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Updated December 12, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Look Elsewhere"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Oldsmar, FL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Oldsmar, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's better than being unemployed; benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    Currently restructuring... Morale is through the floor and employees held hostage to get a severance package. Long time, loyal employees are being let go; bright, talented employees are being let go.

    Advice to Management

    I get the need for restructuring. Most organizations should restructure from time to time. How it is handled is critical. This is being handled so poorly, it's embarrassing. I will be glad to leave. Maybe there is a rhyme or reason to the madness, but that is certainly not something that has been shared, although I seem to recall something being said some time ago about keeping high performing employees. I haven't seen this to be the case, other than for those who are considered subject matter experts.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "they will work you to death and change bonus plans at will to give you the least amount possible, if any."

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    Current Employee - Membership Representative in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Membership Representative in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    company vehicle and health benefits

    Cons

    long hours, evenings and weekends, high pressure from management

    Advice to Management

    be more supportive and help change the policies of upper management

  3. Helpful (2)

    "market research? try market guessing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    some people really like their jobs.

    Cons

    This company supposedly doing business by selling information, but considering how their analyst and even senior level management provide their clients, by the way of "getting rabbit out of magic hat" and other so-called "qualitative analytics" solution, I wonder whether they can keep most of their clients in the near future.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring talk-non-sense-only analysts and management. use the complete analytic, as oppose to just anal opinion.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "The beginning of the end"

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    Current Employee - Designer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    We were acquired by Nielsen and then assimilated within the bigger organization. Ability to keep your own hours.

    Cons

    - Outsourcing. especially if you are not in mid-upper level management. Upper mgmt loves to replace technical people with TCS employees, supposedly cut labor costs.
    - Top heavy. Upper mgmt is in a flux with roles changing daily. No clear direction as of yet.
    - Upper mgmt treats employees as replaceable commodities. (again with the intention of outsourcing)
    The motto is "One engineer/analyst is as good as another cheaper one "
    - Low morale.
    - Career growth depends on your immediate supervisor. If you dont brown nose, you dont go ahead.

    Advice to Management

    - STOP outsourcing. Its leading to an exodus of talent (what ever is left). It will only lead to a thin layer of middle mgmt with unqualified executors below them.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Company had promise, but not much else."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some interesting technologies being worked on, especially with their blog and web board data mining systems. A few smart and hard-working people lurk in the offices.

    Cons

    Extremely political and poisonous atmosphere. Upper "management" is dysfunctional and not really managing much of anything except their own careers. If this condition persists, Nielsen Online will have their lunch eaten by other scrappier and more tech-savvy competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize technology. The tech world is changing quickly, and political infighting and ladder-climbing only gets in the way of a company that can only achieve more. It's a Web 2.0 world out there, and Nielsen operates as if it's at Web 0.5.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Nielsen TV Ratings will drive you insane!!! Save your resume the anguish. Avoid Nielsen at all cost."

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    Former Employee - Membership Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Membership Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule in the day to look for another job
    Company car & gas
    Company paid cell
    Work from home

    Cons

    Terrible management
    Work evenings (till nightfall) and weekends
    Culture of, "You're only as good as your last week"
    Micro-managed
    Difficult "sell"
    Ultimately blamed for things not your fault
    No sense of satisfaction when you do well

    Advice to Management

    Seriously evaluate Suoervisor positions. They demand certain skills they themselves don't have. They need to avoid setting a bar that they could never pass either. Employee turnover must be the highest in any Media Industry compan (maybe twice as much as agencies).


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Dissatisfied"

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    Former Employee - Client Service Executive in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Client Service Executive in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    respectable company in an exciting and ever changing industry. each day is not like the other.

    Cons

    Management is completely incompetent. They choose employees to pick on until they quit if they ever disagree with them. Do not know how to balance personal life and work; they expect work to be your life.

    Advice to Management

    Take a close look at offices that have high turnover; there is a reason for this. The problem is not with the client reps, the problem is with management in that office.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Was once good, now very bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oldsmar, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oldsmar, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salaries, flexible work schedule. They tend to pay higher then most companies the area and do allow you to work from home sometimes.

    Cons

    Backstabbing, will cut you loose with not a care in the world, no loyalty, they don't care about their clients, just the bottom line for the investors. Don't go to work here if you want career growth or job stability.

    Advice to Management

    Gain some morals. Leave the company and let the original management step back into their roles to get the company back on its feet!


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Other Media Research Companies Just Waiting for Nielsen to Fail"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Quality Specialist in Oldsmar, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Quality Specialist in Oldsmar, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work; great co-workers; opportunity to do something no one else does.

    Cons

    Constant turmoil; cost cutting for the sake of cost cutting - no efficiencies gained.
    Long learning curve for data ridiculed by upper management; upper management with no industry experience; upper management with no business background.
    Layoffs of high performers; low performers who are part of the current in group kept.
    Incomplete vetting of contractors - no problem determination and correction skills. Contractors expect Nielsen employees to fix all the problems they create.

    Advice to Management

    Be more selective in choosing contractors. do not take offshore groups word that they are providing senior level IT workers only to send you people who have been with them for 3 weeks with no previous experience.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Nielsen was a good opportunity out of college. However, it is not a place for a long career."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to learn out of school
    Exposure to many cpg segments

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    Hipocritical culture
    Poor work-life balance
    low pay

    Advice to Management

    Lead. There is a complete leadership void.


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