Today, we’re profiling Danielle P., an Account Manager in our Phoenix office. Before we get into the Q&A, let’s learn more about what makes Danielle a stellar Yelployee from her manager, Bethany H. Already envisioning a career at Yelp? Check out yelp.com/careers. We’re hiring!
As of this month, Danielle has been at Yelp for a year! She is, hands down, one of the most coachable Account Managers I have worked with and has the best attitude on the floor. Danielle’s persistence and commitment to excellence has helped her not just weather the storm of a tough day in AM land, but to conquer it with a big smile on her face. She is the definition of someone who plays well with others. I have received numerous pings from Sales Managers & Account Executives complimenting Danielle, pointing out her willingness to go above and beyond to always make sure we’re doing what’s best for Yelp and the client. Yes, she’s a top tier AM numbers-wise, and that’s a huge testament to her work ethic, but the mentality she brings to the table everyday is what sets her a part from the rest. This is someone you always want on your team!
1. Why do you love being a part of the Yelp team?
Yes, the fully-stocked kitchens are uh-may-zing, department-wide catchphrase tournaments really do happen, and we don’t even blink an eye when our director zooms around the office on a scooter or a team busts out in a dance party, but what really sets Yelp apart is the people and the culture. We might all be super competitive and go-getters, but that never stops anyone from going above and beyond to help out a coworker. Bottom line: we work ridiculously hard, but we have a wicked-fun time in the process -- what more could you ask for?!
2. What is a typical day in the office like for you?
A typical morning starts between 7 and 7:15, and it ALWAYS begins with a big ol’ cup of joe from the kitchen. The beginning part of my morning is spent organizing and structuring my day: who I need to call, what tasks need to be completed, and what is the most efficient way to get them all done. Once my day is outlined, I hit the phones. Coming from a family that owns a small business, talking to business owners is my favorite part of the job! Throughout the day I do everything from address client questions and concerns to offer recommendations on how to optimize their program with Yelp. The way I see it, business owners are the experts in their field, and it’s my job to be the “Yelp expert” - their go-to person about all things Yelp.
3. What’s your advice for someone who might be interested in the Account Manager role at Yelp?
The best advice I can give to someone interested in the Account Management role is to be flexible. No matter how organized or meticulous you are, hiccups always happen! The ability to be flexible, roll with the punches, and make the most of a tough situation is a hallmark of all of our top Account Managers. I’d also say being curious is a HUGE key to success in this position. We work with tons of business owners in industries that (at least initially) you may not know a ton about. Ask questions! Business owners are passionate about their work and L-O-V-E sharing. You will never know everything there is to know about an industry (the challenges they face, the terminology they use, the latest advancements) unless you take the time to inquire about it. So don’t be afraid to be curious and let them be the expert!
4. What’s your favorite thing about living in Phoenix? What are you up to when you’re not at work?
Okay, the fact that it’s sunny darn near 365 days a year is reason enough to love Phoenix. But on top of that, there is never a short supply of activities and events going on. Want to go hiking? Go ahead and tackle Camelback or the Superstition Mountains. Sports fanatic? Grab a couple friends and head to a spring training, football, basketball, or hockey game. Want a killer happy hour? Head on out to Old Town Scottsdale. Want to scout out some hip local artists or musicians? Make sure you head out to First Friday! Phoenix is definitely a diamond in the desert (see what I did there!), and an amazing place to call home.
5. What are a few of your current favorite local businesses?
If you love authentic Mexican food with a kick, do yourself a favor and stop in to Los Dos Molinos. This place offers some of the best food around and is tucked away on the side of the road (seriously, you will probably drive right by it, even when you’re looking for it). It’s the epitome of that hole-in-the-wall you probably never would have found without Yelp.
After a long week, there’s no better way to let off some steam than to laugh until your cheeks hurt at The Comedy Spot. This place is small, so you are ALWAYS close to the action and there really is no bad seat in the house. They always have great talent and I’ve never left there in anything short of a euphoric mood!
While I consider myself well-versed in a lot of things, cars aren’t one them. The guys at Highline Auto Imports are honest, sincere, and friendly to boot. They will likely offer to make you a cup of coffee when you walk in or sit and chat with you while you wait for your car to be completed. On top of that, if they can’t complete the work themselves, or know of a place that can do it cheaper, they point you in the right direction. You won’t be disappointed.