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The Nerdery Overview

Minneapolis, MN
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Information Technology
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
The Nerdery is a digital consultancy of strategists, designers and engineers who create digital products and services that better people’s day-to-day and drive business outcomes.

Mission: Our vision is to be the best place in the world for nerds to work. We believe passionate nerds are the driving force behind business breakthroughs. We don’t sell websites or mobile apps; we sell access to unstumpable problem solvers whose purpose is to redefine ... Read more

Company Updates

  • The value of research-driven user experience design is well-established. Our panelists will take the topic a step further at this month’s Nerd Therapy: What Your Users Want on August 29. RSVP here:

    Nerd Therapy Minneapolis: What Your Users Want

    Ready to dig deeper into digital transformation? Curious about how big data might affect your business? Want to untangle the difference between an API and an IP? Enter Nerd Therapy. Each month, we bring passionate technology experts and business professionals together into one room to tackle our industry's most pressing questions.

  • We’re excited to announce that R.J. Nicolosi has joined The Nerdery as president. Read more here:

    The Nerdery Adds R.J. Nicolosi as President, Tom O'Neill Moves to Board of Advisors | Press Releases | The Nerdery

    Minneapolis, August 10, 2017 - As part of its ongoing evolution to better meet the business needs of its clients, The Nerdery today announced the addition of R.J. Nicolosi as President. Nicolosi has been a member of The Nerdery's advisory board for five years and will lead day-to-day operations, working closely with company Co-founder and Chairman of the Board Mike Derheim.

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The Nerdery – Why Work For Us?

The Nerdery, based in Minneapolis with offices in Chicago, Kansas City and Phoenix, designs and develops custom software solutions. We apply user experience design, software development, project management and quality assurance to our core services of mobile and web applications, websites, systems integration and digital consulting. Clients span dozens of industries and include everything from startups and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

We believe strongly in quality workmanship, meaningful collaboration and outstanding customer service – it’s that ethos that has led countless Nerds to tell us they’ve learned more in their first six months at The Nerdery than years elsewhere.

Our Core Values

  • Constantly push boundaries

  • Win by empowering people

  • Solve problems pragmatically

  • Integrity in all circumstances

  • Be humble

Our Vision

We will be the best place in the world for nerds to work

Our Belief

Passionate nerds are the driving force behind business breakthroughs

Our Purpose

Redefine what's possible through technology

Our Pursuits

  • Be as passionate about our clients' business as we are our own

  • Encourage innovation through culture

  • Learn together; share expertise

  • Balance innovation and pragmatism


We’re proud of impactful work. Here are just a few samples to help illustrate what it’s like to work with us.

Putting A New Coat of Paint on Paint Shopping with Valspar
Valspar approached The Nerdery to build a seamless system to facilitate free consultations with Color Strategists flexible enough to provide personalized service to their wide consumer base. The entire project rallied around the idea that a consumer would have paint colors selected before entering a store. By developing’s Color Help tool, we accomplished all of their goals and helped Valspar disrupt their industry. Read more here.

Building a Safety Learning System with HB Healthcare
HB Healthcare Safety’s mission statement is, “We believe that no one should ever suffer or die as a result of process or system failures.” Any compassionate technologist can easily conclude that if data can save lives, this is our calling. HB Healthcare Safety came to The Nerdery with a clear understanding of what they wanted to accomplish, but didn’t know how to get there; here began a true partnership between business owner and technology experts.

Principal Software Engineer Patrick Fuentes shares a little bit about himself and what he loves to do both inside and outside of The Nerdery. Read the interview here

Here are some of the benefits a Nerdery employee can expect:

Health and well-being:

  • Paid time off starting at 20 days for new employees

  • Eight paid holidays

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans
  • FSA and HSA health plans

  • Paid leave for new parents (adoption and paternity leave included)

  • Short-term disability paid at 100 percent


  • Company-matched, 100-percent-vested 401k

  • Bonus plan for production employees

  • Charitable gift matching

  • Tuition reimbursement


  • Cross-discipline training opportunities

  • Paid-for subscriptions to and Safari Books Online

Check out our active jobs board postings here. 

Love What You Do

Everything about The Nerdery, as a company and a workplace, is built around nerdy needs — from our data-driven, streamlined processes to our cool, casual work environment and other refinements. Where is the love? Survey says it's here in abundance, as seen in our consistent ranking on best workplace lists


As Co-Presidents, Nerds personify our belief in distributed leadership. More a responsibility than a right, Co-Presidential power harnesses the passion of engaged Nerds to positively impact clients' business.

If you're applying for any position with us or even just considering pursuing one of our openings, all of them come with the co-title of Co-President. Whether you're a Software Engineer, Account Executive or an aspiring Nerd Experience team member, we want (and need) you to be a Co-President.

Try Before You Apply

Join us for an introductory tour that doubles as an informational interview for curious, could-be applicants. See The Nerdery during normal working hours, then stay for Bottle Cap, our Friday happy hour/show-and-tell. View upcoming events here.

The Nerdery Reviews

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    I have been working at The Nerdery (Less than a year)


    Great nerd team , and culture.


    the client you work with actually dictates how you feel about the company. It' s been a mix of that for me

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building dev team so you know for sure what they can produce.

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The Nerdery Photos

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The Nerdery Interviews



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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Declined Offer
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    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at The Nerdery (Chicago, IL).


    The Interview Process was quick and efficient, but that was the only really good thing about it. I received an offer from them in writing after my second round interview and was told to give notice of leaving at my current job (as the offer was contingent on me not being at my previous company any longer); it wasn't until after I had left my job that they rescinded their offer with no warning and to this day refused to give reason as to why. They have stopped responding to my emails and "ghosted" me for weeks.

    As a direct result of them I was out of work. What they did was unprofessional and immoral, I would highly discourage anyone from trusting their word, even in writing.

    Interview Questions

    • There was a coding challenge to build a Change Machine (given a dollar or change amount what would the result be in USD coins)   1 Answer
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The Nerdery Awards & Accolades

  • Communicator Award, The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, 2017
  • Best Places to Work(5 Time Winner), Mpls-St Paul Business Journal, 2014
  • Titans of Technology, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, 2014
  • Top Workplaces, STAR TRIBUNE, 2012
  • Best in Business, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2011
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