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Canva Overview

Surry Hills
501 to 1000 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

  • Canva introduced video editing, an App development platform, as well as Canva for Education - big plans for 2020!

  • Australia’s Canva raises $85m at $3.2b valuation.

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Canva – Why Work With 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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    "Best place I have ever seen - True Story"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - People Group
    Current Employee - People Group
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Canva full-time (Less than a year)


    I spent the last five years consulting to different organisations and getting to see the culture, management practices, and experience the overall feel of a huge number of companies, before coming to Canva. I can easily say Canva is not only the best place I have ever worked for, but also the best place I have ever come across.

    The company cares about culture and its people:
    There is an entire team (Vibies) dedicated to making the place a fun and inclusive place to work and they pull it off. Food is catered for every morning and lunch. There are constantly spontaneous and interesting events being organised e.g. Gin night, wine-club, yoga on fridays, a fitness boot camp twice a week, and my spouse has commented about how welcomed she feels every time she visits.

    The company has its own dedicated coaching team to help people grow and develop in their careers and personal lives. The only other companies I have ever seen doing this are Zappos and Google.

    I work in a group that comprises all of the people elements of the company and every single person I have met in this group has given me the impression that they genuinely care about people. In fact generally outside of this group I would categorise employees here as good humans BUT NOTE not every person that makes it in is amazingly mature or a good culture fit. It’s a human organisation and like anywhere else there’s definitely a bell curve e.g. I have come across a small few who will take their grievances out in backdoor conversations (or on glass door) without ever addressing it with the person in question, or taking responsibility for examining their own view in spirited debate. The majority are pretty cool people.

    In my first week at the company two of the founders (on separate occasions) personally welcomed me and demonstrated care. On the few occasions I have had to come to them with questions they have been surprisingly responsive despite how busy they are, on one occasion being quite friendly in answering my questions whilst they were at an airport about to board a plane.

    There are heaps of opportunities to make things happen:
    This is the kind of place where if you have an idea you can pitch it and very quickly find yourself with the responsibility and autonomy to make it happen. 50% of the goals I am working on right now I pitched myself into. I also know that this isn’t unique to me. Because of my role I work with a huge cross section of the company and this is something that I have seen time and time over. A friend just yesterday told me that he is in talks about potentially being given his own team to coach after pitching that he could take more responsibility.


    The environment is fast paced, things change quickly as the company pivots, and sometimes work that is being delivered is suddenly no longer relevant:
    I think this is a reality of working in the tech space, and in a company that is still young and fast growing. But I know it can sometimes put people out.

    Not everything has been figured out:
    Things change every season and because the company grows so quickly things break, or can be inefficient, or there are questions that haven’t been answered yet. This can create uncertainty, or a lack of clarity about who to go to for what, or how to get some issue solved. This is also the reason theres so much opportunity, and I think the company generally is quite focused on figuring these things out. But if you want to work for a place where everything is crystal clear and all the roads are paved, Canva isnt that place

    Advice to Management

    As the company grows keep promoting a culture of transparency and feedback so that everyone feels their voice is heard, but also those who have silly ideas get a chance to see that more objectively from multiple people/their team rather than just their coach.

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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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