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Nitro Overview

San Francisco, CA
201 to 500 employees
2005
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Nitro is changing the way the world works with documents. From small businesses to large, global enterprises, Nitro gives teams of any size the power to create, convert, edit, sign, and share with ease.

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Company Updates

  • Nitro landed in JobAdvisor's Top 10 Coolest Companies in Tech for 2016! Get the low down here: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQFwp

    JobAdvisor's Coolest Companies Winners for 2016 Revealed! - Job Advice

    We know you've all been patiently (or excitedly like us!) waiting for the results, and after much long deliberation we are all pleased to announce JobAdvisor's winners and finalists! This year JobAdvisor received a record number of applications from companies big and small from all across Australia.

  • Here are a few ways Nitro's features can give you the productivity peace of mind to actually enjoy your hard-earned vacation: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ459

    Go on Vacation with Nitro - Nitro Blog

    Depending on where you live in the world, it's either getting a lot hotter, or significantly colder, right now. Either way, chances are you need a break from the everyday. But let's not kid ourselves, disconnecting is often harder than it sounds-and sometimes, it isn't an option at all.

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Nitro – Why Work For Us?


At Nitro, we're changing the way the world works with documents. From the desktop to the cloud, we make it easy to create, edit, share, sign and collaborate—online or offline.

Over 650,000 businesses run Nitro, including over 50% of the Fortune 500. We're the PDF software partner of choice for Lenovo®, and our award-winning products, including Nitro Pro and Nitro Cloud, are used by millions of people every month in nearly 200 countries.

Australian-founded, we're headquartered in downtown San Francisco with offices in Melbourne, Australia and Dublin, Ireland. One of the fastest-growing private companies in the world, Nitro is also a multiple Inc. 500/5000, BRW Fast 100, Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and Software 500 award winner.




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Be Part of the Nitro Good Life

We help the world work smarter—and have plenty of fun while doing it

Nitro Gives

From fundraising events to charity walks to volunteer programs, donating our money and time is something we take pretty seriously here at Nitro. In fact, our Nitro Gives program helps Nitronauts make the world a better place by offering volunteer time off, donation matching, and charity partnerships.

Where Skills and Shenanigans Meet

We believe in striking the perfect balance between “work hard, play hard.” Every day, we strive to create, collaborate, and innovate just a little better. But this doesn’t mean we take ourselves too seriously. Weekly happy hours, trivia nights, baking competitions, costume contests, and holiday parties give us a way to stay fresh—and an excuse to let loose.

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"Our CTO reached out to me when Nitro was getting ready to re-platform into the TypeSafe stack. I was presented me with an opportunity to join the team that was ultimately responsible for building the platform for the next generation of smart documents. I get it—PDFs aren’t necessarily the sexiest thing, but it was clear that our mission was so much more than that—the innovation of productivity workflows was really attractive to me. I mean, who likes papers floating around your workspace?! I hate printing documents out and scanning them—I don’t find that productive at all." 


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“From our Sales development to our Sales management, we offer an environment that allows Nitronauts the opportunity to grow an exciting and successful career in sales. When I started, there were probably 50 Nitronauts companywide and now we are at about 200 and still growing." – Nick Hughes, U.S. Sales Manager


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"I loved that Nitro was very committed to technology, and specifically passionate about Scala. It was clear that the team is committed to creating a culture of engineering and 'always learning', which is what I’ve always done in my career. It was a perfect fit." – Devin Loftis, Director of Platform Engineering


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"I’m fromBoston, Massachusetts. The last winter in Boston was so brutal that I actually decided to move out to the West coast. I was looking at theTypesafe partner’s page and I came across various events organized by Nitro—meetups, hackathons—their Scala community involvement was what initially attracted me to the company. Then when I learned about their product offering—I was sold. It doesn’t hurt that the culture, people, and food around San Francisco is amazing, too." – Paul Kinsky, Platform Engineer


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“The Nitro Marketing culture fits into the Nitro culture as a whole – we are definitely a creative and VERY silly bunch, but we know when to buckle down and get the task done.” Laine Riley, Project Manager


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"I lived in Melbournewhile I was in college and it was a special city for me. Nitro is Aussie-founded and it was a happy coincidence. I love the culture—it’s very fun yet performance driven—results are everything for us. I feel like I’m working with friends rather than just colleagues. It makes getting out of bed not too much of a struggle and being at work is a lot more enjoyable!” – Alex Acker, Sr. Manager, Marketing & Insights


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“It’s really simple: we’re all about being performance-driven, no bullsh*t and being good—to our customers, our candidates and most importantly, our employees.” – Jennifer Trendler, Director of Talent


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"The culture at Nitro can be described as “employees first.” And—great for us—happy employees make for happy customers. Naturally, as a Sales department, we care a lot about hitting our goals, but we want to do it in a very collaborative and supportive way." –Dave Belove, VP of Sales Operations and Productivity

Nitro Reviews

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    I have been working at Nitro full-time

    Pros

    Great people
    Fun culture
    Managers care
    Big sales
    Big product releases
    Nice office with dogs
    Stock options

    Cons

    Lots of change
    Everyone is stretched
    A little disorganized
    Too much sales cheerleading
    Some product gaps
    Key departures

    Advice to Management

    Seems like changes from past few years are paying off. Keep it up!

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Nitro Photos

Nitro photo of: Source: Design Blitz
Nitro photo of: A group of Nitronauts at SoulCycle for Body and Mind week!
Nitro photo of: Some of our Dublin Nitronauts volunteering at the Simon Community
Nitro photo of: Nitro Hackweek Demos
Nitro photo of: Some of our SF Nitronauts volunteering at the Curry Senior Center
Nitro photo of: The great Nitro bake off 2016
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Nitro Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Nitro (San Francisco, CA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Nitro's approach to hiring is pretty much the ideal hiring process you could imagine. Do not expect to be answering on a whiteboard how to search the MST of a huge graph or serialize a BST with parenthesis notation. Don't take me wrong, they want you to have good CS fundamentals but the product mindset is also very important.

    First I was prompted to spend some time using the product and give them feedback. I sent an email with 3 points. What is the product for, what would I change or improve and which part of the product I would like to work on.

    This went well so I went to 3 onsite interviews, one was to dig a bit more in my technical background, the other two were more of a cultural fit interview.

    During the process I was invited to join an internal workshop and I spent an afternoon coding with other engineers.

    I came back for an extra technical interview which consisted in giving an idea of how to design a system. I went home and did an iteration on the exercise and sent them an improved version.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you want a beer? While I was wrapping up the tech exercise.   1 Answer
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Nitro Awards & Accolades

  • Fast 100: Bay Area's Fastest-Growing Private Companies, San Francisco Business Times, 2013
  • BRW Fast 100, BRW, 2011
  • Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50, Deloitte, 2011
  • #699 Overall, #27 San Francisco, #67 Software Industry, Inc. 500, 2011
  • Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, Inc. Magazine, 2013
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Pledges & Certifications

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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