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The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
1,184 Reviews
3.4
1,184 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for first job, but no incentive to stay longer

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst

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

    Pros

    Work environment is casual, fun, and very young. They are very flexible in terms of working from home, or other locations, and oftentimes don't really require you to go to the office. The work is also really interesting. Great company to start at.

    Cons

    Work life balance is awful at times. They are slow to take action in terms of underperforming employees. Analysts who are good at their job get punished this way, and have to pick up the slack of all the underperformers. Compensation is terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop waiting until your top performers leave to try to give them incentive to stay. Try harder to retain your top performers, and drop the dead weight. Also, stop using "I had no idea" as an excuse, you definitely know, because we've definitely told you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Nielsen Company

    Pros

    Loved working with many different clients and varied problems across all aspects of the marketing mix; the work atmosphere, although hectic and demanding, was very friendly

    Cons

    Loved the job but very short lead times with client and sometimes very long hours...other than that very good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to come up with innovative products to solve customer issues

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical Private Equity owned corporate culture with long hours and unending FTE reductions.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Nielsen Company

    Pros

    A solid hold on their their marketplaces with interesting applications and opportunities.

    Challenging work that would provide a great place for a young person to begin a career.

    Cons

    Work/life balance really suffers due to incredibly aggressive and optimistic timelines.

    Management has a tendency to micro manage and even to request ancillary, symbolic deliverables that impact ability to remain on schedule with the originally defined deliverables

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be the best that you can be within the constraints of the uncomprimising Private Equity profit goals.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Mixed bag

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time

    Pros

    Great Learning Experience
    Lots of Face Time with Big Name Clients

    Cons

    Low Pay comparatively speaking
    Little to No Work Life Balance
    A lot of Turnover due to competitors paying more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to keep top talent

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good job security but lots of red tape

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Work hours are very manageable, work from home possibilities are nice

    Cons

    Difficult to grow career, project work can get repetitive

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good for people that have other jobs or obligations

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    Former Employee - Coder  in  Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Coder in Hollywood, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with the work schedule.

    Cons

    The coding department has some of the most socially awkward people ever. They are very book smart but retarded when it comes to hygiene. Sexist and racists comments are commonly heard. Hostile work environment due to condescending "know-it-alls" constantly correcting you. The work itself is tedious and unpredictable. The work runs out really fast so you might get only one actual work day a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take complaints of racism and misogyny more seriously. Turn over rate is high due to negative work environment created by bitter workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    i worked at nielsen...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for High Potential employees... great horizontal movement. Great opportunity for international experience. There are some really smart and really great people to work with.

    Cons

    Management is not at all focused on people. Sole focus is driving EBITDA growth. Lots of lip service about culture but culture isnt a fridge full of drinks twice a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Periodically ask yourself.... how would I react to this information if I was not a Sr. Exec making $300K+

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    a good experience but that changed

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    Former Employee - Field Representative  in  Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Field Representative in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    The hourly pay was good and chance for lots of overtime hours and a chance for good bonus, and good benefit package and lots of perks. There was freedom to work on own or with coworkers on projects. Almost every day was different and a learning experience.

    Cons

    The hours became unbearable & management's arrogance to the coops and employees was insufferable. The company became cheap on everything. there is no room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat coops and employees better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work more, earn less

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    Former Employee - Market Coordinator  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Market Coordinator in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    never ending work, sketchy benefits

    Cons

    less and less pay, upper management not sure of policies and procedures and has you figure them out and says that it is a 'growth' opportunity for you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remember that people work to make you look good...don't treat them badly behind closed doors....I've seen it first hand

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to learn and gain experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, great for learning, loved doing custom projects

    Cons

    Salary and benefits were less than what I was used to, but I accepted the job to be in a city I wanted to live in (didn't have much time to look elsewhere). Worked offsite, so saw little opportunity for advancement without relocating (I knew this going in).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees what they are worth, especially if they have good experience and have a proven track record of success. Take genuine interest in development of your employees- we shouldn't have to beg for training and career pathing should be an open conversation.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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