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Nielsen Chicago Reviews

Updated August 8, 2017
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  • Need to have better work life balance (in 224 reviews)

  • long hours and more support needed (in 151 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Incredible Flexibility--Connections Help A Lot!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibly flexible working schedules
    Nice people
    Several locations

    Cons

    Some top-down things aren't entirely thought through
    Too much governance

    Advice to Management

    Allow for groups to experiment and grow instead of prescribing what is thought to be the best way of doing something.


  2. "Cheap company with poor leadership"

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    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of down time as long as you aren't part of consulting services
    work from home flexibility

    Cons

    Compensation below market
    Benefits below market

    Advice to Management

    Fire more middle managers

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Laid back, young and hard working group of folks. Lots of interesting data and software, the tools in itself were very interesting and useful.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities exist for only a select few. Others stay in the same role for like 10 years. No interest in developing the person, promoting. Or trying to understand what their long term goals at Nielsen are. You are kinda on your own.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Nielsen - A great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been working in Nielsen for over 15+ years. It's a big organization with several pillars. But it's truly a connected organization. I have been part of several groups and moved from one role to another and gained an amazing experience. The leaders are very open and encourage you to take leads and help to grow fast.

    Cons

    Nothing much I can think off. When the Business is not going well, the leaders panic and start laying-off. Rather than always look for great talent outside, they should also look for options inside.

    Advice to Management

    We are a Data Company. Let's not put too much focus on technology.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "6 rounds of lay-offs in 6 months"

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    Former Employee - Director in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Big Brand
    Long History
    Might still be recoverable if someone else takes over

    Cons

    Incompetent technology leadership in the Buy side.

    Advice to Management

    You tell everyone else to fail fast, but you keep doubling down on technical decisions that have failed over and over. Take some of your own advice and admit you were wrong rather than firing round after round of technologists.


  6. "Still Family Oriented after 90+ years"

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    Current Employee - Field Operations in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Field Operations in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management and Peers genuinely care about each other
    Opportunities for both virtual and on-site opportunities
    Independent and self managed associates thrive here
    Strong and caring Human Resources department

    Cons

    Challenged to adapt quickly because of an ever changing media landscape
    Hiring for very unique roles

    Advice to Management

    Continue the open communication even through challenging time, honesty and integrity always win out


  7. "Engaging, fast paced and consultative."

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    Current Employee - Client Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Client Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has a strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion. Employee resource groups enrich the employee experience by generating networking opportunities outside of the day-to-day. Friendly work culture, your not getting thrown to the wolves here. The company is filled with good people waking up every morning to do the best job they can everyday.

    Cons

    The salary for most bands is average to slightly below industry. Raises are nominal but merit increases due to promotions are more substantial.

    Advice to Management

    Place a higher focus on improving existing technologies. Broaden the talent pool and less focus on early career rotational programs.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "it depends on where you land and who you know"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed exciting work, but others did not. I think it depends on where you land.

    Cons

    I did not have a supportive working environment, but most others did. In hindsight, I realize it depends on who you know.

    Advice to Management

    If someone meets the expectations of a Performance Improvement Program (PIP), you really shouldn't fire them. Shame on you.


  9. "Can Open Doors"

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    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule, great managers, many opportunities, gives back to community

    Cons

    long hours and more support needed


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Industry Dinosaur Living Off The Brand"

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    Former Employee - Senior Market Research Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Market Research Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Telecommute offered to most employees

    Cons

    Over-grown, bureaucratic, dated business model, leaders and client managers can have little background in research or the clients' industries they serve

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what you are known for -- TV ratings. No one outside of Nielsen and the research industry knows you do anything else anyway. Stop trying to be everything to everyone. Let intelligent people rise to the top and stop favoring salespeople.


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