The Nielsen Company

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The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
1,197 Reviews
3.4
1,197 Reviews
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The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 5 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 for 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great foundation for a career with one of their clients

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    Former Employee - Associate Client Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Associate Client Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Gain great experience with tools and systems that are extremely valuable to the consumer products and retail industries. Flexible work environment. Interesting and dynamic work. Exposure to a wide range of marketing capabilities and solutions.

    Cons

    Poor leadership related to human capital development. Lacking culture to keep people there and happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people! It's more costly to recruit and train than keep good talent happy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Company Talks a Great Game, Doesn't Deliver to Front Line Employees

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    Current Employee - Nielsen Field Representative
    Current Employee - Nielsen Field Representative

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

    Pros

    Access to online and if near an office, training. The company has a good habit of communicating management initiatives to the field employee.

    Cons

    I agree with the other reviewers that Meritocracy, as practiced by Nielsen, exploits and burns out their talent pool. No work/life balance, just more responsibility without pay increases. HR is largely outsourced and is often a reason employees become dissatisfied with Nielsen as a company to trust as an employer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reorganization can be a powerful tool - but do not forget in all the home office shuffling you have to have boots on the ground that are motivated to deliver for your clients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, global adventure, learned a ton.

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    Former Employee - Practice Area Lead  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Practice Area Lead in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    High quality people, global opportunities, process improvement, invests in talent development. Real depth in analytics and measurement science. Great place to learn and connect.

    Cons

    Occasional stifling bureaucracy and red tape, continual layoffs and CAPEX freezes, even for growth businesses. Strategy shifts often put people at risk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course overall, but find ways to invest in people that goes beyond the top 20 percent to appreciate the rest of the top half of employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Solid place to work

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    Current Employee - Associate Client Manager  in  Hoffman Estates, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Client Manager in Hoffman Estates, IL

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

    Pros

    Big company, many opportunities, relatively safe

    Cons

    Meritocracy is sort of BS, Overly political for such a large organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Nielsen

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company

    Pros

    just like any management company

    Cons

    just like any management company

  8.  

    Honest company with integrity

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    Current Employee - Vice President Media
    Current Employee - Vice President Media

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

    Pros

    flexibility in work and travel schedule

    Cons

    very large bureaucracy so hard to get things done sometimes

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

    Excellent leadership and culture. Great opportunities and lots of interesting challenges. Meaningful work - love it!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people - smart, dedicated, focused on solving client problems.
    Meaningful work - leaders really care about connecting the dots
    investment in developing people
    Healthy culture and good communication

    Cons

    some leaders are really visible, some could do a better job. The town halls are great - could probably do more of these. Most leaders are easy to relate to and very approachable. The ones that weren't are no longer with Nielsen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep building the culture - it is a big asset
    develop more digital tools for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice company to work for

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great autonomy with little micromanaging.
    Managers are very helpful.
    Managers use positive reinforcement
    Great office environment
    Beautiful campus

    Cons

    Low pay
    Standard office politics
    Working with off-shore teams can be frustrating

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Campaign Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Wonderful Organization that is growing and evolving. Lots of room for opportunity. The culture is open and pretty young. Its a relaxed environment but still everyone is productive and doing their job..

    Cons

    It is a large organization and it is hard to be noticed. It has corporate bureaucracy and it is hard to move up. They also have horrible brand awareness for a company that has been around for 90years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to find and raise up leaders that are hidden within the organization. There are many but because of the size it is hard to get ahead and be seen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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