NextFab - Drastically Improved | Glassdoor
  1. "Drastically Improved"

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    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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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Home away from Home"

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    • 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
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    "An Example of Why Not to DIY"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NextFab is an incredible concept that attracts a lot of talented people. Whether you're on staff or just a member, being at NextFab is an opportunity to connect with a unique creative community and enrich your life with new knowledge and skills. It's an environment designed to support learning new things, doing it yourself, and innovative problem solving.

    Cons

    At times, NextFab can seem like a sterile engineering facility, separated from the human world, lacking culture, with political landmines awaiting you in every awkwardly tight space. The idea that everyone can do it themselves is ingrained in both the staff and the members of NextFab but often gets in the way of productivity when the DIY project becomes a distraction from the actual problem at hand. That being... said, it's all about perspective. You can choose to see a dysfunctional startup with some growing pains or you can choose to see an innovative company that's conflicted about whether it wants to make money or make a difference in the world. Overall, NextFab is a good place filled with good people but the business is complicated.

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    Advice to Management

    Leadership is not a skill that everyone can be "cross-trained" in. Recognize that and make way for those who are naturally strong leaders. Remember that you work with humans, not just machines. It's easy to get lost in the engineering world of tools and technology but personal relationships are what make this business run. People should always be the priority and communication is key. Don't DIY. Do it... together and be aware of when you need outside assistance.

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    NextFab2017-08-21

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