While Canva launched just ten years ago, its trajectory has been anything but linear – now over 4000 people and a business with 150 million monthly users in over 190 countries. This is a story of the moonshot ambition of three co-founders to democratise design and to make a positive difference in the world all the while. So how does it feel to work in technology at Canva today? Read on.
Canva’s three co-founders are united in their commitment to create a diverse and inclusive culture throughout the company and in doing so, reflect the diversity of their users (who, by the way, are just over 50% women). Of course, it’s easier said than done with such a prominently technical workforce, focused on the design and build of their brilliant design software. Canva was just 650 people when they signed up for the Project F accreditation program in 2019, taking a systemic approach to removing hidden barriers for women in technology teams and leadership. Read about how it went in the case study .
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Today more than ever, we all want to be able to connect to the mission, purpose and values of our employers. Canva’s values have become synonymous with their culture. It’s not just “Kool-Aid” here, these values are transparently and evidently lived. As a vendor partner to Canva, we know it to be true.
In addition to Canva's Company values in the boxes below, here are Engineering's values:
Strive for Pragmatic Excellence
We work hard to find the right trade-offs to deliver the best possible impact. Our goal is to find simple, robust, and scalable solutions to complex problems.
Dream Big Start Small
Perfect is the enemy of good, so we dream big but start small. This means setting ambitious goals and taking small but swift steps towards achieving those goals. Each step we take represents a useful improvement for our users.
Work with Empathy, Humility, Generosity
We believe that building a strong community of engineers is essential for everyone to do their best work. When we help each other, everyone wins.
How Does This Help Our Users?
We never lose sight of building cohesive products that delight our users.
Solutions Speak Louder than Problems
When encountering a problem, we focus on solutions and opportunities.
Work is just part of your life, not the whole, and it needs to be balanced. Canva’s perks and benefits clearly say wellbeing, inclusivity and balance are priorities:
Click below to read more about the perks and benefits of working at Canva.
Share a day with Karo, a software engineer at Canva in Sydney (filmed during lockdown).
(by Jennie Rogerson, Global Head of People at Canva) One of the most important initiatives I’ve worked on is making Canva a true Celebration of Diversity. Before Canva, I was at a company of 40ish people and wanted to build a workplace where everyone felt that they belonged. I attended seminars, talked to Diversity experts, and read a lot. Still, many of the ideas seemed too far ahead of the stage we were at. The mountain of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) was too daunting, and for a time I was stuck, fearing I could unintentionally offend someone if I launched initiatives incorrectly.
At Canva, we aim to live our values each and every day. As a global platform with a community across 190 countries, we strongly believe in the important responsibility we have to use our voice, our platform, and our reach to stand behind these values that drive us.
This Earth Day is our moment to change it all — the business climate, the political climate, and how we take action on climate. At Canva, we’re fortunate to have built an amazing organisation on the premise of finding huge opportunities within interesting problems. We strongly believe that in every challenge there is opportunity, and there is no greater challenge facing the planet right now than climate change.
Here are a few of the current opportunities in technology at Canva.
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First phase of discovery and building the Project F roadmap
Agreeing the first set of milestones from the roadmap
Met and achieved first two sets of milestones from the roadmap (and beyond)