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Updated Feb 16, 2021

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Nerdery Chief Executive Officer  Michael Schmidt
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Pros
  • "Great culture, great people, great benefits(in 15 reviews)

  • "Also, work/life balance is the absolute best of any company I've ever worked for(in 14 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Upper management doesn’t seem to be interested in change(in 10 reviews)

  • "Previously was the best place in the world for nerds to work(in 9 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Amazing place to accelerate your skillset!

      May 28, 2020 - Director 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      If you are looking to really accelerate your career and get experience building digital with incredible brands then Nerdery is a fantastic fit for you. Leadership is solid and the transformation I have seen over the past few years has been incredible. I love how Nerdery empowers me to run and grow at an incredible pace. If you do good work ad prove yourself, you will always be rewarded with bigger and better opportunities. Also, work/life balance is the absolute best of any company I've ever worked for. Lots of trust and flexibility is given to people who are able to consistently deliver.

      Cons

      Like any services company, the pay isn't the best. I would also say that Nerdery has two cultures, one of the legacy Nerds(who can be kind of crabby and set in their ways) and one of the new Nerds(who are high energy and collaborative). This is just a general rule of thumb and there are plenty of exceptions but I think your experience at Nerdery will largely depend on who you work for and if you can rise above the occasional naysayer.

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Ironically, Product Delivery is Nerdery's Biggest Problem

      Jan 15, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      This company has real and high potential. The new leader (the owner) is very open minded and cares about the legacy of the company and making people finding meaning in working there. He is not interested in repeating the prior CEO's blind trust of the leadership team and weak strategy.

      Cons

      This company has 4 things holding it back that need to change immediately if they're going to achieve their true potential of serious and rapid high growth: 1. Growth - This part of the org is fundamentally weakly led, not forced to increase its skill set and the latest promotion cements the reality that this year will be poor in new business. As for organic growth, it's not gonna be much better. I wish I could say there's something to do here, but it basically needs a completely swap of the team, minus a couple of people, not just a new leader. 2. Finance - The accounting system does not give leadership a realistic view of cost-of-sales; and rack rates demanded do not match market for quality delivered - at all. There are better shops doing things for less cost than us by a country mile. This leads to inflated targets that have to be trimmed as the year continues - once reality sets in. Finance also doesn't 'get' market competition. Nerdery gets laughed at for its exorbitant rates and when the outcome quality lags (#4), clients are left wondering what they paid for. 3. Capacity/Resourcing - This area is amateur hour and shields leadership from seeing its very poor decisions that split FTEs into fourths and eighths, while failing to invest in hiring skills that will keep Nerdery ahead of market. The perception that Nerdery is a 'body shop' is highly reinforced by the degree to which this group sees people as expendable and non-unique and does not honor subtle or proactive client needs. The leader here has their job because they lead with force and fear-creation, rather than skill or quality. It's a constant mess. I feel bad because his team are nice and capable people, they're just misled. 4. Product Delivery - This is actually the biggest, festering wound in the company. The head of this area insists they are an expert at digital product delivery management, but they simply are not - they just are the best and fastest talker in the room. This leader is publicly arrogant and controlling to subordinates and privately toxic and disrespectful to almost everyone who questions him. He is good at acting like he has everything under control, but, systematically, has created a way of working where he is the single point of failure and bottleneck for everything. He does not hire or promote people who are better than him or who do not obey him without questioning. He doesn't not create organizational redundancy. He also does not manage out toxic and mediocre people in his organization who have multiple quality and conduct grievances filed against them - he fundamentally thinks those are great people to have around because he can control them. But more than this and worse: he does not know how to run a smooth, well-oiled and modern digital product delivery company. He does not understand, nor has he succeeded in setting up CI/CD, nor does he know how to bring cutting edge ways of product delivery into a wider system for a 200-person consulting force. And it shows every single time we have large projects that are high stakes. They fall apart. Every project is ridiculously different and suffers wildly different and inconsistent outcomes. This chaos ensures that he is critical and necessary whenever things go wrong and reinforces the myth that he is important. In fact, he isn't important or necessary, rather he's the source of the problem - most of his direct reports believe this too, sadly, but are too scared to say so. Nerdery will never, ever, ever be a market leading digital product delivery organization until and unless he is replaced with (or placed under) an industry expert who has done this before and at scale - AND values people development and trusts his team with layered delegation. It's sad - because personally speaking he is a very, very nice guy and loves the company.

