Frequently Asked Questions

 
 
 

What is the structure of the APM program and how long is it?

Over the course of two years, you will drive the product vision, strategy, and roadmap for two different teams.

How many APMs are there?

The program ranges in size from four to 10+ but there is no formal limit.

What are some examples of what the rotations could be?

We’ve had APM roles in all corners of Verizon Media from Sunnyvale to San Francisco to New York, across products like Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Mail, Gemini (Ad Platforms), Tumblr, Verizon Digital Media Services, and Huffington Post. Yahoo APMs have driven mobile app releases, defined innovative advertising formats, and improved platforms that users rely on every day.

What kind of learning or mentorship opportunities are available to APMs?

New APMs attend a series of product and leadership sessions to learn best practices from the start. APMs are also assigned mentors and can establish their own cadence, depending on the type of mentorship they are looking for. Your assigned mentors include an APM in the class above you, as well as a senior level product director on a team other than yours. Plus most APMs also find friendly role-models after they start who are more than happy to informally mentor over coffee or tea!

What kind of candidates are you looking for?

At a high level, APMs have strong technical understanding, product sense, analytical ability, and clear interpersonal communication capability. We look for candidates that are graduating this school year, or who have less than 2 years of full-time working experience.

How does the team matching process work?

New APMs share their preferences for factors like product area, product maturity, managerial style, and team size with the APM Program Director, who will then assign rotations based on those factors. APMs entering their 2nd rotation have the opportunity to meet with teams before directly before choosing their roles.

What happens after the program?

After completing both rotations, APMs will find a permanent home on one of the teams they rotated through or on another team of interest.

How has Yahoo’s acquisition by Verizon affected the APM program?

Verizon Media, a subsidiary of Verizon, is the parent entity of Yahoo, AOL, Tumblr, HuffPost, and dozens of other brands. Within Verizon Media, APMs are now able to work on a wider portfolio of products across brands previously separate from the Yahoo network. Further, we are vertically integrated from concept to mobile distribution given Verizon’s strategic position as a carrier. With emerging technology from VR to AI and distribution from 5G to IoT, we're creating exciting new ways to captivate audiences across the globe.

What fun things do APMs do together?

Here are some things we like to do together: (1) Book club: APMs lead a monthly book club. The topics range from typeface design to why startups succeed or fail. (2) Associates-wide events: In addition to the APM Program, Verizon Media also has an associates program in design. We have a quarterly social event where we can learn from and have fun with our peers. (3) Informal: anything from coffee chats to smoothie bar meetups (we highly recommend the strawberry banana), checking out the goats behind our Sunnyvale campus, or going out with the other APMs (anyone tried Untappd?)

Which offices and locations are APMs based in?

In the first year of the program, all APMs are headquartered in the Sunnyvale office (although some occasionally work in the SF offices.) After that, they are generally free to choose rotations outside of Sunnyvale.

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