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

The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.0 1,029 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns

Mitch Barns

(53 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Had a reasonable run, but so happy to be outside.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsWhile many in the industry love to hate such a dominant player like Nielsen, it is filled with bright people who have access to blue chip companies, senior decision makers, and significant research budgets. When you leave Nielsen, you learn first-hand how they dominate the markets they play in.

ConsWhile management in general is made up of solid people, the "suck-up" mentality that pervades the company i.e. perpetuating the accepted party line espoused by senior management, is wearying. Also, they play in markets that are increasingly being dominated by nimble. fast moving companies, and Nielsen hasn't found a way to step it up...yet.

Advice to Senior ManagementSupport more rabble rousers among the rank and file.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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ok as a springboard

Senior Research Analyst (Current Employee)
Oxford, England (UK)

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

Prosbuliding your skills & knowledge, building your network, fast exposure to clients

Consno benefits, long hours, BASES - no car allowance till manager role, can work from home but expected to work long hours & weekends

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

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

ProsGreat exposure and culture; people are extremely helpful

ConsSeeing some colleagues work really long hours

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Not your regular sales job

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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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New York, NY

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

Proswork whatever hours you want. you don't have managers always on top of you if you perform well. good pay. and gas compensation

Conssince you don't have managers always telling you things you slack off a little and THEN they get in your face.

Advice to Senior Managementcome up with a better way to manage. complete liberty for employees doesn't work AT ALL.

Yes, I would 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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Too much stress but decent learning

Senior Research Analyst (Former Employee)
Mumbai (India)

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

ProsExposure to a lot of projects, nice office, professional conduct

ConsToo much pressure, salary below market level at initial levels

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

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Tried it, left for a different field all together.

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

ProsHad a young culture and was active in keeping people involved.

ConsLots of turn over left a large gap between the newer young group and the management that the management was not always great at covering.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent colleagues, but leadership is very limited

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I worked at The Nielsen Company

ProsYou will more than likely meet very good individuals -- Top-level and dedicated professionals.

ConsThis company has a difficult time with innovation. They have adopted the outsourcing strategy championed by GE, and it has become a highly politicized environment. If you know how schmooze and to play office politics very well, you'll do fine. If not, no matter how talented or energetic, you will be miserable. You'll always have a feeling looming over you, that they can replace you. And if management doesn't like you personally, they will, with very inexpensive outsourced labor.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease look into the insourcing methods being adopted by other large corporations such as GM. There seems to be something to that.

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

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Culture going downhill

Senior Business Analyst (Former Employee)
Schaumburg, IL

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

ProsSmart colleagues
technology-based end-to-end value chain
interesting business

Conslearning curve is steep with poor onboarding
not a meritocracy despite propaganda to the contrary
isolating work environment since employees are dispersed - home, offshore, other offices
used to pay better - have become cheap since equity firm took over

Advice to Senior Managementshedding experienced people who know the business to reduce overhead will bite you in the long run

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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