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Updated July 31, 2015
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  1. 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away from the company due to hiring budgets being cut, under-staffed teams, and raises or promotions being promised and withdrawn time and time again.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.


  2. Good but inefficient company

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

    I have been working at Nielsen

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

    Pros

    The company has a lot of nice people; very open and accepting culture; provides a lot of opportunities to move to another office / location.

    Cons

    Half of the work week is spent on conference calls, where nothing is really done. the departments are too fragmented, and the accountability is very decentralized - as a result, most people prefer to pass accountability to someone else and not deal with the problem at hand. The health benefits are pretty bad,

    Advice to Management

    address these issues: Half of the work week is spent on conference calls, where nothing is really done. the departments are too fragmented, and the accountability is very decentralized - as a result, most people prefer to pass accountability to someone else and not deal with the problem at hand. The health benefits are pretty bad,


  3. Senior Research Analyst

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Up to 4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 10 medical/emergency days.

    Cons

    Discontinued the retirement plan. Vacation and sick time are use it or lose it each year.


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  5. Manager

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

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

    Pros

    I have more flexibility and work-life balance here that I have ever had before. Also, the research the company does is very interesting.

    Cons

    One often needs to fight harder and wait longer than is necessary both for internal changes and to meet client demands.


  6. Great place to grow your career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Client Services
    Current Employee - Director, Client Services

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

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

    Pros

    Industry leader in marketing research and digital measurement. Get to work with an incredible suite of tools, leading agencies and leading advertiser clients. Incredible chance to grow your background in marketing research, digital and more consultative business development. Many opportunities to advance with the company.

    Cons

    Can be a little slow to adopt technology internally. We use Excel to build internal reports while managers could easily pull these from our CRM tool. Our matrix structure with multiple layers of teams can slow down project execution and sales cycles.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on providing industry leading solutions that maximize value for clients. Try to offer more transparency on career pathing. Adopt technology for internal workflow to yield higher productivity rates and eliminate the need for smart people to do boring tasks.


  7. The Nielsen Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nielsen is the industry leader in both BUY and WATCH solutions. We will be able to maintain good work life balance and we can grow professionally well.

    Cons

    Employee satisfaction depends on the role which you are working at times. Also there are significant amount of travel.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on innovation. Recent improvements to the benefits packages are great. Work to promote senior leadership from within.


  8. Director - Analytics

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Pros

    industry leader. Has big clients and tools.

    Cons

    little pay versus other industry players


  9. svp client service

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President Client Service in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President Client Service in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Nielsen (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    integrated in work discussion enviorment

    Cons

    sometimes very silo in different areas


  10. Leadership is Lacking

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

    I worked at Nielsen (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    for a call center, it is one of the best

    Cons

    the administrative staff is not bright, and very caddy

    Advice to Management

    bring people from your major locations to this location


  11. Project Developer

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

    I have been working at Nielsen

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

    Pros

    Flexibility. Team dynamic and support. Comprehensive on-board training. Exposure to global projects. Work with cross functional teams around the world.

    Cons

    Limited career advancement opportunity. Job function is limited and doesn't provide opportunities to build strong soft skills for the current job market (for example: client service, presentation, negotiation etc.)



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