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Nitro Overview
San Francisco, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Information Technology
$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

  • How the channel helped Nitro get into the enterprise sphere:

    How the channel helped this Aussie start-up penetrate the enterprise sphere

    Australian document software start-up, Nitro, has leveraged the channel to transition from being an SME-focused player to an "established enterprise tech vendor", the company said. Attributing its success in the enterprise market segment to its channel partners, Insight, Software One, Dimension Data and Data #3, Nitro said it has seen a successful transition with enterprise sales increasing at an average of nearly 40 per cent in 2015 and 2016.

  • Nitro landed in JobAdvisor's Top 10 Coolest Companies in Tech for 2016! Get the low down here:

    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.

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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.








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.


"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." 


“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


"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 from Boston, Massachusetts. The last winter in Boston was so brutal that I actually decided to move out to the West coast. I was looking at the Typesafe 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


“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


"I lived in Melbourne while 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


“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


"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

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    "Great company, awesome culture!"

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    I have been working at Nitro full-time


    1. Awesome culture
    2. Clear strategy
    3. Abundant resources and access to capital
    4. Huge TAM - there's a lot of money to be made here
    5. An industry that's ripe for disruption and innovation
    6. Work smart, play hard attitude
    7. No egos
    8. No BS - get your s**t done and have fun doing it
    9. Very thoughtful recruiting process designed to hire the very best people
    10. Dedicated executive and leadership team


    1. This isn't specific to the company, but there's a very large incumbent in the space that can make it hard to compete
    2. Somewhat low brand awareness/equity
    3. Commodity product (but working hard on other related solutions that will propel the company forward dramatically)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to remain transparent about the company and its successes and failures, and ensure that changes in the overall strategy and go-to-market and being communicated to the masses on a consistent basis.

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Nitro Interviews

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    Sales Development Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Nitro (San Francisco, CA).


    Everyone involved was incredibly helpful and it was a great fit from the start. The 1st interview was a 20-min phone screen with the recruiter who is really nice.

    I was asked to come in on site for the 2nd interview which was with the manager of the sales development team. Then I was invited to come back for the 3rd round, to give a mock presentation on the product, and the manager called beforehand to give me his expectations regarding what I had to accomplish, so I had no doubts as to what I had to do during the presentation.

    The 4th and final round was with employee experience (Nitro's HR) to talk about why I wanted to join Nitro and how I would fit in. After that the recruiter called to offer me the job and I said yes immediately.

    Interview Questions

    • How adept are you at teaching others how to use technology and software applications?   Answer Question
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Nitro Awards & Accolades

  • EY Entrepreneur of the Year - Southern Region, EY, 2014
  • Fast 100: Bay Area's Fastest-Growing Private Companies, San Francisco Business Times, 2013
  • Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, Inc. Magazine, 2013
  • 50 Fastest Growing Companies—AU, Deloitte, 2013
  • 500 Fastest Growing Tech Companies — APAC, Deloitte, 2013
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