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NELSON Reviews

Updated December 22, 2016
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John “Ozzie” Nelson, Jr.
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  1. "Senior Interior Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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


  2. "Senior Interior Designer/ Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Interior Designer/Project Manager in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Interior Designer/Project Manager in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NELSON (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good team members to work with

    Cons

    Poor management; no transparency, poor benefits, no bonuses

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to lead, have integrity and accountability


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Don't expect loyalty or job security"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NELSON full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance is achievable. They don't have very complicated projects so it's fairly easy to work and successfully complete your tasks in a regular work day.

    Cons

    No stability. Disorganized and terrible communication. Office politics are not a secret there. Management are all terrible and uninspired leaders with no people skills and will positively throw you under the bus at any chance they are given.

    Advice to Management

    None. They wouldn't accept any advice and I'm not sure that they truly care how poorly run it is there. They pride themselves on never changing the culture so I wouldn't even bother making any suggestions. They truly don't care.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Beware of Office Politics and Higher Level Management"

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

    Pros

    The company has some nice people; great location; flexible working arrangement

    Cons

    Please beware of this company! If you decide to raise issues to HR or Senior Management regarding inappropriate work conditions or disrespectful employees, they will do nothing about it, and you will be terminated.

    Advice to Management

    Please review the Legal team!


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Two offices existing in one location"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Dynamic designs for high end clientele, good coworkers with staff compatibility, open office format allows for transparency. Benefits are in parr with the industry (see cons)

    Cons

    The Mufson Partnership office still operates in the idea of separate office creating two offices in one, a Nelson Team and a Mufson team structure. Lack of a clear standard that is used throughout the office. No loyalty to the individuals that work above and beyond regular hours. No compensation, bonus, or acknowledgement for working sometimes seven days a week or 20 hour days due to deadlines. Office is replacing some of the experienced workers with lesser experienced employees at a lower salary only showing that the firm has grown too large (corporate buy-outs and mergers) in a short period only resulting in salary reducing strategies to minimize the offices that aren't doing as well in other geographic locations.

    Advice to Management

    Show appreciation to your employees and provide performance reviews so that the employees know where they need to develop and the strengths where they can build upon. While monthly town hall meetings show what the firm is doing as whole, also include how the firm is bettering themselves to grow the firm and how it relates to the employees who do the work.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Below average everything"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to travel to other offices

    Cons

    Pay is below market value, Benefits are not great, many employees received a pay decrease because the company was not profitable one year, office is terrible especially for an architecture firm.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not impressed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Decent work life balance, flexible, however salary and compensation is impacted by this. Some pleasant employees and team environments.

    Cons

    Not impressed... zero loyalty. It doesn't matter what you bring to the table as an employee it only matters what you "say" you bring to the table. You could basically do nothing and just self promote yourself. Actions speak louder than words is that exact opposite at this company. Poor management. Poor compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the employees that are loyal and work hard for your company... even if they don't come out and tell you how hard they are working. Look past their direct report and read between the lines. It should be recognized regardless.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Don't Work Here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Management doesn't know whats going on, easy to get by without doing much
    Decent health insurance and other benefits, nothing extraordinary

    Cons

    No respect of employees
    Constant switching of employees and hours
    No respect for Design Integrity
    Very poor upper management - CEO is a joke

    Advice to Management

    The best thing management can do is quit or get fired. Honestly, just give up. They also need to stop pretending the firm is actually about architecture.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Hopeless and clueless"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    It's a job and they seem to be willing to hire anyone, even if they do not have the skills that are necessary or required by the job posting.

    Cons

    HQ Management is unorganized, uncaring and treats employees like numbers, not people. The local managers want to be liked by the staff more than they want to be good leaders. Empty promises abound. Little to no support for training, orientation, project staffing.

    Advice to Management

    Start acting like a true world class design firm rather than pretending to be one. Implement standards and treat employees with respect and maybe they would be less miserable and take the company and the managers more seriously.



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