Nexant Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated 1 Feb 2019

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Working at Nexant"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule if the only good thing

    Cons

    pay is lower then area, training on new processes is non existent; learn on your own or fall behind; Upper Management doesn't use the people resources they have; no communication to staff; vacation time isn't vacation time you are expected to work.

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    Nexant Response

    February 5, 2019HR Manager

    Dear Current Employee, If you haven’t done this already, I encourage you to contact me or anyone in HR to discuss your situation. We appreciate your feedback; however, we can only make things better if we know what needs to be addressed. We need more details to narrow the scope of this effect. Have you tried to have a conversation with your manager or with HR? Regarding your vacation time comment, I formally request that you contact someone in HR to address this issue. To my knowledge, no one works for free at Nexant, and shouldn’t. We need to evaluate the situation and do our due diligence. It’s our job to ensure fairness so please contact me or one of my colleagues. If you prefer to send an email, we can be reached at hr@nexant.com. In the future, we may consider an employee survey, however, we are currently exploring the 360 as a method of feedback and transparency. One group within Nexant is using it with much success and we hope to roll it out company wide. Like a survey, it gives the opportunity for feedback; to give it and to receive it. Sincerely, hr@nexant.com

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Industry On Point, Corporate Culture Lacking"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nexant full-time

    Pros

    Being part of a team that was supportive and productive. Learning on the job useful skills I can carry with me. Increasing salary and bonus annually to provide positive incentive. Flexibility in working remotely.

    Cons

    Lack of cohesion in company. Non-stimulating corporate culture. Many projects team would work hard on would be put on pause or be terminated due to upper management change of direction.

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  3. "Engineer II"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Competitive Benefits: medical, 401k, paid vacations and leave, annual and floating holiday pay. -A strong focus on teamwork, team development, and individual success. -CEO and upper management have strategic goals for marketing and development within the industry, which prompts growth and success for the overall company. -Very strong focus on office culture and unity. -Good professional relationships with leading local and national companies in the chemical and power industries.

    Cons

    -Individual offices are often separate and distinct from one another without much communication between them. -Company health and wellness programs sponsored by corporate have slowly been diminishing. -Mild turnover rates, depending on the office. My office in particular, the turnover rate (in years) is roughly 6mo-1.5 years, 2-3 years for engineers.

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  4. Helpful (5)

    "Small company trying to get out the the startup phase."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nexant full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The folks who aren't playing political games can be rather refreshing. Some folks may even be brutally honest, and trust me, this is a pro, since Nexant upper management is generally secretive.

    Cons

    Lower than average pay. What's worse is that certain departments have such a toxic environment that even senior staff will resign without securing positions first.

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    Nexant Response

    April 6, 2017Nexant HR

    Please feel free to suggest best practices to us, as we strive to improve the process each year. We thank you for taking the time to express your concerns. Your feedback is valued.

  5. Helpful (14)

    "spiral down"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    5% 401k, 9 day sick leave, 3 floating leave

    Cons

    Lack of overall leadership and unprofessionalism of certain upper management

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    Nexant Response

    April 6, 2017Nexant HR

    There are many factors that are reviewed when a team member leaves the company. We appreciate your honesty, and wish you continued success in your career.

  6. "View from the upper intern seats."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nexant

    Pros

    Management. Upper management in the Midwest/Chicago area are great. Nexants core began in engineering, but these leaders are people oriented and maintain a fun and positive culture. Ambition. If you got ideas an want to make them happen, it's not too hard to get involved with people all across Nexant and take steps towards actions.. Pay. Most Nexant employees in utility services get paid well. Utility companies look for quality in their contracts more so than frugality. Most the of the people in the office seemed happy with their pay checks.

    Cons

    Might be hard to advance your engineering skills if you get involved with utility services. The utility services are "program managers", which means the make sure all the projects adhere to the program. Movement within the company might be required for advancement.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Project Coordinator"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nexant full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people that I work with are very nice, the hours are flexible and the employee is made to feel like they are a part of the team.

    Cons

    Salaries could be higher for "non-engineers". Sometimes the directives from upper management are not as transparent as they could be.

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  8. "Great people to work with!"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone in the Louisville office is great to work with/for. Work/life balance in the engineering group is great (can't speak for other groups in office) Variety of projects I have worked on has expanded greatly overtime Company and employees are passionate about energy efficiency

    Cons

    Most of upper management is not in this office and seem disconnected HR and IT are not in the office either. difficult to get help sometimes Louisville office is too big and spread out.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Has Potential"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant (Petrochemicals) 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    At times the projects can be interesting, and some of the people are great. Some of the management actually want to help the employees grow. Good opportunities to grow your network.

    Cons

    If you leave the company the management will start to criticize you and your work. Well some of us met J. Plotkin and M. Morgan for example and happen to think their work is excellent. It should be obvious to all employees that when you fall out with upper management that is your fate. Management will expect 14 hour days and weekends with no overtime as part of your job. That is correct, so those high utilization rates are so you can be worked. Don't think your bonus will make up for it, I don't know for sure but guess that when the bonus pool is broken up most of it must go into the upper echelons pockets leaving 2 % for the rest of the company. What ? I put in long days and some weekends for that tis an insult not a bonus, though the couple of hundred dollars is still required what with high tax rates, its an insult. The politics is a killer, you upset one manager by disagreeing with the outcome and that is it for them, they will then attempt to smear you to every manager they get on with, so if you do join make those political allies quick. The general idea seems to be to bring in employees that have never consulted before, use them hard while they still see the veneer before letting them go- no retention policy Things can get poisonous very quickly, HR and upper management can bring out the book of dirty tricks if they have the urge, I've seen it done. Way to treat your assets you will notice this when they start to limit your access to clients, try not to out perform your boss, they will get jealous and make your life difficult if they feel threatened. if you are female and want to advance - well forget it

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  10. Helpful (5)

    "Financially stable company, but neither agile nor innovative"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, nice to work for a company that wants to make the world a better place for the future. The company is financially stable, has decent benefit and bonus plans, and there is a performance review/raise system, though it's a not consistently implemented.

    Cons

    For such a young company, bureaucratic "process" and political maneuvers among tenured upper management has lead to stagnation, and makes for a company that is neither agile or adaptable. There is very little innovation or industry leadership going on here. Internal communication from the CEO/BOD down to the lower-level employees is infrequent, unclear, and inconsistent. If you ask someone below VP-level at random about the company vision, they won't be able to tell you. Cultural/ethnic diversity at the company is fairly poor, and of the 15 members of the board and upper management (VP & above,) there is only one woman.

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