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NerdWallet Overview

San Francisco, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Financial Analytics & Research
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Hi, we’re NerdWallet. And we love helping people get more from their money. That’s why we make it simple to see your money in one place, lower your bills, shake off debt, score the best credit cards and so much more. Call us nerdy, but we think ... Read more

Mission: We’re here to help you get more from your money.

Company Updates

  • We're thrilled to be honored by the SF Business Times as a #1 Best Places to Work!

    At NerdWallet, employees weigh in on key decisions normally reserved for the C-suite, making it a Best Places to Work 2017 - Silicon Valley Business Journal

    NerdWallet's mission is to bring trust and transparency to the often-intimidating consumer finance sector. That mission extends to the company's employees as well. The personal finance site's 474 "Nerds" enjoy the usual perks from a fast-growing Bay Area tech company.

  • Excited to be recognized as an emerging personal finance company by the Fintech 250 awards!

    The Fintech 250

    It is a purely data-driven/algorithmic process that uses CB Insights data. We've gathered this data via our machine learning technology (dubbed The Cruncher) as well as via several thousand direct submissions from firms and individual professionals using The Editor.

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NerdWallet – Why Work For Us?

NerdWallet is shaping the future of finance by empowering people with clear information. And that mentality starts with our employees, or Nerds, as we like to call them. Our culture is built on five values; “consumer, company, team, self”; “drivers before solutions”; “candid and constructive”; "hypothesize, build, measure, learn"; and “relentless self-improvement.” These values drive how we work, play and enable us to better service our customers every day.

NerdWallet has an inclusive, collaborative and casual vibe. Open, comfortable spaces foster collaboration and the best technology equips our Nerds with exactly what they need to be successful. Most weeks start with a company-wide meeting and end with a happy hour to celebrate all of our great work. NerdWallet was recognized as a Top Workplace by the Bay Area News Group in 2015 and 2016, and was recognized as a Technology Fast 500 company by Deloitte in 2016.


At NerdWallet, we understand that consumers struggle to get good financial advice because they either turn to friends and family who are well-intentioned but not well-informed or to financial advisors that don’t always have their best interests in mind. We aim to cut through the noise to provide free financial advice, while always putting the consumer first.

Tim Chen, NerdWallet CEO and co-founder, started the company in 2009 after his sister asked for his help finding a credit card. Even with an economics degree and a Wall Street background, Tim took a long time to find a recommendation. To see all of his options, he put the credit card information into a spreadsheet; from there NerdWallet’s first credit cards tool was built. And our mission to bring clarity to all of life’s financial decisions was born. Today, NerdWallet has grown to deliver content, tools and advice across a wide range of areas in personal finance (banking; credit cards; auto, life, health and home insurance; investing; auto, personal and student loans; mortgages; shopping; small business; taxes; and utilities) and most recently launched our first app. NerdWallet was bootstrapped from day one in 2009 until 2015, when we received $69 million Series A funding. Backed by IVP, RRE Ventures, iGlobe Partners and Silicon Valley Bank. To date, NerdWallet has experienced year over year profitability. (Go, team!)

Consistently recognized as a Top Workplace to work by Bay Area News Group and awarded as a Technology Fast 500 company, today NerdWallet is home to more than 400 Nerds and attracts 7 million unique monthly users to its site.

At NerdWallet, there are quite a few things that make our culture one of a kind. We embrace who we are - employees are called “Nerds”, and our headquarters is the NerdLair. Nerds embody our core cultural values to guide the work we do each day:


Consumer, Company, Team, Self

We believe that doing what’s best for consumers is the right strategy. Putting company and team goals before our own allows us to collaborate with greater trust and effectiveness. It’s the fastest path to success, collectively and individually.


Drivers Before Solutions

We believe in figuring out what the most important thing to do is, and then doing it. Solving the right problem by addressing the root cause, not just symptoms. It takes a thoughtful and strategic approach to unlock step-function growth.


Relentless Self-Improvement

Continuous improvement compounds quickly - for yourself and for the company.  A growth mindset is our best tool for tackling the tough and ambiguous challenges ahead. We believe in approaching each day with the humility to recognize our weaknesses and with a commitment to developing ourselves and others.

