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The Nielsen Company Reviews in Schaumburg, IL

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
1,175 Reviews

3.3
1,175 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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  1.  

    Very enjoyable

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

    Pros

    Motivating, well-managed, easy to move roles

    Cons

    Difficult to manage clients and work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Your experience will depend highly on your manager and department.

    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

    Flex time. Parking garage. Low stress. A lot to learn. A lot of time to learn on your own.

    Cons

    No training. No big picture explanation. OFTEN have nothing to work on - always waiting for something from someone. Not very technologically advanced. Your experience will depend on your manager, team, and department. Took me about 8 months of working here before I sort of had an understanding of where my role fits in. And I'm still not quite sure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people a better understanding of how their role fits in to the bigger picture. Provide more consistent work.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunity to learn, longer term prospects not as strong

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    Former Employee - Associate Client Director  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Client Director in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

    Great place to learn, I was lucky enough to work on a big client so there was lots of attention/focus and our client was willing to try some fairly sophisticated analyses.

    Cons

    Hard to move up, especially if you are willing to work in the trenches, apparently you need to dazzle them to get a promotion. Also, pay is not great for the hours you end up working, but it is better than the competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better path for promotion and what is required, improve ability to be flexible with solutions for clients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

    The people at Nielsen are incredibly smart and the environment is very synergistic. There are a broad range of opportunities for career growth, and the company places a strong emphasis on developing their employees. Pay and benefits are above average.

    Cons

    Some positions require significant travel, which does impact work/life balance. Also, for those who work in global roles, meetings can be very very early in the morning. While Nielsen embraces change, sometimes things change too fast and without enough thought for the impact/consequences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nielsen does a nice job developing their employees, but they could do a better job retaining top talent, especially after the time and effort they put into training people.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Culture going downhill

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

    Smart colleagues
    technology-based end-to-end value chain
    interesting business

    Cons

    learning curve is steep with poor onboarding
    not a meritocracy despite propaganda to the contrary
    isolating work environment since employees are dispersed - home, offshore, other offices
    used to pay better - have become cheap since equity firm took over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    shedding experienced people who know the business to reduce overhead will bite you in the long run

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Java Developer

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    Former Employee - Java Developer  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Java Developer in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

    Very friendly environment.I was working there for 1 and half year.the experience was awesome.

    Cons

    Nothing.Everything was very good except the policy for contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please change the policy for contractors that they can not work after such period of time.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Overworked and not paid well enough.

    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

    Interesting projects. Opportunities to really take ownership of different aspects cross functionally and across different projects.

    Cons

    Not paid well enough. Some projects are very intensive and do not allow a good work/life balance. Emphasis on training is minimum. Lack of even simple thank you's for a job well done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your team and gauge what will make them want to work for you. Sometimes that means more verbal positive reinforcement. Sometimes that means more direction towards training.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive -- providing valuable work experience and opportunities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

    The industry, the management team, and the opportunities.

    Cons

    Benefits (e.g. health insurance, 401(k) match) are not great. Company can be somewhat political in certain groups.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Knowledge Drain

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

    - There is interesting work here...somewhere. It is just hard to get at it.
    - Very flexible work arrangements. Working from home part of the time is very common.

    Cons

    - Promotion/review process is a joke. Crucial to sell yourself and have firm idea of the position you want to move into--if you aren't aggressive about this, then you will get the same review year in year out, and stay at the same position. Turnover means that your manager and his/her manager may have no idea what you were working on 6 months ago. Best way to get a promotion? Make friends with the project manager who makes the most noise.
    - Contractor "ownership" of some areas amounts to a black hole...tell them exactly how to complete a task and maybe they will execute, but no knowledge accumulates, and good luck getting any advice or direction out of that group.
    - Hiring process is hit or miss, people hired into 'senior' positions who make no impact and are dead weight.
    - There is a good chance that if any system has been in production for more than 2 years, than there is no one left in the company who understands it.
    - Project timelines are sheer fiction. Be wary of putting an firm estimate out there -- your PM will shred it by staffing with weak contractors and one-off projects that are expected to just be absorbed without impacting timelines.
    - Weekend work is "normal". There will be no shame from management about asking for it and no apology for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't retain talent if you don't know how to recognize it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't even think about it!!!!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

    WFH sometimes. Nothing else comes to mind.

    Cons

    Very chaotic style of work. Extreme offshoring with cheap inexperienced people. 7-Eleven style work environment. You're expected to work 24 / 7 with no appreciation of any kind. Most experienced people have left or leaving. The only people who stay are those who can not get a position in another company. This is the only company I've seen where employees quitting after weeks or months of their start date is regular and normal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Going cheap to the extreme might make more money in the very short run. In the long run however, you're just destroying the whole company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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