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Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
1,173 Reviews

3.3
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The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have a great work life balance with work from home options available (in 81 reviews)

  • Work hours are very manageable, work from home possibilities are nice (in 65 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is challenging given the workload is often too much (in 100 reviews)

  • depending on your role, you could be working long hours in some stressful environments (in 67 reviews)

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  1.  

    I love Nielsen.

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

    Pros

    Recent changes in the executive team demonstrate the company's commitment to promoting talent from within. The CEO to several other members of senior leadership are tried and true Nielsen veteran who have grown up with the company. People here are passionate about doing the right thing for our clients every single day, and there is so much more teamwork and collaboration here than anywhere I've worked in the past. I can honestly say I love working for Nielsen.

    Cons

    I can only comment on the U.S., where I am based. The benefits are not as competitive as other organizations I have worked for in the past, especially the medical insurance plans.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Software Development Manager  in  Wilton, CT
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Wilton, CT

    Pros

    Exciting opportunities and can grow and learn quickly

    Cons

    Very time consuming bc a lot of meetings.

  3.  

    Great company, a lot of opportunity to drive change

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity to drive change

    Cons

    Work/Life balance needs improvement. In some cases, it is expected to work long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Intern in Cincinnati, OH

    Pros

    Opportunities for development
    People and the Culture
    Meritocracy
    Global Company
    Leadership company
    Senior management accessible

    Cons

    Not many international opportunities
    Not many vacation days
    Low pay for interns

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Inspiring co-workers, challenging work, and a "bring your whole self to work" environment make Nielsen a great company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    My favorite part about working at Nielsen is the people. The smart, friendly people make coming to work something I look forward to every day. As far as the company culture, Nielsen can best be described as open and flexible. As long as you keep performing at a very high level, Nielsen will never count hours or days in the office - it's more about the quality of work you do than when you do it. Additionally, Nielsen's culture of meritocracy recognizes those that do perform at a very high level and invests in their personal and professional growth and development.

    Cons

    Like many companies, Nielsen creates a very fast-paced work environment which can sometimes be a challenge given limited time and resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very enjoyable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Manager  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Client Manager in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

    Motivating, well-managed, easy to move roles

    Cons

    Difficult to manage clients and work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    pretty good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    flexible scheduling is nice, casual office, pretty good benefit plans. if you have a good manager, then you have room to grow and get promoted. however, i have heard of nightmare bosses here.

    Cons

    It seems that there are a lot of blurred lines between titles and responsibilities - an associate manager often does the job of a manager and a manager often does the job of an associate director (next level up). This can build some resentment because it is not easy to move through the ranks here and into the next level even if you are actually managing your day to day work at that next level. Another con is that there are often unresponsive HR people when tough questions get asked. Also, the "meritocracy" way of dividing bonus and merit increases is laughable - a big pool of money divided among a big group means someone always gets shafted and does not get their fair share even if they did as good of a job as everyone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach - if you want employees to be the same cheerleader types that C-Suite people are, then give them more reasons to cheer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work at as long as in the right group

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Oldsmar, FL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oldsmar, FL

    Pros

    1. Challenging opportunities
    2. Flexible working hours, possible telecommute if needed.

    Cons

    1. Limited Manager interaction - primarily happens during performance appraisal.
    2. Poor Work-Life Balance
    3. Single vendor outsourcing impacted delivery quality to large extent negatively

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Could benefit from better management.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY

    Pros

    Very flexible work environment. Many employees work from home regularly and managers are generally fine with employees staying home or coming in late/leaving early to accommodate schedules.

    Cons

    As a global company and internationally recogized brand, I expected Nielsen to be a better organized institution. There is not a lot of communication across departments; it's hard to learn the full scope of the business; org charts barely exist. As nice as many managers are, they lack the true leadership skills to nurture employees for success and future growth. It seems to be an every man for himself type of mentality. I don't see the emphasis on mentorship as I have with past companies I have worked for. All employees could truly benefit from a rigorous management training program. Managers should learn that their role means more than having direct reports, but actually leading their teams to do their best work. This includes providing regular constructive feedback, establishing a relationship with team members, taking the time to really learn about their role and day-to-day work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in leadership training. Focus on achieving more diversity in senior leadership roles (specifically C-suite).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great Job...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Not micromanaged, free reign to do your job, company car(can be either a ford fusion or escape), gas card, iPhone, management where I am is great, very very flexible, off weekends, good benefits. Very good pay if you hit bonus which is not hard. You can pretty much move anywhere in the US, and they will pay relocation costs.

    Cons

    We are supposed to be self scheduling reps, but the ladies in the office will at times schedule appointments and move things around in your schedule without asking. You're by yourself all day, so it does get lonely. Emails constatntly coming in, so you feel like you're on call. Equipment is old, but new equipment is on the way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing. Overall, a great job. They're constantly trying to improve the environment for their employees.

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