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Nerdery Reviews

Updated April 11, 2019
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Pros
  • "Work/life balance - Each and every one of us enjoys a great balance of work and life" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Great culture, great people, great benefits" (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "0 vision from upper management and poor communication" (in 9 reviews)

  • "But provide great customer service" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (11)

    "Great People, Great Work, and Right Direction!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Growth
    Current Employee - Client Growth
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nerdery full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Nerdery is a great place to work and the Nerds are amazing humans. Every day I am stretched to learn something new with colleagues much smarter than me. Everyone is so collaborative and inclusive. I have yet to encounter a brilliant jerk. We work on diverse projects with a diverse customer base which keeps work fresh and exciting. The company culture is awesome and provides many of the amenities you would expect from a modern tech company. The work/life balance is legit! Great job to have if you value flexibility and time off.

    Cons

    Change is hard. We have had to make changes to our business to remain relevant. Those necessary changes affected some talented people and that is never fun.

    Advice to Management

    Keep heading in the direction we are going. Communicate the change and the Nerds will crush it!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic people and direction"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nerdery full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company is finally on the right track after lots of changes over the last several years. Yes, people have left, but the people that remain are awesome, and I'm amazed at the kind of talent that we've been able to attract to help us continue to evolve. I'm really excited about the direction and where we are headed!

    Cons

    There is still some cultural work to be done in getting people focused on the right things (less about us, more about our great work and great clients).

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep us all focused on doing great work, and the rest will take care of itself.

    Nerdery Response

    Mar 8, 2019 – NA

    This is Adrian Slobin. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and I agree that the people and level of talent here is one of the best part of the job, hands down. You’re right that we have... More

  3. Helpful (9)

    "No idea where the company is heading"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nerdery full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Nerds have always been what made Nerdery a special place to work, but people are leaving left and right, whether through being laid off or quitting on their own accord, so I can't really say that's a pro anymore.

    Cons

    All leadership support of the unique culture that made Nerdery a great organization has been removed and it's a struggle to organize anything special anymore. With so many people leaving, it's unclear whether they want to even have a development portion of the company or simply want to be a consulting group. While adaptation is understandable, there's a real loss of any positive corporate culture or a clear understanding of where the company wants to go. It's very different than what Nerdery used to be and because of this, I can't advise anyone to consider getting a job there. With so much outside leadership coming in, long-term employees simply leave to get a promotion somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    I don't know if you have a long-term strategy to sell or simply change the focus of the company, but your current activities (and lack of any sort of culture or current-employee career paths support) will leave you with a shell of a company with nothing but employees that don't care about the company or their work.

    Nerdery Response

    Apr 15, 2019 – CEO

    Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback around your frustrations. As a current employee, I hope you were able to participate in the rollout of our new vision and priorities and that you will... More


  4. Helpful (2)

    "WHOA! Lots of Feelings on Glassdoor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Partner in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Client Partner in Bloomington, MN
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nerdery full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nerdery is able to hire really nice people. You're offered a pretty flexible work environment, it's not smack in the middle of downtown, and Nerdery has a pretty decent reputation with clients in the local area. Contrary to what others may think, I do think that the leadership team does care and is willing to listen, but I don't think many people know that. Instead of approaching them to have a conversation, many sit and let their feelings fester, which is never good.

    Cons

    There has been a lot of turnover at all levels of the organization, the direction, who we are, what we do and who we help is constantly changing. Many talented people who could have pushed the company to the next level have left. You can look at that two ways - really great talent leaving OR making room for the next generation of new leaders - your choice.

    Leadership is fine. Many are new, none are the terrible people that have been cited in the previous posts. Are they similar to the original leaders (owners) who were some of the most down to earth, humble individuals? No, they aren't - but Nerdery isn't the same either. Nerdery used to be an amazing place to work, great perks, lots of fun, ever-changing environment - it still has a lot of those qualities, but the competition does too. There's lots of work to be done there, many production people are incredibly talented in their craft, but lack the soft skills to be client facing and the production staff that does hold those highly coveted skill sets are leading multimillion dollar engagements and won't be able to lead a new project or mentor other people.

    Everyone leaves jobs, everyone leaves companies. Nerdery isn't terrible, but it also isn't the special gem it used to be. I'll be interested to see where the company goes.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your people, listen to how they are feeling and empower them to be leaders. There is a lot of good talent left at Nerdery, if you can provide emotional security for them to push some boundaries, great things can happen.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nerdery full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nerdery really cares for their employees. My job is relatively low on stress. We get a catered meal and free beer every Friday. The kitchen is stocked with free bananas, apples, bagels, cereal, coffee, ramen, oatmeal, chocolate, and LaCroix. Employees at Nerdery are very social and friendly, as well as into technology and their careers. Employees are often empowered to learn new things and cross-train on different technologies.

