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The Nielsen Company Reviews in Oxford, England

Updated Jul 2, 2014
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2.7 19 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns

Mitch Barns

(1 ratings)

47% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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 99 reviews)

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

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

    ProsLarge 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

    ConsWorking in silos, pressure to get the job done.

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

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    ok as a springboard

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

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

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

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

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    Motivating and Inspiring. A great place to work.

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

    ProsVery 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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe clearer about team objectives

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

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    De-motivating

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

    ProsThe 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

    ConsFar 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 Senior ManagementEmployee 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

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

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

    ConsOne 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 Senior ManagementOnly sign off the commitments that you can deliver based on a 37.5 hours contract.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Downhill spiral

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

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the sexism

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

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    Great diverse workforce

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

    ProsThe 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

    ConsSalary on the low side

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

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

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

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

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

    ConsStuck 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 Senior ManagementYou 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Director (Current Employee) Oxford, England (UK)

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

    Consso 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 Senior Managementtry 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A lot of pressure - Internal and External

    Account Manager (Current Employee) Oxford, England (UK)

    ProsThere is structured training program in place which is great especially if you are a grad.
    For the more junior roles it is great experience and subject to meeting criteria promotion is very realistic
    Opportunity to move around departments

    ConsNo work / life balance
    Lots of internal pressure on admin
    Under resourced, so a lot of juggling clients
    Middle management interested in pleasing bosses so put pressure on putting internal requests over client requests. You end up doing both, hence the work / life balance issue
    Low morale
    Initial wages OK, but little movement once your in

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink about the amount of internal admin. Removing this will enable employees to spend more time with clients. It will result in higher client satisfaction and therefore higher employee satisfaction. Employees will start to be able to manage the work / life balance

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

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