over to shake my hand and thank me for my hard work.

After returning from leave, I had to juggle a newborn with my new sales career. One thing I learned as a new mom was that newborns get sick and constantly have to go in for checkups! Fortunately, my manager always worked with my schedule. He would help me call high-priority follow-up appointments and we'd work together to recover lost time so I could still hit my target. Now the company even offers backup daycare options, so I can have someone come to our home and watch my son if he's not feeling great or if school is closed.

Fast forward a couple years and I was advancing to a management role while parenting a toddler. Career advancement in general isn't easy. Career advancement when you're a single parent is even harder, but the launch of the Yelp Parents Employee Resource Group in 2014 has helped me tremendously. I built up important professional skills and increased visibility with leadership by talking with group members and building out membership. This helped me earn my promotion into management. Today, as a leader for the Yelp Parents resource group, I've forged lasting friendships among many other parents who have become my support network when work or life gets tough.

After managing a sales team for a few years, I was offered a new opportunity as a National Sales Planner. This role allowed me to further my career, and refocus on my family and our hopes of growing it by one more. When you start a new role and tell your new boss that you're hoping to be on maternity leave within the year, you're probably not expecting a happy response. However, my new boss was delighted to hear about our plans. It was incredibly refreshing to have him remind me to not worry about work and enjoy my time with the baby on leave. My entire team echoed that sentiment, which really made my three months of maternity leave extra enjoyable. It also made coming back easy (as did having access to a private mother's room with a hospital grade pump!).

Since returning from my second maternity leave, I've been able to jump back into leading Yelp Parents and continue to spread love for parents across the organization. We'll be holding our sixth annual Halloween Hullabaloo in Phoenix next month, where employees decorate the entire office and bring in their kids to participate in crafts and trick-or-treating. Last year, my son dressed up as Shaggy and carried around his Scooby Doo doll, while my husband and I escorted him as Fred and Velma! The office is also supporting an incredible professional development event where Yelp vice presidents are flying in from San Francisco and hosting lunchtime workshop sessions on topics like time management, work-life balance, and emotional intelligence.

The opportunities and support Yelp provides constantly remind me how lucky I am to work at a place that values me as an employee, celebrates me as a parent, and helps me advance even through all the obstacles of parenting!

Verisign Inc

Verisign: How Do You Define Your Domain?

At Verisign, they know the best employees think of their career as their life's passion. In fact, Verisign's programs and benefits support their employees' pursuit of their passions.

Interested in creating a place for yourself at Verisign?

If yes, then click here to see all of their available opportunities, and don't forget to press 'Follow' to receive custom job matches, event invitations and more!

Thales Usa, Inc.

Spotlight On Emma Barden, Senior Research Engineer at Thales

Below is an article originally written by PowerToFly Partner Thales, and published on October 5, 2017. Go to Thales' page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

Engineers find solutions to problems for almost every element of modern life which impacts the way we work and live. Emma Barden does just that. Working as a Senior Research Engineer at Thales Research and Technology, she tells us about her passion for taking things apart, her work at Thales and how we can overcome the skills shortage.

Emma – the big question: what inspired you to get into engineering?

I was one of those kids who collected bugs and was always taking things apart. It was a combination of things I enjoyed, making things work, and applying maths and science. This led to my decision to study Electronic and Communications Engineering at the University of Kent. If you like solving problems, you'll most likely fit the profile of an engineer.

What made you apply for a role at Thales?

I chose Thales because of the scope for growth and progression in terms of career. Working in the research field means that I have the ability to cut across into different domains to find solutions for a range of different products, many of which make a massive difference to how we live. I love my role at Thales as I get to be involved with a range of activities – for example STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) outreach is really important to me.

What are you currently working on?

I'm currently working on VHF (very high frequency) radio communications systems for aircraft, which is an existing platform. What I'm doing is working on making the hardware smaller, more cost effective, and better to use.

What does this technology mean to the end user – you and me?

If we can make radio systems on planes perform better, by making them more efficient, you can allow for more bandwidth to fit in the fun things like a greater selection of films to view whilst on board. You won't be compromising the safety of the pilot (and in turn the passengers on the plane!). Everyone wants to be able to connect to multiple devices, which aren't compatible and so part of my job is to overcome some of the most difficult engineering challenges, which keeps the work interesting!

What has been your proudest achievement during your career?

I am always proud of how much I have learnt, how every day I know a little bit more about how something works or why. It's good to realise when you can about a topic confidently, despite not even having heard of it a few months earlier!

What would be your dream project to work on?

Anything involved with changing the world and pushing the boundaries of human knowledge really excites me. Thales pushes boundaries with its research and development – we have the ability to create anything smarter, faster, and cheaper. I don't mind what it is, as long as it's the cutting edge!

Working to increase the number of women in engineering is a key business priority at Thales in the UK. We are continually supporting this initiative across the UK by working closely with local schools, providing inspiring examples of what women do in the engineering industry and demonstrate the different educational routes to get them there.

Avanade

Fly As High As You Want With A Career At Avanade

With a career at Avanade, you can be the master of your own destiny. Plus, they'll help you fly as high as you want! In fact, here's what one female employee had to say about career growth at Avanade:

"No matter what stage of career you're at at Avanade, you can go further and grow faster."

Are you ready to take your career to the next level?!

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Symantec

Start Your Career at Symantec

They're Currently Hiring!

Members of Symantec's New and Aspiring Professionals Employee Resource Group share why they are proud and excited to start their career at Symantec. Check out the video above to hear from them!

If you like what you hear, then click here to see all available opportunities at Symantec, and don't forget to press 'Follow' to receive custom job matches, event invitations and more!

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