The Nielsen Company

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Selling Marketing Information is NOT like selling jet engines

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Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Well known name. Bonuses were paid out even in down years (though they were obviously quite a bit smaller).

Cons

The company talks about meritocracy and rewarding top talent but it's just that - talk. Unfortunately, instead of investing in people, the company is stripping out experienced people and having lower level associates do the work of two. Raises are held to a minimum regardless of performance.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Trying to run the company like GE is just not working. This "productivity exercise" as its being termed is going to catch up to the company. It might help build short term profitability but is not a viable and sustainable long term business model. Clients are noticing.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Get the skills and move to another company

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

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time

    Pros

    On the surface, potential to move around and into different disciplines is exciting and seems attainable. Their potential to provide consumer and shopper insights through, and from, a variety of media and platforms is valuable for clients and employees. Good opportunity to learn market research/analytic skills - a good platform from which to jump to another company.

    Cons

    Although they are a public company again, ever since the PE people took over they have created an atmosphere of mistrust and deception. I don't think they want people to have a long-term career there. They have substantially reduced their pay ranges and potential salary increases for the vast majority of employees. 2% is most common if you can get that, and people have to wait more than a year for that so it's not really 2%. But, Mitchell Habib gets a 17% raise on his base salary of $675k. Whether or not he deserves it is immaterial - senior management has misrepresented "we're all having to take cost-cutting measures". Departments are still very territorial and it is very hard to move across disciplines. Very "cliquish". People seem to really dislike working there now. Company usually does not back its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have faith and trust in the right employees and reward them accordingly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Nielsen Company Review

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    Current Employee - Client Service Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Client Service Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great experience, knowledge and respect within CPG industry. Promotes training, client solutions, and advanced analytics. Global leader in market research. Good health, bonus and vacation benefits.

    Cons

    Not friendly to over 40 aged employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for leadership within the industry as opposed to outside.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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