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Nielsen Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
1,345 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful place to start a career in media, CPG, online, mobile and all research related industries

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Employees learn about all of the aspects the company (TV, Radio, CPG, mobile, online, etc.). Resources and training are available. There are good opportunities for undergraduates. This company tends to recruit from the outside; specifically college students. There are some perks such as gym discounts, personal days, and "summer friday's". Many of the positions include travel within the US. Nielsen is a well respectful company and it is a great place to start a career.

    Cons

    There is no work life balance. Employees are expected to work after hours and on the weekend; especially if a mobile device and laptop are provided. Salaries are much lower compared to the industry standard. It's very difficult to get promoted or move up in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote within

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Manager, Marketing & Lead Generation

    • 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 to work to work with.

    Cons

    Very large company can sometimes make is difficult to keep things moving

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good temporary

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

    I worked at Nielsen

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, decent hourly pay if you work enough hours and bilingual, awesome team leaders, great management.

    Cons

    Low hours and repetitive work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a way to advance the RI's. Raises or job promotions would be nice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Good for Education Level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Company vehicle, 2 weeks paid vacation, 2 weeks sick days, 4 emergency days, expense account (started at $500.00, now 2,000.00), some traveling (for larger geographical markets). Mostly self-schedule appointments. Only talk to supervisor about once a week unless numbers are down. Salary-based, but you get overtime pay. Frequent awards (lowest award is about $25.00, I normally get either the $50.00 or $100.00.), given for performance, which can be saved up overtime to spend on nice things like gift cards, tablets, exercising equipment and more. Potential to earn $12,000.00 annually in bonuses.

    Cons

    Though you self-schedule, you often work well into the evening and weekends. 6-week training school in Florida, family is not allowed to stay with you if they visit. Some homes are heavy smokers or have large, shedding animals, so I occasionally have to go home immediately and shower. Some managers can be extreme micro-managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engineering department needs some major overhauling. Too many times have new policies or equipment or equipment procedures come down the line way too fast and without anyone knowing what they are doing. Stop it... Just... stop...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Private Equity Ownership is Hurting This Unique Company

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

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A few perks still exist like company car can be used for personal use at a fee, company cell for personal use is allowed and quarterly bonuses

    Cons

    Since the ownership change the company has completely abandoned the quality aspect of company model. Now it's purely about doing more with less by laying off as many lower level employees as possible to create higher profits margins, but weekly emails are released announcing newly created position hires at the executive level. Lower level moral is of no concern to executives. Overtime is now standard and expected. Mid-level management turnover has greatly increased due to workload has more than doubled with no increase in pay and no overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clients are losing confidence in the quality of data they receive due to downward trending performance. So instead of utilizing the standard across the board cuts that most private equity firms do, take the time to thoroughly analyze from the bottom-up how the company operates and figure out a better method of streamlining the business before you lose more experienced employees and clients and ultimately destroy a once great company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not a bad place, just don't always know your place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy, plenty of opportunity for growth

    Cons

    They seem to constantly reorganize and consolidate work groups. It can be challenging to know to who works where and with which group.

    There are so many products and services offered by the company that it can be challenging to know them all let alone find someone else who knows enough to answer a question (assuming they even respond to your email)

    The help desk is a joke...don't expect a response for at least 7 days.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Nielsen Response

    Jan 14, 2015Vice President, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We value feedback from all of our current and former associates.

  8.  

    Lots of opportunity, but can be difficult to maneuver

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    With Nielsen being a global company that measures so many things there's always something new to learn so it's hard to get bored if you can take advantage of the opportunities.

    Cons

    Flip side of being a global company is that it's sometimes TOO big, causing confusion internally and with clients. Team structures and leadership changes are common which can make it hard to advance or have a defined career path.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Academic Institution

    • 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 full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nielsen provides fabulous training in market research and CPG data. Depending on where you are at you can also get a lot of client facing time with top CPG companies.

    Cons

    Compensation is very poor. Some departments work you to death during the busy season. My team was putting in about 90 hours over 5 days a week on average for the past two months. There were a few times when we would work 36 hours straight in order to meet deadlines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Pros

    lots of autonomy. Great company.

    Cons

    need to be very good at managing your time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Nielsen Response

    Jan 14, 2015Vice President, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for sharing your feedback! We strive to provide a great deal of autonomy to our associates, so great to hear that is your experience.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Total autonomy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Representative in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Field Representative in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Given freedom to work from home set schedule. If your self motivated and organized you will do well.

    Cons

    6 week training does little to prep for daily work tasks and pressures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make time on a monthly basis to monitor new employee progress and development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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