NSF International
2.9 of 5 28 reviews
www.nsf.org Ann Arbor, MI

NSF International Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
NSF International – Ann Arbor – “Exterior”

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2.9 28 reviews

                             

56% Approve of the CEO

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Kevan P Lawlor

(18 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Happy overall

    Associate Toxicologist II (Current Employee)
    Ann Arbor, MI

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

    ConsWork is repetitive and boring.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A very good experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStrong 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.

    ConsThere 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.

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

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    Expect to be away from home 25%-50% of the time

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThis is a remote position and you work from home. The territory in which you work defines how much over night travel is needed. The auditor sets the work schedule according to the number of average audit hours must be completed per day.
    18 days of paid time off per year starting the first year.
    401K
    Upward movement available

    ConsA normal pay period can be between 100-130 hours and no compensation. When you get home there is still work to complete and can take any where from .5 to 2 hours or more. You do not get administrative time to complete work schedules. Work schedules need to be complete for rolling 90 days, and then the schedule will be added to and rework needs to be completed to accomplish the mission. The company is more reactive than proactive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart being proactive instead of reactive. Follow through with promises. Before taking on new clients make sure that you have enough auditors to complete the work for current clients.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice place to work but no help with career pathing, and when you reach a certain level, they recruit from the outside.

    General Manager (Current Employee)
    Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsStrong mission, nice office, nice people, good benefits, nice working environment.

    ConsWorkload can be outrageous. They just keep piling on more and more work without giving you extra staff to handle it all.No assistance from HR on career planning. They talk a good game about promoting from within, but when you reach a certain level within the company, they want to hire from the outside.

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    Not bad

    Senior Technician (Former Employee)
    Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsDecent money and positive environment

    ConsLarge workloads with unreasonable deadlines. Management can be pushy at times.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Steer clear!!!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFree soda, clean building, semi flexible hours

    ConsManagement doesn't listen to the employees before making any decisions. The new lean principles are not making the process lean at all. Things are moving slower and they are cutting most peoples wages. They also promote the least qualified managers who run the programs into the ground and make people hate their lives.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the staff actually doing the jobs. Listen when staff is unhappy. Make clear distinctions in job expectations and promote those with good managerial skills.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If you have integrity and want to be respected...STAY AWAY!

    Certification Project Manager (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsCoworkers, outside of management, are passionate about the organic industry and really want to make a difference.

    ConsIncreased "opportunity" comes with more workload, no compensation, no acknowledgement, and no vertical growth opportunity. Organic certification is getting brushed aside by management, all it's forces are being dumped into food safety. The brunt of this is felt by employees and clients. Good luck NSF.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake part in leadership training, treat employees with respect, and like adults. Grow up, stop the popularity contests and lies. Don't gossip about employees with other managers, word gets around and then no one respects you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Be very careful

    Sales (Former Employee)
    Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsNSF's mission is a worthy cause and they do very good work. There are a lot of very fine people who work for NSF in middle management and below, who believe in NSF's Misson. Benefits are better than average.

    ConsCompany is run for the benefit of their most senior leadership. Take a look at the past few form 990s and you'll see NSF's leadership pay themselves significantly more than comparable sized publicly traded companies, while average salaries and increases are very low for the rank and file worker. They have a strong tendancy to get rid of their middle managers in January of each year to avoid paying them bonuses. Most NSF staff can name you a long list of people who are let go in January to the point it's gallow's humor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI have no advice to their management, they wouldn't listen to it anyway.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great mission, business focus, some leadership issues

    Professional (Former Employee)
    Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsThis company has a public health focus and it fulfills on that mission. The people on staff are committed to the mission, well educated and understand the value of cooperation toward the mission.

    ConsWhile there is a great mission and good services to customers, the atmosphere is highly political. At one time, the company was led by a power freak, but is now managed/led with cool detachment from people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would suggest that NSF become more humanistic. There tends to be a high reliance on the numbers, and not so much on looking at people in terms of their value. I would say that you should better balance of numbers versus people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fast paced, mission driven

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCommitted to providing professional, results oriented environment. Committed to developing people and providing challenges.

    ConsCohesive vision for the road ahead not effectively communicated at times

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupport the "support" departments throughout the growth phase.

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

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