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The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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3.0 1,133 reviews

79% Approve of the CEO

The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns

Mitch Barns

(107 ratings)

53% 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 100 reviews)

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

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Great Job...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNot micromanaged, free reign to do your job, company car(can be either a ford fusion or escape), gas card, iPhone, management where I am is great, very very flexible, off weekends, good benefits. Very good pay if you hit bonus which is not hard. You can pretty much move anywhere in the US, and they will pay relocation costs.

    ConsWe are supposed to be self scheduling reps, but the ladies in the office will at times schedule appointments and move things around in your schedule without asking. You're by yourself all day, so it does get lonely. Emails constatntly coming in, so you feel like you're on call. Equipment is old, but new equipment is on the way.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing. Overall, a great job. They're constantly trying to improve the environment for their employees.

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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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    1 person found this helpful  

    Positive experience in complex business environment

    Vice President (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsNielsen offers a high energy environment that is focused on innovation. Another pro is that Nielsen has some very smart people working at the company and it's a very collegial culture.

    ConsNielsen has a highly complex organizational structure, so speed of projects is often slowed by too many management layers and decisions by committee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to focus in simplifying the organizational structure and allow employees more freedom to experiment with creative ideas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A Global opportunity for anyone who wants it and actually comes to work!

    Senior Corporate Recruiter (Current Employee) Oldsmar, FL

    ProsGreat environment. Great home/worklife balance. The most diverse company in the U.S.

    ConsEvening bus routes are not available to some in need.

    Advice to Senior Management92 years a leader in the Industry. I think I'll take my advice from them!

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

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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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    Good Company, Bad Call Center

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Tampa, FL

    ProsGreat benefits with casual environment.

    ConsShift hours are three to midnight and always have to work either a Saturday or a Sunday without the ability to ever change things around. Management just does not get it!

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop better Key Performance Indicators for the work force and there won't be as much attrition.

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

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, boring job

    Panel Relations Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company has great benefits and an awesome culture. It is an easy going environment and participation in activities is encouraged.

    ConsBeing a Panel Relations Specialist is extremely boring! Management keeps on you to make more and more calls, with little to no incentive. It is really hard to stay motivated to call people to reprimand them for not wearing their meters every single day!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Ununified Leadership. Lots of messages, inconsistency. Improvement is slow, internal employee change seems frequent.

    Analyst (Current Employee) Oldsmar, FL

    ProsGreat People work there. not alot of job pressure, helpful co-workers, opportunities are plentiful internally. Benefits are good. time off is liberal without hassles. work is plentiful. casual work environment. Stable.

    ConsCompensation is 10-20% below the local average for many roles. Promotion is difficult. In some areas managers change annually. This causes dissatisfaction, re-work, job insecurity, and rapid transfers. The annual review is not based on what you do everyday. It is more of an opinion of your manager. You need to cover yourself constantly. There is alot of turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompensation is 10-20% below the local average for many roles. Promotion is difficult. In some areas managers change annually. This causes dissatisfaction, re-work, job insecurity, and rapid transfers. The annual review is not based on what you do everyday. It is more of an opinion of your manager. You need to cover yourself constantly. There is alot of turnover.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A big mess of a company

    Team Lead (Former Employee) Oldsmar, FL

    ProsA lot of challenges and opportunities to learn new things. Mid level management is very friendly and fun to work with.Flexible on working from home, can call in to the early morning meetings. Looks good on a resume.

    ConsToo much outsourcing to India, day to day process is very stressful for people who are not used to it. A lot of language and cultural barriers with the local TCS employees, and on top of that it is difficult to work with offshore teams because of the time difference. There is always a lack of clear communications between different teams leading to numerous conflicts and lengthy unproductive meetings.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop relying on the outsourcing so much. The company is not saving money by paying less to the TCS. It is actually losing money because they need 3x more people and 3x time to do the same thing that a local resource could have done properly the first time. The overall skill and expertise level of TCS employees is low, not to mention their English language proficiency. This all leads to a high-stress work environment and causes a lot of anguish for the local US employees.

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

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    no worth it

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosfree coffee and co workers are nice

    Conslow pay, upper management not willing to hear out workers

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

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