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Updated April 17, 2017
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  • It is possible to work from home (in 231 reviews)

  • work life balance is really important and Nielsen is one of those research firms who can provide this benefit (in 214 reviews)

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  1. "Big Company, Big Opportunities, Slow Pace"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    When you perform you have big opportunities.
    The company is investing in transparency.
    Managers are getting trained to be better managers
    Work life balance depends on individuals and managing relationships

    Cons

    Clients pay considerably higher salary for similar roles which generates churn.
    Current Technology feels dated and new technology feels unreachable.
    Some manager have a big talk and a short walk.

    Advice to Management

    Raising the bar requires top talent not thinking about salaries all the time


  2. Helpful (2)

    "No respect for long term employees"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to be a really good company until 10 years ago

    Only pros - ability to work from home

    Cons

    Painful reviews each year just to get a cost of living pay rise

    It's not what you know in Nielsen it's who you know

    Have a big thing about being a diverse employee now MOSIAC they call themselves - care more about foreign workers and how good it looks for them to employ them - sod the people that work for you for years

    Completely out of touch, no open & honest - try and talk to your managers manger or above - it's a definate NONO

    HR non existant

    Advice to Management

    open your eyes, you do your so called employee surveys each year and then do nothing, what about talking to people who do most of the work in Nielsen - OPERATIONS


  3. "Nielsen"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Account Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Global Account Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance - flexible working hours
    Career Opportunities - alot of opportunity to develop across different areas of the business
    Networking

    Cons

    Salaries could be better and more in line with other companies/roles
    Facilities Not Great - although moving to a new office this year.


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  5. "Be prepared to fight for EVERYTHING!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are development opportunities available if you're ready to give everything to get there. There are early signs they are realising the value of investing in their people. Great name to get on your CV if you have the geographic mobility to springboard to a client. Some great, friendly colleagues make the day by day struggles bearable.

    Cons

    The leadership have talked a good game for years but their actions never follow. Painfully over the top cost cutting in 2017 which is harming the business. Complete reliance on the 'connected system' to save the day, it's good but absolutely not good enough to put all our eggs in that one basket. Complete lack of trust & teamwork between departments which our clients see way more than they should. Most of the systems propping up the company are woefully outdated yet there is very little support for those wishing to help update them.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your top talents properly, that means PROPER meritocracy with truly differentiated merit increases and bonuses. Stop thinking every client that will want Connected System, and invest in making the 'legacy' competitive while we still have credibility left in the marketplace. Try to get Client Service & Operations working together - GoDigital has driven a further divide which is going to be difficult to repair.


  6. "Great People Focus"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well bonded people centric company with positive and change focused outlook to future. The management is taking great steps to keep Nielsen relevant for ever changing market needs. Best thing about Nielsen is its people focus - diversity, mobility, work life balance.. I have experienced Nielsen offering me a good mix of all.

    Cons

    Salary can be a little higher :)

    Advice to Management

    We must not lose focus on being strong consultants in our effort to become a measurement company


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Could be great"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice place to work, however very little work/life balance. Great people and very much a team work. Working from home available and you are not being micro management.

    Cons

    Underresourced, big staff turnover, bespoke tools given to use with no or little training. Poor canteen and dated cold in winter office.


  8. "Excellent place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Manager, Client Consulting in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Manager, Client Consulting in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lots of intelligent colleagues to learn from
    - You will work with the biggest brands out there
    - Good progression offered to performers
    - Lots of opportunities to move abroad as it is a global giant
    - Decent work life balance
    - Great culture
    - Flexible working (very team and job function dependent)

    Cons

    - Too departmentalized so can hinder some learning vs say a smaller company.
    - Not the best compensation out there


  9. "Great company with flexibility and opportunities"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Account Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Client Account Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety of work on great FMCG clients. Plenty of fliexibility e.g. work from home, work from london office etc. Great management.

    Cons

    Salary and promotions not always based on performance. Sometimes you just have to stick to the bureaucratic progression e.g. 2 years in this role, which means people leave.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on performance and client feedback, don't want for the end of the role cycle, it shouldn't work that way!


  10. "Great People"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart friendly people
    Successful, profitable business
    Flexibility
    Sociable work environment

    Cons

    Work spans across all hours and days.
    Complex matrix structure
    Constant restructuring
    Bonus scheme reductions and constant change

    Advice to Management

    Get some stability and traction against big projects and investments before piling on more changes and constant restructuring year after year.


  11. "Excellent working conditions, fantastic career prospects"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Leader in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Leader in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy, global opportunities, variety of work

    Cons

    None as far as I recall

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! :)


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