Your values are your principles or standards of behavior — your judgment of what’s important in life.
At NerdWallet, we have our own values — values that make us unique, values that shape the framework for what it means to be a Nerd, values that serve as the foundation for what’s important to us as a company and as individuals.
Our Nerdy values are seen throughout the office, can be heard from our leaders and come out in everyday conversations among Nerds. We make decisions based on our values, we choose which problems to solve based on our values, we connect with one another based on our values and we improve based on our values. Here’s a look at these values, the five pillars that make us the Nerds we are and that shape the culture we’re building.
Consumer, Company, Team, Self
We believe that doing what’s best for consumers is the right strategy. Putting company and team goals before our own allows us to collaborate with greater trust and effectiveness. It’s the fastest path to success, collectively and individually.
Drivers Before Solutions
Figure out what the most important thing to do is, then do it. Solve the right problem by addressing the root cause, not just symptoms. It takes a thoughtful and strategic approach to unlock step-function growth.
Candid and Constructive
We are all in the same boat, racing toward a distant island. We must row together, coach one another, and communicate effortlessly in order to maximize our odds of success. Candid, open conversations help keep us on the same page. Constructive feedback builds relationships by focusing on what’s working now and what can be improved, which will help us overcome roadblocks faster.
Continuous improvement compounds quickly — for yourself and for the company. A growth mindset is your best tool for tackling the tough and ambiguous challenges ahead. Approach each day with the humility to recognize your weaknesses and a commitment to developing yourself and others.
Hypothesize, Build, Measure, Learn
Get to a good hypothesis, and get right to work iterating and tweaking. The faster we know whether or not something works, the more we can learn. The goal is constant improvement, even if it means we make some mistakes along the way.