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)
Next Century Corporation, a growing technology services company headquartered in Annapolis Junction, MD, is seeking recent graduates interested in Software Engineering to join our team. To learn more, click the link!
Next Century ranked #3 in the small to medium business category of Glassdoor’s 2018 Best Places to Work, competing against hundreds of thousands of companies in the nation. Click to learn more about Next Century's Drive, Mission and Accomplishments.
I have been working at Next Century full-time (More than 3 years)
First and foremost, I love working at Next Century because the company's core values align with mine. It's very hard to find organizations in the DMV that stick with their company mission, and do work that's challenging & mentally stimulating, is interesting, and most importantly, is meaningful!
Having the chance to learn new things is important in any position and is especially important to me, but it’s especially important during the early stages of one's career. For that reason, finding a full-time job that allows me to learn as much as possible is key to my career development. Next Century has helped in every way possible by setting me up for success. The company has invested in me by allowing me to attend prominent technical recruiting conferences, enlist in trainings and other various webinars. If there is ever a course or training I'm interested in registering for, all I have to do is ask for the permission to do so! Never once have I been told "no."
In addition to offering me opportunities to learn about the industry, Next Century has offered me the opportunity for advancement within the organization. I am in control and am able to pave my own path for career advancement. I constantly work with my supervisor and my internal coach to find ways on how I can get to where I want to be in my career.
Feeling appreciated is an important part of any life experience, but it’s especially important in my working life. My superiors at Next Century make me feel valued by offering positive feedback and supporting my efforts to learn and improve. The "thank you's" and "great work" comments go a long way and inspire me to be better and continue to succeed and accomplish my goals.
One of the most important things a company can offer its employees is a secure and stable environment. This doesn’t just mean a regular paycheck (although that’s part of it), but also a proven history of steady success and a sense of job security. Although it’s unrealistic to expect smooth sailing all the time, a solid track record is a great indication that a company can provide me with the type of environment I need to succeed. I have been working here for four years, and I have never once felt worried about my job security. This is a big deal.
I spend A LOT of time with my co-workers so it’s important to make sure that they’re people I enjoy working with. I am happy to say that my co-workers are not co-workers anymore. They are like family! We eat lunch together every day, joke around, share awkward stories, and try to make sure everyone is as comfortable as possible/is set up for success. We all genuinely care about each other. Everybody has a unique personality, is incredibly intelligent, and shares the same passion for our company mission.
Because the environment in a small business is ever-changing, we are still working on formulating certain processes internally. It can be a little overwhelming at times having to accommodate so many different processes and making everybody happy, but I'd rather have that flexibility and work on a team that is open to collaborating and listening to everybody's opinions rather than work for a team of dogmatic leaders where it's their way or the highway.
Advice to Management
Continue to provide your employees with feedback on their performance. We are certainly a high performance work culture and aren't the type of company that hand's out awards every day, but employee recognition not only make's one's day brighter, but it lets that person know that you are appreciative of their hard work and notice it. Employee recognition gives one an energy boost, especially when it comes from our company leaders.
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.
Veteran Hiring Commitment
Committed to helping America's military veterans find work
Pay Equality Pledge
Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience
Tech Hiring Commitment
Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers
Career Advancement Program
Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions
Social Responsibility Pledge
Formal programs or foundation to give back to communities
Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce
Pledge to Thrive
Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being