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August 20, 2014

A Day in the Life of Stephanie T., Product Manager

Ladies and gents, meet Stephanie T., a Product Manager whose job entails launching Yelp in new markets across the globe. Since her start with the company back in 2011, she has helped bring Yelp to places like Japan, Poland and most recently, Chile. She also played a major part in integrating content into Yelp after our acquisition of the European review site, Qype. When she’s not launching Yelp in new countries, she’s out and about discovering the best doner kebab in town or chowing down on a bowl of bibimbap. Make sure to ask for her opinion on San Francisco ice cream… she’ll give you a breakdown for every spot in town!

Does Stephanie’s job sound like your dream career? Well, you could join her here at Yelp. Visit http://yelp.com/careers to see a list of openings and apply.

5733093474304000Stephanie T., Product Manager enjoying garlic steak from Alta Taberna Paco Meralgo in Barcelona

Why do you love being a part of the Yelp team?

I started as an enthusiastic member of the Yelp community writing reviews and exploring Seattle. I could tell even then that Yelp was going to change my life. When I met the people behind the product at Yelp HQ and saw what a smart, passionate and fun group they were, I knew this was a place I had to work. Since I’ve joined, my love and appreciation for the team at Yelp has grown immensely. We’re capable of doing anything! In my time at Yelp, we have tackled projects like launching Yelp in Japan and building communities of locals who love their cities around the globe. I’m excited to come to work each day because we’re taking on the world - literally, and changing it for the better.

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 5.21.21 PMAnnouncing Yelp’s launch in Japan

What is a typical day in the office like for you?

I wake up and check on Yelp’s status around the world. There could be a release happening in Hamburg, a report from Australia, or the latest round of feedback from our team in Europe. After an hour or two, I go to the gym for a run before heading into the office. From there, the day continues with a short team meeting and follow-up on any outstanding feature areas we are actively developing. The rest of the day is filled with a flurry of creating feature designs and documentation, investigating and prioritizing issues, reviewing release plans and figuring out the next strategic step for taking over the world. Just kidding about that last one...kind of.

What’s your advice for someone who might be interested in the Product Manager role at Yelp?

Product Management is a constant balancing act that involves a lot of tough decisions. Remember your customer, listen to your stakeholders, know your team, look for data, and be ready to make tradeoffs.

CollageL to R, clockwise: Posing after a successful country launch in Mexico; Holding last year’s gigantic Elite badge; Singing Japan’s national anthem to celebrate their addition to the Yelp family; With my team at an offsite in Tomales Bay

What’s your favorite thing about living in San Francisco? What are you up to when you’re not at work?

People say it all the time, but San Francisco really is an amazing food city. You have high-end restaurants sitting alongside hole-in-the-wall ethnic grub and every kind of eatery in-between, all using some of the freshest and highest quality ingredients in the world. I love eating out and can talk your ear off about almost any cuisine in town. I also love cooking and use San Francisco as inspiration.

What are a few of your current favorite local businesses?

I’m currently obsessed with Frances. This intimate American restaurant boasts fantastic service, well-presented food, and a truly innovative drink concept. Read my review or check out Frances for yourself to see what I mean!

I’m a sucker for mochas with fancy chocolate and Four Barrel has the best one in town. I have to confess that even with Yelp’s fantastic workplace coffee benefit, I still indulge in this luxury several times a week.

I travel the globe for Yelp and love to give exposure to great businesses I encounter abroad. La Sagrada Família is a beautiful church and popular attraction in Barcelona, but there’s a lot of insider tips to know before you visit for the best experience.