Nelnet Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Relaxed environment, recognition for performance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Highlands Ranch, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Highlands Ranch, CO

    I have been working at Nelnet full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent pay with excellent bonuses and good benefits. Not micromanaged. Plenty of technical freedom and opportunities for taking initiative on solutions.

    Cons

    Poor performing employees are kept too long, way too long. Many unusual technical hurdles due to dated systems and old technology.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more out of the gate for top tech talent. Paying just 10% more than the industry average would change the nature of talent that can be attracted.

  2. Awesome!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Representative II in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Representative II in Lincoln, NE

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good job, good pay, lots of opportunities to grow!

    Cons

    Parking downtown can be inconvenient.

  3. OT

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nelnet

    Pros

    Great OT opportunities and personal growth

    Cons

    Personal growth within company takes some time

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  5. Responsive management, good benefits, fair pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adviser I in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Adviser I in Omaha, NE

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company seems genuinely interested in promoting from within, and offers discrete tracks to individuals who want to move up in the company.

    Cons

    Information and regulations change frequently, so it can be easy to miss a new policy change or run into contradictory opinions from management about proper practices.

    Advice to Management

    Though floor communications are helpful, standardization of information across all resources and levels of employees needs to be improved so that advisers, team leads, and sups are all on the same page.

  6. Best Workplace Ever (but I'm not on the phones)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Generalist in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Generalist in Lincoln, NE

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

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

    Pros

    Performance based organization
    Great benefits
    Open communication throughout the company
    CEO came to my New Associate Orientation, talked to us and answered questions for 40+ minutes.

    Cons

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    Advice to Management

    None, as of yet.

  7. Great employee focused company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer
    Current Employee - Developer

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

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

    Pros

    up to 4% 401k match, $5250 tuition reimbursement, great benefits
    The company is genuinely concerned with work/life balance, wellness and employee well-being.

    Cons

    IT department could do better with SDLC and QA

    Advice to Management

    See con.
    IT managers come from management background - more should come from IT background.

  8. Never knew I had it so good!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Nelnet full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I worked there for almost 9 years (before they relocated the corporate office to Denver). GREAT bonuses and the pay was not THAT bad. Our co-workers became a FAMILY...wonderful work/life balance.

    Cons

    The only part I really DID NOT like was that the supervisor would cuss you out in front of everyone but then would take you behind closed doors to apologize.

  9. Great place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, NE

    I have been working at Nelnet full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Nelnet has a great company culture, building relationships with coworkers is important. The focus on customers throughout the company and at all levels gives real value to what we do each day.

    Cons

    The organization is very conservative in many ways, and that sometimes makes it difficult to meet goals, as well as keep good people. Many of our top notch people leave for higher salaries elsewhere.

  10. Great Opportunity to Learn, Grow and Develop as a Leader

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Director in Lincoln, NE

    I have been working at Nelnet full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    • Focus on leadership development through education reimbursement, company-sponsored training and internal/external opportunities for training and leadership
    • The company invests in employees' health through a robust wellness program that rewards healthy living
    • Forward-thinking, innovative executive leadership
    • Large, publicly-traded company with great benefits, including generous time off
    • Open, transparent culture without a lot of hierarchy
    • Decisions are made quickly without a lot of red tape to hold back progress
    • Performance based focus means reward for drive, ambition and proven success

    Cons

    • Fast-paced culture is not a great fit for everyone
    • As with many companies, being asked to do more with less--must be good at prioritizing and nimble with making changes
    • Large government contract means a higher level of security compliance and process

    Advice to Management

    • Continue to listen to those on the front lines. That has been a priority in the past; and has helped make a lot of positive change.
    • The focus on wellness and leadership development is refreshing
    • Perhaps toot our own horn a little more about all the ways we give back to the community

  11. Your career path is up to you

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Lincoln, NE

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

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

    Pros

    Being a for-profit, performance-based company, those that excel will be compensated.
    Nelnet is good at contributing to the community.
    They have an interest in family well-being (personal time vs work hours).

    Cons

    Business model highly dependent upon government regulations that could change at every election.

    Advice to Management

    Additional focus on diversification.

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