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    3. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Not for minorities

      Feb 11, 2021 - Client Partner in Edina, MN
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      Pros

      Nerdery had some talented people, but unfortunately most have left in recent months

      Cons

      Nerdery is going through rough times. The new CEO genuinely cares about the company but has no vision, and the damage done by the old CEO, and his appointees on the leadership team, is irreparable. From Delivery to Client Growth, it’s bleeding - incompetent people keep getting promoted. They are not learning from their failures. The overall culture is very toxic, HR overlooks behavior of long tenured employees, to the point that they can get away with racism or behavior that would not be tolerated elsewhere. If you are a minority, I seriously advise you to reconsider working here. You should do your homework and ask former employees who have left recently. Attrition in the recent months has been off the charts.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good place to sharpen skills.

      Jan 27, 2021 - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Tons of opportunities for learning. People care about each other.

      Cons

      Ups and downs of consulting life. Pay is lower than equivalent work at product company.

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Agency trying to find their way

      Jan 17, 2021 - Business Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Healthy work culture. Great colleagues and no expectation to work crazy hours. When the office was open, lots of fun events/food to keep employees engaged.

      Cons

      Growing pains. Nerdery is trying to shift in to 'strategy' and 'digital partnership' and shed the image of strictly execution shop. It hasn't been smooth with some key leadership turnover.

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Working at Nerdery

      Jan 21, 2021 - Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It is a great place to work.

      Cons

      They should have Monsters instead of Red Bull!

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      2 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Poor communication, lackluster leadership

      Feb 16, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Talented individual contributors, lots of down time

      Cons

      Leadership is nonexistent, and employees are expected to fend for themselves. This often creates a me-first attitude among team members, and inconsistent processes.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great learning opportunity!

      Nov 30, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Seasoned design leaders with lots of expertise in UX/UI and a willingness to teach and develop talent.

      Cons

      Focus on "billable hours" was a distraction at times...

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      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Former Employee

      COVID-19 response

      Jul 14, 2020 - Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Great culture. Unlike any culture you will ever see. - Great managers and coworkers. - Room to develop your skills. - In response to COVID-19 Nerdery leadership sent out some very encouraging messages. Including in regards to the police protests. It was nice to see. - Best job I've ever had until COVID-19 hit.

      Cons

      Nerdery responded to COVID-19 by doing the following: 1. Deferred salary raises. Even for promoted employees. 2. Temporarily cut salaries of highest earners. 3. Voluntary and forced furloughs. 4. Light lay offs (so far). 5. Heavy PTO restrictions. 6. Accepted PPP loan but has not promised to give back pay to employees who lost salary. They are still hopeful that the loan will be forgiven. Nerdery claims that the company is still healthy, yet they did all of these things. Nerdery is NOT entitled to our money in any case.

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      6 people found this review helpful

      Nerdery Response

      CEO

      Thanks for your great feedback about Nerdery’s culture, teams, and opportunities for skills development. Sadly, COVID-19 has affected every industry and sector, and Nerdery has not been immune to the impact. I’m understating it when I say we’ve faced difficult decisions over the past few months, especially when it comes to impacting people’s jobs. By taking protective measures (e.g., pausing raises, offering furloughs, keeping layoffs to a minimum, etc.), we’re doing our best to protect as many jobs as possible and ensure Nerdery remains strong during this crisis and is positioned for continued growth in the future. Regarding PTO, while we have adjusted the maximum number of vacation days (10 days) that can be used during Q4, we didn’t remove or eliminate any PTO overall. And, we’ve also increased how much time can be rolled over into 2021 to ensure our employees can take the time they’ve earned this year or next. We’re encouraging our Nerds to take time off knowing that the need to recharge is incredibly important given current circumstances. Finally, regarding the PPP loan, we’ve been using it to support our business during these unforeseeable times so we can keep our employees and business intact now and going forward — including paying employee salaries, facility rent and utilities. I regret any misunderstanding on this front. Thank you again for the feedback and for your service during your time at Nerdery; please feel free to contact me directly if there’s additional insight you’d like to share about your time here.

    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Slowly Sinking

      Dec 30, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Craft Beer on tap, dogs in the office, free snacks, generous PTO.

      Cons

      Management!! Too many cooks spoil the broth.

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      4 people found this review helpful
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