PM roles at airbnb

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Aug 14, 2017 17 Comments

Any PMs here that can share how the product group in Airbnb is, what skill sets do they look for while hiring? Is it required to have payments , hospitality industry experience or coding knowledge?

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  • Airbnb / Eng g1es
    We do minimal external hiring of PMs now. Many of the new PMs transferred from engineering or design. Having a technical PM is a fucking godsend. Makes your life amazing as an EM or IC
    Aug 16, 2017 7
    • Airbnb / Eng g1es
      Generally you're going to fall into engineering, design, or policy. New PMs generally are going to have strong expertise in one of these areas which helps them frame how to approach a project.

      The external PMs we do hire will either have a strong eng or design background too.

      A lot of this is in response to some crappy PMs we got when we hired externally people with a "product" background.
      Aug 16, 2017
    • HPE / Product
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      HPE Product

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      What does policy mean in this context?
      Aug 16, 2017
    • Airbnb / Eng g1es
      Public policy. Some of our projects are heavily driven by legal
      Aug 16, 2017
    • HPE / Product
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      HPE Product

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      Ah understood, thanks
      Aug 16, 2017
    • Caroobi hlxyz
      What kind of engineers are transferring? As in years of experience, things they've worked on, etc. And what's the process like for that?
      Aug 17, 2017
  • Airbnb / Design OwO
    Not every PM has a technical background, and I only know a handful of PMs who've previously worked in the travel/hospitality industry. You probably won't get an interview if you're a recent college grad or not senior enough.
    Aug 17, 2017 6
    • Citibank / Eng
      tnoz74

      Citibank Eng

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      Would 2 years as an SDE in a non technology company be enough?
      Aug 22, 2017
    • Airbnb / Design OwO
      Nope not enough, PM hires are expected to have work experience in shipping and launching products. I forwarded a resume to my PM (2009 Stanford grad with 2 years of PM experience at a tech company) and it got rejected pretty quickly. "Only 2 years of experience" is too junior to be considered.
      Aug 23, 2017
    • Citibank / Eng
      tnoz74

      Citibank Eng

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      Thanks! It helps a lot on my job search to know what PMs are looking for.

      Wish there was a window I could have applied to associate
      #regrets
      Aug 23, 2017
    • Airbnb OwO
      I'm not sure they have associate roles for PMs :/

      Airbnb doesn't hire recent grads or junior positions in R&D outside of engineering.
      Aug 23, 2017
    • Facebook / Product
      Jojo jo

      Facebook Product

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      Jojo jomore
      I'm curious about this would they look at amount of things you've shipped from ideation to launch and scaling in the time you've worked and evaluate the skills required or look at years of experience? I've been an eng and a PM and launched/grown equivalent of what people with 5-6 years of experience at work normally have done in an extremely ambiguous/technical domain that is emerging, but worried I'll just get rejected for being a few years out of college
      Aug 26, 2017
  • Citibank / Eng
    tnoz74

    Citibank Eng

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    Interested
    Aug 22, 2017 0
  • Hitachi Data Systems / Product
    EUWR14

    Hitachi Data Systems Product

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    GoPro, hitachiinsightgroup
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    Interested in this as well
    Aug 14, 2017 0