Nelson Reviews

Updated Jun 15, 2020

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3.3
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  1. "excellent"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Editorial in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Nelson full-time

    Pros

    It has great people great product

    Cons

    It is located in scarborough

  2. "Great people, gratifying work"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Solutions Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nelson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Getting to work with educators across Canada is gratifying - People are very energetic and motivated to push things forward

    Cons

    - Company uses some very, very old systems and platforms - Inefficient technologies take up so much time on the job that you don't have time to take other initiatives

  3. "A vital part of Canadian Education"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nelson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The employees at Nelson truly care about the business

    Cons

    Management moves in too many directions, without following through

  4. "Great people"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Nelson full-time

    Pros

    Shared vision for future business model

    Cons

    Complex processes that detract from achieving goals

  5. Helpful (5)

    "A Company That Needs Restructuring"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Scarborough, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nelson full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great subsidized lunch area Edwin is working on many interesting things for the future of education You might meet or or two people in a building of 300 that you can bond with Free Parking Large facility

    Cons

    This place sells you on how they are growing as a company and why its great to work there. At first you take the bait, but as the days go by you understand and catch on very quickly with how the company runs. Within my first month working here 8 people were let go, and you find out through a constant email sent out by the HR department. It is not a place to grow, and people get used to their roles within the company and have no desire to change their routines. Outdated to say the least.

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  6. Helpful (7)

    "Don't waste your time working here"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Nelson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Hard to say, my experience has been miserable.

    Cons

    Damaging environment for mental health, old school mentality, cut throat culture, huge turnover

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  7. Helpful (6)

    "Company at a crossroads"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - V P in Toronto, ON
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nelson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -great legacy and potential -some truly excellent work being done and to be done -good benefits, as of now -free parking, subsidized cafeteria

    Cons

    -territorial, petty culture -lack of vision in senior leadership -difficulty in breaking through old ways of thinking e.g., textbook and scarcity mindsets -old girls club

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  8. Helpful (6)

    "Canadian company"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scarborough, ON
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nelson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Technology that is being developed and future outlook is great. The CEO is truly a visionary and has some amazing ideas. Edwin is unique and watching it unfold is exciting. Publishing is changing and it is good to have someone at the helm who is pivoting. Post secondary team is great! The resources meet student and professor needs very well. Good benefits!

    Cons

    Little room for growth or movement up. It is also a rotating door of staff so more time is spent getting people trained and up to date than developing the staff that still exists. Sadly they lose MANY great staff as it is seemingly a culture that would rather fire and hire than grow their team. If you’re in the technology side, post secondary or the creative publishing side, things are much better, but the bread and butter of the company is sales. The sales and marketing staff must be treated better! Every creative idea is shunned; no one is willing to tell the CEO that his upper management team treats their lower staff poorly (though I believe this is not intentional) so it creates a culture that is unproductive, constant turnover, no creativity. The culture is one where upper management spend more time in meetings, emails, making knee jerk decisions and send out you-musts to the team than planning and developing or listening. This company has so much potential but if you do not develop and listen, you will never progress and everyone is too scared of the CEO to tell him honestly as he will start yelling profanities. i just shake my head and keep going but I would love to be treated as an equal not have to bow my head the higher up’s.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Nelson is amazing! I feel respected, appreciated and that my job is meaningful."

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Learning Solutions Manager in St. John's, NL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nelson full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Between co workers and upper management, all are amazing to work with. Nelson operates and runs all facets of their company with pride, integrity and ownership of the values important to the field of education.

    Cons

    There are no negatives I can share at this time in my experience with Nelson.

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  10. "Life-long learning is possible here"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Director in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nelson full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great workplace because of the intelligent coworkers.

    Cons

    Too much work in too little time is the default culture.

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