NextFab - For Profit Company with a Nonprofit Mission | Glassdoor
  1. "For Profit Company with a Nonprofit Mission"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NextFab part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    NextFab is still a fairly young company, and something of an experiment. Since it's start seven years ago it has constantly evolved, including opening two satellite facilities. This is a membership organization and the people who join are amazing - artists, inventors, entrepreneurs. Really interesting, really smart people join NextFab. (Contract services are available for those not wanting to do their own... fabrication.) NextFab's mission is as compelling as any nonprofit. Staff are encouraged to actively contribute to programming initiatives. There is the opportunity to advance by assuming new roles and responsibilities. Employees have access to the facilities and training programs, but these options have to be pursued outside of working hours. The company pays for and encourages employees to participate in a yearly skill building activity related to their job function - conferences, technical training etc. This can be done on during work hours. HR support is excellent and the environment is generally collegial and supportive. Staff retention has continued to improve and the current staffing reflects forward movement in terms of professionalism. Health Insurance is provided to and leave time is generous for full time employees. Company contributes to employee retirement savings plan.

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    Cons

    The main South Philadelphia location is open seven days a week for extended hours, so many positions require weekend and evening hours. Satellite locations are also open evening and some weekend hours. This can prove challenging in terms of work-life balance. Change is in the nature of this company so those lacking in flexibility, patience and imagination will have a difficult time here. Those with a... misanthropic bent will find the level of client interaction to be an issue. Exploring areas outside your department will need to be done on your own time. (But you get to do it for free.)

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    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire strategically and plan for NextFab's sustainability.

    NextFab2017-08-05

Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Home away from Home"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NextFab full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    What a wonderful community I've stumbled upon, I am truly blessed to work here. They give employees every opportunity to advance. HR improves all the time. They encourage and cultivate creativity, professional development, and positive interactions. I enter the building everyday excited to work towards rewarding and meaningful goals.

    Cons

    Can be demanding as it is still a small company that makes you put on many different hats.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!!!!

    NextFab2018-01-10
  2. "Drastically Improved"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NextFab full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I see a lot of negative reviews on here, but I think it's definitely worth talking about the efforts of management to listen and take critique in the past 18 months or so. Roles are being more clearly defined, there is a new, fantastic HR presence, and the team has been very well built out with both the technical and managerial staff. Recommendations for improvement are taken seriously, and acted on. If you're... considering a job here, know that it's not a typical job.... but that this is what makes it such an awesome job to have. In a given day you'll interact with both engineers covered in sawdust and office staff. Everyone is excited to make things, explore new ideas, and see what they can do with burgeoning technology. The business has several divisions to it: educating the public, supporting startup/early stage companies, doing in-house contract work, working with overseas and global partners, and renting space. Generally, they promote from within, provide a lot of opportunity for professional development and growth, and support you in a positive way. Also there is a taco shop in the ground floor of the building. Staff get discount tacos. Discount. Tacos.

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    Cons

    To succeed, you'll need to be able to self-manage. I enjoy this, personally, but for someone who requires a lot of guidance or hand-holding, it might be a bit jarring to have to juggle and manage your time efficiently. The schedule is a bit non-traditional. Office staff work 9:30-6pm, and depending on the role technical staff either work 9:30-6 or 1:30-close. Some staff are asked to work weekend days with their... standard off day being a weekday. It's necessary because the facilities are open to the public on days when they would be free to learn and make, but it's a definite thing that can shape your life as an employee. Salaries are not as high as they might be elsewhere. You do get a large amount of paid time off, free membership to the makerspace, and a standardly okay benefits package, though.

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    NextFab2017-12-06

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