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Nelson Education Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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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.


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    "Always Layoffs"

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    Former Employee - Development School Division in Scarborough, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Development School Division in Scarborough, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nelson Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers have great integrity, are really good at what they do, nice cafeteria, free parking. Offices are good, you have all the tools required to do a professional job, Summer Fridays. Benefits and pay are just "ok". It feels good to be working on educational material rather than making widgets or car parts. The quality of the textbooks is highly regarded in schools and universities, so people respect your experience.

    Cons

    Scarborough, always layoff so no job security, not a lot of work/life balance. You'll do a lot of overtime and it's difficult to get the time off in lieu as you'll be very busy. However, I also heard of people in departments where they had to pretend to have things to do because they were terrified about being laid off. Every year there are significant lists of people who are fired to keep the company going, and after that, there are the speeches that "now we've got it". But they don't. Partly it's the nature of large publishing companies these days -- and they keep on the marketing and sales staff but the development side has been haemorrhaging for years.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the staff like the valued experts they are, rather than expendable. But I'm proof we are very much that too. It was soul-destroying working for Nelson. Your self-esteem gets hacked at daily by managers who really don't know how to engage and keep people invested in the process. They promote people who just make you lose your hope for humanity. When they promote people! That "apply for your job" nonsense in school division ... wow! School management and HR should have to reapply for their jobs because that was a major waste of time. So poorly done.


  3. "Old school mentality"

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

    Pros

    Must choose five words here, so in truthfulness, no pros I can claim.

    Cons

    No forward thinking. Management plays favouritism for employees who have no (or little) skills, but keep those people employed while letting go others. Executive management always claimed "the pay in publishing is traditionally low paying so...", well guess what, publishing is NO LONGER TRADITIONAL.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times and understand that the digital era is here.


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  5. "Industry changes make company hard to assess"

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are interesting, motivated by interest in education, very smart. Benefits are industry standard, including "Summer Fridays." Salaries are industry standard.

    Cons

    The educational publishing Industry is in turmoil. Most positions come with a level of uncertainty about how long the job will last. Communication between managers and employees can be a problem.

    Advice to Management

    It's more efficient to invest in training than fire/replace.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Scarborough, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Scarborough, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nelson Education full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are some really great people at Nelson and they have some great corporate social responsibility initiatives. Great benefits - health, dental, pension matching.

    Cons

    The company operates in a dying industry, is slow to change, and the preference is to do things as they've always been done.

    Advice to Management

    Nelson has a strong culture and a great community of passionate people who truly care about what they do and the students and teachers they serve. Preserve it.


  7. "Systems Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Scarborough, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Scarborough, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nelson Education full-time

    Pros

    Summer hours, location, hours, employee discount.

    Cons

    Micro-management, advancement opportunities, favourtism, not rewarding good employees accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    Stop showing favourtism. Open your eyes and see what's really going on with employees. Reward good employees fairly.


  8. "Print production/Permissions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Nelson Education full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Corporate culture, friendly atmosphere, job opportunities.

    Cons

    Job elimination due to job restructuring.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  9. "Company always seems to be in transition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Hard work seems to be valued

    Cons

    Company always in transition due to ever-changing industry climate

    Advice to Management

    A strong, loyal workforce will see you through the tough times - do more to keep these people


  10. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Nelson Education full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, car, gas card and pension

    Cons

    challenges in industry, lack of training and support. Non forward thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Start thinking outside the box more often and support the remaining employees


  11. "Great place to work; changing industry"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great perks, people and benefits. Good atmosphere in the office.

    Cons

    Slow to change. Oftentimes comes across as though tenure is more important for advancement than ability or effort.

    Advice to Management

    Roll up your sleeves from time to time, get out there and see what your employees are actually doing.


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