Nielsen Reviews

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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. Featured Review

    Helpful (13)

    The Best Company I have Worked for

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great company to work for looks great on resume

    Cons

    compensation could be higher


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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ithaca, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ithaca, NY

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

    Pros

    Solid work environment & good people

    Cons

    Few perks with a sometimes bland atmosphere


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  5. help desk

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good benefits to work with. great people

    Cons

    time schedule is hard to get a good one


  6. Current Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Above average pay for region Great benefits Flexible hours and ability to work from home Great client interaction Huge resume builder if life takes you elsewhere

    Cons

    Communication is terrible as with most large companies, restructures happen too often

    Advice to Management

    Take the mission of Simple Open Integrated to heart


  7. Great company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people & good culture.

    Cons

    None come to mind at all.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  8. very employee friendly

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Mentoring - coaching - balanced work life - great supervisors

    Cons

    - people dependency - too many back office work - outdated tools

    Advice to Management

    improve digitization re-engineer processes


  9. Research Interviewer

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Oldsmar, FL
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Oldsmar, FL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Once you get to learn the basics, it is a pretty simple simple job. High school kids generally do very well, they generally fail because of attendance or personality traits situations. I saw clever people not lasting in their jobs because you need to have an specific personality to outlast the job. Very good for kids or seniors that need a part-time job, very repetitive but will pay decently compared to other similar jobs. Very rewarding when you get to talk to nice people.

    Cons

    Very repetitive job. You must be able to deal with rude people, and take any kind of insults without replying back. HR seems very nice and cooperative. Still hoping to qualify for a full time and better paid job. Let's see what happens. Performance is based on accepted calls. IF people hang up on you, or they just don't want do the surveys, and you happen to get that more than your peers, you're basically screwed with a low performance. What happens in the first week of the cycle is crucial. Once you get a bad number that first week, it's very hard to bring those numbers up. Management is understanding about that situation, but still you're measured according to luck not on merits, and that makes people feel really bad.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a different measurement for performance.


  10. SVP - Client Service

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nielsen full-time

    Pros

    Nielsen has great resources and a strong strategic vision. They have made good investments in new technologies, and this has definitely helped the company stay relevant to clients. Since the company is so large, there are a lot of opportunities to move across business units to find career growth.

    Cons

    While the company does invest in new businesses, there is also strong focus on short term business results and a focus on cost-cutting that can sometimes hurt the performance of individual business units.

    Advice to Management

    Allow individual business units more latitude to take risks and invest in growth. Reward the managers who are willing to take those risks.


  11. Great opportunities, could pay more

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love working here after 4 years. They call it a meritocracy and it really is as I've been rewarded for good work with interesting opportunities that match what I like to do. I am encouraged to rotate every few years so I've been able to take different roles within the company.

    Cons

    you will get rewarded if you work at Nielsen and do a good job. You will get small raises and new opportunities. However if that's not enough and you want good money you need to go somewhere else.



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