Next Jump Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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Next Jump Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Charlie Kim
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Pros
  • Nice gym, good classes when you have time to enjoy (in 5 reviews)

  • good pay per year (but the hourly breakdown is low) (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Experiment, release bad code, and no one internally will notice or care (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Cool Place to Start

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Next Jump full-time

    Pros

    Free Snacks Late night dinner Casual atmosphere Good Computers In-house gym They do your laundry! Really great perks for this company and good place to start for sure.

    Cons

    Strange con, but to much company morale. Many meetings that are a bit asinine and unnecessary. There is a department dedicated to the well-being of employees. Great and understandably for a large corporation for a mid-sized place with 200 people, don't see the purpose.

    Advice to Management

    Less time consumed on 'psychiatric health' of employees. Most of the people are very young and in good health. They health department gets in the way of work getting done.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Stressful and Hypocritical

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Next Jump full-time

    Pros

    There are some great perks (laundry, snacks, on-site gym). The regular employees are generally very nice and smart.

    Cons

    Extremely stressful - no way to properly articulate the emotional distress. They focus a lot on "improving yourself" but it is quite literally phrased as "hate yourself so much that you can't stand yourself and that's how you'll get better." There is very little grace or support. The highest levels of management are self-righteous and will jump onto things passed down from the CEO even when it is morally or ethically questionable. They claim to care a lot about their employees, but their behavior is hypocritical and unnerving. Inappropriate jokes in all-hands meetings left people uncomfortable.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to invest in health and wellness, do it with actual scientific methods and consider bringing on a mental health professional. Live up to your word and actually support personal growth rather than pushing unrealistic work pace with no strong vision or direction. Spend time getting to know your employees rather that constantly berating them for how "terrible" they are (and making public displays of such).


  3. Helpful (1)

    meh

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Next Jump full-time

    Pros

    gym, sometimes nice people, pay is okay. if you're not good at coding it's okay because you'll probably pass the qa here

    Cons

    advertised as a tech company but really isn't, culture is forced, work/life balance basically nil, code quality is horrible, company leaders preach how great it is 24/7, etc

    Advice to Management

    stop bragging about your company culture. very few actually believe it and the rest just follow because that's how working a job works.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Tech Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Next Jump full-time

    Pros

    Next Jump strives to be a different company than most others. Their montra "Better me + Better you = Better us" is visible within the company. They do invest time and energy into developing who you are as a person. There is a gym, healthy snacks, and physical instructors on staff to support you physically. There are "Talking Partners" whom you can speak to and emotionally support one another. Next Jump wants to change the work place culture by helping you become a better person and in turn you can help them. Aside from these benefits, there are activities that go on throughout the month that encourage Next Jumper's to come together and eat, drink or play in some way shape or form. Next Jump also strives to create a unique culture that stands out above other companies, which can be a nice departure from working your typical 9-5. There are a lot of cool and smart people too which definitely helps to create a better working experience when with a smaller subset of them.

    Cons

    The culture at Next Jump is quite overbearing, with absolutely no balance of work and personal life. While at Next Jump, you will eat sleep and breathe it. I would best describe this as a college fraternity or a cult. If you were in a fraternity in college, you're going to feel right a home with Next Jump. If you don't feel inclined to believe or partake in these initiatives, you are basically an outcast. There are many culture initiatives that new employees undergo and while some are good in practice, others are just plain stupid. I have never seen a "Tech Company" have such an emphasis on Business. I could be wrong but, there are more business associates than engineers at next jump, which is surprising given that Next Jump wants to be a "Top 10 Global Tech Company". The culture initiatives come and go like fads, and there is such low enthusiasm and turnout relative to the company size for smaller events. Many simply go to events to take advantage of either the food or drink and leave before the event is even over. The sudden changes in direction for the company including this past summer's code red where every employee was required to stay for 3 days virtually 16 hours each day was also quite annoying to deal with especially when less than a 10 hour notice was given. Perhaps the most comical thing that happened this past summer was the strategy to deploy Next Jump's new platform, PerksatWork. I can vividly remember sitting in a meeting where it was announced that 40% of the entire process was figuring out what PerksatWork even is, 20% was spent building it out and another 40% was spend iterating on the product. You mean to tell me an entire new platform only takes 20% of the planning to actually build an entire new platform? The Tech: The code quality at Next Jump is sub par. Re-writing code is an absolute pain since no one ever comments their code and there are no real guidelines set in place for how a particular problem should be solved. Minimal use of common design patterns are used and with just quick spot checking via code reviews, sub-optimal code is released daily. Not to mention theres a huge push to release code as fast as you can, even if its fundamentally broken. Perhaps the worst part about the the coding process is that every two weeks, all commits (tested or not) from the development environment are released onto production. This means that right before they do this your code can completely break the entire site and it will go into production no matter what. I've seen many blocks of code literally commented as things like "janky fix" or "temp solution". In fact, I was even told once to not write a scalable solution and just get the code out the door asap. The new Next Jump platform, PerksatWork, is a nice front-end overhaul from the original marketplace, however since this mostly reuses the old sub par back-end, getting and sending data is still just as slow as it was before. I will have to give credit since Next Jump is starting to use modern tools and languages in parts of their back-end including GO and git. Next Jump uses PHP and svn largely. The Bottom Line: If you study computer science either for your undergrad or grad degree, I suggest you look elsewhere. If you study another computing related major with more experience in web development, I suggest you look elsewhere. There is very little someone with technical experience will gain from working on Next Jump's platform, unless you consider sifting through terrible code to be learning. Next Jump is doing great things in the greater part of the world, like adopting a non profit and adopting a public school. Great on them, there is no denying the good Next Jump does for the greater world. However, with culture initiatives shoved down your throat, sub par code quality, and no balance of work and personal life with no overtime pay, it's very hard to recommended Next Jump to a potential software engineer looking for work.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest to keep searching for a correct balance with work and culture. Cut back on culture and focus on core product. Engineering team is very bright, very capable, but needs to be all on the same page. If you truly want to be a "Top 10 Tech Company" allocate more time on developing the engineering teams and stop looking for computer scientists to do web development. It hurts to see so many engineers with a B.S/M.S in CS working on front-end when they really are not cut out for it. Allocate them to build a data science team, use actual concepts in Computer Science like machine learning to better build your web platform, use their potential. After all you do pretty much only hire engineers from prestigious institutions anyways.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Next Jump full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great technology Fantastic perks like food gym laundry etc. Smart engineers

