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"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.

Other Employee Reviews for Nielsen

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Demotivating and disempowering workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Global company with opportunity for young people who are willing to move around and don't mind being paid little.
    Work-life balance is a possibility since working remotely (from home) is encouraged.

    Cons

    Going from a manufacturing environment (GE) to a market research company, all those principles do not transfer so well. We're not making jet engines at Nielsen.
    Pay is below market, especially in markets like New York and California.
    Nepotism is rampant and morale is generally very low.

    Advice to Management

    It's not all about process. You have to put time and resources toward real innovation. Find a way to promote and develop people that are beyond early career but haven't been at the company or 25 years.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Wrong direction..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unusual and interesting line of work.

    Cons

    Irreliable equipment.
    Disconnect between higher management and field.
    Moral at all time low.


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