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Nitro Reviews

Updated 14 November 2014
Updated 14 November 2014
46 Reviews
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  1.  

    A great place to grow my career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nitro full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nitro is a growing tech company that has a very bright future. With the growth of new offices and new positions, we really have the opportunity to drive our roles in the direction that we want to go withing the company. My team is positive and very hard working which keeps me motivated :) I have the autonomy to do what I'm great at and my manager trusts me. I know I will be with Nitro for years to come.

    Cons

    Right now there a few growing pains with adding new higher level positions that we previously did not have, but these are positions that we need to fill in order to be successful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Nitro full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I've been super impressed by the great culture that the founders and leadership team have built over the last 9 years. This plus the exciting new products coming to market make this an exciting place to work.

    Cons

    None from my POV. The senior leadership team is actively growing its ranks with high quality candidates, and this is further building clarity around the future vision as well as providing strong mentoring opportunities to me and the team around me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Through the current growth phase, some folks need additional support, so maybe consider that as part of the active management process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frat house vibe

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nitro as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Dynamic environment, beautifully stocked kitchen, well-selected catering, decidedly un-stuffy. A number of genuinely smart and driven individuals.

    Cons

    Entitled millenials at a perpetual happy hour make for an exceptionally juvenile and cliquey work atmosphere. I would recommend this company to some of my younger friends, but anyone more than a few years out of college will likely balk at the unprofessional day-to-day "culture" and behavior of the overly coddled employees.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Barely a technology company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Nitro full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The employee experience team truly cares about making Nitro a great place to work--and they do an excellent job at it. Most of the employees are well intentioned and genuinely good humans.

    Cons

    If you are joining the company to grow yourself as an engineer, look elsewhere, there is no engineering culture. Craftsmanship and innovation are not valued at the company. The flashiness and the amount of free booze and snacks is almost insulting; at times it felt like they were treating us like children.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Customer Support

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nitro full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They had a nicely stocked kitchen, lunch twice a week and happy hour.

    Cons

    It felt like a high school cafeteria and very clique like. My manager had less experience than me and was not very helpful nor friendly. Not sure how someone can be working with clients when they can't even be nice to people around them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. I told them exactly why I was leaving in my exit interview and doesn't seem anything has changed in that department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, great culture with a can do attitiude

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Nitro full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I joined Nitro due to the folks that I interviewed with. The CEO Sam and Gina the COO were both very transparent in what the company is like to work for and with. I really did like the vision they have for the company and they both cared greatly about the employees and the company in general.

    The company is going through a transition and growth stage and they are hiring a great leadership team to ensure that Nitro is successful moving forward. The perks and benefits are great and the Employment Experience do a great job in welcoming new hires and making you feel a part of the team.

    Cons

    As this time I do not have any cons to write about. everyone is fully engaged and are primed to take the company to the next level of growth. Inter-department communication has been lacking but with the new employees that have been hired this is getting much better and the various teams are now getting in the loop more in changes affecting the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue listening to ideas from employees and being collaborative along with the no BS values that are instilled in every employee. They are doing a good job at this time even with the changes and new faces to the leadership team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing and on the wrong track

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nitro full-time

    Pros

    On the surface, Nitro sounds like a great company, and in many ways it is from the benefits to the employee experience team. In general, most people are well intentioned and that includes the executive team. The employee experience team does a great job of trying to keep employees engaged in social activities. While youth and creativity are typically strengths for this company, in many ways, they are also a significant detriment to the daily operations which has fueled turnover and disenchantment among remaining employees.

    Cons

    Under the hood, Nitro has the feel of a high school complete with a high degree of favoritism by the executive team towards certain people also known as the "in crowd" so that only their opinions matter. The sales team is disgruntled because of the lack of leads; the support team is upset because they’re never kept in the loop; and finally you have marketing whose best skill seems to be sending out emails.

    As much as Nitro touts its fun culture, it’s not what you expect. The concept of teamwork is hindered by several employees at managerial positions who seem to be driven by insecurity, immaturity and ego. The sad running joke is they walk on water since they can do no wrong. But, it's disheartening when shameless self-promotion at the expense of undermining others (and in many cases, the greater good of the company) is so rampant. The company has lost a number of talented employees because of this, and the executive team seems oblivious or turns a blind eye. If you’re not a “yes man”, Nitro may not be the place for you. The fact that two executives were forced out after less than 6 months says a lot. Coupled with the lack of company direction/accountability and limited career path, and you have the makings of an environment that's not very healthy.

    If you’re new to the work world, Nitro is a good place to get your experience and then move on. If you’re more experienced, be wary since your skills risk being overlooked or worse, create enough insecurity in others that you become a liability. Look up former employees (and there are plenty lately) on that other professional networking site and ask them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a gut check and listen to your employees - all of them. Take off the blinders and understand there are serious problems that can’t be addressed with free food and alcohol. Run the company like it should be run, and stop making decisions based on emotion and preferential treatment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    product management puts you down

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Nitro full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The work-life balance is great and you get what you need when it comes to accomplish your tasks in terms of technology. The active product is cool & the image too. The sales team is doing a great job.

    Cons

    The product management just repeats what the CEO says, but doesn't actually do any work. The CTO doesn't have a real plan for how to do things & for a long time everyone is talking just about the cloud without going analytical. Too much talent and too much resources are wasted. The main ideas of Sam are great, but he hired people who can't put together a single sheet of a document for the product development to work by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Buy a cheap Cloud Startup, fire the CTO and bring in an experienced product manager.

    Find people who bring a real analysis other than copying slides from meetings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has the potential to be a rocketship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nitro full-time

    Pros

    A lot of fun, genuine and smart people. Fun activities. Great office location.

    Cons

    Have a "work hard play hard" attitude, but play a little too hard. Too much of a drinking bro culture. They don't want to be a typical SV tech startup but sadly that's exactly what it is. Needs better managers in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some great managers and keep them. Hire people you trust and let them do their jobs. Leadership can't do it all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company, issues going on currently

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Nitro full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are truly great people who work here- passionate, caring, enthusiastic... There is a lot of heart here. Not much micro-managing.

    Cons

    The Executives tend to be a bit hard-headed and unwilling to adjust. The recruiters don't seem to able to bring the best candidates for manager positions to the table- or people are just being driving out when their opinions don't line up with leadership's. A bit disorganized, but with the right people they may be able to turn it around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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