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Yelp Inc.

Mariana Gonzalez is Building a ‘5 Star’ Engineering & Product Team at Yelp

For Her - It's More Than A Company, It's A Community

In a little over 15 years, Yelp has changed the way people eat, shop, fix their cars, find a dentist and most importantly, build a business reputation. While becoming the go-to resource for finding reputable businesses, Yelp has also worked diligently to build a "five-star" culture for each and every one of its employees.

That's where Mariana Gonzalez comes in. Mariana is the Technical Diversity Recruiting Partner at Yelp, focusing on diversity & inclusion programming, as well as recruiting for Yelp's technical organization. But that's not the only place Mariana is making an impact - she's active in many of Yelp's employee resource groups, and even co-leads one of their newest ones for underrepresented people in engineering & product!

To Mariana, Yelp is more than a company, it's a community. Click here to see all of Yelp's open roles on PowerToFly and keep reading to find out how you can become a member of the growing Yelp team!


Q: What traits are you looking for in your next team member?

Marina Gonzalez: Our engineering, product and corporate infrastructure recruiting teams are looking for candidates who not only have relevant technical skills, but who are just as passionate about the product as we are. While candidates are assessed in a variety of technical and analytical skills throughout the interview process, we also ask questions to get a good sense of a candidate's leadership skills and their ability to work in a collaborative team setting. Yelp engineering culture is driven by our values: we're a cooperative team that values individual authenticity and encourages "unboring" solutions to problems.

Q: Why do women and underrepresented talent feel they can thrive at Yelp?

MG: I can't speak for all women and underrepresented talent at Yelp, but I can speak from my own personal experience being a first generation Mexican American woman. I've been at Yelp for 3 ½ years and have been able to thrive in my career here because of the community of folks I've met through our employee resource groups.

We have employee resource groups for various communities here at Yelp including parents, women in tech, people of color in tech, veterans and our LGBTQ+ group. Employee resource groups have been instrumental in not only providing a space for social events, but also creating programming for personal and professional development including public speaking workshops and mentoring. They've also played an essential role in implementing larger company-wide changes like implementing mother's rooms and gender neutral restrooms.

Q: What does the interview process look like and how long does it usually take?

MG: The interview process may slightly vary depending on the type of role you're interviewing for. That said, our interview process typically takes about 4-6 weeks and includes an informational phone screen with a recruiter, a phone interview and an onsite interview. For engineering roles, there will be a code test.

Q: What do you love most about working at Yelp?

MG: I love the people I work with. Yelp is a very collaborative place to work and, as a recruiter, I have the opportunity to work closely with hiring managers and hiring teams. This is beneficial because I get to really know the teams that I recruit for and understand their role and impact on the company.

Also, people here are not only incredibly smart and talented, they're nice and friendly, too! Hiring folks who are aligned with our values is important to us and having been here for more than3 years, I can say that we've done a great job at it.

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How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.

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Early Career Connections & Mid-Career Pivots: Learn more about Our Partners, Sponsors & Speakers

Learn more about the amazing speakers and sponsors from our September 2021 virtual summit Diversity Reboot: Early Career Connections & Mid-Career Pivots; 4 days of fireside chats, workshops, panels, networking sessions, and an interactive virtual career fair.

Our Early Career Connections & Mid-Career Pivots summit welcomed 8,000+ registrants to the PowerToFly community! From pro-tips on how to kickstart your career as a young professional to restarting your life after caregiving - we covered it all! If you tuned in, thank you! If you missed the summit, you can now relive the entire experience! If you're feeling the itch to pivot or learn some new skills, make sure to use your special PowerToFly code: POWERTOFLY750 to get $750 off your next course with Springboard.

We want to extend a HUGE thanks to our Gold sponsors Smartsheet and American Express and our Influencers Palo Alto Networks, amazing.community, Path Forward, and APCO Worldwide. Also, don't forget to visit our Merch Store and grab yourself some PowerToFly apparel, we donate 100% of the proceeds from our sales to TransTech Social, supporting transgender people in tech.

Last but not the least, registration for our October summit Lifting Latinx Voices at Work is now open! With topics ranging from bilingualism to growing Latinx representation in the C-suite, you won't want to miss this free opportunity to connect with your peers, network with top companies, and learn from leaders who've been in your shoes!

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The ABCs of ERGs: How to Create, Build and Grow Employee Resource Groups

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Join PowerToFly and its partner APCO Worldwide, as we break down the ABCs of ERGs. Whether you are looking to start your own ERG, grow your membership, receive stakeholder buy-in, or take your group to the next level, we hope you'll join and participate in this interactive discussion with your fellow leaders. There's no need to prepare anything in advance, but we hope you'll lend your voice to the conversation. Questions are welcome!

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This interactive discussion, part of PowerToFly's Employer Conversation Series: DEI All Year Long, will take place on October 7th from 12pm to 1pm ET.

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She started baking sourdough years ago. She took up yoga and bouldering even before that. And when much of America was frantically googling "how to keep a plant alive," she was caring for her thriving vegetable garden and turning its cherry tomato harvest into a delicious and easy Caprese salad (served alongside fresh sourdough, of course).

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