3 Rotations. 18 Months.
Rotational Product Managers (RPMs) are involved in every aspect of the product development process, from brainstorming the next innovation to working directly with designers and engineers to implement features. You'll use your start-up mindset and data-driven leadership skills to produce elegantly simple features that will be used across Facebook's family of products (such as Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Oculus).
The RPM program’s mission is to develop future product leaders by empowering, mentoring, and enabling them to learn across a variety of Facebook products. This is a full-time employment opportunity that does not require a degree nor tech industry experience. We are looking for future product leaders who bring a diversity of thoughts, skills, perspectives, and experiences to the Product Management function so we can continue building global products for billions of users.
RPMs work on high priority products across our family of apps which are used by over 3 billion people!
RPMs work closely with experienced PM mentors to develop the skills needed to become Product leaders.
RPMs form a tight, cohesive community within Facebook from a variety of backgrounds and industries.
Tyler Matthews Prior to Facebook, I spent five years as an infantry officer in the US Army. As a leader in the military I provided purpose, direction, and motivation to teams to help accomplish a wide variety of missions. In Ranger School and on deployments, I learned to plan and execute under stress and developed a love for leading interdisciplinary and diverse groups. I am regularly able to apply these skills as a Product Manager at Facebook.
Clorama Dorvilias Prior to joining Facebook, I was someone working in the public sector turned freelancer, turned UX/VR developer turned Entrepreneur. I was struggling to find a career that I was both passionate and could have real impact in. Facebook's mission aligned with my own and I feel so lucky to have discovered a culture that values growth and impact in the same way I do.
Laurelann Trinidad Prior to the RPM Program, I spent five years in construction management and engineering in San Francisco and Seattle. My largest project was a 48-story high rise in South Lake Union. Working with teammates in design, engineering, and business, I learned to find the balance between conflicting stakeholders needs. This has translated well into Product Management where we work with cross functional partners throughout the company.
RPMs work on high priority and high visibility projects across our family of apps to maximize their impact and growth.
Katie Shade | RPM '18
"From learning to define a product strategy and goals to driving complex execution across functions, RPM gave me the skills and experience I needed to be an effective PM leader at Facebook. I joined the Social Impact Team after graduating from the RPM Program. I’ve since led our efforts to help register an estimated 4.4M people to vote in the 2020 US Election and our work to connect people to authoritative information about COVID-19 vaccines. The RPM community has been instrumental to my growth, supported my journey as a PM, and given me lifelong friends."
Will Lawrence | RPM '19
"RPM changed the trajectory of my career. The skillset I learned helped me tackle projects that I never thought were possible. By my third rotation, I was leading the go to market for WhatsApp Payments in Brazil - a company bet that involved dozens of stakeholders. This skillset continues to unlock new opportunities, including the ability to move from California to London post-RPM to tackle the role that was most exciting for my career growth. I can’t recommend this program enough."
Christina Lauro | RPM '18
“RPM showed me how to build empathy for all facets of my teams, from product design to engineering, how to have soft influence, and the importance of transparency and strong collaboration. I joined the Facebook Stories team after graduating from the RPM Program — while there I focused on everything from how to build scalable products for public figures and creators to challenging existing product principles around how Feed and Stories could work more closely together. Since then I’ve moved to Instagram where I’m now working on Transparency & Control initiatives for Feed. Throughout my time in the program and after as an alumni, I’ve felt incredibly empowered and supported by the network and mentorship in this community, and if I had to do it all over again I absolutely would.”
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Circles are small mentoring groups that enable RPMs working on different problems across Facebook to collaboratively work through PM specific work issues, identify new opportunities in their role, and build relationships with fellow RPMs.
From quarterly offsites to the annual RPM holiday party, the RPM program creates a vibrant, international community of current and former RPMs.
RPMs embark on a research trip with the goals of developing user empathy, researching international technology trends, and meeting with business partners.
Who is the ideal candidate for the RPM program?
RPMs are hired from a variety of backgrounds: we look for people with full-time experiences in various industries or they can be recent graduates. We actively seek applicants with no tech experience. RPM is suited for individuals completely new to the product manager (PM) function. Individuals with more than 1 year of PM experience, inclusive of PM internships, should apply for Product Manager roles listed at Facebook Careers.
- Analytical and problem-solving skills: they can define metrics and analyze those metrics to make informed decisions
- Organizational and leadership skills: they can share experiences where they've helped others play to their strengths, working with a number of colleagues to prioritize tasks and get things done in a fast-paced environment
How long is the RPM program?
The RPM program lasts 18 months and is comprised of 3 different Product Management rotations. RPM is full-time employment and leads to continued full-time employment as a PM upon graduation.
How is Product Management at Facebook different from other companies?
Facebook optimizes for impact and our products affect billions 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, along with an incredibly supportive community which lasts long after the program ends.
RPMs and alums regularly connect outside of work. The RPM community also organizes guest speakers to give talks at Facebook and they travel abroad together to research new technology trends around the world.
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.
What kind of mentorship is available to RPMs?
What happens after the program?
How do I apply to the RPM program?
We hire RPMs once a year for two start dates in the following calendar year. There are five Facebook offices which support RPMs: Menlo Park, Seattle, New York City, London, and Tel Aviv. We also offer a remote option in the United States. Applications generally open in late July or early August on Facebook Careers. We encourage you to sign up for alerts there so you are notified when applications go live.
July 26, 2021: Applications available (all sites)
July 30, 2021 at 5 PM PT: Application deadline for Menlo Park, Seattle, New York City, and US - Remote
August 8, 2021 at 5 PM BT: Application deadline for London and Tel Aviv
Is RPM a remote-eligible position?
RPM is a remote-eligible position in the United States. RPMs hired as remote employees must reside in the United States or be able to relocate to the United States by their start date.
How can I prepare for the interview process?
The RPM interview process differs from traditional behavioral-type interviews when you typically talk about your past experiences. Instead, we focus on case studies where you can showcase your ability to think through problems as you would on the job. Specifically, we will be looking for how you structure your approach to a problem (e.g. using a framework to think methodically), your ability to consider tradeoffs, how you empathize with users and think about different user segments, and how creative or innovative you might be in your response.
Most applicants have skills in these areas but they might not have formally exercised them in an interview environment. It may be helpful to read two books to understand these interview objectives and how they relate to the PM job: Cracking the PM Interview and Decode and Conquer. Applicants may also choose to search for retired PM interview questions to practice. All applicants who move forward in the recruiting process will be given additional materials to consider but we advise preparation before the application process as interviews can happen quickly.
Is there anything else I should know about applying?
RPM attracts many talented applicants so recruiters need time to evaulate your resume and short answer responses. Outreach to applicants is ongoing through the end of the year in which you apply.