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NELSON Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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  1. "okay"

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    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


  2. "Occupancy Manager / Space manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NELSON full-time

    Pros

    Very fastest growing company. Family oriented

    Cons

    Salary increment is not match with cost of inflation

    Advice to Management

    Must give raise to keep up good staff


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Project manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NELSON full-time

    Pros

    High degree of project variety

    Cons

    Leadership is unfocused and confusing at times

    Advice to Management

    Get the the infrastructure right


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "decent place to blend in"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the hours are not as bad as Architeture with a capital A firms. Benefits are decent, good work from home and work/life balance options if you have status

    Cons

    Pay isn't great and it is impossible to get raises. The level of design is lacking - bread and butter jobs are OK, but not mixed with enough "fun" clients. It's a big firm but feels "mom and pop" in a bad way as the nickel and dime everything - holiday party was cancelled because it was "too expensive".

    Advice to Management

    Stop "re-focusing" and just focus on your employees and building design credibility.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Variety of experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Recommends

    Pros

    Work Life Balance
    Variety of Work

    Cons

    Hit hard by downturned economy


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Designer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Designer in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere when I was working there, good in office senior management and team leaders always willing to help out if you have a problem

    Cons

    when i was working here, the only thing that bothered me was how corporate HQ (in PA) handled the company. They were more worried about small useless things such as rebranding the company logo and the organizational structure chart. CEO inherited company I believe and during the recession dropped the ball. Not sure how this company is doing anymore, but when I left due to "restructuring" more than half the office was gone and plenty of desks were open.

    Advice to Management

    HQ they need to get their act together and do a better job of marketing the strengths of the company's services to prospective clients rather than worry about ridiculous logo rebranding and organizational charts that took over 6 months to DRAFT


  8. "Design Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Office was made up of a lot of talented designers. Local office was fun, active and involved in the local design community.

    Cons

    National interiors firm that wanted to get into too many things without supporting the effort. Not allowed to pursue things out of the typical day to day interior. No support for the architecture side.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should understand the architecture side a little better and understand that there might be other directions to solicit work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Okay place but could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility is nice. I know if I ever have an emergency, I don't have to worry about anything. I've had some really good managers (and one bad). Current manager is awesome.

    Cons

    If you don't go to the office, don't plan on getting a promotion or advancing. I can't speak for all departments but some, like mine, seem invisible to the company. If you aren't a designer/engineer/architect then don't expect to feel the "love".

    Pay is not very good. Bonuses are rare.

    Job descriptions rarely match what you actually do. Expect to do more with less and beyond your pay grade.

    Lots of mergers. Seems all the "good" people are fleeing to other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Value all departments. Hire experienced Business Development people and keep them longer then a year.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Depends on the department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NELSON full-time

    Pros

    Nelson has a lot of great people working for them. Although the department you work in will have a lot to do with whether or not you enjoy your experience. The HR department, and the marketing team both have great department heads.

    Cons

    they are buying up a lot of smaller companies and therefor doing a lot of mergers. Mergers are hard to do back-to-back and they were not always planned as well as they could have been.

    Advice to Management

    think about how a merger will effect your current staff and make sure they are ready for the change beforehand.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Great Projects, OK Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Designers and architects work together hand-in-hand to get jobs done with minimal to no eager interfering.

    Cons

    Management seems out of touch with the workload demands on staff. You cannot have both quantity and quality. Reviews are becoming more regular although action in the form of raises/ bonuses has yet to be seen. Expect to be charged with work that is outside your job description and above your pay scale.

    Advice to Management

    If you are promising compensation for increased performance-- follow through. Without reward there is little to no motivation to work harder or longer and unfortunately performance will suffer. Employees want to be valued for their time and effort and, while a 'good job' is great, monetary compensation is ultimately what we work for.


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