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NELSON Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sonoma, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sonoma, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    It is a very supportive environoment throughout the organization. If I ever need support on project or innitiative, there are many people ready and happy to help. Management is extremely supportive of career development and growth opportunities.

    Cons

    The individual locations and divisions would work better together.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!!


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Don't Work Here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.

  3. "Good company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Don't expect loyalty or job security"

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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
    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.


  7. "Design Director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Beware of Office Politics and Higher Level Management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


  9. Helpful (6)

    "office politics and then some"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Two offices existing in one location"

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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

    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.


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