Arbitron Reviews

Updated July 8, 2015
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  1. Caught up in the Past

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

    I have been working at Arbitron

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Place to work in the Informart Building, comfortable work enviorment and Great Pay

    Cons

    Poor training and lack of management response to issues. Supervisors complete the work as prescribed in the handbook however without adequate HR in house site managers does not support front line supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Get a level of consistancy


  2. My experience at Arbitron was awesome

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

    I worked at Arbitron part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company has decent benefits.

    Cons

    Make sure you are on time!!!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep up the good work!!!


  3. Great company that knew how to take care of its people.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Panel Relations Specialist in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Panel Relations Specialist in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at Arbitron full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Most flexible company that I've worked for, ever! Arbitron fostered a family atmosphere.

    Cons

    Politics were deep seated and you had to jump through hoops to get ahead.

    Advice to Management

    A sad day when the company was sold. There's nothing remaining that hints of this once great company but a few hundred angry staff.


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  5. I love this company! great place to work. I had a lot of fun!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arbitron

    Pros

    the company is located in New York city and Columbia Maryland. I love the locations. Easy for me to commute. Nice people in the company. good pay!

    Cons

    well, first of all, Arbitron was bought by Nielsen. I unfortunately departed Arbitron as my contracted ended. I wish I could witness more of the two companies' integration.


  6. Great Place to Work unfortunately it doesn't exist anymore

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

    I worked at Arbitron full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nielsen went in and took the technology and decimated the employees. Nielsen is not a company I would work for! By the end of this year the estimate there will be 100 employees left in Columbia.

    Cons

    It's Nielsen Audio Now!! They don't care about their employees or the quality of the product they put out. Arbitron was a great company until it was purchased by Nielsen and it ceased to exist on 9/30/2013. Arbitron was a company that cared about quality and the employees!!

    Advice to Management

    It's too late they sold us down the river without a paddle.


  7. Arbitron was Great, Nielsen not so Much

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

    I worked at Arbitron full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Arbitron was an amazing place to work. The field staff worked as a team and supported each other. Most of the supervisors were helpful and supportive. Employees were listened to and things were changed when better ways to do things were recommended. Employees were happy to come to work.

    Cons

    Nielsen acquired Arbitron in September 2013 and laid off all fo the field staff on a conference call. Communication seriously lacked as we were transitioned to COBRA and other benefits. Nielsen treated us as though we are an expendable commodity. Fired us all to hire people at 1/3 the pay.

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for, Nielsen!


  8. Arbitron was a great place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arbitron full-time (More than 10 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked there for a number of years. In general, it seemed they really cared for it's people. I loved the crew that worked with and worked with a fantastic manager. I was provided many opportunities and really progressed my career.

    Cons

    Well, first of all. Arbitron was bought by Nielsen. I unfortunately was one of the many layoffs after the sale completed. Didn't much care for the the Nielsen way of doing things. Arbitron had integrity.

    Advice to Management

    what can I say? The ones that were retained.....hang in there!


  9. Was a great company to work for!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arbitron full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good pay and working conditions, improved organization, now acquired by Nielsen.

    Cons

    Different location now and Nielsen has bought it out, not that that is a "con" as such, but Arbitron no longer exists as such doing independent radio and television research.


  10. Arbitron was great - while it was Arbitron

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

    I worked at Arbitron full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere. Great people - fun to be around and really smart. Interesting work. Understood life/work balance. Allowed work from home when needed. Great technology.

    Cons

    Once they were taken over by Nielsen it became very button-down-corporate, and much less fun. The layoffs really demoralized a lot of people - even those that were not laid off. The atmosphere became difficult to be productive in. Maybe new (not former Arbitron employees and not long-time Nielsen emplolyees) would add some fresh air.


  11. Arbitron was palpable. Nielsen is terrible.

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

    I have been working at Arbitron full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    It was easy to build relationships with people from many different departments. Nielsen, however, is an enormous hierarchy of bureaucrats and "towers" (literally - that's what they call them).

    Cons

    Everything about the acquisition was a nightmare of cover-ups, tip-toeing... even had one person tell us to stop asking questions. I was told that hanging on with Nielsen would afford me wonderful opportunities because it is such a large organization. Despite practically begging for additional work and opportunities, they've left me pigeon-holed, and they demoted me in the process.

    Advice to Management

    No point in providing advice. Those who were retained are too scared to do anything and those who have been Nielsen all along won't listen.



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