Nielsen Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Good exposure but no time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nielsen

    Pros

    Good work culture, Good facilities

    Cons

    No pay, hectic work, does not tell you how your work is contributing, too many deadlines, bad mess, not a friendly HR (mocking)

    Advice to Management

    consider paying interns, specially when you are such a large company

  2. Short-sighted Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Pros

    Good exposure at lower levels to outside clients

    Cons

    No investment in employees. Cost leadership to a fault

  3. Not like it used to be...great name to have on your resume but don't stay too long

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

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

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

    Pros

    Telecommuting has to be the best perk for working here. Most associates are encouraged or even asked to work remotely. This is great for people who enjoy that flexibility. Co-workers are great, smart and nice people for the most part. Great movement with the company if you'd like to explore other roles.

    Cons

    I have been here for almost 4 years and this last year has honestly taken a turn for the worse.

    Wants to be a leader in many ways but can't even get proper equipment for associates to work. Claims to be open as one of the company values but it's not visible unless you're in management. They go through the motions without picking up the substance. Pay is average, health benefits package isn't great but better than not having one. Typical vacation time/holidays off. Not enough working space in the office for employees and people often have to share. Work life balance is non-existent. They say it's important to them but at the end of the day, you can be tossed work without prior notice and expected to deliver at a moment's notice.

    It really says something when you notice people who have built their careers here and made it a home, even decide that it's no longer worth staying here. That's happened many times within the last year.

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking about the great changes you're going to make and actually make them. If you're really doing a great job, people will talk about it without you even asking. Open your ears and hear the people talking, don't take it in with a filter.

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  5. Sr. Software Engg

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Nielsen as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can write lot of bad code

    Cons

    You will debug lot of bad code

    Advice to Management

    Please let go bad programmers and save money with good code.

  6. Used to be a great place to work

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

    I worked at Nielsen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits and energy exists.

    Cons

    Learn how to be the most important in order to survive

  7. Helpful (1)

    Underwhelming

    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people that work at Nielsen are typically smart and passionate about helping their clients solve problems. There are a variety of products that you are exposed to so your potential for learning is high.

    Cons

    Nielsen struggles mightily in terms of technology, whether in developing a delivery tool for clients of for internal processes. They consistently overestimate their ability to succeed in this area. The office culture is fine but your ability to move up in the organization is extremely limited unless you have an advocate.

    Advice to Management

    Outsource more technology to enable the organization to compete in this arena. Update your compensation programs to bring them up to industry averages.

  8. Frustrating place to get anything done

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In the beginning (currently hear 5 years) I thought everyone was nice.

    Cons

    As the business expands they just pile more work on you an everyone else you need to work with so it is often an issue to get things done on time, so often there are unnecessary fire drills.

  9. If you want a bonus don't work at Nielsen

    • 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 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    exposure to alot of data sources

    Cons

    Bonuses are going out the window.... Once Nielsen went public they stopped taking care of their associates...

    Advice to Management

    Invest in Associates

  10. Helpful (1)

    Execs and shareholders reign supreme

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Able to work remotely. Lots of really smart employees. Many are kind. Tied to an industry that I love: media.

    Cons

    Run as a "meritocracy" which is code for: we only reward the very top employees. In that same vein, they layoff the "bottom 10%" every year. As part of the Arbitron acquisition, 500 employees were laid off. About 500 remained (before more layoffs). And kept sequestered under "Nielsen Audio". Never really brought into the fold. Fear-based management. Execs, over seniors, over managers, over employees. Courage incredibly lacking. Unreasonable expectations: nights, weekends, whims of the execs. Execs (former and current) make MILLIONS. Employees not so much.

    Advice to Management

    Fear-based trickle-down management is very old school and incredibly ineffective. Spread the wealth with your staff instead of yourselves, and the shareholders. You. Make. Billions. Correction: your staff enables you to make billions. Try some autonomy.

  11. Good at first.

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

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

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

    Pros

    You will meet some very awesome peers at work. Looks good on your resume. Team leads are awesome.

    Cons

    The higher ups thinks their crap smells better than everyone elses. Morale in the call center is going down really fast. Pay roll doesn't know how to do their job. Their attendance policy is god awful. Oh and good luck trying to request unpaid time off even if weeks in advance so you don't get a point for just calling out.. They will usually reject it on the last minute. The call center is very unorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making the place seem like hell for every employee. Almost every employee feels like a slave. Pay roll get your act together. Geta new attendance policy because this one is awful.

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