The Nielsen Company
3.0 of 5 1,029 reviews
www.nielsen.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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75% Approve of the CEO

The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns

Mitch Barns

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Great company to work for.

Director (Current Employee)
Schaumburg, IL

I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe people at Nielsen are incredibly smart and the environment is very synergistic. There are a broad range of opportunities for career growth, and the company places a strong emphasis on developing their employees. Pay and benefits are above average.

ConsSome positions require significant travel, which does impact work/life balance. Also, for those who work in global roles, meetings can be very very early in the morning. While Nielsen embraces change, sometimes things change too fast and without enough thought for the impact/consequences.

Advice to Senior ManagementNielsen does a nice job developing their employees, but they could do a better job retaining top talent, especially after the time and effort they put into training people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company, depending on organization you belong to

Director (Current Employee)
Tampa, FL

I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 8 years

ProsIt is a good company. Most teams are OK. There are some bad/incompetent areas. But overall the investing team has brought in the big company culture. I do believe company has become more open because of it. The cultural and global growth of the company for last 5 years has been remarkable.

ConsIf you do not belong to ex-GE or ex-Citi club, your chances for promotions are low. If you are middle management, you will work extremely hard and not get recognized for it, because someone's "friend" got the credit.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the people. Look internally before you bring in people from GE and Citi. There is a lot of talent internally within Nielsen.

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Six Sigma WAhhhh

Nielsen Field Representative (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX

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

ProsLots of opportunity to travel.

ConsYou mess up once your done.

Advice to Senior ManagementTo much focus on six sigma, does not translate in the real world.

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Resume Builder/Placeholder Position

Survey Writer, Evening (Current Employee)
Oldsmar, FL

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

ProsThe Ad Solutions Dept. offers paid training, a friendly and casual work environment and upward mobility options. There are many events to attend and involvement in the company is highly regarded. You are not judged randomly by your managers, but instead you are given the chance to see your in-depth metrics, where you also get a chance to set goals for yourself.

Good job for a skilled writer fresh out of college who wants to move up over time into an editing and then managerial role. Promotions are fast if you chase after them. Managers are understanding and time-off is not a problem since people are always looking to work an extra shift.

Because the nature of the job is so interesting, this position is great for building a resume. The people are friendly and there's a feeling of camaraderie in the office. You're also given a pretty nice desk and the offices are secure and modern.

Cons- Evening Shift: This shift is basically overnight, usually from 9 p.m. to sometimes 4:30 a.m.

- As you move up, you will most likely stay in the night shift, even after three or four promotions.

- Management sometimes turns a cheek to employees that act out of line/take advantage of the system, while holding almost too high of standards for others.

- Part-Time for a long time. I've met employees that have been kept at part-time for over a year, which is usually equivalent to 30 hours a week. This may be a good thing because working five nights on the night shift can be difficult and draining.

- Production environment that feels rushed each night.

- Criticism: You need to take it well. Some editors are understanding and others are nit picky.

- High Turnover: New writers all of the time because the nature of the work.

Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize and reward employees that perform well instead of giving them harder work while others skate by for the same pay.

Understand that working part-time and for low wages is unfair for college educated and talented writers, regardless of the economy.

Offer more opportunities for evening shift employees across the board.

Due to the part-time work and low wages it will be very hard to keep great employees around. Offer more opportunities for less people and they will stay, instead of wasting money training new workers each month that will likely leave too soon as well.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not your regular sales job

Sales (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

ProsCompany car, laptop, cell phone,

Consthis job is mostly about luck and finding your client at home. You can actually go through 8 hrs without even finding someone at home. I have seen people get let go with just a simple email of "please take this person off the distribution list, he/she is no longer with the company." Those were employees that have been with the company for over 5 years or more.

Advice to Senior Managementstop micro managing

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Very bureaucratic, regimented work environment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsThere are opportunities to move within the organization, commitment to diversity (although mainly in entry-level to mid-management), many activities for employees to take part in, many departments allow you to work from home.

ConsNot for the entrepreneurial minded, lots of unnecessary approvals to get the simplest tasks done, lots of corporate politics, many employees are socially awkward.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere would be more innovation if there was less bureaucracy.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Needs some work

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

ProsIt's a large, multi-national company that has a great purpose and an extensive background in understanding and capturing information about consumers. You can grow your career and learn a lot if you end up in the right department working for the right type of manager.

ConsLong work hours. Poor training. Pockets of great people are buried around poor management and partially trained workers. Upward or lateral mobility is often limited or restricted by management as knowledge has either been shown the door, or left on their own.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou have a good company that could be great. Please recognize that young, talented people straight out of college don't always have the depth of experience needed to lead large teams or develop integrated processes. Everyone deserves opportunities to grow and be put into high level reporting positions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Challenging work, nice people, but always doing more with less

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at The Nielsen Company

ProsIf you love analyzing data, Nielsen is a good place to hone your craft. Senior levels are encouraged to be highly consultative -- its a good aspiration.

ConsIt's a public company now -- more focus on quarterly results in fire drills to 'sell'
Clients are CPG companies that are getting more stretched and budgets are generally falling
Obsession with getting C-Suite access. Not a bad aspiration per se, but expectations are unrealistic.

Advice to Senior ManagementConstant productivity is making the wheels wobble. The price of hitting quarterly earning targets is going to come back and bite you.

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Moving in the Right Direction

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at The Nielsen Company

ProsHas deep relationships with most every major advertiser in US
Well respected by clients
Digital measurement tools are quickly becoming industry standards
Global reach
Many opportunities to move around within company, countries
Smart and hardworking co-workers
Benefits generally very good and progressive
Company cares about communities and strongly encourages volunteerism & mentoring

ConsSmall raises and total comp for those below SVP level are average at best
Executive management all ex-McKinsey & GE
Understaffed in critical areas such as project management & technical ops
Research analysts are extremely overworked & underpaid
Very "corporate" relative to other digital media companies
Technology lags behind industry

Advice to Senior ManagementCommission and bonus structures need to be reviewed.
Not everyone is in awe of the McKinsey way

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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World Class Company

Vice President (Current Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsI am very excited to show up to work every day, knowing that my actions impacts an ad exchange market of $85b where Media Companies and Advertisers/ AgenciesWork trade daily. Nielsen strongly believes in Meritocracy. Work life balance and work from home flexibility are great perks.

ConsCompensation at all levels needs to be reviewed. A stronger training/ onboarding program for new employees needs to be established.

Advice to Senior ManagementWe're very excited by the appointment of Mitch Barns as our CEO. He grew up in this industry and understands each part of our company very well. It is exciting to see that his change plans are based on the employee/ industry voice. My advice is for leadership to review compensation/ benefits across all levels to ensure we are keeping up with the industry.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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