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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Facebook RPM program is a community of builders who are given the unique opportunity to create products that help billions of people share and connect with each other. Our mission is to develop future product leaders by empowering, mentoring, and enabling them to build and learn across a variety of products across Facebook. Our values are: 

IMPACT

RPMs work on high priority products that impact over 1.4 billion people who use Facebook to share and connect with each other. During their 3 rotations, RPMs may own creating a product vision, setting roadmaps, prioritizing goals and analyzing data to measure success. RPMs collaborate with engineers, designers and data analysts to build world-class social tools.

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Growth

Learning and development is key to the program. On each project rotation, RPMs work closely with experienced PM mentors to develop the skills needed to become successful Product Managers and leaders at Facebook. RPMs also learn from each other, acting as sounding boards to pitch and test out new ideas.

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COMMUNITY

RPMs form a tight, cohesive community within Facebook. They come from a variety of backgrounds and industries, creating unique opportunities for learning and collaboration. In addition to a strong professional community, RPMs also become great friends outside of work.

Who we are


RPMs come from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Many of us studied computer science or engineering in school. Some of us worked in start-ups, consulting, or finance before coming to Facebook. But we are all passionate about building tech products that connect the world around us.

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Who we are


RPMs come from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Many of us studied computer science or engineering in school. Some of us worked in start-ups, consulting, or finance before coming to Facebook. But we are all passionate about building tech products that connect the world around us.

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Design Thinker


"I come from a mechanical engineering and design background. After majoring in Product Design at Stanford, I went on to work at a design & innovation consulting firm for a few years. In my free time, I still teach Product Design students at Stanford’s d.school and moonlight as a freelance design strategist.

At Facebook, I’ve worked on Ads Payments, Games Payments and Messenger. My team recently launched a feature to give people context when others message them for the first time. You can read more about the feature on Tech Crunch. I love that the RPM program provides such a diversity of experience in a short amount of time. Changing teams and working on different products every few months means I’m always learning something new, and meeting new people!"

— Shilpa Sarkar, 2014 RPM

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Design Thinker


"I come from a mechanical engineering and design background. After majoring in Product Design at Stanford, I went on to work at a design & innovation consulting firm for a few years. In my free time, I still teach Product Design students at Stanford’s d.school and moonlight as a freelance design strategist.

At Facebook, I’ve worked on Ads Payments, Games Payments and Messenger. My team recently launched a feature to give people context when others message them for the first time. You can read more about the feature on Tech Crunch. I love that the RPM program provides such a diversity of experience in a short amount of time. Changing teams and working on different products every few months means I’m always learning something new, and meeting new people!"

— Shilpa Sarkar, 2014 RPM

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Programming to Product


"Before becoming an RPM, I thought for sure that I would be a software engineer. I started programming in high school on my school's robotics team and interned at Microsoft in Minnesota. While getting my undergrad degree in Computer Science at Stanford, I interned at Apple and a computer vision startup in Beijing.

Now, as an RPM at Facebook, I'm motivated by my ability to drive huge impact while also getting a taste of everything I'm interested in. There are so many interesting projects going on at Facebook that I would feel some serious FOMO if I had to choose just one team and stick with it.

For my first rotation, I solved a big problem for users and advertisers: maintaining a single identity between the Facebook app and Facebook.com on mobile browsers. Currently, I'm improving the quality of public events and driving improved event creation.

Fun Fact: I filed a patent for app suggestion ranking while interning at Apple, and I published the hit app 'SurgeProtector' with my roommate this fall."

— Tom Schmidt, 2014 RPM

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Programming to Product


"Before becoming an RPM, I thought for sure that I would be a software engineer. I started programming in high school on my school's robotics team and interned at Microsoft in Minnesota. While getting my undergrad degree in Computer Science at Stanford, I interned at Apple and a computer vision startup in Beijing.

Now, as an RPM at Facebook, I'm motivated by my ability to drive huge impact while also getting a taste of everything I'm interested in. There are so many interesting projects going on at Facebook that I would feel some serious FOMO if I had to choose just one team and stick with it.

For my first rotation, I solved a big problem for users and advertisers: maintaining a single identity between the Facebook app and Facebook.com on mobile browsers. Currently, I'm improving the quality of public events and driving improved event creation.

Fun Fact: I filed a patent for app suggestion ranking while interning at Apple, and I published the hit app 'SurgeProtector' with my roommate this fall."

— Tom Schmidt, 2014 RPM

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Teaching to Tech


"I studied English and Finance at the University of Illinois, and moved to Oakland to teach high school mathematics with Teach for America. After a few years in the classroom, I joined an agricultural robotics startup in Mountain View to work on a machine learning project.

PMs at Facebook come from a variety of disciplines, places and world views. My favorite part of being an RPM is getting to see this diversity in action when people think out loud during brainstorm sessions — there’s so much creativity and energy!"

