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The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
1,190 Reviews
3.4
1,190 Reviews
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The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns
Mitch Barns
137 Ratings

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't stay too late...

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    Former Employee - BASES  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - BASES in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time

    Pros

    -Great people to work alongside—especially the younger employees
    -Industry leader in many different verticals
    -Respected company in the data/research world

    Cons

    -Company is old and bureaucratic
    -Lots of red tape to cut through in order to get any new ideas/approaches put into practice
    -Very much a "this is how we've done it" attitude when it comes to rationale for using outdated tools/methods
    -Terrible hours that, at times, can have you working around the clock (quite literally)
    -Work can become very monotonous, to the point where you feel like a cog in a hamster spinning in a wheel
    -Clients constantly whip you for data and essentially treat you as a data vendor; clients place little value on consultative advice
    -Technology, programs, tools, etc. are always broken and nothing seems to work. Not to mention, they are all insanely outdated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Practice what you preach. "Simple, open, and integrated" are the alleged values, but you hardly ever practice them.
    -Transparency here is a joke Huge opportunity for improvement here.
    -New talent is bringing a lot to the table and bringing solid perspectives to the table. Listen to them and consider what they have to offer.
    -Compensation is horrendous compared to other companies in the area. If you don't stay competitive, few will stick around

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Usually little overnight travel

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Company car, computer, phone, salary

    Cons

    Work divided in manner that showed Hispanic employees favored

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Still a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours with opportunities to work from home
    Great people who are smart
    Co-workers care for each other
    Great place to start a research career

    Cons

    Meritocracy doesn't apply to everyone
    Management used to be more transparent with employees
    Bottom line becoming more important than team satisfaction

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Average Company ~ Nothing special

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I worked at The Nielsen Company

    Pros

    State of the Art smart building

    Cons

    Low pay and no support from management.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not impressed with Nielsen coming to Maryland

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD

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

    Pros

    Nielsen is very active in the community and with charity events.

    Cons

    Their actions reveal that they are not as compassionate about their employees in Maryland as they are about the community. When policies are implemented it appears that there is never any proper planning. Employees are treated like yo yo's. They have a if you don't like it , there is the front door mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never define a persons worth by their title. Show a little more concern for the welfare of your employees.

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

    Good place to work at as long as in the right group

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Oldsmar, FL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oldsmar, FL

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

    Pros

    1. Challenging opportunities
    2. Flexible working hours, possible telecommute if needed.

    Cons

    1. Limited Manager interaction - primarily happens during performance appraisal.
    2. Poor Work-Life Balance
    3. Single vendor outsourcing impacted delivery quality to large extent negatively

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not the worst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time

    Pros

    The company has a good focus on culture. It is also global which allows for diversity in the type of people you work with. I believe the salary was competitive.

    Cons

    There is bad process, or in many cases lack there of. People seem to continue to complain even though there is a lot of rewards given out to many employees (not sure if it is just a 'favorites' game).

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I love Nielsen.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Recent changes in the executive team demonstrate the company's commitment to promoting talent from within. The CEO and several other members of senior leadership are tried and true Nielsen veterans who have grown up with the company. People here are passionate about doing the right thing for our clients every single day, and there is so much more teamwork and collaboration here than anywhere I've worked in the past. I can honestly say I love working for Nielsen.

    Cons

    I can only comment on the U.S., where I am based. The benefits are not as competitive as other organizations I have worked for in the past, especially the medical insurance plans.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company, a lot of opportunity to drive change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity to drive change

    Cons

    Work/Life balance needs improvement. In some cases, it is expected to work long hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very enjoyable

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    Current Employee - Client Manager  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Client Manager in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    Motivating, well-managed, easy to move roles

    Cons

    Difficult to manage clients and work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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