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The Nielsen Company Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
1,173 Reviews

3.3
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Pros
  • They have a great work life balance with work from home options available (in 81 reviews)

  • Work hours are very manageable, work from home possibilities are nice (in 65 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is challenging given the workload is often too much (in 100 reviews)

  • depending on your role, you could be working long hours in some stressful environments (in 67 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very enjoyable

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    Current Employee - Client Manager  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Client Manager in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

    Motivating, well-managed, easy to move roles

    Cons

    Difficult to manage clients and work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Inspiring co-workers, challenging work, and a "bring your whole self to work" environment make Nielsen a great company!

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    My favorite part about working at Nielsen is the people. The smart, friendly people make coming to work something I look forward to every day. As far as the company culture, Nielsen can best be described as open and flexible. As long as you keep performing at a very high level, Nielsen will never count hours or days in the office - it's more about the quality of work you do than when you do it. Additionally, Nielsen's culture of meritocracy recognizes those that do perform at a very high level and invests in their personal and professional growth and development.

    Cons

    Like many companies, Nielsen creates a very fast-paced work environment which can sometimes be a challenge given limited time and resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive experience in complex business environment

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Nielsen offers a high energy environment that is focused on innovation. Another pro is that Nielsen has some very smart people working at the company and it's a very collegial culture.

    Cons

    Nielsen has a highly complex organizational structure, so speed of projects is often slowed by too many management layers and decisions by committee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus in simplifying the organizational structure and allow employees more freedom to experiment with creative ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    lot's of opportunity

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    Current Employee - GBS Emerging Leaders Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - GBS Emerging Leaders Associate in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    great company culture (very flexible, open, and modern), young employees, ability to work remotely, flexible working hours, nice offices, great name to have on a resume, and many travel opportunities.

    Cons

    depending on your role, you could be working long hours in some stressful environments.

    it's difficult for me to find other cons....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Dynamic Company

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    exposure to different teams, employee resources groups, vast number of locations across the US and internationally, fun work environments, amazing people to work with, ability to work from home

    Cons

    long hours, making cuts across the board, executive level management restructuring, not enough training resources available

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place if you work for a good department and manager

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    Current Employee - IT Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Director in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    flexibility and ability to learn

    Cons

    long working hours and outsourcing model that doesn't seem to always work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person 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

    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.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best in the Industry - Great Place to Learn CPG

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    There is so much opportunity to learn and grow at Nielsen. Many view company as a great place to start a career, but I feel it is also a great destination company where you can have a long, fulfilling career. Top performers will be asked to rotate into new positions which helps with one's career growth and satisfaction. The flexibility to work from home is a major benefit.

    Cons

    Could be an overwhelming environment to navigate for some. Company is currently revamping training program so perhaps the on-boarding process will be enhanced in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with current communication model - frequent updates on progress and initiatives via webinars.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Schaumburg, IL

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunity to learn, longer term prospects not as strong

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    Former Employee - Associate Client Director  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Client Director in Schaumburg, IL

    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

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