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Nielsen Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
405 Reviews
3.0
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have a great work life balance with work from home options available (in 89 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours and the ability to work from home when necessary (in 77 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is challenging given the workload is often too much (in 110 reviews)

  • depending on your role, you could be working long hours in some stressful environments (in 70 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to learn, but not such a great place to grow, especially if you're in the India office

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Service Manager in Calcutta (India)
    Former Employee - Client Service Manager in Calcutta (India)

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunities to learn, very employee friendly leave policies, friendly office culture, lots of freedom to decide how you want to work

    Cons

    The motto of Nielsen India is Be 100%, Grow 100%. While there are enough opportunities to Be 100%, unfortunately, growth is entirely dependent on personal rapport with the manager and which clique a person belongs to and has got nothing to do with performance. Also, the system of rating employees is unfair as it does not allow the manager to give the highest rating to more than one person, which is not fair to some of the team members if you take into account that one manager may be managing multiple teams which may not be comparable. One other issue is that there is no competency mapping done at any stage - so there are many cases where fishes are asked to climb trees and good resources are lost because the organization didn't give them a role that matched their competency, despite the availability of such roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do some competency mapping from time to time. HR is one of the weakest links in Nielsen and nothing positive comes out of any of the reviews. Ensure that there are checks and balances in place so that personal likes and dislikes don't affect the growth of high potential resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A career you could never imagine!

    • 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

    Pros

    My journey started with Nielsen five years ago and in that time I have been in multiple roles across two very different countries. My career has gone in a direction I could never have imagined possible, and I have grown both personally and professionally that I may not otherwise have done so.

    Cons

    Nielsen is a place where you are pushed outside your comfort zone and are constantly being asked to deliver more; you have to be prepared to be up for that challenge. This type of environment may not be for everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work if you are not in Operations

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Help Desk
    Former Employee - Help Desk

    I worked at Nielsen

    Pros

    Wonderful Benefits, company is flexible when it come to working from home.

    Cons

    Poor Training, too much work for too few associates, too much turn over in jobs that have been outsourced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring operations back to the US instead of outsourcing to India

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Regulatory

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regulatory in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Regulatory in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Pros

    Great benefits and good pay

    Cons

    Long Hours, not organized, could have more metrics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advice from employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for

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

    I worked at Nielsen

    Pros

    Solid company with opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Because it's such a large global organization it can be difficult to navigate all the approval channels on projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Long career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work independently on behalf or your clients

    Cons

    no shared community, easy to to forget who you work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on people, not quarterly numbers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Good to start

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to start your career and learn. Reputable and well known company to put on your resume. Good selection of benefits.

    Cons

    The company has changed tremendously over the past decade. There are little benefits to being tenured. Professional growth and development for internal talent is not fostered which will make it difficult to move up within the company. People can be easily pushed out of the company because they do not "fit the mold", not because they don't work hard or perform. Some teams have better work/life balance than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on internal talent and give internal candidates legitimately fair chances to prove their just as good as ELPs or external candidates. Develop an internal candidate program that will keep good talent in.

    Don't leave your HiPos and HiPers out in the cold and expect them to find their way. Grow them and give them reason to stay.

    Be fair and get rid of the smoothing of performance ratings to make sure the entire team evens out to average scoring ("if you rate someone above target, you automatically have to pick someone to rate below target - even if that person isn't truly below target").

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    My CV is very healthy from being here. If you work hard there are lots of opportunities.

    • 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)

    Pros

    Great at cost leadership from an operational perspective but don't know when to stop even when there are alarm bells ringing!

    Cons

    Not so good at generating revenue. Can be slow to get moving on initiatives the market is crying out for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on company growth rather than profiting from cutting costs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good experience

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

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Pros

    Nice place and nice people

    Cons

    Low pay, and lack of benefit for part time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A good place to work if you are looking for variety

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

    I worked at Nielsen

    Pros

    Good company to work for if you want to learn a lot and be exposed to a large variety of media topics. They allow people to move around and do a lot of different jobs. They encourage it. Great training.

    Cons

    You get used to working for one person and then it changes because they move into another role. That can make it difficult for teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    insurance is bad

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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