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The Nielsen Company Reviews in Oxford, England

Updated July 2, 2014
Updated July 2, 2014
1,186 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Fair/Supportive/Challenging

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Large company so lots of resources. Great team work and very talented capable people who get the job done with minimum fuss. Healthy challenging of thought processes. Great learning opportunities and job rotation

    Cons

    Working in silos, pressure to get the job done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Wobbly really

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great team, support from managers-like at uni, international carrier moves are possible

    Cons

    Career progression is very slow and painful-HR are doing something special and nobody understands what it is. They speak about meritocracy-don't see any! Plus double standards sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance HR, they should not be the barrier for promotions if the manager is up for it and you completed all your objectives...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    ok as a springboard

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    buliding your skills & knowledge, building your network, fast exposure to clients

    Cons

    no benefits, long hours, BASES - no car allowance till manager role, can work from home but expected to work long hours & weekends

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Motivating and Inspiring. A great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Global Client Liaison  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Global Client Liaison in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Very collaborative work environment where you feel the Company is genuinely interested in making you better.
    Huge opportunity to work in a wide range of teams.
    Led by Managers, not by HR
    Work/Life balance is excellent

    Cons

    Lack of structure at times makes is hard to understand clear objectives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be clearer about team objectives

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    De-motivating

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    Current Employee - Client Service  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Client Service in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The people are really nice and willing to support
    There is a good training programme
    It is a Good company for Graduates due to the structured training program

    Cons

    Far too much work for 1 person, resulting in de-motivated, de-moralised staff
    Too many people involved in simple processes
    Things go into a 'black hole',
    Client Service responsible for everything that goes wrong, rather than the specific departments taking responsibility
    Rigid accreditation applied to Client Service, which has to be completed in your own time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee satisfaction is low as people cannot do there jobs properly. There is far too much expected from one person. Consider work load to increase employee satisfaction which will result in higher client satisfaction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    No life, just work. Little integrity of the higher management.

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Offered the job after just one interview. Salary is decent. Colleagues at my level are friendly and interesting people.

    Cons

    One of the flag values of Nielsen is "Transparency" but the common practice is to hide the true status of the progress not only from the client, but also from colleagues from other departments. When I shared info about lack of resources in my project as a cause for delay I was told by my manager "to wash the dirty laundry in my own house".

    Working hours are crazy. If you are not assertive they will make you work 7 am to 11 pm. People schedule calls at 3 am cause they cannot wait few days to talk to China. We outsource to India and I have heard of cases of people not sleeping there for 3 days to deliver.

    Forget about your own life....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only sign off the commitments that you can deliver based on a 37.5 hours contract.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Downhill spiral

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, established organisation, some flexibility, decent benefits, regional roles.

    Cons

    Miserable staff, stressful environment with long hours, constant cost cutting made it an unhappy experience especially recently. HR are particularly clueless/naive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the sexism

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great diverse workforce

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The atmosphere in the office was great: people from different countries. Lots of opportunities to advance, take on projects and obtain new experience.
    Good benefits in the UK

    Cons

    Salary on the low side

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Looks promising at first but disappoints the longer you learn about it

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    Current Employee - Senior Data Analyst  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Data Analyst in Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Big company mentality, international and diverse environment, company active in many products and services, well known brand name, competitors like IRI want to hire you

    Cons

    Stuck to the Nielsen way, not open to new approaches, not friendly to experienced people and from different backgrounds. HELLISH accreditation process in client service, stressful and meaningless, many drop out when they realize they are doomed if they don't pass it. Clique attitude, high personnel turnover, full of frustration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are complicating the situation, so question your current approaches, attitudes and styles. The answer can be only one: With the current set up you're looking in high personnel turnover and not attracting talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    great opportunities for growth if you are happy outside your comfort zone

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    truly global, opportunities worldwide
    work with all major blue chips especially in FMCG
    complex, matrix org, great experience
    lots of leadership development focus

    Cons

    so focused on productivity that too often cut too deep
    innovation and growth tends to be focused in US and developing markets
    operations and finance rather than marketing led

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to go for more autonomy than micromanagement and learn to trust leaders more
    look for ways to invest in growth opportunities and not too much productivity everywhere

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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