Over the course of two years, you will drive the product vision, strategy, and roadmap for two different teams.
The program ranges in size from four to 10+ but there is no formal limit.
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.
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!
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.
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.
After completing both rotations, APMs will find a permanent home on one of the teams they rotated through or on another team of interest.
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.
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?)
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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