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Nielsen Reviews in Schaumburg, IL

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
1,342 Reviews
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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.  

    Summer Intern at Measurement Science

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    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    Gain extensive experience in data management and market analytics, the overall working environment is comfortable, working hour is flexible, you can meet a lot of really smart and nice people willing to help you and share with you their ideas and knowledge. Overall atmosphere encourage to you to constantly learn new things to improve yourself.

    Cons

    The location is kind of in the suburbs, not very convenient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very enjoyable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Client Manager in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    Motivating, well-managed, easy to move roles

    Cons

    Difficult to manage clients and work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    The people at Nielsen are incredibly smart and the environment is very synergistic. There are a broad range of opportunities for career growth, and the company places a strong emphasis on developing their employees. Pay and benefits are above average.

    Cons

    Some positions require significant travel, which does impact work/life balance. Also, for those who work in global roles, meetings can be very very early in the morning. While Nielsen embraces change, sometimes things change too fast and without enough thought for the impact/consequences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nielsen does a nice job developing their employees, but they could do a better job retaining top talent, especially after the time and effort they put into training people.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Your experience will depend highly on your manager and department.

    Current Employee - Software Developer in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    Flex time. Parking garage. Low stress. A lot to learn. A lot of time to learn on your own.

    Cons

    No training. No big picture explanation. OFTEN have nothing to work on - always waiting for something from someone. Not very technologically advanced. Your experience will depend on your manager, team, and department. Took me about 8 months of working here before I sort of had an understanding of where my role fits in. And I'm still not quite sure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people a better understanding of how their role fits in to the bigger picture. Provide more consistent work.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great opportunity to learn, longer term prospects not as strong

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Client Director in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Client Director in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn, I was lucky enough to work on a big client so there was lots of attention/focus and our client was willing to try some fairly sophisticated analyses.

    Cons

    Hard to move up, especially if you are willing to work in the trenches, apparently you need to dazzle them to get a promotion. Also, pay is not great for the hours you end up working, but it is better than the competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better path for promotion and what is required, improve ability to be flexible with solutions for clients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Culture going downhill

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart colleagues
    technology-based end-to-end value chain
    interesting business

    Cons

    learning curve is steep with poor onboarding
    not a meritocracy despite propaganda to the contrary
    isolating work environment since employees are dispersed - home, offshore, other offices
    used to pay better - have become cheap since equity firm took over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    shedding experienced people who know the business to reduce overhead will bite you in the long run

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Java Developer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Java Developer in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Java Developer in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Nielsen as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly environment.I was working there for 1 and half year.the experience was awesome.

    Cons

    Nothing.Everything was very good except the policy for contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please change the policy for contractors that they can not work after such period of time.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Overworked and not paid well enough.

    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects. Opportunities to really take ownership of different aspects cross functionally and across different projects.

    Cons

    Not paid well enough. Some projects are very intensive and do not allow a good work/life balance. Emphasis on training is minimum. Lack of even simple thank you's for a job well done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your team and gauge what will make them want to work for you. Sometimes that means more verbal positive reinforcement. Sometimes that means more direction towards training.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive -- providing valuable work experience and opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    The industry, the management team, and the opportunities.

    Cons

    Benefits (e.g. health insurance, 401(k) match) are not great. Company can be somewhat political in certain groups.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Knowledge Drain

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time

    Pros

    - There is interesting work here...somewhere. It is just hard to get at it.
    - Very flexible work arrangements. Working from home part of the time is very common.

    Cons

    - Promotion/review process is a joke. Crucial to sell yourself and have firm idea of the position you want to move into--if you aren't aggressive about this, then you will get the same review year in year out, and stay at the same position. Turnover means that your manager and his/her manager may have no idea what you were working on 6 months ago. Best way to get a promotion? Make friends with the project manager who makes the most noise.
    - Contractor "ownership" of some areas amounts to a black hole...tell them exactly how to complete a task and maybe they will execute, but no knowledge accumulates, and good luck getting any advice or direction out of that group.
    - Hiring process is hit or miss, people hired into 'senior' positions who make no impact and are dead weight.
    - There is a good chance that if any system has been in production for more than 2 years, than there is no one left in the company who understands it.
    - Project timelines are sheer fiction. Be wary of putting an firm estimate out there -- your PM will shred it by staffing with weak contractors and one-off projects that are expected to just be absorbed without impacting timelines.
    - Weekend work is "normal". There will be no shame from management about asking for it and no apology for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't retain talent if you don't know how to recognize it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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