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"Interesting business, mediocre culture"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Oldsmar, FL
Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Oldsmar, FL
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Nielsen full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Nielsen has a very appealing business: measuring retail and media consumption for the world. Plenty of big data challenges, most of them unique enough to require custom development at just about every level. As technology and consumption habits continue to evolve, there is constant pressure to continuously improve our scope and capabilities. Current leadership under Dave Calhoun has placed Nielsen in a much more sustainable financial position than it has been in for decades.
The work/live balance has really shifted for the better, most managers allowing working remotely.

Cons

Unfortunately, some of the decisions on technology partners has lead to an unending stream of inexperienced technologists. This leads to poor workmanship and thus, poor build quality. To combat this, Nielsen management has instituted a monstrous bureaucracy that tends to stifle innovation. Also worth mentioning, our infrastructure team is completely outsourced. Since doing so, that team has suffered greatly, and has bogged innovation down quite a bit. Nothing gets done unless it's an emergency and is pushed to the top of the stack by upper management, which is no doubt stressful on the infrastructure teams as well.
Additionally, since the bulk of the employees now seem to be made up of consultants, there is a distinct lack of company culture. The concept of company loyalty is all but evaporated after a series of "work force optimizations" (read: layoffs).
Finally, performance reviews are (as with most companies it seems), mostly a joke. You write your own goals, you criticize yourself, and then your manager meets with you one time for the year and agrees or disagrees. There needs to be a higher focus on monthly or at least quarterly reviews to communicate better about your performance. There is no division of technical and people manager roles, which usually leads to middle management being too overwhelmed with technology meetings and workload to really engage their employees.

Advice to Management

Upper management should continue to in the direction it is headed, de-leveraging where it can. However, middle management needs to continue this new focus on hiring top talent to tackle these enormous issues we face. Consider using consulting partners for areas where innovation is less critical. Keep innovation and technology leadership in-house. Really take a close look at our infrastructure partners, and consider if they are capable enough to carry us into future. Without powerful, agile infrastructure, Nielsen will struggle to provide the type of innovation our data-heavy clients demand.

Other Employee Reviews for Nielsen

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Not for the Meek"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Oldsmar, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Oldsmar, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Eventually those private equity firms will put it all on the market and things can only get better.

    Cons

    No value for employees. Long hours, tons of outsourcing, constant change in direction and management. No job security. They do not follow their own "code of conduct." Outdated technology.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to clean house, start at the top then go to the middle.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to earn supplemental income"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Oldsmar, FL
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Oldsmar, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule ( Call Center Only )

    Cons

    Boring, repeating the same thing over and over again. Also they should offer work from home for this type of work as many other call centers are doing now.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the Personal Performance Evaluation, and making employees to explain how they're Simple Open and Integrated. Most associates don't know or really care they're just there to do their job to the best of their abilities. Also, most associates prefer to be evaluated by their managers so they can improve on their performance.

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