Nielsen Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Nielsen Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns
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Pros
  • They have a great work life balance with work from home options available (in 89 reviews)

  • They do have a Work from Home program (in 77 reviews)

Cons
  • Work Life Balance really depends on which department you are in (in 110 reviews)

  • Seeing some colleagues work really long hours (in 70 reviews)

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112 Employee Reviews

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  1. Awesome place to work-great work life balance!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative culture with intelligent, hard working individuals who are providing excellent service to their clients. Great work-life balance for those looking for a culture that values you as an employee and as a person outside the workplace.

    Cons

    Need to provide more direction for new employees to understand all of Nielsen's businesses. More formal training about Nielsen's organizational structure.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire the best. Stay competitive with benefit costs and salary. Outperform competitors and provide exceptional service to clients.


  2. OK work, but the future is limited

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Secure Job, great clients. You'll work with some of the biggest names in CPG

    Cons

    The company is completely bloated and lacking mobility. Largely unable to keep up with changes in technology that need to be applied to our systems.


  3. Heavily Silo'ed, No Communicatoin

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    many nice people to work wtih

    Cons

    Every group is in its own silo. I was not even allowed to look at the source code written by another group. No coherent strategy for technology.


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  5. Program Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunity to move around and learn a lot about the business.
    A lot of a great people.
    Interesting work.

    Cons

    Not always challenging.
    Things move pretty slow (as they do in many companies).
    There was a lot of wasted space when I was there (people who didn't pull their weight).

    Advice to Management

    A good housecleaning would help and upper management needs to agree on and follow a strategic road-map.


  6. Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You usually have a 9-5 schedule

    Cons

    They do not value their employees


  7. Worst senior management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A good place to start the career, can learn a lot from other colleagues and your work

    Cons

    No life work balance at all. High turn over. It is the worst senior management team I have ever seen. The management is so disorganized and is constantly short of staff. They don't care about your career development at all. All they care are project deadlines. They like to make all kinds of promises but never deliver.

    Advice to Management

    Please care more about your employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    Another casualty of Private Equity ownership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Nielsen business domain is very unique and interesting. I enjoyed working with many bright and talented co-workers. The business is technology driven, which means there is excellent exposure for those in IT.

    Cons

    The private equity firm had some positive influences in terms of taking a global approach to the business and rationalizing operating platforms and realizing other advantages of global scale. But they also outsourced every single person and function humanly possible. There is never-ending cycle of cost cutting via annual headcount reductions. Anyone with a significant amount of experience is at risk as they typically have a higher salary level. A favorite tactic is to over-promote young "emerging leaders" to lower their cost structure. Unfortunately, this industry relies heavily on domain expertise and experience. The Nielsen tactics help the bottom line, but will hurt them in the long run as their organizational memory is slowly being purged and is not replaced via the outsourcing firm (Tata), which has significant turnover itself.

    Advice to Management

    You're mortgaging the future by not harnessing some way to retain institutional knowledge to insure long-term viability and effectiveness in a very specialized domain. Tread carefully...you get what you pay for.


  9. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Arlington Heights, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Arlington Heights, IL

    I worked at Nielsen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great team work between management and individual.

    Cons

    Pay rates are lower than average.


  10. A great place to kick start your career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.


  11. Sr. Software Engg

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Nielsen as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can write lot of bad code

    Cons

    You will debug lot of bad code

    Advice to Management

    Please let go bad programmers and save money with good code.



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