ACNielsen Reviews

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  1.  

    Strogn Entry Into Marketing and Potential Career

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Paramus, NJ
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Paramus, NJ

    I worked at ACNielsen

    Pros

    Career progression, ability to influence clients marketing efforts, great culture

    Cons

    Single supplier view of marketing research from brand perspective, clients have limited funds to spend on panel vs custom research so unique projects are less frequent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great company and culture, but need greater influence at leadership levels to maintain associates from jumping to the client side for larger pay and advancement

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Relies on brand equity, needs to compesate better and be honest in dealings

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX

    I worked at ACNielsen

    Pros

    Brand name
    Talented pool of co-workers
    Diverse clients
    Wide range of services available

    Cons

    Poor compensation
    Shoddy payroll and accounting divisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to retain your people better

    Recommends
  3.  

    Nielsen

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Field Supervisor
    Current Employee - Field Supervisor

    I have been working at ACNielsen

    Pros

    overtime, co car, work from home

    Cons

    no overtime, lots of drive time, nights, some weekends, hard to have a normal family life - forget getting to your kids game. They will promote anyone if they fit the right mold. I've seen incompatant employees promoted because they were trying for more diversity. I'm all for diversity (I'm bi-racial) but to see qualified employees passed over is wrong!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lighten up - all the best have already left

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  5.  

    The Real Deal about Nielsen

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    Former Employee - Associate Client Manager  in  Syosset, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Client Manager in Syosset, NY

    I worked at ACNielsen

    Pros

    The on the job training at Nielsen was very benefical to associated when it was available. "Nielsen University" offered both Computer Based Training as well as Classroom training which helped with associate development. In addition to the training and development the the associates at Nielsen are real people and were always very nice. Everyone shared common goals so it made for a fun place to work. Most offices had outings or functions that would get associates all together under 1 roof so you got to know the other side of someone who sat across from you or across the office from you. Lastly, the name "ACNielsen" goes a long way everyone knows about or as heard of the Nielsen ratings.

    Cons

    The downside of working at ACNielsen or at any corporation for that matter was the annual raises. Typically the raises averaged between 2-4% and sometimes were based on how company faired for that given year. I don't know what the range is today but when I was there 2 years ago that was what an employee had to look forward too after working hard all year long. If you were lucky enough to be bonus eligible you were entitled to your bonus after you worked for the full year - however you didn't receive your bonus check until March of the following year!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The vision of the Senior Management is sometimes far fetched from what the employees can actually do. The ideas are nice but to actually put it in practice is sometimes impossible.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great potential that needs greater management commitment and systemic support.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President

    I have been working at ACNielsen

    Pros

    Nielsen has a great history of providing great marketing research information based on the best quality research methodology and data. There is great pride in the history and quality and clients need the services to manage their business interally and externally.

    Cons

    The organization is focused on the science and the delivery of the data but has a difficult time expressing a thoughtful opinion and engaging in a consultative relationship with its customer. There has been an declared desire to move from a company recognized for data delivery to a valued client partner respected for advice and foresight but the investment in people and systems make this very difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the stated need for change with management time and support for the people and the systems that put the customer first and add value to the relationships already established.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Flexible and independent job that's easy yet routinely boring.

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    Former Employee - Data Collection Associate  in  Chino, CA
    Former Employee - Data Collection Associate in Chino, CA

    I worked at ACNielsen

    Pros

    It's very flexible on anyone's schedule and independently done. Easy money made for an easy job done. Great company name.

    Cons

    Not enough hours are available because there's only so much surveys that can be provided. When you don't want hours (long surveys like Coca-Cola + nieghboring city DCA's Coca-Cola surveys when they suddenly call in sick), that's when it's finally available. It's routine and gets boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training was easy, fast, and informative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Working as an Analyst at ACNielsen

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at ACNielsen

    Pros

    I find working on big name accounts exciting. They are considered to be the biggest and best at providing information (insights, whatever) to fast moving consumer packaged goods companies, and retailers of those products as well. So it's nice not being the underdog. Also, the Nielsen company as a whole is so large that I feel there are a lot of opportunities in other functions and units, all over the world. They seem to be pretty good about allowing people to move to new positions within the company.

    Cons

    Working as an external consultant is never easy. Also, while most of the benefits are pretty standard, I do find them lacking when comparing with previous employers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue trying to create synergy between different units.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Group Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ACNielsen

    Pros

    Young atmosphere, frequent possibilities for promotions.

    Cons

    Lot's of hours, low salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must better the salary and benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sharjah (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates)

    I worked at ACNielsen as an intern

    Pros

    Close to home, flexible work

    Cons

    Zero work-life balance, no consideration of private circumstances, extremely disorganized, alarmingly high turnover rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not enough supervision from upper management

  11.  

    Very relaxed; easy to cruise

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Retail Consultant  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Regional Retail Consultant in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at ACNielsen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Steady work - never too much, never too little
    Relaxed environment - managers and general approach is supportive
    Brand name - everybody has heard of ACNielsen: it opens doors elsewhere

    Cons

    Uncollaborative - you are in your department and that's it
    Poor working environment - shabby offices, poor location (in Headington)
    Poor recruitment policy - this is definitely a 3rd tier employer: you will not be working with the brightest in the industry, even at senior level
    Under-achieving - most people get through their work in less than a working week. That would be fine to have spare time to think, but innovation is actively discouraged and unrewarded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage innovation and reward new thinking
    Clear out the crud throughout the organisation: make it leaner and more aggressive
    Introduce pro-active rotation of people through the organisation
    Invest in training people on your own propositions!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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