LEARN / Grow from good to great by learning from brilliant nerds, and teaching them.
Nerds say they learn more in their first month here than elsewhere their whole career. We encourage people to pursue new challenges and growth opportunities in building diverse portfolios of highly visible interactive work any nerd would be proud of – projects of every shape and size, in wide variety. Developer advocates make sure nerds are happy, challenged and having the career they want – with a chance to try any technology, or, become the guru of whatever they know best. Deployed Nerds take field-trips to work directly with clients and come home with lessons from the road.
BELONG / Beyond teamwork and clubs, a safe haven for nerds to be nerds together.
We’re grounded as nerds because we were founded by nerds – and consistently attract like-minded talent. Senior leadership included, most of us have development backgrounds. Everyone at The Nerdery has open access to everyone else at The Nerdery – an embarrassment of riches in collective smarts, kindred spirits and a hive mind of clubs and user groups. People bring their diverse non-work passions to work; here, we play with each other. With hundreds of community organizers, we belong.
LEAD / Chart your adventure. Co-Presidents will follow. All paths lead to distributed leadership.
In its Top Workplaces edition, Minneapolis Star Tribune gave us a special award for providing career advancement opportunity. Programmers, not managers, set development standards as peer-elected leaders of development committees. Our technical strength – and leadership – comes from following people closest to a specific technology. We challenge people to be emerging leaders simply by following their bliss.
TRUST / Earned upon entry, kept through transparent and engaged communication.
From a flat organizational structure with an open door policy to unlimited sick days, we have systems, processes and a workplace built on trust and openness. We’ve created several outlets for nerds to share ideas, advice, interests and opinions. Our nerd-fashioned tools – like Mainframe Mainframe | nounBuilt by nerds for nerds, this is one big-ass database and then some. It’s the backbone of our business – a complex system of levers and pulleys that handles everything from project management to communication to ordering your lunch. Mainframe makes everything we do visible to everyone doing it, and that’s quite a lot., The Buzz The Buzz | nounAn internal online forum where Nerds say whatever’s on their mind about pretty much anything, and post anonymously if they wish. A social contract governs our civil discourse with mutual respect and accountability. Topics range from critiquing our benefits plan to video game chatter to solicited advice on personal and professional matters., Answers Answers | nounWhereas you might ask your questions to Google, we bounce them off our own hivemind to get at the truth of the matter. Answers is our daily digest of good questions, addressed with articulated responses, by nerds, for nerds., and MindMeld MindMeld | nounHeld in our Nerditorium, this monthly all-staff meeting has a town-hall format. We take deeper dives into Buzzworthy topics. Everyone has a voice – and all of us have the ear of accountable decision makers. – foster transparent communication, give voice to idea-sharing nerds and further our collective brainpower through constant connection.
LIKE / Our likability ratings run high, but why? We let nerds be nerds.
For the win-win, our nerds are left alone to focus on the code – but also given a clubhouse to frolic with fellow nerds. Our nerds customize their workspace with whatever tech tools they need to be productive, and our office atmosphere strikes a work-life balance through creative outlets and extracurricular activities. With creature comforts galore and four-legged creatures running rampant, we cultivate a (finger quotes) working-from-home (end quotes) vibe.
LOVE / You’ll like working here, but you’ll love what you do (and therefore never have to work again).
Rather be programming than stuck in meetings? That works for us, too. Everything about The Nerdery, as a company and a workplace, is built around programmer 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 #1 spot on Biz Journal’s Best Places to Work list two years running.
A Message From Our Leader
I share your interest in working at The Nerdery – and I had better, what with me being CEO and co-founder and all. But enough about me. If you’re a talented nerd, you have career options. We want to be your very best option – the obvious choice. We seek career-minded professionals who embody our core values and want to make their mark at a company that thrives by acting on good ideas, like yours. If you join us, your co-title on day one will be Co-President Co-President | nounNerdery Nerds are asked to transcend their job title, expand their role, be a hero. Being a Co-President is kind of a big deal – for hundreds of us.. I’ll tell you more about this when we meet. If you want to blur the line between work and play, we want to work and play with you. These opportunities are all yours.