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Nielsen Oxford Reviews

Updated November 8, 2017
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  • Work-life balance not very good (in 246 reviews)

  • long hours and more support needed (in 159 reviews)

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  1. "Average pay but good working environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Client Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Client Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible and good working environment

    Cons

    No bonuses below management level


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of investment in people and poor products to sell to clients"

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    Former Employee - Senior Client Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Client Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Got to work with some great clients

    Cons

    Poor standard of colleagues, particularly quality of graduates
    Panel data is deeply flawed
    Lack of training across the board

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your people through training and upskilling, particularly graduate scheme

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Apprentice"

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    Current Employee - Commercial in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Commercial in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    These are the pros

    WFH

    Comfortable working

    Flexible Hours

    Cons

    There are no cons for this job role


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nielsen is very fast paced which I really enjoy as it creates a lot of variety of work and projects. The people are really great and as Nielsen is not overly hierarchical people at all levels are extremely approachable. I really enjoy the diverse culture, we have associates from all over the world and this really helps bring different perspectives to the table. THere is an element of fun throughout the day also which is vital!

    Cons

    Nielsen is a complex organisation and it can take some time to fully understand it. Nielsen has to keep up with the ever changing market place so making sure you keep up to date can be a challenge.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Nothing ever changes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Possibility to work from home

    Cons

    I assume there are variations between departments, but in my area there was none of the diversity the company prides itself for. Zero people management and communication with managers and between team members. Many employees have been in their roles or the company ever since and are therefore unable to see things from a different perspective or to properly train new employees. Meetings about meetings about meetings, no one likes to decide anything. Job specs are extremely abstract and blurry and roles hardly add any useful career experience (unless you plan to stay in the company for the rest of your life), as it is impossible to explain what you actually do to anyone in the outside world. Recruitment is mainly done on personal referrals and on how "nice" an applicant seems.

    Advice to Management

    Clear job specs
    Select applicants based on their experience and suitability to role
    Train managers on how to manage people


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. Client Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Client Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Client Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nielsen UK gives its employers a wide range of flexibility, and you work daily with a lot of amazing people.
    The organisation is quite dense and horizontal, meaning that changing teams and finding new opportunities inside the company is easy, specially since your skills will be transferable. (compare this with the case is most non consultancy companies, where research dept is usually small and finding opportunities for growth can be more difficult)
    Perks of the job include multiple opportunities to make connection in and out the company and expenses for client facing jobs, such as a car.

    Cons

    You will only get from the company what you negotiate from it: be it salary, workload or opportunities. You will not be mouth fed, and if you want a good salary, work/life balance, and advancement, you'll have to be smart about getting it. Otherwise, you can easily end up overworked and underpaid for years!


  7. Helpful (7)

    "No respect for long term employees"

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    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

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

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    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


  9. "Nielsen"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Be prepared to fight for EVERYTHING!"

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    • 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.


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