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Nielsen Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
103 Reviews
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Pros
  • They have a great work life balance with work from home options available (in 89 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours and the ability to work from home when necessary (in 77 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is challenging given the workload is often too much (in 110 reviews)

  • depending on your role, you could be working long hours in some stressful environments (in 70 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great place to kick start your career

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Strong professional development for recent college graduates, high encouragement to rotate positions, strong focus on developing leadership and top performers, flexibility in work hours, working in an environment where everyone loves their job

    Cons

    Extremely large company where it's sometimes difficult to fully understand what is going on outside of your own team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Job satisfaction completely relies on the individual team/client you work on.

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    Current Employee - Client Service Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Client Service Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible about working at home, generally have access to good company fielded studies from SMES, well known company, and for some, ability to change roles within the company

    Cons

    Politics. Lots. If you're lucky enough to get a good team and client it can be ok. If you don't, it can be pretty untenable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the churn and burn mentality...have trust and belief in those who genuinely want to move the company forward instead of adhering to political pressures. Support and empower your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Solid base to start from

    Current Employee - Client Services in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Client Services in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great culture and ability to learn. Using this experience in defining my future within the consumer packaged goods industry

    Cons

    in client service you are out on an island with little support. Need to go above and beyond to be noticed.

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  5.  

    "There's the right way, the wrong way, and the Nielsen way."

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    Former Employee - Membership Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Membership Representative in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Nielsen is a great company for someone who has never worked for another professional organization and has no frame of reference for comparison.

    Cons

    To have been in business for over 90 years, you would think Nielsen would be a lot further along. Their technology is completely archaic (their metering equipment is the size of a VCR!), their systems and processes are over-complicated and cumbersome, making it more difficult to close deals than it needs to be, and their management is arrogant and not open to new ideas (very much the "good ol' boy network). As told to us by our trainer, "There's the right way, the wrong way, and the Nielsen way."

    The 3-week training program was taught completely out of sequence, you are completely overwhelmed with new systems and information, then, fresh out of training, you are held to the same performance standard as tenured employees. In addition, certain aspects of the role were not fully disclosed during the hiring process making it feel very much like a bait and switch. We were also made to sign disclosures and acceptances to policies without being provided the actual policies.

    There is nothing irreverent about Nielsen. Don't work there if you have an original thought in your head.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in overhauling your technology - your metering equipment and your internal systems. Also, revise your hiring process to ensure there are no surprises, as well as your training to better equip new employees for success. People shouldn't come out of 3 weeks of training more confused than when they started.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    It was an interesting experience

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nielsen is a great relationship company. They know how to build and maintain relationships with their largest global clients. Great international recruiting - I think it is a good place for new college grads to learn A LOT about marketing & marketing research.

    Cons

    Very large, very bureaucratic organization. Good if you enjoy and are good at navigating that sort of thing, not good if you are more focused on external business results than internal results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to unleash more of your people's creativity and drive. I am a huge fan of Mitch Barns and I think he will improve the company.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    You can meet good, talented but pretty much always dissatisfied and about to depart folk.

    Cons

    Company has bad reputation as disorganized, poorly managed with seriously outdated technology and notoriously under-paid employees. Turnover in some departments is about 60-70%, which is unheard in the industry. Even folks in unemployment office close to the area and a lot of them or relatives were working for Nielsen at one point (one of the larger companies in Tampa bay) , directly or indirectly tried to talk me out of it . I have read really bad reviews in Glassdoor, Ideed and local sites and yet was lured by overinflated, overrated "Nielsen Ratings Magic" Which are not only inaccurate but the middle management doing unethical and in times unlawful things to "crunch the numbers" just to please upper management. No wander some extremely popular shows like Breaking Bad, Girls, Mad Men, ’s 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation showed poor rating "according to Nielsen" . Seriously? Anyway, please do google “Nielsen Ratings" and you will see overwhelming reality about the company from universally trusted sources. I only wish I did that before in-depth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am sure it is useless. The company is huge, with established brand and gained momentum so it will rot slowly but surely. With likes of Twitter, Google, Facebook and especially with numerous talented and flexible startups The Nilsen Company has no future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid place to work

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    Current Employee - Associate Client Manager in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Client Manager in Hoffman Estates, IL

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Big company, many opportunities, relatively safe

    Cons

    Meritocracy is sort of BS, Overly political for such a large organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Maintains Work life balance, Good opportunities to move within the country

    Cons

    Limited vacation days with no carryover policy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    "Mediocre employer for 80% of associates"

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    Former Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Nielsen full-time

    Pros

    Working for Nielsen gives great experience across the CPG Industry. With regard to 'soft benefits' - they do support a work-from-home environment and they do much to promote a healthy lifestyle. I do believe their base pay & benefits (i.e., vacation time, vision insurance, etc...) to be above average.

    Cons

    The company offers great career and promotional opportunities (and merit increases) for the top 10%. The balance really don't get much. The balance get moved around to fill holes with pay raises of 2-3% every one to two years. They have become too bottom-line oriented and thus provide less through bonuses every year, send more work offshore, and continue to replace tenured employees with lower priced, more junior level hires. If you're not "a star" and just a solid performer - your opportunities will be limited.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, global adventure, learned a ton.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Practice Area Lead in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Practice Area Lead in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    High quality people, global opportunities, process improvement, invests in talent development. Real depth in analytics and measurement science. Great place to learn and connect.

    Cons

    Occasional stifling bureaucracy and red tape, continual layoffs and CAPEX freezes, even for growth businesses. Strategy shifts often put people at risk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course overall, but find ways to invest in people that goes beyond the top 20 percent to appreciate the rest of the top half of employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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