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Nielsen Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
1,387 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Best Company I have Worked for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    The people are incredibly smart, driven, and its an energetic environment. The career growth and opportunities are endless in this Meritocracy environment. The organization places a strong emphasis on its values for its employees and for its clients. Due to it being a global company, opportunity to work from home is very common for many roles. Nielsen is a very cross functional environment and you have the opportunity to interact with a lot of different functions within the business.

    Cons

    Some positions require a significant amount of travel which can at times impact work/life balance but it is a flexible environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The upper management that I have interacted with are very intelligent individuals and generally care about their employees and the culture of the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nielsen

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Training in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Training in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Very good culture. Excellent training program.

    Cons

    Lots of travel. Lots of conference calls

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nice work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    A Great Company to Work For!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Operations Supervisor in Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Field Operations Supervisor in Lynchburg, VA

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

    Pros

    Nielsen makes it a practice to promote from within. If you have a good attitude and work ethic you will be noticed and rewarded.

    The pay is acceptable and the company provides good benefit options.

    Cons

    Communication and transparency between levels of management can be improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to improve communication and transparency between levels of management. There have been continuous improvements throughout the last couple years, so keep the innovation coming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Hard and worth it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at Nielsen

    Pros

    Its a complex company that offers a lot to learn. I worked at the field with clients and you get a lot of exposure to senior managers. Analytic and presenting are the most valuable skills you'd learn

    Cons

    Compensation is poor regarding the whole load of work. There not life balance as you find yourself working extra hours prrtty much the whole time.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A great place to kick start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Pros

    Family Atmosphere and Great Team to work with

    Cons

    No cons. This is a great company.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Scary smart, charismatic and motivated colleagues.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Nielsen really cares about providing value to its clients. It is NOT about billing. The culture is, "If the work adds differentiated value, new work follows." All levels of the organization get client interaction and the project teams encourage active participation from all team members - no matter what level they're at. Teams are lean, so there is a lot of delegating, which provides ample opportunities to learn and stand apart from your peers. Work life balance is tough - hours can be long, but they are flexible. Colleagues can work from home, take a day off, etc... as long as the work gets done on time and with the necessary content. Sr. Leadership is brilliant and focused on growing the overall business.

    Cons

    Salaries are low vs. comparable roles at a client organization or with other consulting firms. Bonuses are stupid low. Embarrassingly low. Despite being a publicly traded company, there is no stock option plan or employee purchase plan for anyone other than the very, very select top management team. As a result of this, there is a high turnover as more lucrative offers are very easy to come by.

    With numerous verticals (lines of business) it is difficult to gain cross-functional experience, as there is a strong push to keep people in one vertical, rather than move them and have to train them on new things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation is an investment in the future. If people at Nielsen were paid fairly (based on comparable roles in other companies) both short term and long term, nobody would ever leave the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Decent place to work with good benefits and flexible schedule.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Subject Recruiter
    Current Employee - Subject Recruiter

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

    Pros

    Nielsen is a good place to work especially if you are looking for lots of potential for upward mobility. The benefits are nice and they are flexible in regards to working from home and time off.

    Cons

    Dealing with outsourced departments like IT and payroll is a huge pain. Also, Human Resources reps change so often it is hard to keep up with who you need to contact if they are needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management may consider making sure when a new manager is hired they have to stay in the position for a while; I went through 3 managers in one year and that made the performance review process more complicated than it should have been.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start your career, though compensation isn't quite as competitive as it should be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Pros

    Great people, reputable firm, plenty of resources to better yourself, and the company has been very successful as of late.

    Cons

    Salaries and bonuses aren't as competitive as the market. General perception is that you have to jump from vertical to vertical to really fuel your growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It was a fun experience yet stressful at time

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Research Interviewer in Oldsmar, FL
    Former Employee - Research Interviewer in Oldsmar, FL

    I worked at Nielsen

    Pros

    You get adequate training before they release you to the floor on the phone with real respondent. Salary is ok for a college student part time job. Great party, free food, fun event bbqs...etc

    Cons

    They really focus on your performance and you have to meet target. It's kinda like a sale job and if you don't like talking on the phone. This job is not for you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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