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NSF International Reviews

Updated December 25, 2014
Updated December 25, 2014
36 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Intern in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at NSF International as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoyed my paid internship. Worked in consumer product testing. Learned a lot about instrumentation and equipment. Enjoyed the lunch area. Very regular schedule and relaxed work environment as long as I was hitting my targets.

    Cons

    No opportunities to stay, regardless of how well I did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your good talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Been with company over 10 years, watched it go downhill in recent years.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at NSF International

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great PTO time off, great coworkers. Nice building and cafeteria.

    Cons

    Work load, 50 to 60 plus hour work weeks with no compensation, management is a joke, HR is not there for employees and issues that are brought up usually result in reprimand to the employee. Upper Management work from home on full time basis and are usually impossible to reach. Training is a joke and non existent, management likes to use scare tactics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire enough employees to do the job rather than expect us to work ridiculous hours. Listen to employees, stop gossiping about other employees. Support the talent you have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great mission and public impact, not the best for career growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at NSF International full-time

    Pros

    The company has a great mission and rewarding public impact. The amount of paid-time off is nice and there are many enjoyable people to work with.

    Cons

    There are a lot of managers and not enough people doing the actual work. People are often expected to meet deadlines and heavy workloads without adequate staffing and space. NSF is also quick to give up on programs that are not making enough money. It's supposed to be a not-for-profit company but profits and growth are seemingly very important to the senior management. In the laboratory area, there is limited opportunity for career growth. Promotions can be quite difficult to obtain even after sending years earning them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to the people at the bottom of the ladder. Note the differences between the business and laboratory sides of the company (for instance, lower pay and higher workload in the labs). Growth can compromise quality!

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just OK.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NSF International full-time

    Pros

    Great mission, nice working environment.

    Cons

    Mediocre to poor compensation. Upper management is not in touch with employees whatsoever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An anonymous employee survey would open your eyes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company with a great purpose

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at NSF International (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Good people to work with (everyone is friendly)
    - Bosses/Co-workers are always willing to help with issues
    - The cafeteria is much better than expected
    - Everyone is professional within the workplace and there are lots of opportunities to meet new people

    Cons

    - Work can become a bit tedious
    - Lots of repetition
    - Need more opportunities to meet/interact with upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - None. Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the experience it was made out to be.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Food Safety
    Current Employee - Food Safety

    I have been working at NSF International full-time

    Pros

    *I am passionate about public health and was drawn to the company to advance my experiences as a public health professional.*

    Pros: Minimal interaction with supervisors, therefore, minimal supervision and a great deal of independence on a day to day basis. 18 days of PTO the first year/paid holidays. Flexibility with scheduling.

    Cons

    Cons: Lack of purpose and integrity. Job is dictated by the client who is paying the company resulting in decisions that are based more on reputation and financial security than by the ethics and values of public health. Because the job is dictated by the client, there is very little need for advanced education and/or professional certifications. Relationships between co-workers and/or supervisors lack professionalism. Lack of organization and stability. Although they inform you of the amount of travel required, they do not inform you of the disorganization and instability of the travel involved. Be prepared to make last minute changes and arrangements. On that same note, the work life balance is not great as work weeks are well above your standard 40 hours (no compensation is provided for the minimal 10+ hours of over time). On top of that, you are expected to work even when you are at home and/or "off." The technology of the company is not great, especially when working remotely. There are constantly IT issues that only serve to make your job more difficult. Management is disorganized, hard to contact and unrealistic with expectations. The company certainly has more work than they have employees and that comes down on your shoulders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be respectful of your employees lives and create a more reasonable work/life balance. Become more organized so that schedules are not abruptly changed and work loads are not increasingly overfilled. Develop a higher sense of professionalism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Watch out for micro-management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at NSF International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to start a career. Had a Halloween party every year I worked there with full building participation.

    Cons

    Yearly performance review leads to smaller than expected pay increases. Some lab managers are hired from within in the lab they worked and have zero management skills or business acumen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure middle management has some experience with managing people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Happy overall

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Toxicologist II in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Associate Toxicologist II in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at NSF International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, supportive management, good atmosphere, low stress.

    Cons

    Work is repetitive and boring.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a Long Term Career Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Certification Project Manager in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Certification Project Manager in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    Clean facility, Great Location, Great Laboratory Facilities and Staff.

    Cons

    Not a good place to work if you are a woman or a person of color. If you decide to work for this company be sure to stay in the laboratory departments where a long term career is possible. Steer clear of all project management positions as they are not conducive to someone that has a family or a home life. Project managers are expected to be on call 24/7 without the matching pay or recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The expectations that management has for their project management employees is extremely unrealistic. Management should value their employees that have been with the company for more than five years instead of tearing them down and looking for reasons to discount and degrade their work. If an employee has and advanced degree they should not be viewed as a threat but as an asset to the company. Lastly, Human Resources should provide support and become and open and honest outlet to employees instead of a department of enforcement and deception.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A very good experience

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

    I have been working at NSF International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Strong management support for new ideas. Supportive work environment. Enthusiastic team spirit. Very healthy work environment. Dedication to stated mission. The on boarding process was well thought out and comprehensive. It demonstrates a long term commitment to the employees and their relationship to the company.

    Cons

    There are many people who have been in the company for a long time and are not comfortable with a philosophy of change. The organization overall is very conservative, which can hinder evolution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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