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The Nielsen Company Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
1,184 Reviews
3.4
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The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns
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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.  

    pretty good

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    Current Employee - Client Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    flexible scheduling is nice, casual office, pretty good benefit plans. if you have a good manager, then you have room to grow and get promoted. however, i have heard of nightmare bosses here.

    Cons

    It seems that there are a lot of blurred lines between titles and responsibilities - an associate manager often does the job of a manager and a manager often does the job of an associate director (next level up). This can build some resentment because it is not easy to move through the ranks here and into the next level even if you are actually managing your day to day work at that next level. Another con is that there are often unresponsive HR people when tough questions get asked. Also, the "meritocracy" way of dividing bonus and merit increases is laughable - a big pool of money divided among a big group means someone always gets shafted and does not get their fair share even if they did as good of a job as everyone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach - if you want employees to be the same cheerleader types that C-Suite people are, then give them more reasons to cheer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Could benefit from better management.

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

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very flexible work environment. Many employees work from home regularly and managers are generally fine with employees staying home or coming in late/leaving early to accommodate schedules.

    Cons

    As a global company and internationally recogized brand, I expected Nielsen to be a better organized institution. There is not a lot of communication across departments; it's hard to learn the full scope of the business; org charts barely exist. As nice as many managers are, they lack the true leadership skills to nurture employees for success and future growth. It seems to be an every man for himself type of mentality. I don't see the emphasis on mentorship as I have with past companies I have worked for. All employees could truly benefit from a rigorous management training program. Managers should learn that their role means more than having direct reports, but actually leading their teams to do their best work. This includes providing regular constructive feedback, establishing a relationship with team members, taking the time to really learn about their role and day-to-day work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in leadership training. Focus on achieving more diversity in senior leadership roles (specifically C-suite).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    good work experience, little reward, not flexible, average pay, opportunities dependent on mgr

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    Current Employee - Associate Client Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Client Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    best in class analytics
    ability to learn many types of businesses

    Cons

    horrible IT support services (outsourced)
    poor talent management (no plan, can never get hold of HR business partner, will give you a chance to air challenges and then turn it against you)
    high percentage of middle management with little to no experience outside of nielsen - very subjective view
    little to no flexibility (work from home is dependent on mgr, client and position- ask specific questions)
    pay varies by ability to negotiate , lower than industry standard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing all energies towards new hires
    Actively plan for employee rotations 18-24mths
    Encourage you managers to provide honest feedback to employees especially around how they are being rated
    Ensure the flex time you're marketing as an advantage is actually available to your staff and not subjective to the like/dislike by managers leading teams
    If you intend to empower employees to manage subordinates, TRAIN them first
    Actually live your values- they're pretty great but hardly ever followed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    depends on the manager you have

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    Current Employee - Client Service Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Service Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    flexible work hours, interesting work, good ERGs; some opportunity to travel

    Cons

    vey behind technology wise. TCS outsourcer is very inefficient and has no integrity or ethics.

    very poor work life balance; the VPs and SVPs demand 24/7 support

     I work for a manager who promotes his favorites and ignores all others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of TCS Asap.. their business practices will get you in trouble

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Welcoming, smart people

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    Current Employee - Human Resources  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great hours, nice and smart people, reasonable expectations, interesting projects, flat organizational structure, meritocracy is not just an empty phrase, talent is recognized and rewarded, generous with travel expenses.

    Cons

    Pay could be better, onboarding was difficult, HR seems isolated from other business units, tech support was slow to handle requests

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the focus on developing talent internally, make the academy company dream a reality,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nielsen was a dynamic and professional company

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    Former Employee - Accountant  in  White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Accountant in White Plains, NY

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work environment, great people.

    Cons

    Changes in management and outsourcing of jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Work life balance

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    Current Employee - Client Service Executive  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Service Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A lot of employee resource group (ERG) groups with happy hours and fun events.

    Cons

    Overloaded work sometimes during high season

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always ask questions. So much you dont know and you can learn from anyone anywhere

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable, consistent and slightly above middle of the pack

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

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    While Nielsen may not throw tons of money to promoted employees, it is a very stable company that has very strategically positioned itself in the market. If you are relatively young in your career, there are more opportunities for exposure and the company invests a ton in leadership programs. Also, because Nielsen is a global company (in over 100 countries), there are more opportunities to work abroad & gain global experience.

    Cons

    - As Nielsen's offices continue to downsize and employees are increasingly working remotely, it can be makes challengingto develop strong relationships with co-workers/team members.
    - Because Nielsen is such a global company, made up by several companies,there is a lot of red tape and decision-making is often slowed down; however, that is not to say Nielsen is not open to change.
    - For a while, nepotism was on the rise; but hopefully with the new CEO in place, this practice will quickly diminish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Improve training for managers and reward them significantly above those who don't see the value in coaching.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good overall experience

    Current Employee - Associate Client Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Client Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Autonomy, vision for future. Best assets in the business, now the challenge is to integrated them to make the maximum impact on clients. Working hard to increase the overall talent level each year - GE mentality.

    Cons

    Difficult to integrate assets and speak with one voice to clients. Limited training opportunities. Compensation can be less than market competitive. Career progression mapping can be unclear.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not an easy job.

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    Former Employee - Nielsen Field Representative  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Nielsen Field Representative in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. They provide a computer company car and cell phone. But they charge you to use the car.

    Cons

    The 40 hours a week is spread over he course of 60-70 hours. Work life balance is not the best and you brig lots of work home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work in shifts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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