Canva Reviews

Updated 28 Jul 2020

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Canva Founder & CEO Melanie Perkins
Melanie Perkins
80 Ratings
Pros
  • "Breakfast and lunch served every day(in 11 reviews)

  • "It is full of incredibly smart people who are passionate about their jobs and making a great product for our users(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "The company is growing too fast and it has some issues restructuring itself to adapt to this fact(in 5 reviews)

  • "The company is growing fast and everyone is amazing so there are a lot of new names to learn(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (6)

    "Best place I have ever seen - True Story"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - People Group 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canva full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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

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  2. "Great company to work for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canva full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    At Canva you get to work on challenging problems with extremely smart people and the features you work on will be used by millions of people. Having lunch with your team mates is a great way to get to know everyone and the founders really care about making a difference.

    Cons

    It is a fast paced company and things change often. I wouldn't say this is a bad thing though. It keeps things interesting.


  3. "Best Place I've Worked"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canva full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Has a great engineering culture.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of right now.

  4. COVID-19

    "Amazing Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Frontend Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canva full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Extremely good covid-19 response - Flexible - Very in touch with users, don't feel like you're pretending 'to be a good human' when you work here

    Cons

    - Prior to covid-19, not super supportive of remote work

  5. COVID-19
    Helpful (2)

    "100% the best company I've ever worked for."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canva full-time

    Pros

    What seemed like a cool company (with free lunches, a dog-friendly office, and an open bar) was only the beginning. What happened when COVID hit really showed what Canva's true DNA was made from. The moment we started to work remotely, every team went into overdrive to take care of everyone at Canva. We had free hampers delivered to our homes from the farms and providers who used to serve us food when we were in the office (to keep us fed and those providers in business during the downturn), live comedians/musicians/talent shows on Friday Night Zoom calls, mental health and wellbeing webinars, free counseling, surveys to check-in with employees, amazing cook-along sessions. You name it - Canva is doing it. They actually couldn't have done more if they had tried. When you have a workplace that fosters such great care in everything they do, it makes every team and every person that much more proud of their work - and it shows through the quality and frequency of amazing work that is put out.

    Cons

    I can't finish the hamper of food that gets delivered to my house. Honestly, the cons are so negligible it's laughable. There's certainly no place in Australia, if not the world over, that's like Canva to work for.

  6. "Best founders ever, strong product, huge career opportunities"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canva full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    • founders are totally awesome: Mel's enthusiasm and strong product vision energise everyone around, Cliff's optimism and proactiveness makes you want to be the best of yourself every day, Cam's heart and dedication to be force for good allows you to feel you are not just working here • amazing career opportunities: company is growing very fast, huge deal of interesting projects, especially in ML space, FE, Infra, Design, Product • you will be helping build the product that empower people around the globe to build their businesses, stay connected, feel good about themselves

    Cons

    • as company is growing fast it might be challenging sometimes to find your space in the company • engineering culture is still emerging and improving

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  7. COVID-19

    "A different company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canva full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Before onboarding I had received lots of information from the website or from recruiter's emails talking about Canva's culture/values. I had been skeptical about it - are they really doing great work or just boasting about it all the time? Now I know that the company is really serious about its culture and values. It's empowering. As a newbie when I got up to speed I could work on key components, with massive help from my mentor, and even colleagues from other teams would spend time mentoring me when I asked. It developed such a culture that even though no one is pushing, people would come up with great initiatives, work on hardest problems and eventually, celebrate their accomplishments. When the pandemic struck, management made a decision to let us all work from home a couple of weeks before the government decided to lock down the country. This is courageous. I know there are some other business leaders supporting WFH publicly, but eager to get their employees back into office, because they're not confident about their employees' performance at home. Canva's people team put in great effort in caring for our mental/physical health while we're at home, inventing new ways to do team bonding, celebration, etc. I feel that I'm at least equally productive as in office. While we're working from home, the company didn't lay off any staff that might look redundant to a WFH setup, like kitchen staff, cleaners from 3rd party vendors, etc. It is such a nice, warm, caring and empowering culture, that kept us motivated, believing in what the founders believe, working with sweat and tears towards the company's goal.

    Cons

    I can't think of any for now.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Decent"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Developer in Sydney

    I worked at Canva full-time

    Pros

    - Free Food - Nice people

    Cons

    - WFH could have been improved.

  9. Helpful (3)

    "This is a company that truly cares"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Backend Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Canva

    Pros

    - Amazing breakfast and lunch every day, hard to beat the meals here as they’re always varied, healthy and fresh and sourced from a local farm to reduce Canva’s carbon footprint - Generous stock options and salary - Taken seriously by my colleagues and feel like I can actually contribute meaningfully to the product - Has a great culture that’s driven from the top down, they really do care about doing good in the world and ensuring their employees are safe and happy - Flexible work hours - Gym access and free yoga, fitness classes - Great coffee! - Pets allowed at work - So many different club activities, there’s something for everyone, and they’re sponsored by canva, as well as monthly team bonding activities - There’s a real sense of trust in the organisation that everyone is here to do good work and will do their part - Small successes are celebrated - Amazing teammates who are brilliant at what they do and have a wealth of knowledge to learn from - Paid volunteer days - Budget for everyone’s personal development and learning - Transparency from the leadership team - Really awesome to see what they’ve achieved and what they hope to achieve in the future and it’s nice to be a part of it. Feels like a really good company to be part of right now as it’s only going to get bigger and better

    Cons

    - Lack of feedback from mentor/coach - Hard to see what’s going on across the business as it’s getting very big and growing very fast - No real structure in place so I don’t know how to progress further in my career or how I’m currently tracking - There’s so many new people it’s sometimes hard to keep up - It feels like the tenured people have more “status” because they’ve been here for longer

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  10. Helpful (7)

    "tech debt"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Canva full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    work life balance is above average

    Cons

    tech debt; convoluted workflow; lack of training

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