NELSON Reviews

Updated June 16, 2015
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John “Ozzie” Nelson, Jr.
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Changing Tide...Good things are coming?

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NELSON full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There has been a lot of high level change over the past year. While it will take time for that change to grab hold on a large scale, you can already see the benefits. Certain members of the executive team are willing to listen more than in the past. There are growth opportunities in more departments and offices than in the past. Hours and work-life balance are becoming more flexible in many locations - and not only for those at the top.

    Cons

    Too many mergers. There's not enough time to settle in between, or attention paid to legacy employees who continue to put in long hours and lots of effort. There is an unspoken but very clear message that incoming mergers are better and more important than those who have given their career to the firm. There is also an unwillingness to help change the culture from many offices. It's the majority of the employees contributing to the culture problem - not the executive team.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example. If you want your people to care and work hard for you, show them that you have their back. Invest time and resources into appreciating the legacy employees in addition to the incoming mergers. And stop avoiding the hard stuff.


  2. Helpful (1)

    growth -opportunities can make a difference

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at NELSON

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ambitious growth oriented company with recent great diversification of skills, talent, geographic coverage.

    Cons

    With growth through mergers comes change- allow enough time to balance and time to rebalance with the growth

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge the accomplishments of a talented hard working team(s) in a very compeitive environment for work and talent - celebrate the good!


  3. A large corporation spread across many medium size offices.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NELSON full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, a fun team generally. Ozzie was great at staying in touch with the staff. A tough job considering the size of the company. They seem to have stabilized in recent years.

    Cons

    A lot of change in the last 5 years. Many acquisitions causes shifts in leadership and an ever evolving peer group. Can be a little old fashioned, but its clientele are conservative so not so much a judgement but the reality of their business.

    Advice to Management

    Build a better brand team. The Nelson brand doesn't represent some of the younger, more dynamic talent it is so proud of. They are leaving because of it.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Change in process!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NELSON full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The firm offers a flexible work schedule which helps with work/life balance. There is a good mix of local work and national accounts that provide a variety of work experience. Some recent changes in leadership show promise for the future. The new compensation plan is a great way for employees to understand how their work contributes directly to the company's success and therefore to their ability to receive raises and bonuses more than once a year. The sharing of staff between offices helps to balance the workload. My manager listens when I make requests relating to my career goals.

    Cons

    The benefits package needs a total overhaul. The new compensation plan is untried and has some details that need to be worked out. The firm's structure doesn't align with other large firms so navigating your path can be confusing.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to exit interviews and make changes if necessary. Make note of the other reviews shown on this site and see what changes can be made.


  6. Stressful due to the economic downturn.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at NELSON

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    A company that did excellent work that you would be proud to have your name associated with it.

    Cons

    Stability based on the real estate market to a certain degree.

    Advice to Management

    Company should pay attention to the persons doing the work and not the ones talking the loudest.



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