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"Great place to start your career, could be a great place for you to stay."

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Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Chicago, IL
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Nielsen full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Easy-going atmosphere 30% of the time. The other 70% does require hard work. If you don't want to work, you should find a way to retire early. It's a part of life. The job is interesting though the clients can be challenging. It is intellectually stimulating in that it causes you to think.

Cons

There are times when work/life balance are pretty bad. Major projects have timelines are oftentimes end-loaded. There is a lot of work to do, but not all the time. There is some discontent among younger analysts that upper management is cold and heartless; I have yet to witness this myself.

Advice to Management

Show you care for your workforce more often. Consider increasing salaries -- though this is not a proper way to motivate hard work, it is a way to retain top talent.

Other Employee Reviews for Nielsen

  1. Helpful (2)

    "It's just OKAY."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home (if you really need it, you can do it), cool clients and projects

    Cons

    I don't feel connected to the whole One Nielsen idea - there isn't much work connecting the Watch and Buy side of the company. It's not very organized and there isn't too much encouragement to learn about other parts of the money. Sometimes, I end up working too much to even realize what's going on in the other side of Nielsen.

    The pay could be better to retain people, or compensate of the lack of innovation and organization within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Bring out the ideas of One Nielsen!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Has gone down hill... getting worse"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Oldsmar, FL
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Oldsmar, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Talented employees are willing to go the extra mile, but are spread so thin that it's hard to get their undivided attention.

    The pay and benefits are pretty good.

    Working from home is allowed and provides flexibility that is helpful in work/life balance.

    Good training offered... helps for your next job which you'll likely want to find after being here for not too long.

    Cons

    Many!

    Forced ranking of employees - This was recently called out in a Vanity Fair article as being the downfall of Microsoft and I'm witnessing it first hand. If you have a group of 10 then 2 will get good performance reviews 7 will get mediocre reviews and 1 will get a negative review and likely be a candidate for replacement. This is required every year so new hires beware.

    Nielsen requires long hours. The problem is that fewer and fewer people really know the business and systems and they are forced to use relatively unskilled offshore labor to complete large, complex projects. The outcome is typically late deliveries and numerous quality issues. Work/life balance is difficult even if able to work from home.

    Everything at Nielsen is a process and as such the organization is paralyzed. There is a process for going to the restroom and it, along with every other process, changes somewhat regularly.

    Leadership is demeaning to employees. Frequent use of F-bombs to get attention (I guess) or to copy behavior for other senior leaders. Pretty pathetic actually.

    Lot's of non value added work to make others look good. It is the epitome of a "it's who you know" culture. Lot's of discussion about getting exposure to senior leaders versus how to become a better manager, developer, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Remove stacked ranking, use more capable offshore contracting talent.

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