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ACNielsen Reviews

Updated June 8, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Strogn Entry Into Marketing and Potential Career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Paramus, NJ
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Paramus, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career progression, ability to influence clients marketing efforts, great culture

    Cons

    Single supplier view of marketing research from brand perspective, clients have limited funds to spend on panel vs custom research so unique projects are less frequent

    Advice to Management

    Great company and culture, but need greater influence at leadership levels to maintain associates from jumping to the client side for larger pay and advancement


  2. "Software developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ACNielsen (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good company, business model is good, technologies being used are very good. Company is doing financially good. It has unique business model.

    Cons

    Very bad political environment. Low level management need a lot of improvement. Employee recognition is barest minimum and the prognosis are downward as well. Growth of an employee is not at all of any importance to the company.

    Advice to Management

    Very political environment. True talent should get recognition in the best interest of the company, which I saw continuously lacking throughout 12 years of my working with the company. Growth of employees is not at all in the sight of management, which is very disheartening. The company is very good, technologies being used are niche, it could be the best working experience if some level of employee recognition is made part of success criteria.

  3. "Relies on brand equity, needs to compesate better and be honest in dealings"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    Brand name
    Talented pool of co-workers
    Diverse clients
    Wide range of services available

    Cons

    Poor compensation
    Shoddy payroll and accounting divisions

    Advice to Management

    Try to retain your people better


  4. Helpful (1)

    "The Real Deal about Nielsen"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Client Manager in Syosset, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Client Manager in Syosset, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The on the job training at Nielsen was very benefical to associated when it was available. "Nielsen University" offered both Computer Based Training as well as Classroom training which helped with associate development. In addition to the training and development the the associates at Nielsen are real people and were always very nice. Everyone shared common goals so it made for a fun place to work. Most offices had outings or functions that would get associates all together under 1 roof so you got to know the other side of someone who sat across from you or across the office from you. Lastly, the name "ACNielsen" goes a long way everyone knows about or as heard of the Nielsen ratings.

    Cons

    The downside of working at ACNielsen or at any corporation for that matter was the annual raises. Typically the raises averaged between 2-4% and sometimes were based on how company faired for that given year. I don't know what the range is today but when I was there 2 years ago that was what an employee had to look forward too after working hard all year long. If you were lucky enough to be bonus eligible you were entitled to your bonus after you worked for the full year - however you didn't receive your bonus check until March of the following year!!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    The vision of the Senior Management is sometimes far fetched from what the employees can actually do. The ideas are nice but to actually put it in practice is sometimes impossible.


  5. "Flexible and independent job that's easy yet routinely boring."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Collection Associate in Chino, CA
    Former Employee - Data Collection Associate in Chino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's very flexible on anyone's schedule and independently done. Easy money made for an easy job done. Great company name.

    Cons

    Not enough hours are available because there's only so much surveys that can be provided. When you don't want hours (long surveys like Coca-Cola + nieghboring city DCA's Coca-Cola surveys when they suddenly call in sick), that's when it's finally available. It's routine and gets boring.

    Advice to Management

    Training was easy, fast, and informative.


  6. "Working as an Analyst at ACNielsen"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I find working on big name accounts exciting. They are considered to be the biggest and best at providing information (insights, whatever) to fast moving consumer packaged goods companies, and retailers of those products as well. So it's nice not being the underdog. Also, the Nielsen company as a whole is so large that I feel there are a lot of opportunities in other functions and units, all over the world. They seem to be pretty good about allowing people to move to new positions within the company.

    Cons

    Working as an external consultant is never easy. Also, while most of the benefits are pretty standard, I do find them lacking when comparing with previous employers.

    Advice to Management

    Continue trying to create synergy between different units.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Nielsen"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Supervisor
    Current Employee - Field Supervisor

    Pros

    overtime, co car, work from home

    Cons

    no overtime, lots of drive time, nights, some weekends, hard to have a normal family life - forget getting to your kids game. They will promote anyone if they fit the right mold. I've seen incompatant employees promoted because they were trying for more diversity. I'm all for diversity (I'm bi-racial) but to see qualified employees passed over is wrong!

    Advice to Management

    lighten up - all the best have already left

  8. "Great potential that needs greater management commitment and systemic support."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nielsen has a great history of providing great marketing research information based on the best quality research methodology and data. There is great pride in the history and quality and clients need the services to manage their business interally and externally.

    Cons

    The organization is focused on the science and the delivery of the data but has a difficult time expressing a thoughtful opinion and engaging in a consultative relationship with its customer. There has been an declared desire to move from a company recognized for data delivery to a valued client partner respected for advice and foresight but the investment in people and systems make this very difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Support the stated need for change with management time and support for the people and the systems that put the customer first and add value to the relationships already established.


  9. "GOOD COMPANY"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ACNielsen full-time

    Pros

    Good culture, everything is good about company except increment policies

    Cons

    Culture, Work-Life Balance, Office Location, Office Temperature, Meeting room availability

    Advice to Management

    None, you guys are doing a great job - keep rocking but also see, if you can keep in mind our increment cycles, that'd be great


  10. "Neurophysiologist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ACNielsen full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to start your carrer, a huge company with so many areas to grow

    Cons

    Some functions can be monotone, and harder when it comes to growth

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication with the team so everyone's aware of anything that happens in the area


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