Nelnet Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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Nelnet Chairman and Co-CEO Mike Dunlap
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Pros
  • Moderate work life balance but only when overtime is not mandatory (in 7 reviews)

  • good people, some good benefits (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Don't be fooled by the fancy job title, you are a DEBT COLLECTOR working in a CALL CENTER for 8 hours straight (in 3 reviews)

  • If you are hired as a "loan advisor" ( fancy term for customer service) It is non-stop (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Could have been better in many circumstances.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nelnet

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    decent pay
    snacks/food provided frequently
    a few good hearted people
    good benefits package

    Cons

    frequent demotions
    racial discrimination
    micro managing
    under staffed during peak season/hours
    overtime mandated regularly
    growth opportunities very limited in certain locations

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to recognize employees are humans, not machines. They also should be available more often for assistance.


  2. Room for improvement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Loan Advisor in Aurora, CO
    Former Contractor - Loan Advisor in Aurora, CO

    I worked at Nelnet as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are all nice including management.

    Cons

    Managers are hired from within based on time with company, instead of having good manager qualities. Many of the advisors know more than the managers about the student loan industry.

    Advice to Management

    Hire management based on qualifications, not just time with Nelnet


  3. Student Loan Advisor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Loan Advisor
    Current Employee - Student Loan Advisor

    I have been working at Nelnet full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Some of the other employees are good to work with. They feed you occasionally, and offer fun incentives for time off and dress down.

    Cons

    The required five hours of overtime weekly, and occasional Saturday or Sunday, for the last nine months.

    Advice to Management

    Hire enough people to take care of the loans you have before taking on more, and overwhelming all of your employees. This is the reason people are quitting.


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  5. Great employees but horrible place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Lincoln, NE

    I worked at Nelnet full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The employees are great to work for and you make a decent pay.

    Cons

    The upper management is no good. They are not speedy and they set back and let the employees do all the work.

    Advice to Management

    Get off your buts and make this a better company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    The reality: it's a call center job.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Default Management Specialist in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Default Management Specialist in Lincoln, NE

    I have been working at Nelnet

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - You will be an expert on student loans and debt after this job
    - Benefits for full time employees are standard are good.
    - Pay is at least above minimum wage
    - This is probably one of the best jobs you can get if you don't have a college degree or you dropped out of college.

    Cons

    Don't be fooled by the fancy job title, you are a DEBT COLLECTOR working in a CALL CENTER for 8 hours straight. It is migraine-inducing and you are expected to harass broke idiots who can't pay their debt because they have no money. Quality assurance and supervisors monitor your every move and you are expected to perform a certain way within a certain time frame. It's repetitive, dry, boring, frustrating, and depressing all in one. Some of the supervisors and team leads are friendly and approachable for help while others are rude and lazy and don't help while instead they sit on the computer all day on Facebook. Not to mention trying to get help from the other departments is a pain. The supervisors expect too much out of such a low-paying position. They try to motivate you by acting like this is such a high end professional career. That's a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Don't expect the DMC specialists to perform up to your standards when you don't even really exhibit great standards are supervisors and managers. If you don't want a buncha potheads and poor irresponsible losers working here, maybe you should PAY MORE.


  7. upper level management told big fibs

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Architect in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Systems Architect in Denver, CO

    I worked at Nelnet

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    benifits are good, my direct managers were great. The information from on top was never what the situation turned out to be once all is said and done. this makes it hard to trust you job will be there.

    Cons

    I was told that I would have a job for over a year and in the end, 1 month prior to the big day, I got the axe. All my performance reviews were outstanding.l

    Advice to Management

    do not tell an employee one thing, and then change your mind at the last min. Any employee would rather be given the worst case and then get good news instead of what you did to me, best case and your gone with no time to find other oppertunities.



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