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Canva Overview

Surry Hills
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Canva is changing the way the world designs. Our simple, online design platform allows anybody to create incredible, professional designs – putting the power of visual communication at their fingertips.

Mission: Driven by a team of talented thinkers, an amazing culture and a remarkable growth trajectory – we’re out to change the world, by empowering everyone to express themselves through the power of design. We're just getting started.

Company Updates

  • Exciting news! Onward and upwards!

    Graphic design platform Canva valued at $2.5B with new funds

    Canva, an Australian headquartered business, has raised another $70 million to expand its graphic design platform. The round, which values the company at a massive $2.5 billion, brings its total raised to $166 million. General Catalyst and Bond, Mary Meeker's debut venture capital fund, have participated in the funding alongside existing backers Felicis Ventures and Blackbird Capital.

  • Our CEO Melanie Perkins on the origins of Canva, and the adversity she faced to make it a reality.

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Canva – Why Work For Us?

Easily create beautiful designs + documents

Use Canva's drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts to design consistently stunning graphics.

Design presentations, social media graphics, and more with thousands of beautiful layouts.

It has everything you need for amazing design.

Millions of Images

Design with millions of stock photographs, vectors and illustrations. You can even upload your own.







Photo Filters

Edit your photos using preset filters or get advanced with photo editing tools, you’ll never be stuck for choice.







Free Icons & Shapes

Use icons, shapes and elements with ease. Choose from thousands elements for your designs, or upload your own.






Hundreds of Fonts

Access a great selection of fonts perfect for every design. All ready to go and accessible within Canva.
  Canva is used and loved by millions of people around the globe - 10 million and counting!

Engineering Culture at Canva

Engineering is a core part of who we are. We work hard to have a best of breed engineering culture. You will work with a carefully selected team of ex-Google, VMware, ThoughtWorks, and Atlassian engineers. The engineering team takes pride in its focus on engineering fundamentals. We strive to use the most appropriate tools for the tasks at hand, and to strike a measured balance between getting things done and long term maintainability.

We are close-knit, with no big egos, and we welcome self-driven engineers to come and join in on the adventure. We enjoy a great amount of freedom in managing time and priorities on our own, with flexible hours and no micro-management of our day-to-day schedules. Moreover, We understand that everyone has their own preferred way of working. Frequently, engineers host sessions where a new idea or software engineering practice is discussed – this ensures that everyone in the team is constantly learning.

As engineers, we are pragmatic yet agile. We test as we build. We peer-review code. We aren’t afraid to break convention when required, but we embrace smart ways of building a complex, performant, and highly-scalable platform. We use the right tools for the jobs, ensuring the best experience for the millions of people all around the world using Canva.

Canva Life

We want everyone at Canva to feel challenged and inspired to do the best work of their lives. To have the fire in their belly to continuously learn and improve. To play an active role in making Canva become their dream company and their dream job. To feel supported, and to support others. We can all play an active role in shaping Canva to be the company that we all want to work at.


"Fantastic company, great culture" - Employee, Surrey Hills

Canva Vibe

At Canva, we promote a culture that encourages our team to love coming to work everyday. Our employees have a bunch of perks, including three in-house chefs - who whip up delicious healthy meals everyday, an office bar - with an unlimited supply of drinks, and a vibe team - coming up with fun team events such as Canva Sports Day! Canva has a workplace that induces fun, creativity, and great work. Working to make the world a better place.

"An amazing place to work!" - Front End Engineer, Sydney

Join Australia’s fastest growing startup

Watching a company rocket from zero users to almost 10 million in under three years is exciting. Being part of the experience is even better.

Everything at Canva is growing fast enough to be exhilarating, and a bit intimidating if you don’t love a challenge. Not only is the user base skyrocketing, more than a million designs are created each week, and three every single second. In 2015, we grew from 30 team members in one office to almost a hundred across two.

This year, it’s only going to get faster.

What we’re looking for

We expect every team member to be a master of their craft. You’ll need to be able to work autonomously, and be willing to step up to lead teams and projects as we achieve our goals and make even more daring plans.

But we also believe no startup can grow into a major company without each member taking the joys and challenges of being a united team seriously, so we have a lot of fun as well.

The Canva team experience

We know people work best when they’re happy and challenged to keep getting even better at what they do. So at Canva, we look after our team. Chefs cook the team lunches every day that we all eat together; flexi hours so you can come, go and work from home as you need to; a fitness program for those who are keen; and elaborate celebrations for team wins.

The Perks at Canva

  • Stock Options (Equity) in one of the fastest-growing startups in the world
  • Subsidized fitness membership
  • Three in-house chefs with a breakfast spread and lunch daily
  • Company trips to conferences, events, and Manila office
  • Relocation assistance for overseas starters
  • Visa application fees covered for overseas starters

Canva Reviews

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    I have been working at Canva full-time


    work is actually fun, the perks are amazing as you can tell from all other reviews and you get the opportunity to pump out work: processes result in code being shipped super fast.


    very hard to understand where you sit in the company and what career progression is.

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Canva Photos

Canva photo of: Another Season Opener in the books!
Canva photo of: The view from of the Sydney CBD from our new rooftop lounge!
Canva photo of: Winter Season Opener 2018
Canva photo of: Season Opener - Dec 2017
Canva photo of: An evening sous vide course with Chef Chris!
Canva photo of: Our own Chef Chris showing us how to make gnocci!
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Canva Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview




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    Java Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sydney
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview


    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Canva (Sydney) in May 2016.


    The people there are so friendly. And the hr told me a lot about the culture and vision of Canva. After the interview, there was a homework. It took me about 5 days to finish it.

    Interview Questions

    • To implement a message queue according to the requirements.   Answer Question
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Canva Awards & Accolades

  • Google I/O - Standout Startup Award, Google Play Awards, 2018
  • First Place - Great Place to Work, Great Place to Work, 2018
  • First Place - LinkedIn Top 25 Startups in Australia, LinkedIn, 2018
  • Australia's Coolest Company in Tech, Jobadvisor, 2016
  • Australia's Coolest Company in Tech, Jobadvisor, 2015
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