    Cons

    They treat their interns like pledges to a fraternity making them provide entertainment to the company every Friday. One time a drunk full time employee literally tackled a shy intern to make him dance against his will as the rest of the company laughed along. Often have meetings and side projects that keep you away from your work about 30% of the time. The younger employees are very immature, snarky, and rude to newer employees. Very clicky between tech and business and inside of each department. You're allowed to work on "yourself" but they don't provide much education for your technology skills it's always "figure it out".

    Advice to Management

    Although your values are to change workplace culture across the globe, stop saying you're the best. Lots of companies clearly have employees happier than yours. Being written about in a book is cool and all but don't let that fog your judgment of being "the best".


  7. Helpful (3)

    Misleading Public Image ; Hidden Internal Culture

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Next Jump full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you want to be a part of a frat house with a bunch of middle aged managers that dont know how to let go of their past then this is the place for you. Snacks, Gym, Laundry, Dinner (All to make sure you sacrifice your personal life and live here) Nap room (noone uses because you are expected to be working) Art Stations (noone uses because you are expected to be working) Because you have no personal life, expect to marry someone here, and die here. I have stayed here for almost 3 years thinking things would get better but they never did.

    Cons

    They always talk about how much of a family focus their culture is but everyone is dissatisfied or miserable for the most part and too scared or too comfortable to speak up or have a brain of their own. It is said to see, especially because everyone is genuinely intelligent and talented. Engineering team is using outdated technology and methods, while company labels itself as tech. They advertise 0% turnover. That is a blatant lie. Employees leave almost every 3 weeks. 0% Turnover exists only among upper management -- and thats not a good thing being they are incompetent, arrogant, and overall terrible human beings. There is no HR department so prepare to hear lots of inappropriate, racist, and overall offensive comments daily.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach and have been paying public platforms, speakers, and associations to write and say about you.


  8. Wonderful people, excellent work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The management really cares about you, the work culture is excellent. You are given responsibilities beyond your day to day job and it makes you feel important.

    Cons

    None so far. It has been a great ride.

    Advice to Management

    The culture in this company is actually unique as the management says. I am very happy to be a part of this family.


  9. Helpful (9)

    Don't Do It...It's a Bunch of Lies

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Next Jump full-time

    Pros

    Free food, but most of the snacks are just gross Gym in the office and time to workout during the workday Open bars at company parties But, perks are overrated and not worth it

    Cons

    There is a lack of commitment to actual customers, which is funny because that's how the money is made. New products are released to a site that is fundamentally broken. Culture/values are legitimately forced on to the employees whether they like it or not. Not to mention the other aspects which are: under paid, expected to work long hours, zero investment in growing a team, all the stats shared about company performance are fluffed, lies are told to the media about what life is really like internally, other team members are expected to pick up the slack when someone leaves the company vs. hiring a new person. Every team is grossly understaffed...

    Advice to Management

    Focus on making the business better and stay out of your employee's personal lives. Also, if you would just care more about the customers rather then pure revenue, you might, just might have a chance. But, probably not.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Mixed experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Overall good people Healthy snacks Gym Parties with open bar Opportunity to take on a lot of responsibility

    Cons

    Leadership- No pride in the product. Experiment, release bad code, and no one internally will notice or care. Alarming amount of security risks within product as well.

    Advice to Management

    Raise your standards.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Only stay for a short term, and then move on

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Next Jump full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depending on your previous experience, there might be a few things or people you could learn from while working at Nextjump.

    Cons

    The company has hit a plateau in terms of revenue growth. It is flat or going down. If they are currently hiring, its because there is a steady stream of people leaving. This is very much an old-school top-down style of company. If any ideas do not originate from the CEO (or one of his lieutenants), then don't expect your idea to get any attention.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Don't be afraid to take ideas from anyone in the company. Get rid of some of the silly, time-wasting stuff that you make people do.



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