NELSON Reviews

Updated June 16, 2015
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  1. Variety of experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at NELSON

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Work Life Balance Variety of Work

    Cons

    Hit hard by downturned economy


  2. Decent place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Management

    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


  3. Great place to work!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sonoma, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sonoma, CA

    I have been working at NELSON

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

    Keep it up!!


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Don't Work Here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at NELSON

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Management doesn't know whats going on, easy to get by without doing much Decent health insurance and other benefits, nothing extraordinary

    Cons

    No respect of employees Constant switching of employees and hours No respect for Design Integrity Very poor upper management - CEO is a joke

    Advice to Management

    The best thing management can do is quit or get fired. Honestly, just give up. They also need to stop pretending the firm is actually about architecture.


  6. had a bad work life balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    get some experience in market research. in especially industry

    Cons

    cannot balance well between work and life.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Improvement needed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer
    Former Employee - Designer

    I worked at NELSON full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Some good coworkers. The talent of some of the people there is incredible (yet not recognized) Good location, easy commute.

    Cons

    HQ leadership team only cares about the bottom line, not employees (or underlings as they refer to the employees). Local management isn't aware of what's going on right under their noses. Some employees get away with doing nothing, and it brings down the morale of everyone else. Salary was horrible. Worst health insurance ever. Other benefits are inadequate. The amount of pettiness in the office, starting at the top, is out of control.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being petty. Reward good hard work appropriately. Stop treating employees like your children.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Hopeless and clueless

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It's a job and they seem to be willing to hire anyone, even if they do not have the skills that are necessary or required by the job posting.

    Cons

    HQ Management is unorganized, uncaring and treats employees like numbers, not people. The local managers want to be liked by the staff more than they want to be good leaders. Empty promises abound. Little to no support for training, orientation, project staffing.

    Advice to Management

    Start acting like a true world class design firm rather than pretending to be one. Implement standards and treat employees with respect and maybe they would be less miserable and take the company and the managers more seriously.


  9. A lot of opportunity and learning experiences but also a very bipolar overall organization.

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

    I have been working at NELSON full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Every office is different, but the leadership in our local office is tremendous. The organization is large enough so that there are some nice systematic features. Due to local leadership the work/life balance is very good and the overall experience is quite good.

    Cons

    NELSON is like a sports team that is always rebuilding. They constantly shift direction and drift toward the newest big idea without having any real focused, meaningful, and specific core values. It's a lot of 'Corporate-speak' without much in the way of actual content and very little backing up words with actions.

    Advice to Management

    Be real . . . be human. Don't treat people like numbers . . . treat them like individuals and understand that a company is the sum of it's parts. Understand that leadership isn't just a title but that it's actually doing what you say you will, ironically a NELSON core value that is rarely followed within the actual organization.


  10. Standard work experience, nothing exceptional to feel the need to stay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer
    Current Employee - Designer

    I have been working at NELSON

    Pros

    Helpful team, respect for employees and good work ethics. There is flow of work within various offices which helps in employee communication and networking.

    Cons

    Promotions and reviews are very laid back, there is a lack in employee recognition and compensation effort, the work is standard and don't get much opportunity to be creative at times.

    Advice to Management

    Compensation and salaries should be more competitive, more effort to expand business in different sectors such as retail and hospitality.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Bad place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NELSON

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Decent insurance and other benefits. Good co-workers; an image of hardworking, warm hearted factory workers working for mean, egoistic, factory owners.

    Cons

    Unprofessional organization, poor management, no respect for design, draining energy, no promotions (unless if you are friend with upper management)

    Advice to Management

    Hire a professional workplace consultant to improve corporate culture.



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