Mission: Our big audacious goal is to make the world a better place by fundamentally changing the model for how companies are run. We discovered a universal formula in how company cultures should be built: Better Me + Better You = Better Us. The key ingredient to success is striking a ...
I have been working at Next Jump full-time (More than 3 years)
- Next Jump really believes in giving people people more responsibility than they can think they handle. You will end up going outside your comfort zone a lot and working on many tasks that would normally be outside your job role. When you look back, you will be amazed and how much you were able to achieve that you didn't think possible. While this isn't for everyone, I have found my own career growth to be massively advanced when compared to my peers, having had experience with all parts of running a company, from HR, Finance, Engineering, Customer Support, Client Management. If you are interesting in running your own company or being in a startup - this is an ideal training ground.
- Working with other companies and improving their company culture is really eye opening to the pervasive issues in the rest of the industry. While Next Jump is by no means perfect, its very open to criticism and is honest about where it needs to improve. Sharing those lessons with the employees and other companies makes the company feel very human, and constantly changing.
- You feel cared for. I feel like everyone around me cares for me and is trying to help me be the best I can be. Everyone is a genuinely nice person and lots of people make life long friends. Management take interest in peoples lives and try to help (some really amazing stories from the CEO helping out people).
- The company does encourage people to be themselves and honest about their strengths/weakness. This can be challenging and strange at first, especially as from childhood we are told to only show our strong side. However, in the long run this makes everyone more rounded, humble and open to other ideas. Has also helped me in my personal life tackle approach issues i would have ignored or struggled at, by considering how I am at work reflects me at home.
- The benefits/perks are pretty good (outside of personal growth). Dinner is often provided, laundry, laptop, trips to New York, gym membership, drinks/snacks etc etc.
- The Co-CEOs are extremely honest, authentic, hard working and dedicated to the company and the people who work here.
- All of the above takes a lot of energy. Not just to help yourself but to help others. Nobody works on the weekend, but you will be expected to work beyond the 9-6 hours, generally during the q4 period which is busiest. This isn't a clock in, clock out job and that attitude doesn't survive well here (but they are upfront with this).
- The responsibility and level of decision making expected is often beyond what you feel you can do, and can feel unfair at times. However, you are making decisions someone 10-20yrs + experience would be making elsewhere.
- Sometimes the decisions made on employees is whats right for the company, but not for the individual at the time (or can feel that way). Especially when you feel you have put a lot of effort in or deserve something, management (with a bigger picture/experience) feel differently. Often these are discussions around perks or career growth.
Advice to Management
I do think there is an issue with (or at least the perception of) long term career growth beyond 4-5 years. While many small companies have this problem, I think we should strive to provide a path for long term. Especially when those people leave with vast amounts of training and experience, its the junior people who feel the pain (lessons lost).
I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Next Jump (London, England).
This isn't your go-to interview experience. They care more about your character (as your coding skills are kind-of given at the stage you reach the interview round.) It's an exceptional example of how character is more important than skill-sets (which are relatively transferrable)