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Horrible employee treatment, no payraises, no work/life balance or job security

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oldsmar, FL
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oldsmar, FL

I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

1. Telecommute allowed
2. Employee bonuses (at the time I left anyway)
3. I don't work there anymore

Cons

Ok, let me make it as brief as I can:

1. Outsourcing galore. You WILL lose your job sooner or later. Nearly everyone I ever worked with at Nielsen has either been laid off or has left the company of their own accord.

2. At the time I left the company, pay raises were not being given, even though the company fully admitted they were doing better financially than most other companies.

3. No work life balance. Management will tell you there are 7 business days per week, and this includes nights, weekends, holidays AND VACATION. Most people find themselves working 7 days a week trying to meet the unrealistic deadlines promised to customers. Guess what? The delivery date is not met, and is pushed back. So all of that hard work was for nothing. Rinse & Repeat for the next big project, and the next one, and the next one. One person is asked to do the workload of 2 or 3, which also means that you are so deeply entrenched in your role that there is no opportunity to do anything new. In other words, lack of career opportunities, unless you want to be a "lead" which basically means at Nielsen that you are doing the work of a manager, but without the title and pay of an actual manager. The Indian contractors do the hands-on work, and the American workers who are left are being forced into the "lead" roles.

4. Employee morale is horribly low. Expect to get yelled at by certain managers on a regular basis.

5. Lousy pay. I left my "Senior" level position at Nielsen for a Junior level position (to work with much more marketable technologies) at a different company and did not even take a pay cut. What's that tell you?

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try treating your employees like human beings.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Long-term reputation in media field
    No direct competitor in TV Ratings

    Cons

    Private equity group buy-out was "death knell" to a legendary leader in media & marketing research.
    Ongoing company-wide layoffs each year.
    U.S. workers replaced by 3-yr Visa workers from India through Tata Industries.
    Poor management.
    Horrible, defeated morale of workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Media research is a unique entity and cannot be operated like running a widget factory.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Work/life balance? What's that?

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good in house education opportunities provided by the company
    Many intelligent coworkers

    Cons

    Hard work not rewarded
    Constantly need to be on your guard as execs will throw you under bus to protect themselves
    Career development by managers is non-existent
    Cost above quality mentality
    Offshore, offshore, offshore
    Moving away from co-location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be a cutting edge media company, you're going to have to innovate, you're going to have to spend some money and you're going to have to realize your execs are truly out of touch with where the online, tv, mobile world is headed and how quickly it's headed there. Wake up or you'll NEVER catch up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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