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The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
1,226 Reviews
3.4
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The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns
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Pros
  • They have a great work life balance with work from home options available (in 85 reviews)

  • Work hours are very manageable, work from home possibilities are nice (in 72 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is challenging given the workload is often too much (in 109 reviews)

  • depending on your role, you could be working long hours in some stressful environments (in 70 reviews)

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  1.  

    membership rep

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    Former Employee - Membership Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Membership Representative in New York, NY

    I worked at The Nielsen Company as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not your regular sales job

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    Current Employee - Sales in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company car, laptop, cell phone,

    Cons

    this 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 ManagementAdvice

    stop micro managing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Very bureaucratic, regimented work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    There would be more innovation if there was less bureaucracy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Tried it, left for a different field all together.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Culture going downhill

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    learning 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 ManagementAdvice

    shedding experienced people who know the business to reduce overhead will bite you in the long run

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    It'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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent colleagues, but leadership is very limited

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Nielsen Company

    Pros

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

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked and underpaid

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    Current Employee - Call Center Quality Support Staff in Oldsmar, FL
    Current Employee - Call Center Quality Support Staff in Oldsmar, FL

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co workers are the best part of this company

    Cons

    Not many hours unless they need you. If it is not cycle time then you don't work at all, it's like you don't exist. During cycle you are expected to work all the time and you can't take a day off. If you ask for a day off or are sick the quality leader will bring you into a room and give you a talk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management is ok, you don't get hassle from them but quality department leader is difficult to work with. You don't get respected by her at all and she also singles out individuals during meetings. HR does not do anything about this leaders behavior and many have complained.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good to me, but not great to me

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Nielsen Company

    Pros

    -Huge client list, so you can end up working directly with clients, instead of working at them.
    -Various opportunities to get involved and make a difference internally and externally.
    -At the epicenter of today's market research needs
    -Encourage and allow people to lead and to be recognized
    -Some of the best people in the industry to work with

    Cons

    -Unequal compensation between associates
    -Various areas of nepotism from senior leader relatives and friends
    -Inconsistent communication between business units
    -Inconsistent levels of bureaucracy, the simplest things take the hardest to do, but other things are easy to implement.
    -Lacks diversity in senior management, but working on it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a consistent structure between business units that focus on compensation, diversity, and communication on all levels, while adhering to the overall goals and needs of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Okay

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Accountant in Columbia, MD

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lot of opportunity. Work from home advocates.

    Cons

    There are long work hours involved. Travel without much advance notice may be required.

    No opinion of CEO

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