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The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
1,230 Reviews
3.4
1,230 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have a great work life balance with work from home options available (in 86 reviews)

  • Work hours are very manageable, work from home possibilities are nice (in 75 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is challenging given the workload is often too much (in 109 reviews)

  • depending on your role, you could be working long hours in some stressful environments (in 70 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great company for an entry-level position that offers a fun environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oldsmar, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oldsmar, FL

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They take what they do very seriously, and it shows by the amount of training every employee is given, but they still provide a fun and open environment. Generally, the people that work there are very nice and considerate. A good amount of information is provided on what direction the company is moving in and what decisions they are making. This company is currently making sweeping changes that seem very positive for its growth and its employees' quality of work. It's an easy transition to begin working at this company out of college.

    Cons

    Due to the media research they do, the hours can be terrible and many jobs are required to work nights. Overachieving employees can take on the brunt of the work, but are not benefited with greater compensation. Compensation in general isn't very good. It's clear some managers have been put in their position simply because they have moved up the chain over the years, not because they were the right choice for the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, this is a great company to work for and it's really fun to come in every day. However, there seems to be a lack of communication and understanding sometimes between upper management and the people collecting information, in terms of how tedious some tasks are and the core requirements. Also, employees shouldn't be hired as managers in certain jobs because they have worked there for a considerable amount of time; employees should be promoted to managers because they are capable of managing a team. Managers need to be proactive in helping their team members take the necessary steps to further their career. They need to be clear and confident communicators that instill that confidence in their team members.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    research analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time

    Pros

    work life balance is nice

    Cons

    cannot think of any right now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fantastic company and culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company

    Pros

    Driven by values, integrity, and doing the right thing. Smart, collegial people. Interesting work. Serious about diversity Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Fast changing organization can be confusing. Difficult business environment for CPG clients and retailers. Not for you if you are not detail oriented.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Nielsen

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time

    Pros

    Good company, offer great products

    Cons

    Could be more focused on advancement opportunities

  6.  

    Great opportunity to challenge yourself and expand your professional skills

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company

    Pros

    Nielsen offers a wide range of services and has a client base across 100+ countries that is the envy of their competitors. From a personal perspective, Nielsen gives folks career opportunities which are unparalleled.

    Cons

    Nielsen has a large client base which offers constant challenges to folks. This could challenge an individual's work life balance.

    Recommends
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    ACM

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are many opportunities to grow your skill set and network

    Cons

    Workload can be challenging at times and tech support unhelpful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Behind the times, process is bureaucratic

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

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

    Pros

    The people are great (except upper management who are totally clueless). Most work gets done via underground social networks since process is so terrible (and this is a pro). The hours are flexible and remote working is encouraged (could be pro or con). They ARE timidly dipping there toes into new development strategies, but the old guard is holding them back. Some progress is being made in pockets however.

    Cons

    Management is really about 20 years behind the curve. If you like being directed (straight-jacketed) by process, as some people actually do, then this is a good fit. Most people have never heard of Agile, or if they have it was through a linkedIn article they skimmed in a moment of boredom. They tend to purse their lips as if it is a painful word to pronounce. (keep in mind "agile" is nearly 20 years old)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get outside help - you don't know what your doing. I am no fan of consultants - but you clearly need somebody that can give you a foundation to firmly guide you into the 21st century. Listen to your employees - they actually know what they are doing, since they ARE doing the real work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Big Company with its share of issues

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    Current Employee - Market Quality Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Market Quality Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work from home, company car, phone, laptop, regional pay differential where cost of living is high.

    Cons

    hard to balance work/life at times, does not deny lunch breaks but it can be hard to make them fit in the schedule. Think about updating the travel policy for field operations. When important people come to town there is no expense spared, but when there is an actual meeting to get stuff done, renting a conference room is "not in the budget". Ongoing training is now done remotely and often in effective. It also feels like instead of promoting people, they would rather find/create reasons to fire the people that have been around along time to create new positions for younger/cheaper talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow people to grow within the company, give people the option to transition to other parts of the company to promote growth. Measure people on performance targets that they actually have control of. Let employees in on the future developments with in the company, it feels like we are going to wake up one day to find out that we have been replaced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good benefits, hard to advance your career.

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    Former Employee - Membership Sales Reperesentative in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Membership Sales Reperesentative in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    work from home, set your own schedule, descent pay, company car, health plan is good but expensive, get to see alot of your territory as you live in the vehicle while out "recruiting"

    Cons

    time off policies have had problems in the past

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider training more of the field employees in Six Sigma so they are knowledgeable of what it is and can be champions for the value of it in the field. Employees in the field hear Six Sigma Black belt and role their eyes and ignore the info.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Nielsen is a strong company and doing all the correct things - except for their HR, which devalue their best assets

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Will definitely continue growing and succeed long term

    Cons

    Associates are being worked harder and harder and policies to not value them as the important assets they are

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of meritocracy and how that causes the eliminates many good associates, and fix your bonus policy which no longer incents associates

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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