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NSF International Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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Kevan P Lawlor
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Pros
  • The people are great, diverse, and accepting (in 7 reviews)

  • good work-life balance boundaries, if you set them yourself from the start (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • No work life balance - expected to work overtime and disrespectful of approved time-off (in 6 reviews)

  • Not much transparency from senior management (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Three Years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NSF International full-time

    Pros

    Autonomy in the job and trust from managers.

    Cons

    A lot of travel, sometimes last minute.


  2. "Certification Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with great people, some room for growth, flexible hours (sort of), and the facilities at the company's building are good, good benefits

    Cons

    Workload is hard to manage.

  3. "Worst place to work"

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    Former Employee - Associate Toxicologist in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Associate Toxicologist in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company somehow has a solid reputation, so use it as a stepping stone to something better.

    Cons

    If you want to remain stagnant in your career while unqualified individuals who are friends with management are promoted above you, this is the perfect place for you. Do not expect to be rewarded for hard work, you will only be judged on appearances and who you befriend.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good and bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Nice people. Scientific environment. Good values. Good mission. Stable company. Very interesting business and many different businesses. Nice physical environment

    Cons

    Low pay. It is a non profit and they underpay. Benefits are fine but not great. Raise process is odd.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NSF International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People at company are great to work with.

    Cons

    Culture is changing resulting in a Human Resource centric organization. HR staff has nearly doubled and their influence drives the businesses instead of supporting the businesses. Business is down for 2017 and the message from the CEO is that the emphasis will be changed from business success to being the best at what NSF does (whatever that means). Their is no accountability for weak performers which results in lack of motivation for those highly motivated. Low performers get a "free ride".

    Advice to Management

    Decide who you want to be.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Many Pros and Cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    +great mission that employees actually care about
    +good people who are usually well-educated and focused on collaboration
    +interesting projects
    +good work-life balance boundaries, if you set them yourself from the start
    +good benefits & PTO
    +the company seems to be trying to improve
    +decent pay, but below industry average
    +a good place to start your career, work hard and climb up
    +flexible schedule and ability to work remotely

    Cons

    -IT & user interface systems are extremely outdated and challenging to use or improve; this causes massive inefficiencies and doesn't represent NSF well to customers.
    -it seems like NSF hires for most positions based on who they can pay the least-- people at the beginning of their careers who will take a low salary and may not have the experience required to take NSF to a higher level
    -no vertical growth opportunities
    -ability to get coaching, mentoring, career development or travel opportunities depends very much on your supervisor
    -rules will be followed unless a big customer becomes upset, then it seems some rules can bend
    -annual performance review system is not well managed
    -if your position involves client project management, expect to be drowning in work
    -managers are often too busy with work projects to be effective people managers.

    Advice to Management

    Look at what top employers are doing in terms of benefits and career development, then do the same.
    Invest in hiring people with valuable, relevant experience
    Invest in a real training system that's applicable to the job
    Invest in more efficient, clean IT/tech systems


  7. "Business Development Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NSF International full-time

    Pros

    Loved working for NSF. Wish I would have stayed

    Cons

    I wish they would have matched up to 6% of your 401k instead of 3.5%

    Advice to Management

    Management was always fantastic to me. No issues

  8. Helpful (6)

    "I like working here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture of caring for one another and many opportunities for growth since the company continues to grow. Great benefits and good people make this a nice place to work. Mission to Protect and Improve Public Health makes my job have more value than just padding someone's pocket.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than most similar businesses and promotions come slower than than expected.

    Advice to Management

    Work on listening better to the people that do the work and be more proactive in avoiding problems instead of just reacting to the latest problem.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Average"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NSF International full-time

    Pros

    Good co-workers- people are dedicated

    Cons

    Management dis-engaged. Software is cumbersome at best


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Lab morale at rock bottom"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NSF International full-time

    Pros

    - The headquarters is in Michigan and close to the highway
    - Holiday party
    - Blood drive
    - Community outreach
    - NSF is good resume experience builder for next job

    Cons

    - Chemistry laboratory morale at rock bottom
    - Proper raises non-existant
    - Chemistry is a dead end for careers
    - People not rewarded for hard work
    - Floaters not weeded out
    - Merit raises don't have anything to do with merit
    - So many have given up that it makes me sad

    Advice to Management

    - Pay people appropriately
    - Get out of your Ivory tower once in a while to see how unhappy the lab staff is
    - Too many people involved in interview process.
    - Review process broken/takes too long
    - If management identified promotions take too long then fix it
    - Get salaries adjusted appropriately


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