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NELSON Reviews

Updated November 15, 2017
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John “Ozzie” Nelson, Jr.
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  1. 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Only go here if you are desperate"

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    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.

  3. 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.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "office politics and then some"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are some nice people here and there (usually at the lower level rungs). The job itself is good and you can learn a lot, if there weren't the high level of office politics and bad administration described below.

    Cons

    The higher-ups put your goals at nearly impossible levels to reach, meanwhile you are doing more with less. Corporate seems to switch goals with the wind. They treat the companies they acquire like enemies behind their backs but give lip service to their faces. Lots of talking behind backs, secrets, back-stabbing, and finger-pointing. Trust is low as is morale. People often feel that their jobs are at stake, unless you're friendly with the right people.

    Advice to Management

    I don't even know where to begin.


  5. Helpful (5)

    ""Incompetent" doesn't begin to describe this company"

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

    I have been working at NELSON full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not a single pro that I can think of. It really is that bad. Its simply a horrific mess.

    Cons

    Utterly incompetent senior and mid-level management. CEO & COO have ruined a nice business started and built by the CEO's father.

    COO comes from a wall street type background and after nearly five years still has no clue or understanding of the A/E/C/I business. Possibly the worst communicator I have ever encountered. Thinks business is solely based on metrics. Doesn't comprehend that targets and metrics established by management are virtually unachievable, and what's worse, doesn't care. As long as she meets her performance targets she is set. The thing is, the unachievable targets and metrics she sets for others actually HELP in meeting her targets because the company doesn't have to pay bonuses because of unachieved metrics. The deeper the company's black, the bigger her bonus. See a problem there?

    The CEO is an empty suit and doesn't seem to care because he's in the black (regardless of the shrinking business). They do not understand that healthy growth is the long term key to a successful business. You can shrink the company to get back to profitability, but that short term outlook will kill any company long term. And guess what, they have no plan for organic growth. The company plan is for acquisition of beleaguered firms to gain additional top line revenue while never doing anything to support the newly acquired work.

    It will crater, it's just a matter of when. Certain failure.

    Advice to Management

    Advice is pointless. Sr. management are to egotistical and ultimately, thick to follow good advice. History bears this out.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Without A Clue"

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

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to work with a few great people who give too much of their time and talent to a poorly managed organization.

    Cons

    CEO, COO, CFO have not the slightest grasp of what it takes to run a professional services organization. They constantly churn through people who make the mistake of not falling iniline with the so-called Nelson culture. With this reputation, the organization has become "a last resort" employer as only candidates desperate for a job will go there.
    The CEO has zero experience outside the company (its the only company he's worked for), a company his father founded and where the he has now pushed his father and brother into minor roles.
    Working here is akin to being in a book-of-the-month club - whatever the CEO is reading, that will be the theme of his next quarterly Town Hall; "the new realities of the new economy" and "the 20 mile march". Advice to clients and potential clients... there are many far superior organizations with more stable financial status from which to buy planning and design services.

    Advice to Management

    Retain a Board of Directors with real experience and industry connections. Once elected, the Board should immendiately terminate the CEO, CFO and COO and bring in a new leadership team with the capability to lead a profitable company where people actually want to work. But this will never happen, as the CEO now owns a majority of the company and wants nothing to do with a BOD who could actually hold him accountable.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Improvement needed"

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

    I worked at NELSON full-time

    Pros

    Some good coworkers. The talent of some of the people there is incredible (yet not recognized) Good location, easy commute.

    Cons

    HQ leadership team only cares about the bottom line, not employees (or underlings as they refer to the employees). Local management isn't aware of what's going on right under their noses. Some employees get away with doing nothing, and it brings down the morale of everyone else. Salary was horrible. Worst health insurance ever. Other benefits are inadequate. The amount of pettiness in the office, starting at the top, is out of control.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being petty. Reward good hard work appropriately. Stop treating employees like your children.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Bad place"

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

    Pros

    Decent insurance and other benefits.
    Good co-workers; an image of hardworking, warm hearted factory workers working for mean, egoistic, factory owners.

    Cons

    Unprofessional organization, poor management, no respect for design, draining energy, no promotions (unless if you are friend with upper management)

    Advice to Management

    Hire a professional workplace consultant to improve corporate culture.


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