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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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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional Services Intern in Covington, KY
    Current Employee - Professional Services Intern in Covington, KY

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The internship gets you great hands-on work experience and really helps when looking for jobs in the future. There is no better name in the market research industry than Nielsen, and employers definitely know that!

    Cons

    The only con I would have to say is in the internship, the opportunity for client facing is definitely less than I would expect at most other client consulting companies.

    Advice to Management

    I have very little knowledge regarding how to offer advice to senior leadership at The Nielsen Company. I was very impressed with, as an intern, how flat the organization was with regard to working with VPs and SVPs.


  2. Helpful (3)

    A Decent Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Covington, KY
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Covington, KY

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Pay is good - Casual dress (jeans) year round / summer casual from Memorial to Labor Day (shorts) - Chance to work on large projects

    Cons

    - Almost all development is now outsourced, so your job is mainly managing offshore resources - All management cares about is metrics - as long as you deliver on-time, they're happy... doesn't matter if the product doesn't meet business needs

    Advice to Management

    - Worry about things besides JUST the bottom line - Sure, outsourcing saves money upfront, but most of what is delivered is poor quality. Hiring more FTE's would result in better applications.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Immense Potential if Management Could Get-It-Together

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covington, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covington, KY

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work is interesting and there is room to grow and create your own path The breth The breath of market data and knowledge should lead to huge growth for the company once they learn to bring it all together Lots of opportunities if you are willing to fight for them and the stars are all aligned

    Cons

    Significant discrepancies in how the various company functions are managed and rewarded Poor upper management communication and lots of secretiveness Hiring salaries are often competitive but long-term pay increases fall below industry standards and performance has little reflection in salaries or bonuses While superstars can get some recognition, underperformers are tolerated and enabled

    Advice to Management

    Work on more open communication. Stop dancing around issues because all of your intelligent employees quickly get disinterested in a game where they are told only half of the rules. If you want to know which areas you should focus on to improve employee retention and performance, just jot down all of the issues that you don’t want to address with your employees or you are afraid employees secretly discuss with each other. And CLEAN HOUSE! You're hanging on to a lot of trashy people that have no vision for where this company should be going.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Nielsen Company, Covington, KY

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Client Manager in Covington, KY
    Current Employee - Associate Client Manager in Covington, KY

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large company with US and Global business. Industry-leading CPG data and service provider. Great compay to get a strong CPG foundation, or lead a focused career in analytics. Work-life balance can be what you make of it. Company can be very flexible, especially for top performers.

    Cons

    Roles can be very similar, leaving less room for vertical career growth. Company is focused on service-model changes that aren't necessarily the best options. Pay is less than comparable positions with manufacturers. Management can be unsupportive in ensuring associates have the right type of work. Some of the tools are difficult to use/inadequate.

    Advice to Management

    Be focused on enabling associates to perform against expectations. Provide clear expectations for associates and managers. Create openness to opportunities and actively ensure associates are filling roles that suit them and the organization best. Define and support meritocracy.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Full speed ahead...in the wrong direction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Covington, KY
    Current Employee - Analyst in Covington, KY

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Rather than plucking people from other companies, Nielsen has a strategy of filling positions from within which gives a great deal of career and growth potential. On the whole, the company is quite flexible - if you decide your skill set isn't suited for the area you are in, you can request to be transferred to a different group, different business unit, etc. The company is also quite flexible if you need to work from home or leave early on a regular basis.

    Cons

    Having recently been purchased by a private company Nielsen has transitioned from a "people first" attitude to a "profit first". Not a bad attitude when running a business, but it is nearly a 180 from the original culture of the company. The result is that there are many people in leadership roles who aren't consistent with the current message creating conflicting directives at all levels within the company. Low morale tends to quickly follow suit as employees cannot keep up with the ever changing landscape.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder at obtaining new business and developing smaller clients. We don't seem to put forth the same amount of effort behind our smaller clients as we do with our larger ones. Provide better training for our leaders so that they can become more than analysts with a larger paycheck.



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