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Updated May 22, 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. "Nielsen - A great place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work, but frustrating"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, decent people, flexible schedules

    Cons

    A lot of mediocrity and favoritism


  3. Helpful (2)

    "My experience varies from great managers, who guide/challenge me, to not so great managers, who blindly assign work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Oldsmar, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Oldsmar, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best paspan from rt about working here would be the people and the variety of opportunities there are in the company. There are so many different areas that you could work I'm that it is almost unbelievable. The areas of concentration from hardware/digital meters (to collect consumer viewing) to measuring what people buy to measuring people's neurological unconscious reactions to products to business intelligence on our systems. All those opportunities are just within engineering department. The other major departments consist of Operations, Technology (infrastructure, Buy data reporting and Watch data reporting), Data Science, Human Resources, Finance, and client services.

    We also have many extracurricular that you can get involved in. There is recruiting, giving tours, volunteering (in schools, community and green team), and ERGS (Employee Resource Groups).

    Cons

    Work life balance is a bit hard due to the fact that we are a global company. Depending on your role, you could have meetings outside of business hours regularly, but you would still be expected to work business hours as well. Normally I wouldn't mind, but if your job consists of doing things you don't like, then it becomes really draining. Also your involvement in extracurricular such as volunteering and recruiting, which makes it really hard if you are involved and your manager changes.

    Advice to Management

    It would be good to mandate that all employees participate in the extracurricular events, because it ends up being the same people participating over and over. In the end, it results in overworking the active individuals.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Client Services Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Service Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Client Service Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    With with clients like Coca-Cola. Learn how to work with big data. Looks great on your resume when you are ready to move on. Great team, great on training.

    Cons

    Below average pay. Promotions don't come as often or easy.


  6. "Engaging, fast paced and consultative."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (3)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "Good temporary experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You will develop a lot of software and technical expertise.
    - You get to look at a lot of cool reports and become an industry expert.

    Cons

    - Not particularly innovative or creative.
    - The culture is a bit unfriendly.

    Advice to Management

    Dream big, but don't be afraid to fail.


  9. "Research Interviewer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great night shift
    Night shift gets paid .50 more
    Set schedule
    Great paid training
    Great team leaders
    A lot of chances and help to get where needed to be

    Cons

    Competitive
    You go off of points until you're fired.
    Can't have a "sick day" because will get points off
    Even with a hospital note you get points off
    Have to make up the days you missed and still get points off
    To "clock in" took a good 5 minutes

    Advice to Management

    Fix the clock in issue to make it more efficient.


  10. "Great Manager, Great Remote Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I had a fantastic manager and team. He was working towards retirement instead of his next move up the corporate ladder, knew everything, was a great teacher, and didn't micro manage.
    Was a remote position, which I loved. Could have worked in the office if I wanted to, but I didn't. That seemed to be dependent on the fact that my team was spread out across the world. Other people had to come in, but could work from home occasionally.

    Cons

    Standard products sold year over year mean that after two years I could see what work I would be doing for years to come - aka Data Science but operations for Data Science instead of new things.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganizing every 6 months is not helpful to employees. It actually made out team ignore the reorganizations because we would just focus on our immediate team and if it was affected. Very possible that my singular position was only unaffected because I had a fantastic manager who shielded us from constantly changing office politics.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "New Hire Analyst Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Forecast Analyst in Wilton, CT
    Current Employee - Forecast Analyst in Wilton, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible
    Good culture and environment

    Cons

    Not good management
    We are underpayed


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