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NELSON Reviews

Updated November 21, 2017
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John “Ozzie” Nelson, Jr.
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  1. "I'm unique, happy here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Applications Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NELSON full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I play a support role at Nelson so my perspective will be different from a designers view. I personally get the support and feedback needed to do my job well. The technology implementation is some of the best and I feel we have done a decent job since I've been here keeping up with everything. Friendly co-workers/teammates and decent after hour events. Good work-life balance, very flexible work-from-home policy.

    Cons

    Lack of management support with implementing technology/Revit, or other progressive technologies. Offices are silo's acting independently. Benefits/insurance is not supportive of families, but prohibitive. Culture varies per office, radically in some cases.

    Advice to Management

    Combine studios under a unified umbrella, working on the same platform/standards/technology/culture. Better benefits, we are a large company, should be better. Work on employee retention, way too much turnover, be more attentive to needs of co-workers, learning/training needs and relevance needs, exciting project desires.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Worst company I've ever worked for!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NELSON full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I feel sorry for the people that work here.

    Cons

    Employees are overworked and underpaid. Management is clueless.

    Advice to Management

    They wouldn't listen anyway.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Only go here if you are desperate"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Principal in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NELSON full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It’s a job - it’s in Seattle- there is a Starbucks near, but of course, this is Seattle and no one that lives here drinks Starbucks if they like coffee

    Cons

    Terrible management
    Questionable business practices
    Lack of depth - little real work
    No clear mission, only standard corporate garbage “we are the best because we try harder and care....on time and in budget...”

    Advice to Management

    Replace management with people that are honest, understand what they are doing, and care about something other than themselves.

    A bit of talent wouldn’t hurt either.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NELSON full-time

    Pros

    There are some good PM’s there, mostly only on the legacy Nelson side, a scant on the Mufson side. Medical Benefits, 401k and vacation are available and aren't bad.

    Cons

    The NYC partners are short- sided and only really think of themselves. The place is run like a dysfunctional family, salary raises are non-existent, and if you get a bonus it’s given based on preferential basis. Organizing performance reviews, is like an act of Congress, leadership just can’t get it together. The projects are either corporate accounts and boutique design projects. If you are chosen to work on the design projects, the design partner is the only voice. If you voice your opinion, be prepared to be humiliated.

    Advice to Management

    It's top heavy. Open up the management to some objectivity, get away from the partner's micromanaging the office.


  5. "okay"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly people, can learn alot

    Cons

    no place for growth at all

    Advice to Management

    pay fair and reward employees more


  6. "Good company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NELSON full-time

    Pros

    Good experience and a company that sets its employees up to succeed

    Cons

    I can honestly say that I do not have any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing, believing and encouraging all employees here


  7. "Sr project manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NELSON (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn and grow , opportunities available as company grows

    Cons

    Most training is handled informally

  8. "Good Experience at Nelson Chicago"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Job Captain in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Architectural Job Captain in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They trust their employees in terms of when you come in or out, if you do your job they are not watching your every move. Half day Friday all year! Management is very good.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Post opportunities of work from within.


  9. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Job Captain in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Job Captain in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growing company, Career, potential growth, excellent team

    Cons

    New office, so just trying to get started


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Senior Interior Designer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NELSON full-time

    Pros

    Interiors focused design firm; big firm attributes with smaller office atmosphere; strong collective work portfolio; lots of great people with great ideas willing to share once you find who they are;

    Cons

    no bonuses; benefits sub-standard; no cohesion between offices; no over-arching management processes; senior management only interested in you if you are "fresh"; no appreciation of the existing, long-time talent already within firm little opportunity to collaborate/communicate with others at same level within firm; decentralization of support services, especially marketing, prevents "right now" responses

    Advice to Management

    stop trying to be one of the "top 5" through merger/acquisition and truly concentrate on bettering interoffice and intra-firm communication; show more respect to those working hard within the firm to better the company's recognition


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