    Cons

    The overall vision and direction of the company is mysterious, and attempts to communicate vision to the employees often fall short.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Best Place I've Ever Worked!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nerdery full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. The people. The Phoenix team is second to none. Our Phoenix Nerds are not only smart, but they CARE. We are truly a family - each of us on our own mission to help change the world one client at a time. Our Managing Director is an all-around awesome human, too. Such a pleasure to work with!

    2. Transparency - In just about everything we do from a business perspective. Our CEO is VERY communicative and has been a wonderful agent of change over the past year. Some tough decisions have been made, but he has kept us in the loop as to why and what the plan is moving forward.

    3. Work/life balance - Each and every one of us enjoys a great balance of work and life. We aren't pushed to work a crazy amount of hours and we are always encouraged to take time off. Many of our Nerds enjoy plenty of flexibility in work from home options as well.

    4. We are GOING places!! SO much growth happening in Phoenix. it's an exciting time to be here, especially with the build out of our new office space in Park Central.

    5. Solid benefits and lots of little perks! Things like fitness incentives, doc-on-call, LegalShield, etc. We will also be getting a Mother's Room in our brand new space.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  7. Helpful (18)

    "Steer Clear!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Partner in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Client Partner in Bloomington, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nerdery full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Outside of management, about the only thing that comes to mind is that you're fellow coworkers are amazing people. I have a feeling this too will errode away as most are becoming wise to all of the sexism and racism exhibited throughout management/leadership.

    Cons

    This should not be as easy as it is for me to write, but unfortunately I've become one of the many exposed to the hardships of being a female in this company. Sexism and racism runs rampant within Nerdery and you don't have to look very far to see this. I feel many of the positive posts recently have been written by the all male leadership to assist in their recruiting efforts. The company numbers don't lie, but I can absolutely assure you that most of the recent posts are completely false. This once great company was north of 500 employees. Between firings, mass layoffs, and much of the great talent fleeing for better opportunities, this organization is down to the 300 mark. I could go on and on here, but I've made my point.

    Advice to Management

    Sell! Get this company back into the hands of capable leadership before it's too late.

    Nerdery Response

    Mar 8, 2019 – NA

    This is Cassi Hansen, Director of Nerd Experience. We’re committed to providing a safe and welcoming workplace for all of our Nerds to be able to do their best work and it is very upsetting to hear... More

  8. Helpful (14)

    "Unrecognizable Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nerdery full-time

    Pros

    The actual nerds are great people.

    Cons

    Company size and culture is half of what it used to be. Talent and clients are leaving so fast that the company cannot stay ahead of it. The CEO and other leaders are failing. This was once a place of success and collaboration, but it is now a place of stress and fear.

    Advice to Management

    Resign for the sake of the owners and the good employees that are still left.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to make impact"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nerdery full-time

    Pros

    Coming from larger organizations it was a breath of fresh air to join Nerdery's flat org. I feel the impact I make quickly and I am empowered to make decisions on my own without jumping through bureaucratic hoops.

    Cons

    Communication is still lacking from team to team, but it's clearly being addressed.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "The best coworkers I've ever had!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Bloomington, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nerdery full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    * The People – Without a doubt, the Nerdery is easily the most talented group of developers, designers and staff that it has ever been my pleasure to work with.

    * A Culture of Continuous Learning – The Nerdery culture places a high value on learning and sharing knowledge. This makes it a wonderful place to mature and refine your skills in development and design.

    * A Safe Space for Nerds – If you can name a branch of nerd-dom, it's represented at the Nerdery. Everyone is incredibly accepting of what other people are passionate about.

    Cons

    * Poor Diversity – The Nerdery's development staff is overwhelmingly white and male (myself included). I feel like women and minorities may not face overt hostility, but they are absolutely subjected to a ton of unconscious bias hassles. It's a problem without a simple solution, given the overall demographics of tech in general and Minnesota in particular, so I'm not calling the Nerdery out as being unusually bad, but I would like to see us be a bigger part of the solution.

    * Substandard Base Salary – The culture is great, particularly if you're a young professional trying to master your craft, but for older developers who aren't as jazzed about unlimited free Red Bull, the compensation package lags behind the competition in the Twin Cities. This tends to create a brain drain at the upper skill levels and has lead to jokes about the Nerdery being the farm team for local tech companies.

    Advice to Management

    You need to do a better job about communicating to developers at the highest level (PSE) how they can continue to grow and further their careers. Particularly if they are in a discipline which has not been replacing attrition 1:1. A shrinking department leads to worries about the company's commitment to my place within it.