The Nielsen Company
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www.nielsen.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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75% Approve of the CEO

The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns

Mitch Barns

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52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Overworked and underpaid

Call Center Quality Support Staff (Current Employee)
Oldsmar, FL

I have been working at The Nielsen Company part-time for more than 3 years

ProsCo workers are the best part of this company

ConsNot many hours unless they need you. If it is not cycle time then you don't work at all, it's like you don't exist. During cycle you are expected to work all the time and you can't take a day off. If you ask for a day off or are sick the quality leader will bring you into a room and give you a talk.

Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management is ok, you don't get hassle from them but quality department leader is difficult to work with. You don't get respected by her at all and she also singles out individuals during meetings. HR does not do anything about this leaders behavior and many have complained.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place for first job, but no incentive to stay longer

Senior Analyst (Current Employee)

I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than a year

ProsWork environment is casual, fun, and very young. They are very flexible in terms of working from home, or other locations, and oftentimes don't really require you to go to the office. The work is also really interesting. Great company to start at.

ConsWork life balance is awful at times. They are slow to take action in terms of underperforming employees. Analysts who are good at their job get punished this way, and have to pick up the slack of all the underperformers. Compensation is terrible.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop waiting until your top performers leave to try to give them incentive to stay. Try harder to retain your top performers, and drop the dead weight. Also, stop using "I had no idea" as an excuse, you definitely know, because we've definitely told you.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Typical Private Equity owned corporate culture with long hours and unending FTE reductions.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at The Nielsen Company

ProsA solid hold on their their marketplaces with interesting applications and opportunities.

Challenging work that would provide a great place for a young person to begin a career.

ConsWork/life balance really suffers due to incredibly aggressive and optimistic timelines.

Management has a tendency to micro manage and even to request ancillary, symbolic deliverables that impact ability to remain on schedule with the originally defined deliverables

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to be the best that you can be within the constraints of the uncomprimising Private Equity profit goals.

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Mixed bag

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time

ProsGreat Learning Experience
Lots of Face Time with Big Name Clients

ConsLow Pay comparatively speaking
Little to No Work Life Balance
A lot of Turnover due to competitors paying more

Advice to Senior ManagementWork to keep top talent

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at The Nielsen Company

ProsLoved working with many different clients and varied problems across all aspects of the marketing mix; the work atmosphere, although hectic and demanding, was very friendly

ConsLoved the job but very short lead times with client and sometimes very long hours...other than that very good

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to come up with innovative products to solve customer issues

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Good job security but lots of red tape

Analyst (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 3 years

ProsWork hours are very manageable, work from home possibilities are nice

ConsDifficult to grow career, project work can get repetitive

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i worked at nielsen...

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat opportunities for High Potential employees... great horizontal movement. Great opportunity for international experience. There are some really smart and really great people to work with.

ConsManagement is not at all focused on people. Sole focus is driving EBITDA growth. Lots of lip service about culture but culture isnt a fridge full of drinks twice a week.

Advice to Senior ManagementPeriodically ask yourself.... how would I react to this information if I was not a Sr. Exec making $300K+

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a good experience but that changed

Field Representative (Former Employee)
Dayton, OH

I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThe hourly pay was good and chance for lots of overtime hours and a chance for good bonus, and good benefit package and lots of perks. There was freedom to work on own or with coworkers on projects. Almost every day was different and a learning experience.

ConsThe hours became unbearable & management's arrogance to the coops and employees was insufferable. The company became cheap on everything. there is no room for advancement.

Advice to Senior Managementtreat coops and employees better

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good for people that have other jobs or obligations

Coder (Former Employee)
Hollywood, CA

I worked at The Nielsen Company part-time for less than a year

ProsFlexibility with the work schedule.

ConsThe coding department has some of the most socially awkward people ever. They are very book smart but retarded when it comes to hygiene. Sexist and racists comments are commonly heard. Hostile work environment due to condescending "know-it-alls" constantly correcting you. The work itself is tedious and unpredictable. The work runs out really fast so you might get only one actual work day a week.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake complaints of racism and misogyny more seriously. Turn over rate is high due to negative work environment created by bitter workers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great learning experience, interesting subject matter.

Test Specialist (Former Employee)
Oldsmar, FL

I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 8 years

ProsWorking from home was nice, but a double edged sword. The technology and data made the job interesting. The technical work was rewarding.

ConsTechnical work was moved to offshore resources. Virtually no training offered when forced into new position. Had to be very flexible in my schedule for meetings with India.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you give an employee a substantial increase in workload and responsibility, compensate then accordingly.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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