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You won't get rich

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Former Employee - Field Representative
Former Employee - Field Representative

I worked at Nielsen full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

People you work with are cool. Not confined to an office. Company car. Supervisor isn't breathing down your neck or looking over your shoulder

Cons

TERRIBLE pay for the amount of responsibility you have. Hardly any opportunities for advancement. Upper management is totally clueless about what it's like to be out in the field. Sub-standard equipment. Metering equipment is antiquated. They know of the problems that occur in the field, but they don't want to spend the money to make it better. Too worried about the bottom line and not enough about employee satisfaction. Work/Life balance is severely lacking. Work 8+ hours, go home and do 2 more hours of paperwork... schedule your calls for the next day, or week...get all the equipment ready for your upcoming installs/calls. Major burn-out.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay your employees better. Eventually, the economy will get better and people won't have to stick it out in a crappy paying job. Invest in your employees. They're the "face of the company", and your faces aren't looking too happy.

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Good for your resume, but there is a reason everyone leaves after 2-3 years.

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Company name
    - Mostly nice, intelligent co-workers
    - Exposure to very big clients and leaders in the industry

    Cons

    - Long, long hours (esp for pay) with very little respect for work/life balance
    - Worked until very late, but when performance review time comes along, all they highlight are your weaknesses, discouraging you further
    - Performance review process requires at least some employees to receive a bad rating, no matter how hard you've worked. There is a lot of political corporate BS.
    - Team morale is extremely low.
    - Attrition rates are very high especially in departments where people are overworked and underpaid, e.g. BASES
    - There is a huge disconnect between the senior management and the rest of Nielsen
    - People are generally unhappy to work here and there is no feeling of cohesive unity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nielsen is the leader in market research, but I would not be one bit surprised if this changes in the next 10-20 years. Treat your employees with the respect they deserve. Change your HR policies. Make them want to stay somehow. Enter the 21st century. Nielsen is big enough to pull off good employee perks and make them feel a part of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not much learning opportunities

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Nielsen part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment. Very nice and spacious office. Nice people. Flexible working hours. You will enjoy if you definitely like the area of consumer research.

    Cons

    Salary is bad. The increment between levels is not big. Recruiting process is very random and unstructured. People are not ambitious enough to get things done.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    No opinion of CEO
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