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Instructure Overview

Headquarters Salt Lake City, UT
Size 501 to 1000 Employees
Founded 2008
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Instructure makes smart software that makes smarter people. It all started with Canvas in 2011 and the goal to make teaching and learning a lot easier. Today, more than 1,200 colleges, universities, and school districts around the world use (and love) Canvas. And now, in ... More

Mission: Instructure makes smart software that makes smarter people.

Instructure – Why Work For Us?

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels. Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles. Yeah, we all have favorite things. At Instructure, these are ours.


It’s an educational revolution. It’s a powerful new way to–pardon our optimism–change the world. And, yes, there’s an industry-pushing learning management system used (and loved) by millions of passionate students and teachers in there too.


It’s the new key to employee engagement—simple, modern, and easy to implement, author, and use. It might even be a little fun (don’t tell HR). Let’s change the way we do corporate learning. Down with the yawn-inspiring, groan-inducing era. Up with the engaging, streamlined, simple era. The Bridge era.


  • Founded in 2008
  • Launched Canvas in 2011
  • Launched Canvas K-12 and Canvas Network in 2012
  • Launched Canvas Commons in 2014
  • Launched Bridge in 2015
  • 550+ employees
  • Canvas is used by over 1,200 colleges, universities and school districts
  • 16+ million users
  • Selected by Cisco Networking Academy to power “the world’s largest classroom”
  • Investors include Bessemer Venture Partners, OpenView Venture Partners, EPIC Ventures, and Insight Venture Partnters.
  • A human receptionist replaced the panda robot receptionist (or so HR claims).

Along with working with a product that is actually doing some good in the world, we also offer sweet benefits:

  • 100% paid premiums on Medical (United Healthcare) and Dental (LifeMap) for you and your qualified dependents
  • 100% paid premiums on Long-Term/Short-Term Disabilities and Life Insurance for you
  • Vision insurance through VSP
  • Lots and lots of PTO (ask us about this one)
  • 9 Paid holidays
  • Stock options
  • 401K plan with match
  • Gym membership
  • Tuition reiumbursement
  • Carpool program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Fully stocked kitchen
  • Weekly catering
  • Equipment provided (we're a Mac shop)
  • Highly colaborative environment; we don't really believe in offices or cubicles
  • Casual dress code











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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
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    I worked at Instructure full-time (More than a year)


    Instructure has core values like pretty much any company, but they actually stick to them. Openness is particularly stressed, and I felt comfortable reaching out to pretty much any of the 500+ employees if I had questions. The environment really is flexible. If something comes up and I need to leave work early, I can. No questions asked. The people I worked with were smart, driven, and really fun to be around.


    There were no true cons, but I will say that any company as flexible, fun, and open as Instructure needs to be sure to maintain a healthy level of accountability and even competition.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Give current employees the chance to both move up and move laterally into other departments if it's a good fit.

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    Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 days. I interviewed at Instructure (Salt Lake City, UT) in November 2015.


    I made contact with Instructure through a friend's connection. I sent my resume directly to him and I applied online. The connection was the incoming VP of Finance, and he and a manager of finance took me to lunch. We just got to know each other and had informal conversation, some of it business related, most of it just chit-chat. That day I got a call from a recruiter wanting to set up an interview. The interview was at their office in Salt Lake City and lasted about an hour and a half. They sent me a business case to do, which required work in Excel and Powerpoint submitted as a deliverable via email. I didn't end up presenting, although I was prepared to. They just wanted to see the deliverable and see what work I had done. The actual interview was done by a few different people. I started out meeting with the VP of Finance and a different manager. The VP asked me to pick any industry I wanted and then he just asked a few basic questions about the industry and the major players. The manager gave me a hypothetical situation and asked how I would handle it. It was similar to a consulting interview question, but not quite as technical on getting exact numbers. It was challenging but not unreasonable or nerve-racking. After that I met with the manager that I went to lunch with and he basically explained the role and its place within the company. Then I met with three other finance guys and they just picked over my resume and asked me fit-related questions. Pretty straightforward. Then the finance manager gave me an office tour and that was about it. They gave me a call later that week and extended me an offer. They gave me a small window of time to respond; I think it was only a few business days.

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Instructure Awards & Accolades

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  • EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Utah Region Award, EY, 2014
  • Best Companies to Work For, Utah Business Magazine, 2014
  • CEO of the Year, Utah Business Magazine, 2013
  • Best Companies to Work For, Utah Business Magazine, 2013
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