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A review of ProductHood as a product management resource

Hi, I’m Sam! I have been a product manager for years. Now I work as an industry mentor for the product, strategy, and operations track at Pathrise. I help people land their dream job through workshops and 1-on-1 mentoring. Check out my review of ProductHood.

What does ProductHood do?

ProductHood is a product management community that offers online courses to students and product professionals. Members can watch free bite-sized classes or enroll in longer bootcamps. In addition, their community features job alerts, Q&As, interview prep, and networking opportunities for aspiring product managers.

Bootcamps

Their online bootcamps are beneficial for people who want to learn PM skills fast. Generally, bootcamps last about 4-12 hours over the course of 1-3 days. Attendees participate in live lectures and real world problem exercises in a small classroom setting, usually capped at 20 students. Their popular API product management bootcamp teaches API design, API architecture, and API testing. Moreover, students learn to work with API tools, API documentation, engineering teams, and vendors in API ecosystems.

ProductHood also offers live bootcamps on SaaS product building and API products for business growth. In addition, they have a business & product skills training course for people working in software. Finally, a self-paced product management 101 course is available as well.

Workshops and classes

Free and low-cost workshops are also available. Typically, workshops are much shorter than bootcamps. In fact, they are only 2-4 hours long. These micro-classes help students and professionals learn new PM concepts, tools, and problem solving skills. Workshops are currently available on negotiation, market strategy, venture capital funding, and email marketing using Mailchimp. In addition, most workshops are live and instructor-led, with no recording available.

They also offer master classes on a variety of topics, depending on the speaker and what skills are in-demand. Recently, master classes have covered topics such as Google Analytics, Agile product management with Jira, and product management interview skills. Master classes are also live and not recorded.

Membership

While ProductHood doesn’t have a job guarantee, they offer job search workshops and community support to help members become a product manager. They provide members with expert Q&As, job postings, ebooks, and even hands-on challenges with a chance at internship spots for the winners. Similarly, community members also get to prepare for PM job interviews by solving real world questions. Paid career coaching and interview coaching is also available to members who want 1-on-1 help finding a job.

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Who is ProductHood for?

Busy students and product professionals who want to get their career off the ground could benefit from ProductHood’s courses and community. The program is especially helpful for people with full-time jobs who are seeking brief, flexible courses to sharpen their skills. Moreover, product managers of all levels could benefit from the community support and networking opportunities.

What does ProductHood cost? How much work is involved?

Bootcamps range from $49 to $199. Tuition for all live workshops is $49, except the email marketing workshop which is $19. Master classes are usually $99 or free.

Unlike many other bootcamps, ProductHood does not have any formal admissions process. Anyone can sign up for their free classes and community resources. However, their courses are usually designed for college students and professionals with at least a little product experience.

Ratings and reviews

While ProductHood is relatively new and does not have many user ratings, so far reviews are mixed to positive. Their course on building API products holds a 3.9/5 star rating on Udemy. One student felt the course was “good for new learners” because the “information was clear to understand.” Another student described the curriculum as “clear and concise” and that the course was “fun to complete.” 

However, one student felt more “live tutorials are needed for understanding” and wished product management had been covered in more depth. One grad was disappointed that there were “no practical use cases” and wished students got more hands-on experience. Overall, people seem satisfied with ProductHood’s concise and flexible courses, but some had wished they were more hands-on or covered some topics in greater depth.

Alternatives to ProductHood

If you decide not to enroll in ProductHood, there are a number of other resources and bootcamps to help you land a job as a product manager. 

  • The product management community Mind the Product has 150,000+ active members. They offer workshops, memberships, and networking for aspiring product managers. Their program is virtual and they offer lifetime access to their alumni Slack channel.
  • Another product management association, Product Gym offers training, job support, and networking opportunities for aspiring product managers. Classes are flexible and include remote options.
  • Similarly, Product School teaches full-time and part-time product management courses. They provide weekly mentorship and career support to their students. 
  • Students seeking a more advanced PM curriculum can look into Product Faculty, a part-time online product management bootcamp. Grads get access to a Slack community, 1-on-1 career mentorship, and an advanced product management (APM)(R) certificate.
  • The popular tech bootcamp General Assembly teaches full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses on a variety of tech topics including product management and digital marketing. Students in the product course learn the fundamentals of product management, working hands-on with real in-demand PM tools. Read more about General Assembly in our review.
  • Similarly, BrainStation is another bootcamp with product management tracks. Students participate in hands-on product management assignments and professional development. The program has over 1,000 hiring partners including top companies like Google and Facebook.
  • The bootcamp Product Academia has full-time and part-time PM courses. They focus on helping women launch careers as product managers.
More alternatives
  • Students can also check out Thinkful and Knowledge Officer, which have courses in product management, marketing, and more.
  • Another online bootcamp, GrowthX Academy has courses for people who are interested in product management, UX design, growth marketing, sales, and business development. Their program is self-paced like ProductHood and they have 1-on-1 mentoring opportunities. Read more about GrowthX Academy in our review of the program.
  • edX is an online learning platform that hosts courses from top universities like Harvard and MIT, plus big tech companies like Microsoft. Students can choose to learn the fundamentals or dive deeper into specific topics, like data science and Agile systems for product management. Learn more about edX in our review.
  • A low-cost option for students, Coursera hosts free product management courses taught by professors at accredited universities. Their online courses feature recorded lectures, hands-on assignments, and community discussion forums similar to ProductHood’s Q&A’s.
  • Students seeking low-cost product learning can also check out Udacity. They offer self-paced courses on product strategy, design, and launch. Students build polished PM projects and work with experienced mentors. Learn more about Udacity in our review.

How does ProductHood compare to Pathrise?

ProductHood’s community and courses are designed to help people launch or accelerate their product careers. While members learn technical and job search skills, they do not get support throughout their search. Pathrise helps with all phases of the job search, including resume and LinkedIn optimization, portfolio building, technical and behavioral interview skills, and much more. 

We have helped 700+ people land their dream job in tech. Fellows in our program work 1-on-1 with a mentor so we can tailor the curriculum to their needs. Our program is also flexible. There are just 4 hours of group sessions per week and fellows can schedule 1-on-1 sessions as needed. 

Fellows in our program often see their interview scores double and their application responses triple, landing jobs in just 3-5 months on average.

Pathrise optimizes the job search through 1-on-1 mentoring. If you are interested in working with any of our mentors to land your dream job, join Pathrise. 

Apply today.

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