Mission: Next Century is dedicated to making a difference. We do this by providing key information to the emergency responders and analysts whose work protects us.
Best Places to Work: 2018 (#3)
This Thursday, April 19th, Next Century’s Ron Wilcom, will review high level concepts of processing big data in real time, how to deploy a Heron topology across a cluster on Kubernetes, how to develop a Heron topology in Java, and end with a live demonstration running on Next Century's OpenStack system! This talk is a follow on to Ron’s presentation on Heron last Spring. We can’t wait to learn more!
"Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears." - Les Brown #MotivationMonday
I have been working at Next Century full-time (More than 3 years)
Two recent examples:
- Winter weather was forecast to hit hard and one of our C-level executives sent an all-staff message urging everyone to go home before the roads became unsafe. Given the recent reminder I got of the meme with the picture of five feet of snow and impassable roads with the caption "and the boss be like: But you're still coming in, right?" this is unusual enough to warrant kudos. The company knows a lot of us can still work from home, and we're all committed to the mission, so it treats us like adults.
- Employees had been asking about the possibility of a parental leave benefit recently, so with the turn to the new year, that was added to our benefits.
Not only that, but our CEO and COO make an effort to go out to lunch with all employees (in small groups) at least once a year. Our leaders value the informal contact and increased accessibility, and it shows in every interaction.
I honestly can't say I've ever seen these attitudes in any of the many companies I've worked for over the years.
The process of getting under contract with the government on a new project can be fraught with delays and other uncertainties. This means employees have to be willing to be flexible as they roll off one project's work to another, and can mean that employees land on overhead for a short, interim period until all the details are resolved.
For all that, I've never seen the company let go of an employee because we're waiting for a new project to start, which (again) speaks to the strong commitment management has to retaining its people.
Advice to Management
You're on the right path. Stay there.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Next Century in January 2017.
Initially contacted by a recruiter on LinkedIn. Did my research right here on Glassdoor because I had never heard of the company. Everything I found was overwhelmingly positive about the company (work/life balance, satisfaction with leadership, etc.) - so after some back and forth with the recruiter, I was sent a technical coding assessment to complete. After completing it, I turned it in to the company who assessed that it was good enough to come in for the real interview.
If you come out for the real interview, be prepared for a grind. The entire interview process is at least four hours. However, this is a small company and you will be interviewing with future potential team members all the way up the CFO, COO, and CEO.
That the company's leadership was involved in the process is actually what sold me in the first place. These people deeply believe in what they do, and they're looking for employees with passion, integrity, and character. Come prepared to show off your technical chops, but also come prepared to answer curve-ball questions requiring introspective answers. More importantly, come with your own questions - they want to know that *you* care.
In all, the entire interview process was amazing. They sincerely care - it is a culture and environment unlike anything I have yet experienced.