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The Nielsen Company Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.3 114 reviews

17% Approve of the CEO

The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns

Mitch Barns

(10 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    pretty good

    Client Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Prosflexible 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.

    ConsIt 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 Senior ManagementPractice 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Associate Client Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Prosbest in class analytics
    ability to learn many types of businesses

    Conshorrible 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 Senior ManagementStop 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Welcoming, smart people

    Human Resources (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue the focus on developing talent internally, make the academy company dream a reality,

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    depends on the manager you have

    Client Service Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

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

    Consvey 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 Senior ManagementGet rid of TCS Asap.. their business practices will get you in trouble

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nielsen was a dynamic and professional company

    Accountant (Former Employee) White Plains, NY

    ProsGood work environment, great people.

    ConsChanges in management and outsourcing of jobs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Client Service Executive (Current Employee) New York, NY

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

    ConsOverloaded work sometimes during high season

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlways ask questions. So much you dont know and you can learn from anyone anywhere

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stable, consistent and slightly above middle of the pack

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

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

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Good overall experience

    Associate Client Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsAutonomy, 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.

    ConsDifficult 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.

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    Not an easy job.

    Nielsen Field Representative (Former Employee) Jersey City, NJ

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementWork in shifts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    membership rep

    Membership Representative (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Proswork whatever hours you want. you don't have managers always on top of you if you perform well. good pay. and gas compensation

    Conssince you don't have managers always telling you things you slack off a little and THEN they get in your face.

    Advice to Senior Managementcome up with a better way to manage. complete liberty for employees doesn't work AT ALL.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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