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The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.0 1,132 reviews

79% Approve of the CEO

The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns

Mitch Barns

(107 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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 99 reviews)

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

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

    Associate Client Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Prosbest in class analytics
    ability to learn many types of businesses

    Conshorrible 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 Senior ManagementStop 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A big mess of a company

    Team Lead (Former Employee) Oldsmar, FL

    ProsA 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.

    ConsToo 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

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

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    no worth it

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosfree coffee and co workers are nice

    Conslow pay, upper management not willing to hear out workers

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

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    No transparency

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Columbia, MD

    ProsNielsen 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementKeep your eyes and ears peeled because this is a cutthroat company.

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

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    Decent company to put on your resume

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company is laid-back, the compensation is okay and the office culture is relatively good.

    ConsExtremely bad management, no room for growth, and there is no morale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagers should be trained to do their jobs correctly.

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    Mobile Test Technical Driver

    Mobile Test Technical Driver (Current Employee) Lynchburg, VA

    ProsSome of the leaders that I work with are real team leaders. They use words like 'we' and 'us' instead of you and me. In my department most of the leaders seek to really put the employee's before the product and because of that employees put the product before themselves.

    ConsIt seems that the more I work for the company the greater responsibilities without gratuitous reward for my work. I am asked to do more and more outside of my work pay as if I am salary when I are not. My pay has not increased for the last three years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBreathing down my neck is not helping me in my job. I need Nielsen to stop asking for the minutes of every second of what I am doing and let me just do my job. Nielsen shows no trust. When Nielsen bought the company I worked for they said that they liked the format. That was five years ago and they, though they said that they would not change it, have changed it completely.

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    It was either hire an attorney or look for work somewhere else. I chose the later.

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsOpportunities are available due to the size of the organization. Starting salaries are competitive.

    ConsAnnual increases are laughable, regardless of rating. Zero accountability for management. Tata basically runs the place: you work on their schedule with their (poor) resources.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou can only get away with cheating your employees and skirting the law for so long. Eventually, it will catch up with you.

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

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    Nielsen is all about getting it doe quickly and cheaply, no matter the quality.

    Senior Business Analyst (Current Employee) Tampa, FL

    ProsThe benefits are not terrible, I'm guessing about par for the industry. The paid time off is accrued over time and is very good. Office culture differs depending on what department you are in. The people are great. The office and location are great.

    ConsManagement pushes every project to an unreasonable deadline, causing important steps to be skipped and quality to be sacrificed. Every day is in crisis mode, there is a lot of stress. Most of the workforce is offshore and the window of communication with them is either overnight via email or in morning meetings. After 10am EST they are unable to be reached. This causes a lot of delay and miscommunication. The off/onshore ratio at the Tampa location is currently approximately 80/20

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet better at estimating the size and complexity of a project before setting a deadline. I have worked on many projects and we are always in crisis mode. People can only do this for so long before they burn out. Nielsen is always sponsoring these 'fun' activities on campus, but only the people who do not really have work to do have the time to spare to attend things like that. I haven't even had time to attend require training.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not an easy job.

    Nielsen Field Representative (Former Employee) Jersey City, NJ

    ProsFlexible schedule. They provide a computer company car and cell phone. But they charge you to use the car.

    ConsThe 40 hours a week is spread over he course of 60-70 hours. Work life balance is not the best and you brig lots of work home.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork in shifts.

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

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    Company was acquired by Nielsen and it was a downgrade in every aspect of the work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Columbia, MD

    ProsAs a global company, there are a lot of opportunities to move across divisions to find work that interests you. Working remotely is encouraged.

    ConsHeavy emphasis on profitability, running as lean of an organization as possible, and very aggressive schedules, but little to no emphasis on quality. Rewards are few and far between. For such a large company, health benefits are expensive. Number of vacation days, especially for new employees, is below standard. Culture as a whole fosters competition and undercutting of colleagues, rather than collaboration.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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