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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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The Best High-Paying Remote Jobs

5 full-time work-from-home roles that pay seriously well

We—we being the internet in general, as well as PowerToFly specifically—often talk about remote work as this glorious thing: you can find professional fulfillment, friendly co-workers, and career growth potential from the comfort of your own home. All while collecting a check!

But where should you look if you want that check to be as big as possible?

Start with this guide to the best high-paying remote jobs. These career choices (and the example companies hiring for them) don't skimp out on paying remote workers well, and you'll still get all the work-from-home flexibility you're looking for. I've linked to specific job posts for each category below, but also look through the 300+ remote jobs on PowerToFly's always-updated remote job board for more.

As you apply and interview, keep these work-from-home interview questions in mind. If you find yourself with a salary offer that's good, but not quite as good as it could be, reference these salary negotiation tips for remote workers to advocate for what you deserve. And when you get the job with a great salary, make sure your home office is set up for success. And then send me a note to tell me how you're doing!

1. Senior Software Engineer

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Who It's Good For: Anyone who's a pro in programming languages (Java, Javascript, C++, Python, and SQL, to start, among others) and knows how to drive the development of products. If you like complex engineering challenges, have experience working with different systems and products, and have the discipline to program without a PM physically hovering over you (Slack hovering's allowed, though), this is for you.

Sound Like You? Check Out: Sr. Principal Software Engineer at Dell, Senior Front End Software Engineer at Plectica, Senior Software Engineer at CloudBees

Why You Can Do It Remotely: Like most heads-down-and-create work, developing software and programming are best done with minimal distractions. You'll collaborate with your team for check-ins and bug fixes, but you'll be able to focus on your project work from a home office.

Average Annual Salary: $131,875

2. User Experience Researcher Manager

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Who It's Good For: Proven researchers who know how to understand the behaviors and motivations of customers through feedback and observation, who have experience synthesizing insights into a brand story, and who have managed teams.

Sound Like You? Check Out: Senior Research Operations Program Manager at Zapier.

Why You Can Do It Remotely: As UX researcher Lindsey Redinger explains in her helpful Medium post, remote research allows companies to reach users all over the world, not just within driving distance to their headquarters, and can be cheaper for companies and easier for participants.

Average Annual Salary: $105,810

3. Senior Product Designer

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Who It's Good For: Creatives with technical chops who like the challenges of evolving and improving the production of current products, leading designers, and collaborating with other parts of the business.

Sound Like You? Check Out: Senior Product Designer at SeatGeek.

Why You Can Do It Remotely: While design teams definitely need to share lots of feedback, there's technology out there to make that easy. The Help Scout design team has shared their favorite tools and tricks to collaborate remotely, which includes recording daily videos of new designs to explain features and ideas in a way a photo file just can't express. (They're also hiring! Check out open Help Scout jobs here).

Average Annual Salary: $107,555

4. Senior Security Analyst

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Who It's Good For: Thoughtful, vigilant thinkers who enjoy identifying and fixing gaps in a company's security posture, including through ethnical hacking (hacking a company's system before outsiders can, and addressing the weak points found) and incident response (containing the negative effects of a system breach or attack).

Sound Like You? Check Out: Data Protection Security Analyst at Deloitte.

Why You Can Do It Remotely: Not all security analyst positions are remote-friendly; sometimes they require working with very sensitive data that can be compromised if taken off-site or accessed from a VPN. But with the right data processing policies—like using a privacy filter over your laptop, only using secured wifi, and encrypting your data, all suggested by WebARX security's all-remote team—remote work as a security analyst is definitely possible.

Average Annual Salary: $108,463

5. Technical Project Manager

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Who It's Good For: Tech-friendly jack-of-all-trades with a sweet spot for spreadsheets and other organization tools.

Sound Like You? Check Out: Technical Project Manager at Avaaz.

Why You Can Do It Remotely: Project management can sometimes be like herding cats, but you don't need to be in the same room as your feline team members in order to direct them around. With collaborative software (and a highly organized home office, like PM pro Patrice Embry recommends), you can PM the most complicated of projects from wherever you're located.

Average Annual Salary: $95,129

Other Industries

Other high-paying remote-friendly jobs include certain roles in healthcare (like nurse practitioners and psychologists, who can check in with patients via video conferencing and phone calls), app developers for both iOS and Android products, actuaries and tax accountants, and data scientists.

And remember that even jobs that don't seem remote-friendly at first, could possibly be done from home or on the road. If you find a well-paying, exciting job that doesn't offer remote work immediately, it might be worth negotiating a more flexible schedule with a 1-2 day work-from-home option. Both you and the company can see what remote work actually looks like in action, and if it goes well, you can make a pitch to transition to remote work full time.

Other resources you may want to check out in your quest for meaningful, well-paid remote work:

6 Programs You Should Download Right Now if You Work Remotely

Productivity Tips for Remote Workers

Home Office Design Tips for Remote Workers

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Build Your Network at the Next PowerToFly Event

Today we celebrate our partnership with Braintree! Check out this video to see highlights from our recent networking event.

If you missed the event, fear not! Stay connected by following Braintree on PowerToFly and email us at Hi@PowerToFly.com for future events near you.

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I have a friend whose discerning toddler refuses to eat her preschool lunch unless it's in a bento box. I get it; baby carrots are much more appealing when stacked in their little compartment than not. That made me think: when did adult lunchtime stop being fun? When did a soggy sandwich brought from home or a $12 bowl of greens, scarfed down in 10 minutes while scrolling through emails, come to define midday sustenance? Enter adult lunchables.

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