Arbitron

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Arbitron Reviews

Updated July 27, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
89 Reviews

3.3
89 Reviews
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Arbitron President, CEO, and Director William T. (Bill) Kerr
William T. (Bill) Kerr
39 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Empowered work-style and environment which ensures work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • People, location, flexible work schedules, ability to work from home (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Weak middle management who cannot say no to upper management (in 4 reviews)

  • After everything was changed to Nielsen you no longer felt like an employee (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    My experience at Arbitron was awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Columbia, MD

    Pros

    This company has decent benefits.

    Cons

    Make sure you are on time!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep up the good work!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great job until Nielsen purchased.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD

    Pros

    Arbitron was very flexible re hours, good benefits and competitive pay.

    Cons

    IT management micromanaged their staff.
    After Nielsen purchased the company, the corporate culture changed - for the worse. It was nice working for Arbitron while it lasted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your staff work independently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Great company before Nielsen takeover

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexibility, although dependent on manager, was very good.

    Cons

    Micro managing of IT management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't micro manage your managers. Listen to input from your staff.

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  5.  

    Loved Arbitron. Not Nielsen.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Arbitron WAS a great company. They set up employee outings and team building exercises. Benefits were out of this world. 401k and profit share was good.
    Moral was usually high and everyone at Arbitron treated one another like family.

    All of my star ratings and approval for the CEO are all for Arbitron.

    Cons

    Once the "merger" began with Nielsen everything went down hill. People became distant and secretive. You never knew what was going to happen next. Although the Nielsen staff ensured that everyone would be kept in the lope with all the changes that would be happening within the company; things seemed to pan out a little different.

    When the day came for layoffs to happen you were basically treated like a contestant on American Idol. You were taken into a room and told whether you were staying or going and never given a reason for why you were one of the 600 let go.

    After everything was changed to Nielsen you no longer felt like an employee. But rather just another "associate."

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    You rate with us

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Computer Operator - Associate Technical Support Technician  in  Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Principal Computer Operator - Associate Technical Support Technician in Columbia, MD

    Pros

    Appreciates employees
    Unlimited opportunities for advancement
    Family oriented enviroment

    Cons

    No downside to working for this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should never had let Nielsen merger succeed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    The last of the great, small caring American Research companies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart People with good ideas

    Cons

    small and not a quick to market as necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    enjoy the ride

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The best company to work for......amazing work culture that encourages employee initiatives.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Open Culture, encourages initiatives from employees, freedom and flexible work timings, excellent team, transparent leadership team, good opportunity for learning

    Cons

    Too much freedom can be dangerous at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best Job I have Ever Had!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great co-workers and very supportive supervisors and managers. Arbitron is a company that supports and encourages its employees to grow and develop. Supervisors and managers are very encouraging and work with people on all levels. Very positive work environment with many happy employees. It's a different place to work. Managers encourage and support teamwork.

    Cons

    There is nothing to complain about at Arbitron when you compare it to the rest of the business world. Sure, things change and then change again, but that's just life. Being adaptable is essential in every job!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keeping people happy and supporting those under you...your love of the business and of your company shows in all that you do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company and industry to be with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cochin (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cochin (India)

    Pros

    Empowered work-style and environment which ensures work life balance
    Do not feel hierarchy / differential treatment when ideas / thoughts are being discussed

    Cons

    Industry segment is being different - branding efforts will take longer to succeed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good to see the efforts to put the technology and patents to Global use -
    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Love this place! Lots of happy employees!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    Pros

    Great benefits including some over and aboves like contribution to dependent care account
    Great work / life balance (for real)
    Tons have people have been at the company for 10+ years
    Lots of very happy employees that will tell you so
    Lots of dignity and respect for people here

    Cons

    Nothing that isn't at every company...you just have to have some patience to work through a variety of systems and departments to get certain answers and resolution to issues
    Lots of different (and great) products to learn, but plenty of people like those sorts of challenges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What you're doing seems to be working on many levels -- keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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