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Nitro Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
49 Reviews
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    No place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nitro

    Pros

    They spend money to get you drunk often.

    Cons

    No clue what they are doing and leaders are not experienced enough to be in their positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Why come here?

    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nitro

    Pros

    Nothing to report at all.

    Cons

    Needs help to keep going.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 12 people found this helpful  

    Is there a negative star rating option?

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    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Nitro full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Alcohol on premise to numb the pain of having to work at this sweat shop.

    Cons

    Don't be fooled by the glowing reviews. Nitro had their administrative assistants and their internal recruiters write all the positive reviews to lure in more suckers. By having an artificially high star rating its easier for the internal recruiters to get more candidates to interview and accept positions they will ultimately regret 1 month after starting work.

    They fire people often here, high turnover. Micromanaging.

    Very cramped work spaces. No promoting from within. Unrealistic goals driven by an out of touch executive team. Long hours, no working from home. Taking time off is strongly discouraged.

    Micromanaging.

    Their tagline: No B*llsh#*. Real tagline: All B*llsh#*!

    Did I mention micromanaging?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and make changes before the mass exodus out of Nitro begins.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Customer Support

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nitro full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They had a nicely stocked kitchen, lunch twice a week and happy hour.

    Cons

    It felt like a high school cafeteria and very clique like. My manager had less experience than me and was not very helpful nor friendly. Not sure how someone can be working with clients when they can't even be nice to people around them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. I told them exactly why I was leaving in my exit interview and doesn't seem anything has changed in that department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    product management puts you down

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    The work-life balance is great and you get what you need when it comes to accomplish your tasks in terms of technology. The active product is cool & the image too. The sales team is doing a great job.

    Cons

    The product management just repeats what the CEO says, but doesn't actually do any work. The CTO doesn't have a real plan for how to do things & for a long time everyone is talking just about the cloud without going analytical. Too much talent and too much resources are wasted. The main ideas of Sam are great, but he hired people who can't put together a single sheet of a document for the product development to work by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Buy a cheap Cloud Startup, fire the CTO and bring in an experienced product manager.

    Find people who bring a real analysis other than copying slides from meetings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing and on the wrong track

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nitro full-time

    Pros

    On the surface, Nitro sounds like a great company, and in many ways it is from the benefits to the employee experience team. In general, most people are well intentioned and that includes the executive team. The employee experience team does a great job of trying to keep employees engaged in social activities. While youth and creativity are typically strengths for this company, in many ways, they are also a significant detriment to the daily operations which has fueled turnover and disenchantment among remaining employees.

    Cons

    Under the hood, Nitro has the feel of a high school complete with a high degree of favoritism by the executive team towards certain people also known as the "in crowd" so that only their opinions matter. The sales team is disgruntled because of the lack of leads; the support team is upset because they’re never kept in the loop; and finally you have marketing whose best skill seems to be sending out emails.

    As much as Nitro touts its fun culture, it’s not what you expect. The concept of teamwork is hindered by several employees at managerial positions who seem to be driven by insecurity, immaturity and ego. The sad running joke is they walk on water since they can do no wrong. But, it's disheartening when shameless self-promotion at the expense of undermining others (and in many cases, the greater good of the company) is so rampant. The company has lost a number of talented employees because of this, and the executive team seems oblivious or turns a blind eye. If you’re not a “yes man”, Nitro may not be the place for you. The fact that two executives were forced out after less than 6 months says a lot. Coupled with the lack of company direction/accountability and limited career path, and you have the makings of an environment that's not very healthy.

    If you’re new to the work world, Nitro is a good place to get your experience and then move on. If you’re more experienced, be wary since your skills risk being overlooked or worse, create enough insecurity in others that you become a liability. Look up former employees (and there are plenty lately) on that other professional networking site and ask them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a gut check and listen to your employees - all of them. Take off the blinders and understand there are serious problems that can’t be addressed with free food and alcohol. Run the company like it should be run, and stop making decisions based on emotion and preferential treatment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disorganized but energetic company offering g a discount solution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Nitro full-time

    Pros

    Young, fun group of employees

    Cons

    Unfocused and disorganized business and management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Frat house vibe

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nitro as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Dynamic environment, beautifully stocked kitchen, well-selected catering, decidedly un-stuffy. A number of genuinely smart and driven individuals.

    Cons

    Entitled millenials at a perpetual happy hour make for an exceptionally juvenile and cliquey work atmosphere. I would recommend this company to some of my younger friends, but anyone more than a few years out of college will likely balk at the unprofessional day-to-day "culture" and behavior of the overly coddled employees.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Barely a technology company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Nitro full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The employee experience team truly cares about making Nitro a great place to work--and they do an excellent job at it. Most of the employees are well intentioned and genuinely good humans.

    Cons

    If you are joining the company to grow yourself as an engineer, look elsewhere, there is no engineering culture. Craftsmanship and innovation are not valued at the company. The flashiness and the amount of free booze and snacks is almost insulting; at times it felt like they were treating us like children.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Has the potential to be a rocketship

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nitro full-time

    Pros

    A lot of fun, genuine and smart people. Fun activities. Great office location.

    Cons

    Have a "work hard play hard" attitude, but play a little too hard. Too much of a drinking bro culture. They don't want to be a typical SV tech startup but sadly that's exactly what it is. Needs better managers in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some great managers and keep them. Hire people you trust and let them do their jobs. Leadership can't do it all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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