Nordion Reviews

Updated May 2, 2015
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  1. Caring place to work for

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

    I have been working at Nordion (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company is made up of amazing and caring people. They are very nice to work with, thoughtful and always meant well. Compensation is very well (as compared to local living standard). Business model is solid and the executives are very down to earth. They are flexible as well. It also provides opportunities to grow and learn and provides cross-function rotation program. All of these are greatly appreciated.

    Cons

    My personal preference is for places with warmer weather. Ottawa is too cold for me in the winter. Though this job is solid but I longed for something more exciting. Also note that this company was acquired a few years ago. So not sure about current culture etc.


  2. great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Nordion full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good work experience and opportunity

    Cons

    no cons that i can think of

    Advice to Management

    na


  3. No direction caused company to fail

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director Global Marketing Communications in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Director Global Marketing Communications in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Nordion full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Lots of HR internal employee programs

    Cons

    Too much."big company" bureaucracy
    Upper management bought the previous company then wanted to change it completely then wondered why the company went downhill

    Advice to Management

    You had to sell the company so I guess you know what you needed to do


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  5. Good little company doing important work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nordion full-time (More than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonably flexible work environment with good union/management relations. Pay appears to be better than average. Safety protocols are rigorous and with good reason. Safety is well enforced. You are participating in business in a unique industry that provides important products and services to customers around the world.

    Cons

    Company was recently bought by a US company owned by a private equity firm. While it provides more stable funding than being publicly traded, cultural changes are to be anticipated.

    Advice to Management

    Time to get rid of the old crown corporation legacy mentality. It could hamper your ability to adapt to your new owners.


  6. Dream place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Nordion

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well treated, a joy to go into work every day, friendly staff, like a big family. Great benefits and vacation time.

    Cons

    Some people are in positions because they "know" someone and not that they are competent.


  7. My experience at this company is very good, I work with an international team with many nationalities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Support Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Support Specialist in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Nordion part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Customer focused, providing customers the best opportunity to learn and to grow. I feel like coming home and I consider my colleagues as my family.

    Cons

    The company should offer training programs for staff members.

    Advice to Management

    Build trust with the staff and they will invest much more.


  8. good for long time stay

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager, Sales and Marketing in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Manager, Sales and Marketing in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    less pressure, become powerful in the organization,

    Cons

    you will be in a comfort zone soon after 3 years and leaving them is difficult. No enough manpower, always overloaded. No professionalism.

    Advice to Management

    add some system and procedure to the company.


  9. Vancouver site did not get the same benefits or recognition as headquarters in Ottawa.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - QA Associate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Nordion full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Health care benefits and pay were ok but not outstanding.

    Cons

    Management did not treat the employees at the Vancouver site as well as the employees at the headquarters in Ottawa.

    Advice to Management

    Use fair and impartial process to review cost of living and equitable benefits for employees in Vancouver vs Ottawa.


  10. Finance Not Good Place

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Finance in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nordion full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture
    Good compensation
    Financial incentives to perform

    Cons

    Highly political environment
    Different standards within finance group
    Manager plays favourites
    Much non-value added work just in case manager gets asked for it from VP
    Manager 8-4pm guy expecting otherwise by his employees
    Finance is over staffed / not healthy dept environment

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the excessive Sr. Mgt bonuses
    Knock down your Ivory Tower to remove terrible disconnect between Senior Mgt, Management & Employees.
    Flatten multi tiered levels of management
    Simplify your performance review process


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    Nordion

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Nordion full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Company to work with and for

    Cons

    Winter months in Ottawa are cold



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