— Henry Soong, 2014 RPM

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Teaching to Tech


"I studied English and Finance at the University of Illinois, and moved to Oakland to teach high school mathematics with Teach for America. After a few years in the classroom, I joined an agricultural robotics startup in Mountain View to work on a machine learning project.

PMs at Facebook come from a variety of disciplines, places and world views. My favorite part of being an RPM is getting to see this diversity in action when people think out loud during brainstorm sessions — there’s so much creativity and energy!"

— Henry Soong, 2014 RPM

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Co-founder & Consultant


"Before Facebook, I studied materials engineering and business at MIT and co-founded a startup that made color-changing roofs. I worked at Bain & Company focusing on tech clients, and also spent six months at a venture capital startup.

At Facebook, I worked on search engine optimization, drove a redesign of our unowned places pages, and built advertising measurement products. I love the pace of learning, degree of independence and openness of my team. Just when I think I'm comfortable on a project, it's time to switch again and keep learning. I feel like I have the independence to lead my team to be successful while also having mentors and coaches to help me through harder spots. Getting to work with such talented, smart and supportive teammates makes me excited to come to work every day.

Fun fact: I’m a certified Zumba instructor and occasionally co-teach the Zumba class at the Facebook gym!"

— Lauren Vegter, 2014 RPM

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Co-founder & Consultant


"Before Facebook, I studied materials engineering and business at MIT and co-founded a startup that made color-changing roofs. I worked at Bain & Company focusing on tech clients, and also spent six months at a venture capital startup.

At Facebook, I worked on search engine optimization, drove a redesign of our unowned places pages, and built advertising measurement products. I love the pace of learning, degree of independence and openness of my team. Just when I think I'm comfortable on a project, it's time to switch again and keep learning. I feel like I have the independence to lead my team to be successful while also having mentors and coaches to help me through harder spots. Getting to work with such talented, smart and supportive teammates makes me excited to come to work every day.

Fun fact: I’m a certified Zumba instructor and occasionally co-teach the Zumba class at the Facebook gym!"

— Lauren Vegter, 2014 RPM

FAQ


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FAQ


Q: WHO JOINS THE RPM PROGRAM?

  • RPMs come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some are recent college grads, from a variety of majors including computer science, business, psychology and mechanical engineering. Others have spent a few years working in a range of fields such as consulting, engineering, entrepreneurship and teaching.

Q: HOW LONG IS THE RPM PROGRAM?

  • The program lasts 18 months, and has 3 different Product Management rotations.

Q: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PROJECTS RPMS HAVE WORKED ON?

  • We've worked on all kinds of products! Here are a few examples:
    • Creating a free Internet experience for Internet.org
    • Growing peer-to-peer payments in Messenger
    • Launching new ad formats optimized for emerging markets
    • Discovering improvements for News Feed
    • Redesigning Events on mobile and web
    • Driving Instagram growth and adoption
    • Inventing new consumer apps for Oculus VR

Q: HOW IS PRODUCT MANAGEMENT AT FACEBOOK DIFFERENT FROM PRODUCT MANAGEMENT AT OTHER COMPANIES?

  • Facebook optimizes for impact. Our products affect hundreds of millions of people. We have a responsibility to build high-caliber, daring, empathetic and collaborative products. The RPM program provides experience, variety and ownership to impact those products.
  • The RPM program provides an incredibly supportive community which lasts long after the program ends. RPMs and alums regularly hang out around the Bay Area, organize guest-speakers to give talks at Facebook and travel abroad together to research new technology trends around the world.

Q: WHAT DOES A 'DAY IN THE LIFE' OF A FACEBOOK RPM LOOK LIKE?

  • There really is no 'typical' day—your days will vary depending on what part of a product's lifecycle you're in. Some of the core responsibilities of RPMs include enabling your team to execute well, ensuring a great product experience and communicating your team’s impact across the company.

Q: WHAT KIND OF MENTORSHIP IS AVAILABLE TO RPMS?

  • Mentorship is at the core of the RPM program. Each RPM has a PM manager who stays with them throughout their program experience. Your manager is responsible for making sure you're developing and growing in your career. In addition, each rotation is staffed with a PM mentor to guide you through the more tactical pieces of the day-to-day job. The program also provides other resources, such as learning and development classes, internal and external speakers and learnings from peers to help you grow into a well-rounded, versatile and innovative product thinker.

Q: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE PROGRAM?

  • After the program, RPMs utilize their experience, knowledge, and extensive network to identify and join a product team. Facebook makes an investment in each of its RPMs to help them continue making tremendous impact at the company.

Q: How Do I join the RPM program?

  • Applications for the 2017 Facebook Rotational PM program are open! If you're interested in joining us next year during either the January or August start date, you can apply on the Facebook careers page. To stay connected and receive updates, follow our Facebook page!