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The Nerdery Overview

Minneapolis, MN
201 to 500 employees
2003
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
The Nerdery is a digital consultancy of software engineers, strategists, experience designers and problem solvers who create digital products and services that better people’s lives and drive business outcomes. With offices in Minneapolis, Chicago, Kansas City and ... Read more

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

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    Businesses do not purposely try to prevent customers from learning about and buying their products, yet this is an everyday occurrence on many websites (and web and mobile apps). Websites created without accessibility in mind may be excluding up to 20 percent of users.

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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 AskVal.com’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

Financial:

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

  • Bonus plan for production employees

  • Charitable gift matching

  • Tuition reimbursement

Career:

  • Cross-discipline training opportunities

  • Paid-for subscriptions to Lynda.com 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

Co-Presidency

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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    Pros

    The Nerdery is bringing in more experienced leadership who are leading the company in the right direction. Although there has been a lot of change in the past year, it's the type of change that is going to move the company forward and enable them to compete against the large digital consulting companies. This up-leveling will allow the company to bring in the types of clients and projects our Nerds want to work with and on.

    The Nerdery is extremely accepting of people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse interests. People are encouraged to be themselves versus conforming to a mandated employee type.

    Cons

    The MN facility needs significant upgrading. Although it is getting better it is still a hodge podge of miscellaneous furniture, finishings, and decor.

    There are quite a few employees that have spent the majority of their careers at The Nerdery. The recent changes have been very uncomfortable for this group of people because it feels different from what they have always known as normal. Unfortunately, when these employees lash out and push back on change, they create a negative environment for the employees that want the company to move forward and be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Don't slow down. The changes that are being made have been needed for quite some time. Continue to focus on moving to where we need to be versus sitting on where we are today.

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The Nerdery Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at The Nerdery (Bloomington, MN) in December 2017.

    Interview

    I applied online and had the first phone interview. I was immediately passed to the second round which is putting together a project plan. After I was told if I "passed" I would be moved on to the third round on-site interview.

    I will be honest, I'm very hesitant about spending time on this PP after spending a few hours reading all of their interviews and feedback (most recent in the last six months). I get that an organization can change and they had leadership change six months ago, but the negative feedback from current employees just keeps rolling in; the latest was just yesterday. I was excited at the opportunity to interview but I have a bad feeling in my gut about the health of the organization. The reason I love GlassDoor is that the feedback is real and authentic. When employees can submit things anonymously, I feel this is where you are going to get the most real feedback. This is the real deal! I saw so many keywords in the latest feedback; distrust, lack of loyalty, sell the company, lost executive team, lack of diversity, cronyism..... these words come up in feedback just within the last six months. YIKES!!

    I'm apprehensive about moving forward. I might just lay this project plan assignment down and choose to walk away. I have no idea what I would be walking into. I'm all on board with vision and sometimes drastic changes must be made, however clearly there's something not right here. Truthful feedback doesn't lie.

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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
  • Top Workplaces, STAR TRIBUNE, 2012
  • Titans of Technology, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, 2014
  • Best in Business, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2011
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