NSF International Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
31 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be very careful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Sales in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    NSF'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.

    Cons

    Company 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 ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice to their management, they wouldn't listen to it anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great mission, business focus, some leadership issues

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    Former Employee - Professional in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Professional in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    This 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.

    Cons

    While 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fast paced, mission driven

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NSF International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Cohesive vision for the road ahead not effectively communicated at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the "support" departments throughout the growth phase.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good place to work & make a difference

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NSF International full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for growth; it has a promote-from-within culture. Friendly, fun environment. IT department is working with cutting-edge technology and is taking steps to improve processes and ensure quality. Good work-life balance, fair pay, jeans on Friday and free soda!

    Cons

    Can be extremely fast-paced. Deadlines are sometimes unreasonable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that the IT department is a very significant contributor to the overall success of this company, because it is so reliant on its proprietary systems; provide enough budget to properly staff to ensure quality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful people, menial day tasks

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    Current Employee - Associate Technician in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Associate Technician in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    Easy to stay busy.
    Easy goingatmosphere, good benefits - Free soda!
    Management is approachable and very eager to help at all times
    Smiling faces everywhere
    Internal promotions
    Good hours

    Cons

    Lean management is taking over and people have been very cautious because everyone is uncertain of how it will affect their daily tasks.
    Always could use more pay, but its very fair

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Steer clear of this place at all costs

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at NSF International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free coffee and soda machine

    Cons

    Zero training, poorly skilled middle management, antiquated and strewed together LIMS, zero communication between groups, innovation and free thinking is not encouraged, rampant nepotism, razor slim profit margins, tight deadlines, unattainable goals are the norm,, lots of lab equipment is either broken or insufficient to preform the tasks required, management belittling and bullying staff is commonplace, zero job security, company used scare tactics to promote services, misleading HR department., low pay, small cubicles, poor moral is commonplace, high worker turnover by either voluntary or involuntary means.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lining your pocketbooks and start caring about the staff that run your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company with good benefits and flexibility. Communication and training are areas that can use some improvement

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    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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment. It has inhouse Gym, which helps if you want to maintain your health.

    Cons

    Training could be improved. It looks like supervisors and management do not have time to answer your questions. They expect you to learn a lot on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more opportunity to motivate your employees. It seems like lot of employees are stuck in their current position. HR should consult with employees to let them know what opportunities exist for future growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Food Safety Representative

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    Current Employee - Food Safety Representative in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Food Safety Representative in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    During training you meet lots of new people.

    Cons

    *****If you're thinking about working here, DON'T!!***** you can probably do much better than grunt work for pennies a day***** A major insult on your intelligence!! Unrealistic expectations for entry level position. Very low salary for the kind of filth you're in day after day. If a client does not like you, it is highly likely that you'll get fired because of it. You'll get fired anyway during training if you don't learn everything about the job within a month of hiring, they'll make up some bullcrap story about how you're not the right employee for the job because you didn't learn EVERYTHING, including the little nuisances there is to learn about the job in a matter of weeks! There is absolutely no communication between you and your direct supervisor whatsoever, until you're being fired! Obviously they are not able to keep positions filled due to a very high attrition rate in this particular position. Time spent driving to these trash dumps that happen to serve greasy hamburgers is NOT factored into your day at all! DO NOT ACCEPT the job offer if you have a life and want to maintain a healthy lifestyle and wish to have a realistic work life balance. If you have a family do not accept this job offer, you'll hardly get to see them if you work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider talking directly to your employee rather than listening to an opinionated uneducated client that has the intelligence of an inbred farmer before you make a decision to terminate. There are two sides to every story. Learn how to speak eloquently if there is an issue that needs to be addressed rather than sending tons of emails. Sure emails are quick but some situations require an
    ACTUAL phone call! Spend A little less time talking to
    Your dogs and cats and a little more time talking with your employees. I learned more from my peers about the ins and out of my position than I did from my actual manager! There is MORE than ONE way to accomplish a task! If it feels like a waste of time then obviously it IS a waste of time!

  10.  

    Don't be fooled by the image

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    Well maintained building and laboratories

    Room to move around in the company if your boss lets you (which he/she can block if they want)

    Cons

    Company tends to stray too far from core business into unknown and unproven business ventures

    An above average amount of people get fired due to "under performance", to which employees are given no notice or remediation opportunity

    CEO (and VP's) makes an obscene about of money ($1.2M) for a "non profit" organization

    Some employees are under worked (7 hour days) and some over worked (overtime with no pay)

    Many managers have a profit first, employees second attitude

    Employees are pushed to meet revenue goals, with little regard to project feasibility and preparation

    Goals and due dates are set to unattainable and unsustainable levels

    Employee family members and friends get preferential hiring treatment and are placed above more qualified external candidates

    Many people are fired for not meeting goals or just because their managers do not like them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    So many opportunities!

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    Current Employee - Recruiting Specialist in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Recruiting Specialist in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn and grow your skills and scope of responsibility.
    Innovative culture driven to achieve results and increase efficiencies.
    Open lines of communication at all levels of the organization.

    Cons

    At times it is difficult to ensure communication is extended out to all employees.
    Global integration is slow, but getting better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish internal communication protocol and procedures to help unite the organization and employees globally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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