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Updated March 27, 2017
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  1. "Industry Dinosaur Living Off The Brand"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "What a mess."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can work remotely. There are a lot of smart, talented people. I think they're pretty flexible with moms in terms of flexible hours, longer than average maternity leaves. There are some good products.

    Cons

    The company isn't growing... It feels like it's dying a slow death. Constant restructuring, unrealistic goals set, poor strategy, then when Senior Management makes huge mistakes, they are protected and even promoted - while people who sweat blood to make their individual goals are let go or - at best - get a tiny fraction of the bonus they were meant to earn. It's just ridiculous and hypocritical, and there are sketchy discriminatory practices going on, even as they strive to give the appearance that they value diversity.

    Advice to Management

    I can't. Shaking my head.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Ok here it is"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Member Service Representative in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Member Service Representative in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Car was nice to have

    Cons

    Everything was not as described


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    high salaries for not very challenging jobs

    Cons

    High employee turnover rate
    Organizing, reorganizing, disorganizing, reorganizing again, no efficient management style
    Not many opportunities for professional growth
    Mostly mind-numbing jobs

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully, your company environment has been improving. When I was there, it was a sad little place.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Tired of playing catch up"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working from home. Opportunity to learn across a wide variety of CPG/Media disciplines.

    Cons

    Slow response to changing industry trends. softening strength in retail relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Don't put all efforts against digital while taking eye off core services that keep the cash flow healthy. Show you are truly about meritocracy give associates a reason to keep wanting to fight the uphill battles.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Average"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people Smart people Smart people

    Cons

    Average benefits at best. Need more development of younger employees

    Advice to Management

    Join efforts - work together as one team


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Best for those seeking management roles"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety of technologies in use. Can get a lot of experience quickly. Co-workers are professional and helpful.

    Cons

    Non-managment staff are not highly valued. Starting salary was fine but yearly raises don't keep up with inflation even for those who are ranked well. Leadership at and above the vice-president level can be hostile.

    Advice to Management

    There are too many management layers who don't add value. Flatten the organization and consider that the people who do the work contribute as much or more than the managers who watch and report on the work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Conventional Corporation, Not Very Inspiring"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees encouraged to work from home if appropriate for their role.

    Cons

    Project teams are spread across the world, requiring lots of conference calls, timezone challenges, etc. Minimal collaboration tools, so a lot of time is wasted just providing updates. This dispersed culture also makes it harder to form close relationships with your co-workers. And for those who work from home, it is hard to stay in the loop with office-based co-workers, making it harder to maintain group awareness of your value add, and to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up a little! Try to adopt a less rigid management style. Politics and sticking to conventional thinking is holding your employees back. Managers should think of their number one goal as making their employees successful.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Research Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nielsen full-time

    Pros

    Young and fun company at the time

    Cons

    A lot of politics were played


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Be cautious. Join the company if you have an interest in the CPG industry!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

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

    Pros

    The flexibility(Lots of working from home)
    Great place to learn and understand CPG industry.
    Great name on the resume

    Cons

    Tons and Tons of politics that goes on behind the scenes
    Declining business and are really struggling to keep their heads above the water
    Constant re-organizations that impact associates.
    Most managers are not good managers.
    Poor pay.
    Promotions are all based on favorism and hard work is not rewarded.
    Some teams do not to appreciate diversity.
    No defined career path.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways of motivating young people through pay raises/ promotions and autonomy. Happy hour and food doesn't mean anything. Really dissapointed with this company.



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