Product Management Apprentice

| Greater LA Area
What is the Product Management Apprenticeship all about?
At Sidebench, we’re investing in the Product Management community by creating an opportunity for historically underrepresented people in technology, allowing them to earn real world product experience by shipping actual functional product experiences for real products.

We are, and continue to strive to be, an inclusive environment and welcome applications from Women, Black People, POC, as well as Identities across the gender and sexual orientation spectrum. The apprentice program will be available to individuals who are historically underrepresented in tech. 

What does the opportunity itself look like? 
This is a 6-month program where you will get hands on experience and work alongside one of the Sidebench Product Managers on real products. This isn’t the type of program where you’ll do some book work, hear from talking heads, and do sample projects that you’ll leave with a certificate — it is nitty gritty, messy, real in-the-trenches work where you will get your hands dirty and ship real solutions to real products.

By the end of your cycle you’ll be ready to start interviewing for Associate Product Management positions with a strong baseline in the basics and with a number of outcomes shipped to production environments to proudly show on your new resume.

In some cases, we may choose to bring on the top performers in the program as Associate Product Managers on the Sidebench team. If not, we’ll do our best to help you find an APM role with other tech companies.

When does the program take place?
We’re aiming to hire 2 Product Management Apprentices in February 2021 with the goal of having the Apprenticeship last from March 1 to September 1, 2021.

Why
We understand how hard it is to get into Product unless you have Product experience. We believe that Product is a mind and skill set that is learned best by DOING. We believe in investing in the Product community and creating opportunities for historically underrepresented people in technology.
Pay/HoursThe PM Apprentice program is a paid opportunity at $15 per hour and will have a maximum commitment of 38 hours per week. While we seek to hire close to full-time apprentices, we also understand that we may need to accommodate or flex the hours based on individual needs of the selected apprentices. 

Equipment & Services
The equipment and services you need will be provided for the duration of the program. 

Time, Expectations, and Responsibilities
The Apprentice Product Manager will split their time 50/50 between working on a real product for an existing client partner and working on skill building by iterating on internal products for the rest of their time. The Apprentice will be paired directly with a Sidebench Product Manager for their cycle who will be responsible for developing the skill set of the APM. Responsibilities include and are not limited to:

Time, Expectations, and Responsibilities

  • Practice Product Management by understanding problems, defining success metrics, ideating on solutions, identifying risks, validating solution concepts, conducting and analyzing research, advocating for the user and creating the roadmap
  • Learn how to build and maintain project and product documentation that pertains to budgeting, strategic planning, client deliverables, and more
  • Learn and practice agile software development through hosting sprint ceremonies, creating epics and user stories, and more
  • Aid in the research process before, during, and after client engagements
  • Be an active member of creative brainstorms, solutioning sessions, and other team activities
  • Own the launch of at least 2 real features on client partner products
  • Lead internal projects and process improvements 
  • Support QA efforts on multiple products 
  • Communicate with clients and be expected to represent Sidebench as a client facing employee
  • Work with other Apprentices to maintain office operations and administrative duties
  • Never stop searching for ways you can add value to the Sidebench team running with little direction and maximum passion
  • Think BIG picture and apply this level of thinking to everything you do; your job is not only to complete tasks, your job is to understand why you are doing what you are doing and how it adds value

Eligibility

  • This opportunity is designed for those who have been historically underrepresented in tech
  • You must not have any professional product experience
  • You should have a general understanding of what Product Management is
  • Adjacent experience in roles like product marketing, business analyst, software engineering, product design, visual design, or otherwise is not required but will help you accelerate in this program if you do have adjacent experience

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Location

We are located in Santa Monica conveniently located near the Water Garden.

An Insider's view of Sidebench

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Our work-life balance here is one of the best I've experienced in my career so far. People usually arrive between 9-10a each morning and leave between 5-7p every evening, and so long as you make all of your meetings and hit all your deadlines, no one's going to judge. Additionally, the unlimited vacation is a huge perk for all of us.

Keenan

People Operations Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

A part of my role is taking a client’s set of requirements and scoping out potential engagements. It's essential I get feedback from multiple teams, including UX/UI/Tech, to better inform my conversations & identify the clients true needs. To do so, I set up solutioning meetings with all roles involved & we’ll collaborate to find the best options.

Chase

Business Analyst

How does the company support your career growth?

The company provides time and resources for pursuing higher education that is relevant to your current position or desired career trajectory.

Ojore

Exec Assistant

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Team ideas define Sidebench’s direction. Our core company value ensures nothing less, "We harness the collective genius of our diverse team to co-invent the feature." By creating an environment of open thinking & celebrating creative conflict, the team knows it's their responsibility to define company direction. Their ideas make up Sidebench’s DNA.

RJ

Director of Product Delivery

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Motivating. You can tell that everyone here loves what they do and wants to work hard to make the best products possible for our clients. At the same time, everyone is very laid back and knows when it’s time to work and when it’s time to have fun.

Katherine

Jr. UX Designer

What are Sidebench Perks + Benefits

Sidebench Benefits Overview

No week at the office is the same, and every day presents a new opportunity. At Sidebench, we offer hungry, wide-eyed individuals the chance to grow their career, challenge the status quo, and co-invent the future of technology. While you’re here, you’ll receive mentorship from world class leaders and work with a team that’s as driven and forward-thinking as you are.

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
You choose your healthcare provider of choice so you can keep your current doctor or choose a new one. We take care of the rest.
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
We use Guideline, an accessible and easy-to-use 401k provider, to help our employees save for the future.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
The arrival of a new family member is exciting…. and exhausting. We get it — which is why we offer paid leave for both new moms and dads.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
A healthy work/life balance is the key to doing great work, and we believe in giving our brains ample time to recharge.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
We value curiosity greatly, so we offer an education package that encourage employees to keep learning and growing.
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