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Nielsen Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns
Mitch Barns
289 Ratings
  • Great for interns, bad for long term career

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    Current Employee - Project Developer in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Project Developer in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Nielsen (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    INSURANCE: Good health insurance, company puts $400-500 in an HRA for you every year. Insurance (UHC) itself is decent, it covers a lot depending on your plan. Eye insurance (VSP) is great, every time I go to the eye doctor they tell me how great it is, I get a free pair (up to $180) of frames and significant discounts off lenses. Dental is nothing special, but they cover all the basics. Prescriptions are through Caremark/CVS, they force you to do mail-order on refills, which is annoying but you get a discount.

    VACATION/HOLIDAYS: You get the 9 main holidays off. Depending on what department you are in you also can have a half-day on the day before the holiday. Good news is they just upped the vaca time to 15 days + 3 personal days, but these do not roll over.

    OTHER BENEFITS: Depending on job/department, you can work from home anytime you want. I have people on my team that are 100% remote workers. Company has several employee groups to get involved in on a variety of topics (Environmental, Healthy Lifestyles, Women Associates, Disability Advocates, Veterans, LGBT, etc.)

    Cons

    Everything is contingent upon having a good manager and helpful team. Some teams are great to be on and you can take your vacation days and only work your 8 hour (annual average) days. However, if you draw the short straw and get stuck on a team with a terrible manager and lousy co-workers then you better hope you are the favorite, otherwise work-life balance is non-existent, because you will get stuck working weekends and 12+ hour days, in addition say goodbye to the vacation days, because you will not have any time to take them. Your chances to be on either type of team are about 50/50. For the most part, things are very political and bias is taken into account for merit and career advancements. Sad part is that HR is aware of this issue, because it has been brought to there attention on multiple occasions. Could also be the source of the high turnover rate.
    In addition, there is not much room for career advancement opportunities unless you are willing to switch career paths. In addition, nothing is really done to help provide insight or training into other areas of the business, if you did want to switch.
    Pay is low in relation to comparable positions at other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Get reviews on each level of management from the individuals on the team in an anonymous way. If the employee's manager is good friends with their manager and so on, how can the employee provide honest feedback without getting backlash? There needs to be a more conscientious effort to create a positive and transparent workplace, instead of just saying it. Words are words and not measureable actions.


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