Nitro Reviews

Updated June 3, 2015
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Pros
  • There are truly great people who work here- passionate, caring, enthusiastic (in 6 reviews)

  • Terrific opportunity to grow within an ever growing industry (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Having a small team spread over three continents mean delays in getting questions answered by the right people (in 2 reviews)

  • It felt like a high school cafeteria and very clique like (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good Comany

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - N/A in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - N/A in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Nitro

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Welcoming culture and always have something to do. I loved working here. Made a lot of new friends and learned a lot

    Cons

    Can be overwhelming at times. Need a more work life balance but overall it was solid environment.


  2. Helpful (2)

    A great company with a bright future

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Nitro full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nitro is a great company to work for. Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, Nitro has an amazing office and is close to muni and bart stations. From the outside they may not appear to be a tech startup, but they have regular tech meetups and an occasional hackathon...typically focused around the Scala community. Also, they have regular employee social events, so you feel like you are part of a community.

    Cons

    One word of caution, they do have high expectations and while they provide quite a bit of support to new employees. This isn't the type of place where you can expect to coast through day-to-day unnoticed. For me, personally, this was fine. However I recognize that it's not suitable for all people.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is, keep to your core values. Remember past successes and continue to build on them. My belief is that lessons learned on the journey are worth more than the realization of reaching a particular goal or achievement.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Unique and inspiring culture, big product vision, lots of growth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nitro full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    By far the the most caring/genuine/authentic culture I have ever experienced but focused on performance. Big on product vision, amazing offices in downtown SF, international feel and international team, growing fast, just received big investement by top venture capital firm Battery Ventures. You will not meet a nicer but more driven bunch of folks anywhere. Lots of opportunities to grow your career, travel internationally, do different things. Serious benefits and perk program for a mid-sized company.

    Cons

    Company has always been bootstrapped until raising $15m from US VCs this quarter and has acted like a bootstrapped company, not spending enough where it needs to on things like marketing budget or experienced execs. But I think this is changing with the big investment. Also, if you are expecting to coast or take it easy, Nitro is not for you. Management seems to take a hard line when it doesn't see performance.

    Advice to Management

    We need more experienced individual contributors and middle managers. Now that you've raised a big pile of cash, go find the best people in all the roles where you see gaps. Also, please don't lose the authentic Aussie work-hard no BS culture that Silicon Valley location and investment may try and change!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work with sharp, dedicated people.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Nitro full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture is great. Everyone is transparent and truly owns issues. My experience is if there is a problem, the conversation goes right to finding solutions, not pointing blame. The staff here knows how to have fun and no one takes themselves too seriously. I am constantly challenged by the caliber of talent assembled at Nitro.

    Cons

    None come to mind. The work environment is an open floor plan with everyone (including management) working in a large room with multiple tables. Not for everyone, but it does promote collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. You have created a very creative work atmosphere.


  6. Helpful (3)

    A great place to grow my career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nitro full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nitro is a growing tech company that has a very bright future. With the growth of new offices and new positions, we really have the opportunity to drive our roles in the direction that we want to go withing the company. My team is positive and very hard working which keeps me motivated :) I have the autonomy to do what I'm great at and my manager trusts me. I know I will be with Nitro for years to come.

    Cons

    Right now there a few growing pains with adding new higher level positions that we previously did not have, but these are positions that we need to fill in order to be successful.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great Culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Nitro full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've been super impressed by the great culture that the founders and leadership team have built over the last 9 years. This plus the exciting new products coming to market make this an exciting place to work.

    Cons

    None from my POV. The senior leadership team is actively growing its ranks with high quality candidates, and this is further building clarity around the future vision as well as providing strong mentoring opportunities to me and the team around me.

    Advice to Management

    Through the current growth phase, some folks need additional support, so maybe consider that as part of the active management process.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Great company, great culture with a can do attitiude

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Nitro full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I joined Nitro due to the folks that I interviewed with. The CEO Sam and Gina the COO were both very transparent in what the company is like to work for and with. I really did like the vision they have for the company and they both cared greatly about the employees and the company in general.

