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Updated February 21, 2015
Updated February 21, 2015
17 Reviews
2.8
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John “Ozzie” Nelson, Jr.
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  1.  

    growth -opportunities can make a difference

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at NELSON

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A large corporation spread across many medium size offices.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Change in process!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    decent place to blend in

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    the hours are not as bad as Architeture with a capital A firms. Benefits are decent, good work from home and work/life balance options if you have status

    Cons

    Pay isn't great and it is impossible to get raises. The level of design is lacking - bread and butter jobs are OK, but not mixed with enough "fun" clients. It's a big firm but feels "mom and pop" in a bad way as the nickel and dime everything - holiday party was cancelled because it was "too expensive".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop "re-focusing" and just focus on your employees and building design credibility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    "Incompetent" doesn't begin to describe this company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NELSON full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not a single pro that I can think of. It really is that bad. Its simply a horrific mess.

    Cons

    Utterly incompetent senior and mid-level management. CEO & COO have ruined a nice business started and built by the CEO's father.

    COO comes from a wall street type background and after nearly five years still has no clue or understanding of the A/E/C/I business. Possibly the worst communicator I have ever encountered. Thinks business is solely based on metrics. Doesn't comprehend that targets and metrics established by management are virtually unachievable, and what's worse, doesn't care. As long as she meets her performance targets she is set. The thing is, the unachievable targets and metrics she sets for others actually HELP in meeting her targets because the company doesn't have to pay bonuses because of unachieved metrics. The deeper the company's black, the bigger her bonus. See a problem there?

    The CEO is an empty suit and doesn't seem to care because he's in the black (regardless of the shrinking business). They do not understand that healthy growth is the long term key to a successful business. You can shrink the company to get back to profitability, but that short term outlook will kill any company long term. And guess what, they have no plan for organic growth. The company plan is for acquisition of beleaguered firms to gain additional top line revenue while never doing anything to support the newly acquired work.

    It will crater, it's just a matter of when. Certain failure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice is pointless. Sr. management are to egotistical and ultimately, thick to follow good advice. History bears this out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Without A Clue

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NELSON full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to work with a few great people who give too much of their time and talent to a poorly managed organization.

    Cons

    CEO, COO, CFO have not the slightest grasp of what it takes to run a professional services organization. They constantly churn through people who make the mistake of not falling iniline with the so-called Nelson culture. With this reputation, the organization has become "a last resort" employer as only candidates desperate for a job will go there.
    The CEO has zero experience outside the company (its the only company he's worked for), a company his father founded and where the he has now pushed his father and brother into minor roles.
    Working here is akin to being in a book-of-the-month club - whatever the CEO is reading, that will be the theme of his next quarterly Town Hall; "the new realities of the new economy" and "the 20 mile march". Advice to clients and potential clients... there are many far superior organizations with more stable financial status from which to buy planning and design services.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain a Board of Directors with real experience and industry connections. Once elected, the Board should immendiately terminate the CEO, CFO and COO and bring in a new leadership team with the capability to lead a profitable company where people actually want to work. But this will never happen, as the CEO now owns a majority of the company and wants nothing to do with a BOD who could actually hold him accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Stressful due to the economic downturn.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at NELSON

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
  9.  

    Variety of experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at NELSON

    Pros

    Work Life Balance
    Variety of Work

    Cons

    Hit hard by downturned economy

    Recommends
  10.  

    Decent place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Designer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at NELSON

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere when I was working there, good in office senior management and team leaders always willing to help out if you have a problem

    Cons

    when i was working here, the only thing that bothered me was how corporate HQ (in PA) handled the company. They were more worried about small useless things such as rebranding the company logo and the organizational structure chart. CEO inherited company I believe and during the recession dropped the ball. Not sure how this company is doing anymore, but when I left due to "restructuring" more than half the office was gone and plenty of desks were open.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HQ they need to get their act together and do a better job of marketing the strengths of the company's services to prospective clients rather than worry about ridiculous logo rebranding and organizational charts that took over 6 months to DRAFT

  11.  

    Great place to work!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sonoma, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sonoma, CA

    I have been working at NELSON

    Pros

    It is a very supportive environoment throughout the organization. If I ever need support on project or innitiative, there are many people ready and happy to help. Management is extremely supportive of career development and growth opportunities.

    Cons

    The individual locations and divisions would work better together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!!

    Recommends

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