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It felt exhausting to be so unproductive.

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Former Employee - Vice President
Former Employee - Vice President

I worked at The Nielsen Company

Pros

The company is involved in a lot of different industries so there is some exposure into many areas of the economy. There is also a wealth of market data and trending to dig into.

Cons

It is very hard to get anything new off the ground. New initiatives are met with resistance especially if there is a need for new resources. Management is focused on cutting costs and gradually people have been purged from the company.

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I don't believe leadership is managing for long-term growth. Instead, they are managing for near-term margin so the PE firms can sell out (and so senior management can as well).

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    Risky changes.... Not sure where this ship is headed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company

    Pros

    - work for the best clients in FMCG
    - previously reputable company, still good name on cv
    - young teams, can feel energized by wind of change..

    Cons

    - wind of change not likely blowing in the right direction
    - seems our management mistakingly thinks we are selling sausages or planes rather than demonstrate understanding that people are our asset. yes we sell data, but without the people to make this complex data correct, and then people to explain this data to our clients, we have nothing.
    - meritocracy system can be fantastic if you are in the right box in the GE talent matrix. However, the process for being assigned into a box is often based on perceptions rather than results. Over the years, I have seen more of a 'PR' culture emerge, where bullshitters with little results behind them can actually self promote themselves closer to 'god'
    - we have started outsourcing our hearts and souls. Example: The advanced statistician teams that should be the warrants of the designs and validity of our very complex data projection tools have been outsourced... Would you trust a surgeon who operates from a standard manual?
    - the company doesn't have sustainability (of the business) at heart. All the risky changes make a lot of us think we are on a perhaps sinking ship. We often are in positions of monopoly but that doesn't grant us the right to sell crap data? Or does it?!
    -The GE management inspired decisions do not necessarily fit our business. Once again, we are selling people (who are selling data), not planes. The GE management team adheres to systems and beliefs that GE itself has abandoned: for example the fast rotation of top leaders who market themselves very well into varying random positions of increasing incompetence... Rather than the promotion and retention of truly talented individuals with deep expertise in their field. GE is moving away from rotating people from aviation to health to xxxx... Because it takes time to learn each of these businesses. But imagine what a group of plane/sausage makers can do in a market research company! Their very understanding of what a client is and want is not the right one!

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    Don't think too much about the day you're cashing out. Or do it fast and let us retain whatever is left of our quality and name and start rebuilding it. You don't build secure engine planes by cutting corners on the weight of each part to save a few grams of precious metal. Same in nielsen, you can't produce great data or great insights if you don't invest the time and energy to do it correctly. Cutting corners in market research will ALWAYS come back and kick your ass.
    Think about the wake you will leave behind your time at nielsen. You (dave) once said you wanted this strategy change to be a case study in management books in a couple of years... Do you want to be in the chapter next to Enron? Or in the one next to apple? Right now, I don't know where this leads us.

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    great employees and camaraderie. lot of fun even if its a work place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company

    Pros

    great team mates
    good projects
    fantastic brand to work with
    some of the best talent in the industry
    most large companies in India work with Nielsen

    Cons

    relatively low salaries
    promotions and awards procedure can be nebulous
    long hours tend to become a norm
    very autocratic. senior mgt knows best attitude

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