    The company is going through a transition and growth stage and they are hiring a great leadership team to ensure that Nitro is successful moving forward. The perks and benefits are great and the Employment Experience do a great job in welcoming new hires and making you feel a part of the team.

    Cons

    As this time I do not have any cons to write about. everyone is fully engaged and are primed to take the company to the next level of growth. Inter-department communication has been lacking but with the new employees that have been hired this is getting much better and the various teams are now getting in the loop more in changes affecting the company

    Advice to Management

    Continue listening to ideas from employees and being collaborative along with the no BS values that are instilled in every employee. They are doing a good job at this time even with the changes and new faces to the leadership team.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Work with a great crew of positive people on cool projects.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nitro full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Growth.

    Cons

    Chaotic at times within projects.

    Advice to Management

    Keep building us!


  10. Helpful (8)

    More excited about coming to work every single day

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Co-Founder in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Co-Founder in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Nitro full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I am a long time employee of Nitro. Yesterday I was reminded of how far we have come when we presented our annual Sean Stewart Values Award and we had over 130 Nitronauts to consider when voting.

    I thought it appropriate to share part of what this award means to the team at Nitro. Here is an excerpt from a note our CEO sends to the team each year to announce that voting is open:

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    Sean was a great Nitronaut and a great friend to many of us. He was one of the very first members of the original team. He initially worked in support and product management, and who subsequently went on to establish our direct and channel Enterprise business in Europe. When he passed away in March 2010 in London he was the highest-performing sales executive at Nitro, and the most amazing ambassador for our culture that you could find. Even though he had long established himself as a sales guy, he continued to help out with support, QA, and anything he felt he could contribute to. He was always a pleasure to deal with, probably the nicest person you ever met, super hard working, passionate about Nitro, knew the product inside and out, and had the results on the board to prove how talented he was. He was also the master of well-timed, but completely inappropriate jokes

    Aside from his contribution at Nitro, Sean was a truly inspiring human being, who was the founder of and bass player for HTRK. As an artist, he was one of the best. HTRK supported the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Horrors on their European tours and had record deals in Berlin and London. Sean was a genuine rockstar – so when we talk about “rockstars” at Nitro, we really mean it…

    When Sean passed away, we wanted to find a way to remember him properly. The result was the Sean Stewart Values Award. Four years on, it is a really big deal to those of us who knew him, and to his family, with whom we stay in touch. We send photos of the awards ceremony to his mother, father and sister each year.

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    Just like any start-up we've faced hurdles and had to work our way through them.

    Nitro has grown more rapidly in the last year than any previous year. While it is easy to read about culture and plan to build something unique, it is never that easy. Right now though, I feel like we have just discovered the secret sauce!

    We are now at a point where we are adding smarter and better people every day, increasing our production capacity and having more and more fun while doing it.

    Sean will always be a part of who we are.

    Cons

    The only thing I have been wary of recently is having our cultural mix change with new additions. Somehow though, each new person is adding to the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Keep trying to spread the load and honoring what the team, past and present, has built.

    Nitro Response

    May 2, 2014talent ambassador

    Thanks so much, appreciate you taking the time to write this review. Loving having you here at Nitro!


  11. Helpful (6)

    Being given the ability to learn and grow with a great company...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Nitro full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The one thing about Nitro I have noticed is how engaged Senior Management is with each employee. You want that in your employer. Health insurance, gym membership, wine tastings, catered lunches, and more make you want to go to bat for Nitro because they make it seem as if they are going to bat for you. I will also say Nitro will do anything to try and be better and they understand certain risks may be made and will fix it if it is not working.

    Cons

    Growing pains. Every company has growing pains and through these you have a learning experience. This can be viewed as a pro too but you can definitely see some decisions be made and they may or may not work out.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course.

    Nitro Response

    May 9, 2014talent ambassador

    Thanks for your response.



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