Q: WHO JOINS THE RPM PROGRAM?
- RPMs come from a wide variety of diverse 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, with 3 different Product Management rotations.
Q: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PROJECTS RPMS HAVE WORKED ON?
- We've worked on a wide variety 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 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 that 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 into each of its RPMs to help them continue making tremendous impact at the company.