NSF International Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    First Level Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits Great People Good culture Nice Cafeteria

    Cons

    Out of touch Senior Managment Inequity of pay


  2. Helpful (4)

    terrible firm.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Manager
    Former Employee - Technical Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NSF International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good subject area and interesting challenges. however it is poorly managed und untrustworthy.

    Cons

    management gives zero support to employees. it is like jumping into a pit of seething vipers

    Advice to Management

    support employees. focus somewhat on morale and less on upper executive egos.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Nice environment, senior leaders not business minded

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NSF International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere, good benefits, great mission, HQ has beautiful building. Very willing to let you learn by taking on new challenges (in addition to your regular work, of course).

    Cons

    Senior leaders/management are often technical people without business degrees who really know nothing about how to run a business. Company stretched too thin; trying to grow too fast.

    Advice to Management

    Don't pick your senior leaders based from a pool of technical people. Just because people do a good job running a lab does not mean they can run a business!


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  5. Ann Arbor Centric

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company is truly committed to the mission of protecting and improving public health.

    Cons

    Relationship between corporate and business units is disconnected. Goals and needs are different and corporate support services are not typically provided in a timely manner.


  6. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!


  8. Great company with a great purpose

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    - None. Keep up the good work!


  9. Helpful (4)

    Not the experience it was made out to be.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Food Safety
    Current Employee - Food Safety
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Watch out for micro-management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Make sure middle management has some experience with managing people.


  11. Happy overall

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Toxicologist II in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Associate Toxicologist II in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.



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