Nelnet
3.3 of 5 44 reviews
www.nelnet.net Lincoln, NE 1000 to 5000 Employees

Nelnet Reviews

Updated Mar 29, 2014
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3.3 44 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

Nelnet Chairman and Co-CEO Mike Dunlap

Mike Dunlap

(32 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great employee focused company

Developer (Current Employee)

I have been working at Nelnet full-time for more than 5 years

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

ConsIT department could do better with SDLC and QA

Advice to Senior ManagementSee con.
IT managers come from management background - more should come from IT background.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Never knew I had it so good!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Jacksonville, FL

I worked at Nelnet full-time for more than 8 years

ProsI 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.

ConsThe 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Lincoln, NE

I have been working at Nelnet full-time for more than 3 years

ProsNelnet 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.

ConsThe 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Opportunity to Learn, Grow and Develop as a Leader

Director (Current Employee)
Lincoln, NE

I have been working at Nelnet full-time for more than 8 years

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 Senior 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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Your career path is up to you

Network Engineer (Current Employee)
Lincoln, NE

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

ProsBeing 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).

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

Advice to Senior ManagementAdditional focus on diversification.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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great company

Loan Advisor (Former Employee)
Aurora, CO

I worked at Nelnet full-time for more than 5 years

ProsIt was fun to work for Nelnet. The company provides great training. The environment is competitive, but it's fun. Pay is very good at times. The management is fare and supportive. There are opportunities for advancement which is awesome.

ConsI can't think of anything negative

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Managing Director, Regional Sales (Former Employee)
Portland, ME

I worked at Nelnet full-time for more than 5 years

ProsNelnet is a young-minded company full of some of the brightest minds I've worked with. It had a supportive yet autonomous environment, and committed the resources necessary to meet our objectives.

ConsI would include conservative management as an occasional drawback, but that conservative approach has kept them strong through trying times. I do think during my stretch there, they grew too quickly.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to percolate ideas and innovation up through the ranks of managers and directors - there is a lot of talent in your field operations.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Everything considered I'm happily employed at Nelnet

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Highlands Ranch, CO

I have been working at Nelnet

ProsI've worked for Nelnet almost 8 years and this is what I've learned. Senior management has been very good at creating and maintaining new business. They've also been very good at managing the company's money when national legislation affected the company's bottom line. I care about that because it means layoffs aren't necessary and the company stays in business. I am able to balance my work and personal life and I take time off when I need it without any trouble.
I have had the pleasure of working for some of the best managers I've experienced in my 25+ year career.

ConsWhile I've experienced very, very good first-tier managers, I've also had some not-so-good managers here at Nelnet. However, I've encountered bad managers in all the companies I've ever worked for so Nelnet isn't any different in that regard.

Advice to Senior ManagementSince first-tier managment is so crucial to whether or not someone enjoys their job, I would like to see Nelnet do more training or take more discretion in who they place as that first-tier manager or team lead. That person should understand the day-to-day operation and details that their employees experience.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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This is nice place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Nelnet

ProsBalance between personal life and work life.
Good benefit
Vacation day
Employee Stock Plan

ConsChange a lot.
Hiring is not organized

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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