Nelnet's culture of greatness allows each associate to do what they do best, innovate daily, create long-lasting friendships, and give back to their communities with support from their leadership and the company. See how the experience of working at Nelnet has been for a few of our associates highlighted below.
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"I don't know that there are many companies like Nelnet that support their associates' goals so fully and that have built a true culture of friendship."
In her 20 years at Nelnet, Barb has seen the culture of the company shift as it grew, took on new businesses, and diversified. But there are two aspects she says that have always remained the same—support and family.
"One of the questions I always get from family, friends, and even strangers is, 'How have you worked at the same company for all these years?'" Barb says. "My answer is that I've gotten so many great opportunities to move around and use my skill set in various ways. But what really provides continuity and foundation has been the support I feel from leadership and the friendships I have with my co-workers."
Barb says one of her best examples actually came away from the office and in the mountains of Colorado. A team of 12 Nelnet associates—10 runners and 2 drivers—came together to compete in a Colorado relay, running a combined 170 miles in 24 hours. Morning, noon, and night they ran through the mountains together, encouraging each other and forming great friendships. It's something she will never forget.
"I don't know that there are many companies like Nelnet that support their associates' goals so fully and that have built a true culture of friendship," Barb says. "Running through the mountains with people I work with is something I never thought I would do, but I would do it again in a heartbeat, and I'm so thankful for the opportunity."