Nielsen Reviews

Updated July 7, 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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145 Employee Reviews

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  1. Excellent internship for more than just your resume

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Communication Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Communication Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Nielsen as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not competitive - everyone was ready and willing to share their information and projects, and to give advice on the company and the field.
    Great inter-team communication - the work feels very fluid and multi-dimensional, which makes it very interesting and gives you exposure beyond your immediate team/work.
    Wonderful work environment. It is fast-paced so it is motivating but not so fast that it is stressful. Overall, relaxed - which is impressive in a company that is working so hard all the time.

    Cons

    Slow start - in the first two weeks I wasn't assigned much work.

    Advice to Management

    While it was great to have intern programming, because all the interns were spread throughout different teams, it was hard to have speaker sessions etc. that were relevant to everyone's work and interests. Might have been nicer to break down into finance, comms, etc.


  2. Senior Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Virtually anyone who is serious about their career, can move up within Nielsen. If you want to learn, this is the place to do it. It's a collaborative culture with intelligent staff and management that is supportive in helping you grow. Work-life balance is high on their list of things they want for their employees and the culture values each individual and encourages you to be yourself.

    Cons

    They need to continue to improve their benefits, they've been working on this so it's always getting better. Improve clarity around each business unit so it's not so confusing for newcomers. Simplify the company structure so everyone has a road map.

    Advice to Management

    Stay current with benefits and compensation so that we can compete in the market place for talent


  3. GREAT place, lots of resources, so-so employee treatment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    You'll be around a lot of really nice, intelligent people. It's a great environment for a first job out of college, and if you know/meet the right people it's a good place to bounce around to different teams, gaining exposure and learning about different products and industries. Social scene is decently fun. Lots of young people. Media is generally conducive to good times and good networking. Work-life balance is very good on most teams. This can be a 930-6 in Manhattan, which is about as good as it gets.

    Cons

    Employee treatment was a common complaint while I was here. There were multiple issues and important aspects to employee life here where our head of HR was blatantly caught being dishonest. For example, the Wall Street Journal announced that Nielsen would be moving offices downtown while our HR officials were still publicly claiming that we were not moving anywhere. It was also difficult to get a clear picture of what employee growth should look like at Nielsen, especially for entry-level workers. I saw a lot of examples of really great, talented people being driven away from the company due to hiring budgets being cut, under-staffed teams, and raises or promotions being promised and withdrawn time and time again.

    Advice to Management

    Definitely work to regain employee trust. Come up with a better system for identifying strong performers and keeping them happy and confident in their roles. Offer better resources and mentoring programs so that younger employees know what they have access to.


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  5. Corporate culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Manager in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    You learn rapidly and have tons of information at your disposal.

    Cons

    Nielsen gives off an air as though its corporate culture is laid back; it is anything but. People work heavy hours and the financial benefits of so doing are not apparent.

    Advice to Management

    Reward people better for hard work and execution. Movement within the company seems to have stalled out in the last 6 mos, and raises are inflation and nothing more.


  6. Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Nielsen (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Overall a good company, they're focused on hiring good people and delivering quality work to their clients.

    Cons

    The pay isn't great, but your hours also aren't terrible for the most part.


  7. Wonderful company and fantastic culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Emerging Leader Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Emerging Leader Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Nielsen

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

    Pros

    - Wonderful opportunities to excel
    - Trainings and learning sessions are present in all offices. Senior leaders are also very friendly and able to spare a coffee chat
    - Great long term options
    - Flexible hours and work/life balance is better than most companies
    - Option to work from home at times
    - Very flexible to the demanding market research industry and will adapt quickly to stay ahead of the curve

    Cons

    - Some work is outsourced
    - Very competitive and work can be extremely time-consuming/stressful
    - We're at the mercy of the client at all times so relationships can be frustrating and testing

    Advice to Management

    Further improve client relationship as well as continue to improve and highlight our strong culture and work/life balance.


  8. Multinationally Diverse

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Information Technology - Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Nielsen (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Since the company is multinational, racial discrimination is not an issue here. They see people's talent and skills intellectually and fairly.

    Cons

    As normal in a company, some people or co-worker can be so inhuman and cold. Which I think are main demotivating aspects in a working environment. Treat your work place as a playground not a warzone and in that way you don't need to work at all.

    Advice to Management

    Have time to look around your own yard 'cause there's a saying "you don't know what you got until it's gone"


  9. Market Research Analyst/Excecutive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Embedded Market Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Embedded Market Research Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible Work Timings, Good culture, loads of entitled leave

    Cons

    Work is too fragmented, base salary and year on year hike is low


  10. product associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Nielsen (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible schedule you are given the opportunity to work from home

    Cons

    they are doing a lot of outsourcing

    Advice to Management

    to keep the great people and remove the useless


  11. Great place to learn!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, positive interactions with teammates, managers set you up to learn and succeed for years to come

    Cons

    Pay could be a bit bitter, more fun office activities

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Strive to include new members on teams.



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