Candid & Constructive

We are all in the same boat, racing towards a distant island. We must row together, coach each other, and communicate effortlessly in order to maximize our odds of success. Candid, open conversations help keep us on the same page. Constructive feedback builds relationships by focusing on what’s working now and what can be improved — which will help us overcome roadblocks faster.

Hypothesize, Build, Measure, & Learn

Get to a good hypothesis, and get right to work iterating and tweaking. The faster we know whether or not something works, the more we can learn. The goal is constant improvement, if it means we make some mistakes along the way.

We’re an online company, but we strongly believe in acting on our mission in person by giving back to the community and helping to empower those around us. That’s done through our employee-led corporate social responsibility program, NerdsPayItForward. Through NerdsPayItForward, our Nerds have volunteered at more than 40 events and raised thousands of dollars for local and national organizations, including Project Homeless Connect, St. Anthony’s, the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp., Meals on Wheels and more.  In 2016, we honored this work and the relationships we’ve made with local groups by presenting three organizations with $5,000 grants.

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  • "The Hardest Job You'll Ever Love"

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    - One of those rare companies that actually puts consumers first.
    - Excellent compensation.
    - Flexible schedule, ample PTO, and an amazing benefits package.
    - Respectful management. They are genuinely dedicated to preserving your mental health, empowering you to excel at your job and furthering your career.
    - Projects and assignments that truly challenge you. Those who go above and beyond to innovate solutions are recognized and appreciated.


    - If can't handle change this company may not be for you. NW is still very much a startup. We aim at moving targets. Adaptability is a must.
    - Constant self-improvement (i.e. hearing and acting upon feedback) is a must.
    - Not all departments enjoy the same management style. Some have had leadership changes and/or are still experiencing growing pains (keep that in mind when reading the negative reviews here).

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for creating a company that keeps its mission front and center, and treats employees like the assets they are. Continue to operate in a transparent, consumer-first way and the sky's the limit!

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NerdWallet Photos

NerdWallet photo of: Quick stop for a photo during #NerdLove week!
NerdWallet photo of: Not only do our employees get outfitted with awesome swag, we make sure the kids get extra special swag
NerdWallet photo of: Dr. Seuss theme for our annual Little Nerd's Day event!
NerdWallet photo of: NerdWallet's 2nd annual Little Nerd's Day in our San Francisco HQ. We invite all our employees to bring their little ones in for a day of fun-filled activities!
NerdWallet photo of: Magic Show at our Little Nerds Day event 2017
NerdWallet photo of: Connect 4 fun at Little Nerd's Day!
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NerdWallet Interviews



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  1. Featured Interview


    Software Engineer - Front End Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at NerdWallet (San Francisco, CA) in October 2016.


    Preface: You are asked to bring a computer, obviously so that it's set up the way you need. However, they will happily supply one if you don't or can't.

    This was, hands down, the best interview experience I had in this current job seek. The visit to the office only lasted 4 hours (instead of the expected 7-8), so by the end, my brain wasn't exhausted. Each session asked practical, real-world questions–no algorithms. The point: algorithms can be discerned using real-world problems. Our industry is often remiss about this; NerdWallet is not.

    I was asked back the next day for a 1.5-hour follow-up chat with the engineering manager and the lead for another team; They felt I was a better fit because of my performance.

    The talent coordinator (recruiter) was *impeccable* with communication, candor and excitement. I received a grand tour of the office, asked questions about the day-to-day.

    By the end of the process, I was absolutely ready to move to the next step.

    Interview Questions

    • I won't give away the actual questions, but the general overview:

      # 3 technical problems: 1 scripting, 1 layout/visual, 1 security (discussion)
      # 1 discussion with a product owner
      # Lunch during the process, hosted by a fellow engineer; they sat and chatted with me, asking about my passions, and answering any questions about them or NerdWallet.

      Each technical session was hosted by two engineers, mostly front-end. Questions were appropriately asked by knowledgeable individuals.   Answer Question


    Just like any interview process, come to the table with confident, yet reasonable expectations. If they like you and need you, they will work with you to find something fair for both sides.

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NerdWallet Awards & Accolades

  • #1 Best Places to Work, SF Business Times, 2017
  • Comcast Innovation Through Technology Award, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, 2014
  • Best Hospital Finder, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, 2013
  • FAFSA Community – NerdScholar, College Knowledge Challenge (Sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), 2012
  • Hospital Price Transparency Challenge(3rd Place), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Northwest Health Foundation, 2013
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