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The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
1,265 Reviews
3.4
1,265 Reviews
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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. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great Job...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company

    Pros

    Not 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.

    Cons

    We 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 ManagementAdvice

    Nothing. Overall, a great job. They're constantly trying to improve the environment for their employees.

  2.  

    Fair/Supportive/Challenging

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

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

    Pros

    Large 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

    Cons

    Working in silos, pressure to get the job done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Wobbly really

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

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

    Pros

    Great team, support from managers-like at uni, international carrier moves are possible

    Cons

    Career progression is very slow and painful-HR are doing something special and nobody understands what it is. They speak about meritocracy-don't see any! Plus double standards sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance HR, they should not be the barrier for promotions if the manager is up for it and you completed all your objectives...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    lot's of opportunity

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    Current Employee - GBS Emerging Leaders Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - GBS Emerging Leaders Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    great company culture (very flexible, open, and modern), young employees, ability to work remotely, flexible working hours, nice offices, great name to have on a resume, and many travel opportunities.

    Cons

    depending on your role, you could be working long hours in some stressful environments.

    it's difficult for me to find other cons....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Developer in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Technical Developer in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Cares about employee development
    Provides an open forum to work with all aspects of the business
    Great focus on employee retention

    Cons

    Long Hours
    Frustrating technology support
    Lack of communication between IT and Business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your employee's in all aspects of their lives

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    So far its very professional ans good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Mumbai (India)

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

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere and good infrastructure

    Cons

    Nothing bad to state here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set up a review for third party consultant

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Welcoming, smart people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great hours, nice and smart people, reasonable expectations, interesting projects, flat organizational structure, meritocracy is not just an empty phrase, talent is recognized and rewarded, generous with travel expenses.

    Cons

    Pay could be better, onboarding was difficult, HR seems isolated from other business units, tech support was slow to handle requests

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the focus on developing talent internally, make the academy company dream a reality,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Positively challenging, opportunities abound for the right people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Current Employee - Manager in Auckland (New Zealand)

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

    Pros

    An established Multi-National well positioned to serve the growing imperative for businesses to deeply understand the media and purchasing behaviour of their consumers across global markets. Gaining momentum across a number of industry verticals outside of Consumer Packaged Goods where the company has had a strong focus in the past given ownership over a number of datasets relevant to that particular industry. Flexible work-life balance, it's not perfect but it's pretty good considering this company is a Multi-National corporation. Opportunity to work from home or other locations as and when required depending on your role and the relationship you are capable of building with your Manager and team. No "face-time" culture.

    Boundless opportunities for career growth if you 1) Demonstrate the ability to hone your skills in your role AND 2) Are capable of demonstrating that to decision makers and navigating AND importantly; 3) Have the capacity to comprehend the strategic opportunities that exist for this business beyond BAU.

    Demonstrating these three capabilities is critical to progression in this business. You will hear and see of people frustrated over a stagnated progression despite mastering great skill and competence in what they do. Nielsen recognises the strategic opportunity that lies ahead for the organisation in growing their professional services capabilities; advisory & analytics. Proactivity, leadership, forward-thinking, positivity in attitude, perseverance, big-picture thinking, negotiation skills, creativity, adaptive capability and an entrepreneurial mindset are just some of the qualities required in addition to competence that will ensure your success with this organisation. It is fast-changing and those who don't recognise that potential are left behind.

    Cons

    The increased focus on a meritocratic system is good although there have been instances where structural challenges in the company - i.e. data and system migrations have placed large amounts of pressure on talented individuals who have left the organisation as a result of not being recognised for their great efforts in the face of issues outside of their control.

    Some Managers display greater incompetence than their subordinates.

    To drive scale the organisation relies on an outsourcing model in many areas of the business. There is much work to do here in terms of improving efficiency. It is one of the most challenging aspects of working for this company and it will not be going away anytime soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an open-mind. Ensure the organisation remains competitively viable in its pursuit of competing in advisory & analytics by investing in people with valuable skills and leadership capacity in the relevant divisions. Furthermore, ensure the organisation leverages its breadth across markets and departments to drive value for clients and workers.

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

    Statistician

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    Current Employee - Statistician
    Current Employee - Statistician

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

    Pros

    Really very interesting job! You understand how you contribute to the overall company business and how you change the world we live in ;)

    Cons

    Very nervous work. Your responcibilities are huge, you need to take decisions that change the whole business on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs to do salary adjustments better. Usually salaries increase in accordance with inflation, that is absolutely inadequate when market situation changes. In such cases Nielsen salaries go far below the market average and the most valuable employees quit the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company with its culture and frendly atmosphere. Opportunities for fast career growth and development.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HRBP in Moscow (Russia)
    Current Employee - HRBP in Moscow (Russia)

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, great values and good opporunities for development

    Cons

    A lot of work and different additional projects

    Recommends

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