Instructure
4.1 of 5 27 reviews
www.instructure.com Salt Lake City, UT 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jul 7, 2014
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80% Approve of the CEO

Instructure CEO Josh Coates

Josh Coates

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81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    I love my job and believe in the product we offer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsGreat culture that has remained intact despite the extensive growth we've experienced. The company is open/transparent, both in terms of our product with clients and the company outlook with employees (financial details are shared with the entire company during each quarter's All Hands meeting). Excellent benefits (medical and dental 100% covered).

    ConsThe 401k has a really small match (50% on up to $2,000), but I suppose with it being the first year it's been offered, it may improve in the near future. Sometimes there's some communication breakdown between departments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Cottonwood Heights, UT

    ProsExcellent environment, free food and weekly lunches provided. Work atmosphere seems professional.

    ConsNot a lot of cons to working here.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An awesome job I feel good about

    L3 Technical Support Representative (Current Employee)
    Cottonwood Heights, UT

    ProsI get to work on canvas - the open source learning management system that is taking over the LMS market. We have some very creative and ingenious people here and we get to work on something awesome every day. I see what I do as beneficial to me, the tech industry and education and I find that very motivating. Instructure is the most agile company i've worked for - able to cope with sudden changes in the tech that runs our product and to do things quickly for our users. If you want a place to work where you will like the implications of what you do and you will like the people you work with - here it is.

    ConsNot every personality meshes, but most conflicts I've seen were kept professional. We have a 401k now, but I feel that we need more education/training investment for employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more in the employees that have proven themselves, In my department there is too much unnecessary turnover because we didn't have "room" to advance people. Try to bring folks into the fold quicker so we don't lose them to a higher bidder or a company that has room for the position they desire.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Instructure motivates, empowers, and takes care of employees

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsI always wrote off as impractical people who wanted to write open source for a living. I'm very lucky to have a chance to do it now, and to work with brilliant people and be compensated well. Instructure constantly works to remove obstacles and improve process; if you want to be productive, it's a great environment.

    ConsAt a tenth the size of its main competitor, Instructure has to make a lot of hard decisions about postponing features. Customers like us, but are often disappointed to see their requests go unsatisfied.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOur executives are brilliant and charismatic. If you can appreciate their openness and assume good faith, you'll enjoy working for them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awesome experiance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAmazing offices, top notch benefits, great culture (more on that in a bit), and super meaningful work. There is no bureaucracy here at all.

    The culture is unusual, quirky, interesting, and really awesome. It breeds effort.

    Instructure is winning tons of new clients because the software is super easy to use and genuinely makes teaching easier.

    ConsI really don't have any--everyone is trying hard to make a difference.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Noticeably Unprofessional in the Right Ways

    (Former Employee)

    ProsAt Instructure "Noticeably Unprofessional" describes the atmosphere of the company- suit free, nerf gun fights and stuff getting done without extra paperwork. Not a job where you show up in a tie*, check off a list and go home. It's genuinely a fun place to work, with a serious focus on getting stuff done. There's never a sense that you can't approach someone here. Even the VPs will try to make time for you if there's something you need to chat about. The open layout of the office isn't as awesome now that people are on different floors, but the lack of offices(seriously, not even Josh has one) is really nice when you're stuck on a problem because your team mates are right there.

    Working here was a great time. Employee events and InstructurCon(shoutout to Sunny for her wonderful work EVERY year!) the weekly lunches, and well stocked kitchens(there are multiple on each floor) in addition to managers that are very focused on team building make working here something you can really enjoy. This company has a ton of benefits, and they do an excellent job monitoring employee feedback to find new ones.

    I was brought in at the beginning of the hiring ramp that has this company growing like waves in a tsunami. While there were some bumps in the road, the vast majority of my experience was very positive. If you're someone who has an idea of what excellence leading to success in your position looks like from other jobs, and who naturally hits the ground running this company is one that will give you the flexibility and support you're looking for- with a few notable exceptions.

    Taking ownership for growth is strongly encouraged in just about any way possible here- so long as you aren't doing it at the expense of primary responsibilities. Primary responsibilities are often a little fuzzy, especially if the job is new to you. This can make it a little more difficult as a first job, but as a company they're focusing on it. You are also ensured one on one time with your supervisor, so if you start to feel lost make sure you take advantage of that.

    Most of the department heads/VPs/titles are for realsies now? are extremely talented people at the tops of their fields with excellent management skills. The marketing team in particular stands out in it's ability to not shed and replace "cogs", but to redesign the "machine" to work best for everyone. From a managing creative/big dreamers perspective they knock it out of the park.

    *no, no, seriously don't do that, not even on Mondays. Not even to an interview. Not even to an interview on a Monday.

    ConsCompany is growing fast, and your managers will be running as fast as you are, so ownership of your own growth is essential

    Ensuring clear lines are expressed in giving negative feedback could probably improve, as could a focus on certain management styles

    Would love notes to former employees with stock akin to the companywide meetings, I remember how fast it was changing, and so I'm curious about the plans for today

    Senior Management could do a better job getting individualized messages to move down the line...though they do a great job keeping everyone up to date on the company direction.

    Some people have been mentioning the IPO focus as a negative and are blaming that on the higherups- this isn't really fair. That focus is generally had by any of the employees that have vested part of their stock(generally anyone there for more than a year). Josh in particular seems to be one of the least focused on his own stock- but he knows what it means for the rest of us. In working and speaking with him directly it feels like the IPO numbers are more about us than anything else to him.

    Ok, maybe it's also a little like the CEO version of a gamerscore, but still. A CEOs focus is on directing the company towards its goals- and a major piece of that for Instructure employees is the success of the IPO, because every employee gets stock options.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI loved the positive attitudes, and the transparency the company had during my time. I think that the one thing I would say is that while avoiding stupid things is pretty smart, encouraging the emulation of the smarter things and management techniques in more successful departments could also be a pretty smart thing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company growing like a weed. You're encouraged to ride the wave.

    Sales (Current Employee)
    Salt Lake City, UT

    Pros-amazing office space, unlimited vacation, health care premiums paid, flexible arrive/leave
    -very competitive pay, control your own destiny
    -much opportunity for advancement and movement
    -awesome, youthful culture
    -talented management team

    Cons-hiring like crazy, too fast?
    -don't deliver? there's the exit door.
    -certain disconnects at times between departments leading to the occasional dropped ball or unprofessional handoff when working with customers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep promoting from within. Your leaders are here.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Energy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosculture, office space, tempo, energy, transparency, trajectory, commitment of the team, close to skiing.

    ConsI really can't think of any.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep on keeping on!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing Startup Culture

    Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsIncredible facility
    Uber smart people
    Great mission
    Fantastic management
    Everyone gets stock options

    I'm really glad I came to work here.

    ConsNo 401k matching
    Going through growing pains
    Dealing with some technical debt, but the company gives us the freedom to fix it

    I can't think of a lot of other cons. It's a great place to work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery open transparent company. Good benefits. Very motivating work environment. I would definitely recommend to anyone that they should work at Instructure.

    ConsInstructure is a fast growing company which requires a lot of work and flexibility. For some people not looking for a startup environment, this would probably not be the best place to work.

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