Nelson Education Ltd. Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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  1. Excellent opportunity for growth

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    Former Employee - Editorial Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Editorial Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Great people, with lots of opportunities to socialize - Good work location (accessible by TTC, cafeteria) - Weekly staff meetings - Lots of opportunities to wear different hats, try out different things

    Cons

    - Sometimes a bit of shuffling around, uncertainty as far as job prospects

    Advice to Management

    Best of luck!


  2. Sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Nelson Education Ltd. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Half day summer fridays Solid benefits package Supporter of Free the Children organizatgion

    Cons

    Publishing industry has been in decline for the last 5 years Ownership has been shifting the last 2 years


  3. A good, but not great, experience.

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    Former Employee - Sales & Editorial Representative in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales & Editorial Representative in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Nelson Education Ltd. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, great culture, some training, good professional experience.

    Cons

    Struggling industry, company lacks clear direction.

    Advice to Management

    It's a difficult industry so good advice is hard to come by. That said, a more focused approach with a strategic direction would instil greater confidence throughout the company.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    A good working environment but no opportunity for career advancement.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scarborough, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scarborough, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Nelson Education Ltd. (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working on the projects such as the development of texts in different subject matters. The people who you work with on the projects are amazing. You feel a sense of accomplishment when a project is complete and you know it will reach hundreds of people.

    Cons

    Too political. Too female-dominated, which can turn gossipy and competitive. Nepotism is an issue meaning those with less or no experience with a family/friend connection will always get the job. Salaries are very low. Not too many full-time positions. Mostly contract positions that can last years.

    Advice to Management

    Apply a company rule regarding nepotism. Most companies don't allow family or friends to work in the same department as this can lead to favouritism and resentment amongst other employees. Establish a rule that contract positions can only last a minimum of 1-2 years. If you keep rehiring the same people for contract positions, then you obviously need that person so make them full-time. Stop spending unnecessary money on parties (e.g. sales conferences) and use the money towards bonuses or hiring full-time employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Pretty good for the publishing industry

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    Former Employee - Sales and Editorial Representative in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales and Editorial Representative in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Nelson Education Ltd. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I think Nelson's median salary is a bit higher than other publishers, with opportunities for growth. Management are seasoned pros, so you can trust in the people giving you direction.

    Cons

    Favouritism from management to certain employees. If you're good at your job they'll keep you in that job forever, which is a real disincentive. Very few opportunities for higher positions as people tend to keep these comfortable roles for 10+ years. Any experience you get in the publishing industry is not really transferable to other industries.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more development opportunities - these were supposed to exist, but I was consistently told there was no budget. The counting of pennies on applicable expenses needed to do the job make the company seem cheap.


  7. Helpful (1)

    I learned a lot and it was a good experience, but they need more resources to move their business forward.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting work, nice people, challenging problems.

    Cons

    The company is not on the cutting edge of technology.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Loyalty is poor. Hard work and dedication is not always rewarded.

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    Current Employee - Sales and Editorial Representative in London, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales and Editorial Representative in London, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Nelson Education Ltd. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are great to work with. Most are dissatisfied with at least a portion of their job/work but manage to keep days tolerable.

    Cons

    Print business is not healthy. Digital is where it is at. Nelson is slow to change. Most people are dissatisfied with at least some portion of their work. Most are doing much more than they can manage and still do a good job.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Stuck in the Dark Ages

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Nelson Education Ltd. full-time

    Pros

    If you are in Sales, life is good. Endless excuses for not hitting your target, no accountability and neverending spiffs and payola.

    Cons

    Senior Management is stuck in the Dark Ages. They refuse to acknowledge that the printed book is dead and that digital is the way of the future. Absolute ignorance around marketing and product development and see overpaid sales reps as the road to salvation. Non-existent career development, totally ignored performance review system and inundated with folks who have been their for years and years, WELL past their best before date.

    Advice to Management

    Do everyone a favour and resign.


  10. Nelson was a fantastic company work for - great people and forward-thinking attitude.

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    Former Employee - Educational Representative
    Former Employee - Educational Representative

    I worked at Nelson Education Ltd. full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people and community at Nelson are above par - friendships are built on mutual experiences there because employees work closely with each other in a spirit of shared success.

    Cons

    Tough to find cons to this company.



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