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The Nielsen Company Reviews in Schaumburg, IL

Updated May 1, 2014
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The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns

Mitch Barns

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    Your experience will depend highly on your manager and department.

    Software Developer (Current Employee)
    Schaumburg, IL

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

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

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    Culture going downhill

    Senior Business Analyst (Former Employee)
    Schaumburg, IL

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

    Conslearning 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 Senior Managementshedding experienced people who know the business to reduce overhead will bite you in the long run

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work for.

    Director (Current Employee)
    Schaumburg, IL

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsSome 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 Senior ManagementNielsen 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great opportunity to learn, longer term prospects not as strong

    Associate Client Director (Former Employee)
    Schaumburg, IL

    ProsGreat 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Java Developer (Former Employee)
    Schaumburg, IL

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

    ConsNothing.Everything was very good except the policy for contractors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease change the policy for contractors that they can not work after such period of time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overworked and not paid well enough.

    Senior Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Schaumburg, IL

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

    ConsNot 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 Senior ManagementListen 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.

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    Positive -- providing valuable work experience and opportunities.

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Schaumburg, IL

    ProsThe industry, the management team, and the opportunities.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Knowledge Drain

    Software Developer (Current Employee)
    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 Senior ManagementYou can't retain talent if you don't know how to recognize it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Schaumburg, IL

    ProsWFH sometimes. Nothing else comes to mind.

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementGoing 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.

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

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    Good Technology Stack, but too much politics at management level.

    .NET Architect/Tech Lead (Former Employee)
    Schaumburg, IL

    ProsGood Technology Stack.
    Got to learn a lot.

    ConsToo much politics
    People get fired for unknown reasons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep personnel based on skills not favoritism.

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

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