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Updated January 14, 2018
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  1. "Company lost its luster"

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nelson Education full-time

    Pros

    Can't really think of any convincing pros... Summer hours perhaps, if you are into that. Scarborough if you you live there. Otherwise, stay away!

    Cons

    The company went recently through an insolvency process and we all know what that means: don't expect investments in people, processes or technology. Instead, layoffs and cost cuttings are the norm and the company seems oblivious to what that means to its long term survival.

    Advice to Management

    Belligerence is not a strategy. Surrounding yourself with "Yes Men" and then promoting them for agreeing with you hurts our intelligence and creativity. It is a clear sign of ignorance.


  2. "Content Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nelson Education full-time

    Pros

    Good perks, good people to work with generally, enjoyable work -- the projects can be fun and motivating and for a great purpose.

    Cons

    You don't get to pick your projects, and could end up working long-term on something that you aren't thrilled about. And, the company keeps getting sold and new management coming in, so the constant change in vision and leadership is difficult to keep up with.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just focus on the sales teams and their targets -- there is also an editorial and publishing group that needs attention.

  3. "Poorly Managed"

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

    I worked at Nelson Education full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, dynamic atmosphere, interesting work

    Cons

    The industry is shifting and Nelson is struggling to find its place - a lot of pressure is being put on regular employees while the management doesn't know which way is up.

    C-suite and senior management is being poached from other publishers who are in-turn bringing over team members from their previous companies, creating a lack of cohesion, fear, and disruption.

    Advice to Management

    Get organised and lay out a clear plan of action to your team members.


  4. "Employee morale at all-time low"

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

    I worked at Nelson Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are nice and have a passion for education and the industry. Benefits are good although they have slowly been reduced as a result of new leadership and management.

    Cons

    Employees are not treated well by senior leadership and there is an expectation that extra hours should be put in to complete projects. Constant lay-offs mean people are doing 2-3 people's jobs. These change make employees nervous and uncertain about the future. Long-time employees who are experts in the industry are voluntarily leaving due to lack of trust in leadership. There are rumours that the CEO ultimately will sell Nelson once he brings it out of debt. Despite financial challenges, the company continues to invest dollars in questionable areas (ie. purchased an apparel company, acquired McGraw in Canada, new branding, sponsorships). Many employees are left wondering what the vision is.

    Advice to Management

    Treat them with more respect.


  5. "Industry Continues to Contract"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nelson Education full-time

    Pros

    New CEO with an aggressive vision for the future and commitment to building new pathways for growth.

    Cons

    The Canadian publishing industry continues to spin the revolving door between the big three publishers. Nelson fell back into this trap recently with an influx of "professional publishers" from competing brands. Despite the CEO's best efforts to re-point the ship, legacy employees from leader challenged peer companies will do very little to drive transformational change.
    Unfortunately, the last decade of fiscal mis-management places the company in a very challenging position. Balance sheets should have been calibrated five to eight years ago in light of declining revenues and print market conditions.
    Consolidation will continue, and Nelson will continue to exist, but leadership hubris will need to give way to pragmatism in this ever shrinking industry.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to push forward on the CEO's agenda and allocate energy appropriately to both legacy and emerging products and services.


  6. "A highly varied work environment"

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

    I have been working at Nelson Education full-time

    Pros

    Most of the staff is amazing and smart; some very good products that make me proud to work there; many wonderful managers

    Cons

    Timelines and goals established far away from the people who will be doing the work, often extremely unrealistic, resulting in overwork/burnout, poor quality work or both


  7. "Great company, constantly changing"

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    Former Employee - Learning Solutions Consultant
    Former Employee - Learning Solutions Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nelson Education (More than a year)

    Pros

    I loved working for Nelson as an outside sales rep. I enjoyed most aspects of the job and the company was good to the employees.

    Cons

    The company is constantly changing to keep up with the industry which is understandable but it can be difficult to adapt to as an employee.

    Advice to Management

    Realize how the constant changes affect the sales force and work to properly support them through the transitions.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "nelson education"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nelson Education full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great culture and great people. Nelson has a long history.

    Cons

    There have been a lot of management changes in the past few years. The company is still struggling to adapt, especially middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employee growth.


  9. "Finance"

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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 Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co-
    Workers friendly and work challenging

    Cons

    Management is clueless, and people who are incompetent keep getting employed- hmmm, no wonder company is in trouble.

    Advice to Management

    Please leave.


  10. "Miserable Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nelson Education full-time

    Pros

    There isn't really any pros here

    Cons

    -Bad management, low pay, miserable atmosphere


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