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Nielsen-Kellerman Overview

Boothwyn, PA
51 to 200 employees
1978
Company - Private
Electrical & Electronic Manufacturing
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
NK is known worldwide for its waterproof speed measurement, timing and audio systems for competitive rowers and paddlers, used by virtually every school and club program throughout the world from novices to Olympic medal winners. NK’s Kestrel Weather & ... Read more

Mission: To always be: LEARNING, listening thoughtfully and immersing ourselves in customers’ pursuits;
MISSION-OBSESSED, building products that perform in challenging environments;
ACCOUNTABLE, taking responsibility for failures and mistakes and always ... Read more

Nielsen-Kellerman – Why Work For Us?


Nielsen-Kellerman has been in business for more than 40 years, and has focused relentlessly on meeting the specialized measurement needs of demanding outdoor customers. Olympic athletes, firefighters, and military professionals are just some of the NK customers who rely on our products for accuracy and durability. Delivering anything less than the highest level of quality is not an option. Whatever the niche, we know our customers won't forgive us for letting them down, and will tell their friends what they think of us, good or bad. 

Innovative US Manufacturer
NK began business in an upstate New York basement, and we remain committed to US manufacturing to this day. Now located in Boothwyn, PA, we design here in the US, we source all the parts we can in the US, and we build here in the US. We continuously improve our product, processes, flow, inventory management and people to stay cost-competitive and ensure we can deliver what our customers need when they need it.

Sustainability
We strive to conduct our business in a sustainable manner and minimize harm to the environment by actively implementing company-wide plans to conserve energy, reduce waste, and recycle. We conduct life-cycle analysis of shipping impact to determine the most effective packaging for each product and minimize "shipping air." We use recycled products in packaging where the benefits are clear.

Integrity
Our products are designed and engineered to give our customers accurate and reliable measurements. All sales literature and specifications are honest and complete. We stand behind our brands. See for yourself! Our company blog documents not only customer stories and deals, but a behind-the-scenes view of the people and production processes that drive NK. We want you to get to know us - we've got nothing to hide!

Integration
NK is a vertically integrated company. We design, manufacture, market, sell, and service all our products. We treat our manufacturing operation as an asset, not a liability and we use this asset to ensure the quality and performance of our products. We're close to our customers, and we use that knowledge to design better products. Every new product team has representatives from sales, service, design and production working together every step of the process to produce a result far better than each department working alone could ever create.

Innovation
NK approaches every development challenge with a process designed to first create a complete understanding of our customers' needs, including target product value. We then methodically research every technical challenge and identify and test solutions. Finally, we leverage our years of experience and knowledge in designing waterproof, rugged, accurate and easy-to-use products to provide our customers with an innovative solution others have failed to provide. Our goal is a product that is so obviously "right for its job" that the end result seems simple.

Improvement
We never rest on our achievements. Every single person comes in every day committed to finding at least one way to make our jobs, products and service better. We make dozens of improvements large and small every day. We're grateful for the opportunity, and we have fun!

NK Career Opportunities

Nielsen-Kellerman (NK) is an established yet dynamic company with a 35-year history of designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing consumer electronics for monitoring sports performance and environmental conditions.

NK's facility (manufacturing plant and offices) is located in Boothwyn, PA, about 30 minutes southwest of Philadelphia. NK's work environment is informal and high-energy, and our employees' quality of life is important to us. Benefits include fully paid medical and dental insurance, disability insurance, generous 401-K plan and tuition contribution for relevant education. Nielsen-Kellerman is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Nielsen-Kellerman is Committed to Giving Back

We donate more than 2% of our pre-tax profits to charitable organizations we believe are helping to make the world a better place. Each month we highlight an organization we have chosen to support. Our focus is on charitable organizations committed to benefiting and supporting the people who use our products and the world we all live in. 

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    I have been working at Nielsen-Kellerman full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small company atmosphere
    Great team focused work environment
    Challenging and rewarding work
    Culture that values everyone

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    Career advancement opportunities are somewhat limited because it is a small company. But the company is growing so with patience, opportunities will probably occur.

    Advice to Management

    Leading by example, expecting everyone to do their best, recognition of accomplishments and mutual respect by all are (IMHO) the cornerstones of a successful organization. I think the culture at NK embodies these qualities and is a big part of the reason for it's success. Advice: Sustain and maintain .

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Nielsen-Kellerman Photos

Nielsen-Kellerman photo of: Rowers celebrate their victory with NK SpeedCoach and CoxBox on board
Nielsen-Kellerman photo of: NK Celebrates a Major Sales Milestone - Staff lined up in order of hire date in our cafeteria
Nielsen-Kellerman photo of: NK's CoxBox is the Standard for Rowing Coxswains Worldwide
Nielsen-Kellerman photo of: Police officers rely on rugged, waterproof Blue Ocean Megaphone
Nielsen-Kellerman photo of: The Kestrel Heat Stress Tracker saves lives at hot weather football practices
Nielsen-Kellerman photo of: Kestrel Ballistics Meter helps long-range shooters be more accurate
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Nielsen-Kellerman Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Nielsen-Kellerman (Boothwyn, PA) in June 2013.

    Interview

    After applying for this position through LinkedIn, I was contacted several days later to schedule an interview with the resident Senior Software Engineer. This interview was straight forward; a few behavioral question about career goals/ resume details and then technical trivia questions. These questions were fairly high level and I was able to answer them all successfully to some degree. The interviewer was very pleasant and astute, knowing what could be expected of someone with my experience level.

    Hours after the interview, the recruiter emailed me and told me they would like me to come in for an interview. She also wanted more info on relocation needs and salary expectations. I replied, accepting the interview. I also gave her my salary expectiations, saying that I was flexible.

    It was a week before I heard anythng back. She replied that they had "unexpectedly" hired an existing contarctor 5 days previous and wished me luck in my job search. Needless to say, I thought this was very unprofessional, not somuch for canceling an interview, but moreso for leaving me hanging while they hired someone at almost the exact point they offered it to me, and also for not even having the heart in the email to say they wouldn't be pursing me as a candidate (this was only implied by the extraneous hiring story and thanking me for my time).

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    • Describe the two different uses of the "volatile" keywork in C.   2 Answers
    • What kind of data structure would you use to store data from a serial receive line?   2 Answers
    • What techniques would you use to reduce power consumption in an embedded system?   2 Answers
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Nielsen-Kellerman Awards & Accolades

  • 2014 SmartCEO Future 50 of 2014 Award, Smary CEO, 2014
  • Top Workplaces -- Small, Philly.com, 2014
  • Top Workplaces -- Small, Philly.com, 2012
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

Fair Chance Pledge

Maintain hiring/training programs for those with criminal records as an opportunity for a second chance

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