Nielsen Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    The Best Company I have Worked for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are incredibly smart, driven, and its an energetic environment. The career growth and opportunities are endless in this Meritocracy environment. The organization places a strong emphasis on its values for its employees and for its clients. Due to it being a global company, opportunity to work from home is very common for many roles. Nielsen is a very cross functional environment and you have the opportunity to interact with a lot of different functions within the business.

    Cons

    Some positions require a significant amount of travel which can at times impact work/life balance but it is a flexible environment.

    Advice to Management

    The upper management that I have interacted with are very intelligent individuals and generally care about their employees and the culture of the organization.

  2. SVP

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work. Clear vision, strong values, focus on driving client value. Out of several places that I've worked in the past and many different clients that I've had direct experience with - Nielsen rises to the top.

    Cons

    Marketplace dynamics are difficult. This is not a Con for Nielsen in particular. In fact, Nielsen's creativity and willingness to invest to overcome competitive challenges is exemplary, especially in advance of client's needs. However, the dynamics definitely create angst since competitors aren't acting in the best interest of clients and the industry overall. Their focus, for the most part, seems very short-term.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on the future and invest, invest, invest. Nielsen's future is bright and I'm very glad to be a part of it.

  3. Work from home

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative

    I have been working at Nielsen (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Work from Home
    Great Benefits
    Flexible schedule

    Cons

    thankful for a base salary but should be much higher for work
    wore life balance

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  5. Excellent Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great management from the top. Mitch is a good guy and the company has great opportunities ahead.

    Cons

    Some competition. Company will most likely need to make acquisitions to stay on top.

    Advice to Management

    keep plugging forward.

  6. Help desk agent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The facilities are decent and they have a lot of benefits and perks, but at the end of the day you are just a number.

    Cons

    The work distribution can be lopsided and you can be stuck doing more work than others. The pay for people across the board is not consistent. You might have more experience than someone and they will still make more than you because they change the pay wages monthly it looks like.

    Advice to Management

    implement better processes to get work done more efficiently and pay employees a decent wage, for a billion dollar company that they pay is laughable.

  7. Fosters growth and development opportunities for capable associates who seek them

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global company that covers a wide array of media and consumer verticals
    Leadership hierarchy is eager to share knowledge if you get over your own fears and reach out... but have a plan!
    Company culture based on Simple, Open, and Integrated; all levels of leadership consistently and honestly emphasize and demonstrate these values
    Supports high performing and high potential associates through career offerings and upward movement
    401k contribution, reduction of healthcare costs

    Cons

    Middle- and lower-tier associates need more exposure/access to the wide variety of businesses within the company; any centralized information about all Nielsen has to offer is either not well-publicized internally or does not exist in a summarized form. While there are a wealth of opportunities and career paths constantly available, those on the cusp of being greater contributors can find it difficult to navigate without multiple points of entry.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more recognition for the middle managers that help drive success: the effective managers create and maintain the environment that engenders success and are most often the ones that provide the recognition and visibility to their associates; upper management needs to do the same for the day-to-day leaders.

    Create more opportunities for high performing and high potential associates: create lower-level leadership (i.e. non-Executive) programs that vet and select experienced, willing, and effective Directors/Managers and provide "tour of duties" in different parts of the business to leverage internal associate skills/knowledge/execution.

  8. Senior Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Pros

    Smart and fun people to work with

    Cons

    Management team don't spend time for people career development

  9. Helpful (1)

    Solid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Oldsmar, FL
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Oldsmar, FL

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I can't vouch for other areas of the business....but I have an incredibly flexible schedule...if something comes up with my kid or I want to work from home for any reason no problem- it's just a matter of getting the job done. The benefits outside of monetary compensation such as this are critical for me.....also I like wearing jeans to work everyday :)

    Cons

    Famously low pay....but again....they make up for it in other areas

    Advice to Management

    Pretty dang good....I like the inclusive nature management has. I've worked in other areas where management carries a gross air of supremacy. That is not the case here.....lots of visibility with bosses and the bosses, bosses, bosses--- without them having you feel insignificant.

  10. Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You usually have a 9-5 schedule

    Cons

    They do not value their employees

  11. Client Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Manager in Wilton, CT
    Current Employee - Client Manager in Wilton, CT

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You get the chance to work with great clients who mostly value what Nielsen can bring to the table.

    Cons

    With Nielsen being such a big company things can move very slowly when dealing with groups internally. Non client facing groups don't alway have the sense of urgency needed.

    Advice to Management

    They talk about flexibility but don't always deliver. Get better at helping people to move around the organization so you can retain better.

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