Product Manager/Producer

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May 13, 2021
Full Time

We’ve got a product. We’ve got a vision. What we don’t have is a dedicated human to focus on people, budgets, technologies, external deadlines, features, issues... and balance all of those against our shipping targets.

Do you enjoy seeing a plan come together? Are you always seeing the forest for the trees? Do you daydream about improving processes? We would love your help wrangling, planning, and executing!

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Is a hella-communicator. You can chat with engineers as easily as artists, translate from customer to dev team, and empathize with their priorities and concerns.
  • Is comfortable explaining the product direction and goals.
  • Can help select the almost-perfect project management software, and own it. Track bugs, features, assets, and tasks and keep the system up to date and tasks allocated.
  • Has a knack for sensing roadblocks, and passion for working with the team to eradicate them.
  • Can work with the leads to define and prioritize the features and roadmap.
  • Has seen SO MANY things go wrong and post-morted why it happened!
  • Loves thinking about the meta of the work processes and how to optimize them! Maybe they dream of destroying unnecessary meetings. Wonderful!

What it’s like to work at a:j?

Are you considering working at a:j? How delightful— thanks for thinking of us! We’re looking for new friends to join! absurd:joy is prototyping remote culture as well as cool new tech so it’s worth talking about how we operate and what kind of studio we are.

We haven’t announced what we’re working on yet, but be sure that it will be a not-necessarily-game in service to making remote communication more joyful! We’ve written a bit on our core tenets and what’s meaningful about what we make on our About Us page that might give you some insight.

Remote Work

We all work from home/work from anywhere! absurd:joy was founded on the premise that people should be able to live the life they want, where they want. However, we are also deep and frequent collaborators, so we’ve created a structure that accommodates both these things!

  • Our team hangs out in similar time zones (EDT to PDT / Americas) which ensures we overlap with each other’s work schedules.
  • We have a few core hours Monday through Thursday that we all hang out for, and then allow broad flexibility outside of those hours.
  • Whenever we are at work, we also log on to a video chat software to simulate the office.  
  • Though cameras are usually off, we do turn them on for active discussions, meetings, and brainstorming.
  • And in non-COVID-times, we have multiple physical gatherings a year, in various locations across the time zones to make sure everyone gets a chance to travel (or not).


Our Team

We are currently a small team of games industry and app development veterans. We’ve spent a lot of time in *weird new tech* so our brains are often geared around natural human interaction with technology. How people want to use technology and making sure we meet them there, and not making people contort themselves to the tech. (And hopefully delighting them in the process!)

And humans must include everyone. Accessibility and inclusion is intrinsic to our designs in order to provide an experience that is easy and joyful.

So though our team is small, we include a wide range of humans, including various genders, sexualities, upbringings, and beliefs/creeds. We are, however, ethnically homogeneous. This is part of a systemic problem within the technology industry, but also something that we are complicit in. Each of us have personally benefited from the system, though it quite tangibly makes our company and our products weaker. We fundamentally believe that easy joyful experiences that are truly built for everyone cannot be made without a team of diverse humans bringing their own unique experiences, backgrounds, lives, and energy to what we're making.

Internally, we take steps to work with external specialists to address our own biases. Externally, we share resources, information, and learnings freely and publicly to try and provide assistance to those who have less access to them due to the systemic and institutional discrimination that occurs in this industry. absurd:joy considers this work to be fundamental to the company, and provides resources to employees who take this on.  

It is important for us to communicate this to anyone who is considering working with us, because this philosophy of diversity and inclusion is something that is very important to our company, but is also an area in which we need to do work and make improvements.


Our Culture

We’re an emotionally communicative team. We are deeply mindful and considerate of each other, as well as our own boundaries and needs. Work should be a place we feel safe to dive deep into creativity and cool problem solving and that requires team trust. And bonus— it makes our jokes better and more insightful!

Hanging out with us, you can expect normalization around concepts like:

  • Mindful recall and attribution of others’ contributions in conversations
  • Productivity not being the end-all-be-all of metrics
  • Speaking openly about mental health and encouraging rest days
  • Company financial assistance with gear to help any physical accommodations needed
  • Asking questions about topics you’re unsure of without being shamed for it
  • Always learning and developing our own culture to be EVEN BETTER
  • 32 hour work weeks and cultivating a culture that discourages overwork
  • And that, of course, means no crunch, ever.
  • And more!

We're all tech industry veterans who have had our share of toxic, hurtful workplaces and have strived very hard to build a place of healing, growth, and creativity in spite of those experiences. We believe it's possible -and crucial- to treat each other with humanity and kindness while still making great products. We'd love to share that with you, so let's talk!


How to Apply:

If you meet most of the criteria for the job listing, we still want to hear from you! We believe in fostering talent and growing/training our team as we believe great human beings come first and building skillsets can happen over time with great humans. Also, if your industry calls the stated role something else, that’s ok too!

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absurd:joy is an equal opportunity employer committed to celebrating diversity and providing employment opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexuality, pregnancy, age, national origin, religion, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any protected status in accordance with applicable law. We do not do background checks and will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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