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The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
1,195 Reviews
3.4
1,195 Reviews
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't stay too late...

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    Former Employee - BASES  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - BASES in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time

    Pros

    -Great people to work alongside—especially the younger employees
    -Industry leader in many different verticals
    -Respected company in the data/research world

    Cons

    -Company is old and bureaucratic
    -Lots of red tape to cut through in order to get any new ideas/approaches put into practice
    -Very much a "this is how we've done it" attitude when it comes to rationale for using outdated tools/methods
    -Terrible hours that, at times, can have you working around the clock (quite literally)
    -Work can become very monotonous, to the point where you feel like a cog in a hamster spinning in a wheel
    -Clients constantly whip you for data and essentially treat you as a data vendor; clients place little value on consultative advice
    -Technology, programs, tools, etc. are always broken and nothing seems to work. Not to mention, they are all insanely outdated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Practice what you preach. "Simple, open, and integrated" are the alleged values, but you hardly ever practice them.
    -Transparency here is a joke Huge opportunity for improvement here.
    -New talent is bringing a lot to the table and bringing solid perspectives to the table. Listen to them and consider what they have to offer.
    -Compensation is horrendous compared to other companies in the area. If you don't stay competitive, few will stick around

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    sales manager

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    Current Employee - Sales Management  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Management in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    great benefits, company car, gas card, holidays

    Cons

    Very poor upper management. Keep cutting bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the lower management manage the people not the upper from behind a computer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Usually little overnight travel

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Company car, computer, phone, salary

    Cons

    Work divided in manner that showed Hispanic employees favored

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not impressed with Nielsen coming to Maryland

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD

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

    Pros

    Nielsen is very active in the community and with charity events.

    Cons

    Their actions reveal that they are not as compassionate about their employees in Maryland as they are about the community. When policies are implemented it appears that there is never any proper planning. Employees are treated like yo yo's. They have a if you don't like it , there is the front door mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never define a persons worth by their title. Show a little more concern for the welfare of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top heavy and Stagnant

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst  in  Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Hollywood, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance (regular hours 9am-6pm), autonomy is how you do you work, relatively good insurance package, summer hours, annual cost of living increases

    Cons

    The culture for junior associates is terrible. This is a very top heavy organization where the tenured people stuck together and are very cliquish, making it difficult for junior people to collaborate. As always your manager can make a huge difference. I've had great managers in the past, but my manager now refuses to help me grown (though I have made many attempts to add value and ask for feedback), and HR and upper mgmt could care less. If you want an easy pay check and a good brand in your resume, this is a good company for you. After that, move on to a company that has more value in its employees. A lot of the people I've interacted with here are very rude and full of themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't assign direct reports to managers who are not qualified to handle them it affects morale. Train managers to mentor and encourage junior associates who demonstrate value and ask as for feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A formerly great place to work has been hurt by the General Electric culture instituted under Dave Calhoun

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time

    Pros

    More opportunities to work in different types of marketing research than any other company in the world

    Cons

    They don't appreciate the people who meet their revenue goals year-in and year-out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management seems to have been devalued in favor of former consultants and recent college graduates. Middle managers are critical to the development of the new hires.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    good work experience, little reward, not flexible, average pay, opportunities dependent on mgr

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    Current Employee - Associate Client Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Client Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    best in class analytics
    ability to learn many types of businesses

    Cons

    horrible IT support services (outsourced)
    poor talent management (no plan, can never get hold of HR business partner, will give you a chance to air challenges and then turn it against you)
    high percentage of middle management with little to no experience outside of nielsen - very subjective view
    little to no flexibility (work from home is dependent on mgr, client and position- ask specific questions)
    pay varies by ability to negotiate , lower than industry standard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing all energies towards new hires
    Actively plan for employee rotations 18-24mths
    Encourage you managers to provide honest feedback to employees especially around how they are being rated
    Ensure the flex time you're marketing as an advantage is actually available to your staff and not subjective to the like/dislike by managers leading teams
    If you intend to empower employees to manage subordinates, TRAIN them first
    Actually live your values- they're pretty great but hardly ever followed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A big mess of a company

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    Former Employee - Team Lead  in  Oldsmar, FL
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Oldsmar, FL

    I worked at The Nielsen Company as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    A lot of challenges and opportunities to learn new things. Mid level management is very friendly and fun to work with.Flexible on working from home, can call in to the early morning meetings. Looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Too much outsourcing to India, day to day process is very stressful for people who are not used to it. A lot of language and cultural barriers with the local TCS employees, and on top of that it is difficult to work with offshore teams because of the time difference. There is always a lack of clear communications between different teams leading to numerous conflicts and lengthy unproductive meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop relying on the outsourcing so much. The company is not saving money by paying less to the TCS. It is actually losing money because they need 3x more people and 3x time to do the same thing that a local resource could have done properly the first time. The overall skill and expertise level of TCS employees is low, not to mention their English language proficiency. This all leads to a high-stress work environment and causes a lot of anguish for the local US employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    no worth it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    free coffee and co workers are nice

    Cons

    low pay, upper management not willing to hear out workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    No transparency

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nielsen acquired the company that I used to work for, so I can't say too much about the "pros" for this company. My pay scale was decent.

    Cons

    The company kept touting their "transparency" after the acquisition. However, I found that they were anything but transparent. Perhaps their definition of transparency meant constantly telling us that there were no new developments whenever asked. The secrecy and paranoia is rampant with this company. I'm glad to no longer be with them at this point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your eyes and ears peeled because this is a cutthroat company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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