Every day, diverse users and business owners use Yelp to meet a variety of needs. Having a diverse workforce designing features and partnering with local business owners helps us achieve our mission.
Our commitment to fostering a safe and inclusive work environment
Employees have the right to come to work every day and feel a sense of belonging, see role models who look like them, and have the same opportunities and chance to succeed. We commit to:
Increasing representation at every level
In late 2020, we welcomed our newest director to Yelp’s board, Tony Wells, as we further diversify and refresh the Board’s collective expertise.
Using a diverse slate approach to our interview process
This approach ensures that hiring managers consider underrepresented talent when interviewing for open positions.
Turning away business from offensive clients
We recognize the need to address offensive clients and prospective clients who use racially-charged or other abusive language in their communication with our employees. We do not want their business, and will not tolerate hate speech directed at our employees.
Continuing the conversation
There’s always more work to do. We designed a company-wide training curriculum on systemic racism and institutional bias, allyship, and more. The goal of this program is to create fluency around diversity, inclusion, and belonging topics to make sure we’re supporting our employees in the most proactive way.
Creating a space where everyone belongs
We cultivate a sense of belonging through company-supported employee resource and affinity groups.
Yelp Employee Resource Groups (YERGs)
We cultivate our diverse interests through Yelp Employee Resource Groups (YERGs). All employees are welcome to all groups! YERGs are voluntary, employee-led communities that serve as a resource for employees with shared social identities, characteristics or life experiences (for example, protected classes such as race, sex, disability, etc.), as well as their allies.
Awesome Women in EngineeringAWE's mission is to build a strong community for women in engineering, related teams, and their allies at Yelp by facilitating professional career building activities, networking, leadership, and mentorship opportunities.
Veteran Connect This is a Yelp Affinity Group for prior/current military, as well as family members and allies.
BlackBurstBlackBurst facilitates an authentic space for conversation, support, and shared learning and development for the Black community and its allies.
WAY (Women at Yelp)WAY (Women at Yelp) focuses on highlighting the achievements of women and female-identifying employees.
YelpCares YelpCares is dedicated to spreading philanthropy at Yelp: whether it's setting up group volunteering events at the local soup kitchen or organizing an office-wide fundraiser campaign.
Women in ProductWomen in Product's mission is to build a strong community for women in product, related teams, and their allies at Yelp by facilitating professional career building activities, networking, leadership, and mentorship opportunities.
ColorCoded ColorCoded focuses on the engineering community. We’re passionate about utilizing the opportunities we have as employees to support each other and provide a comfortable, inclusive and engaging working environment.
Yelp Ability Yelp Ability aims to raise awareness of disabilities, and invites everyone to participate in making Yelp accessible and more inclusive.
DiverseBurstDiverseBurst is for celebrating and understanding multicultural and multi-ethnic diversity.
Yelp Asian Pacific Islander (YAPI) YAPI aims to celebrate, educate, include, and promote a strong sense of community among all Asian identities - East, South, Southeast, and Pacific Islander - to grow members as Yelp employees and as individuals.
Yelp Christians, Yelp Havurah, Yelp Muslims Our religious groups help champion faith diversity & inclusion, interfaith & intersectional collaboration and allyship across Yelp. The Christian, Jewish, and Muslim networks at Yelp meet regularly to cultivate a culture of empathy, respect and belonging at Yelp for people from their faith as well as other backgrounds and worldviews.
EarthBurst EarthBurst/Green Team is a group of employees engaged in advancing sustainability at Yelp.
Health & Wellness We’re a diverse collection of Yelpers, fitness lovers, body work aficionados, nutrition geeks, and goofballs dedicated to making life even better.
OutBurst OutBurst focuses on highlighting the achievements of the employees of the LGBTQ+ community.
Yelp Moms Our YelpMoms network is here to help facilitate moms transition back to work after maternity leave.
YelpParents YelpParents is for working parents to share, network and experience a healthy work/life balance while advancing their career under as little stress as possible.
SomosYelp is a space for Hispanic/Latinx Yelpers to connect, learn, and lift each other up.
Diversity at Yelp
In late 2020, we released our latest Diversity at Yelp report. We still have work to do, but our consistent progress shows that our efforts are having a positive impact. Unique perspectives lead our people’s success, so representation at every level matters. From 2019 to 2020, the number of underrepresented minority (URM) managers increased 12.9%.
Yelp and Open To All co-hosted a special Pride panel featuring D&I leaders from H&M, Gap Inc. & The Body Shop during this year’s Pride month. There’s no doubt that companies like these help shape our society, but with power comes responsibility. During this event the panelist discussed the realities of corporate “rainbow-washing,” the responsibility large corporations have to engage in social discourse.
This year marks the start of Yelp recognizing Juneteenth as a global paid holiday. Observed on Friday, June 18, Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day) is known as the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and recognizes Black freedom and achievement.
May is Mental Health Month, a time to raise awareness on the importance of caring for and communicating openly about our mental health, and we understand the impact that mental health has on different aspects of our lives. Improving our mental health and wellbeing can take many forms, including talk therapy, exercise, and social connection.