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Nielsen Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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  • Need to have better work life balance (in 239 reviews)

  • long hours and more support needed (in 157 reviews)

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  1. "Global company with lots of opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great career opportunities, global company, very talented people

    Cons

    Can seem large and disconnected, hard to know what other parts of the company are doing

    Advice to Management

    Learn more about the other parts of the company


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Challenging career opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Systems and Operations in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Systems and Operations in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are left to solve problems and design solutions for clients.
    Senior leadership has a good understanding of the industry and communicates the strategy to meet objectives.
    Senior leadership has a wonderful philosophy on supporting the remote work force so the only people who understand their jobs and work independently can work from home. The people who show up at the office are typically those who don't have much real work, so going to the office in and of itself becomes the 'job'.

    Cons

    Nielsen is a process heavy company where often content is the problem. It is not realistic to think you can achieve a solution through project management when the people on the project do not understand the problem.
    We have some fundamental problems in our core factory that need to be addressed to achieve long term objectives. At some point, we need to make the investment and fix the problems. When we do, we will be far more capable of meeting our client objectives and drive significant long term profitability.

    Advice to Management

    Senior leadership has fallen into the trap of 'outsourcing' as a solution in and of itself. The problem is that you can't expect an outside organization to solve problems senior leadership does not fully understand.
    See the point above under cons. Make the investment to fix problems in our core data factory and reap long term gains.
    In the question below on Dave Calhoun, I'll vote thumbs down because he runs the company for short term profitability. He also relies a lot on Mitchell Habib for advice. See my point above under cons. Mitchell wants to throw millions of dollars at outside consulting companies to solve problems they do not comprehend. Cut the spending to consultants and let the employess who understand the problem work out the solution.

  3. "Great Opportunities to grow with the company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Client Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Client Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    career growth opportunities, regular reviews, smart co-workers, good bonus opportunities, the company is always expanding in to new areas of market research - if you're bored (but good) you should be able to find a new challenge internally

    Cons

    long hours are expected of employees, as with any job your manager can make a big difference - sometimes employees who are not yet ready to manage have direct reports


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Emerging Leader Associate, Watch in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Emerging Leader Associate, Watch in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Mentoring, coaching, opportunity to grow

    Cons

    Lack of movement on the watch side of the business


  5. "Fantastic long-term employer with solid benefits and growth."

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    Current Employee - Global Neurophysiologist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Global Neurophysiologist in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Focused on employee well-being, health, and personal growth and achievement.
    Great pay and travel opportunities.
    Dedicated to ethics and a professional, friendly environment.
    Trust, respect, and open environment for employees to establish their own ideas and initiatives to help the business and the workplace.
    Invested in the ability, utilities, software, and equipment for employees to accurately and effectively perform job objectives.
    Strong objective on fulfilling client requests with a high level of detail and commitment.

    Cons

    Department structure requires a high level of communication for varied job tasks.
    Inability to talk to family and friends about the awesome clients you encounter and projects you're working on.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep your employees happy and focused on career objectives. It's a great company with a great work environment, and the output reflects Nielsen's direct investments and concerns for the well-being and commitment of its employees.


  6. "Great connections at Nielsen"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    get mentors, opportunities for advancement, interesting innovations, fun environment

    Cons

    the pay could be higher


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Company to Work For"

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    Former Employee - PT Membership Representative in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - PT Membership Representative in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nielsen is the best company I have ever worked for. They pay very well, have great benefits and perks, give you freedom in your work, allow flexible work schedules, have constant advancement opportunities, pay great bonuses, have great management. All around, a wonderful place to work!

    Cons

    It's truly difficult to think of any. The only issue I had was with the kinks they were working out for PT Membership Representatives, but that was because PT was a whole new thing for them and they were definitely addressing those issues and improving while I was there.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Green Bay, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Green Bay, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love the diversity of the company. Inter departmental mingling is encouraged and cross collaboration is rewarded.

    Cons

    There are no real cons that I can think of


  9. "Best in Market Research Business"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time

    Pros

    - Leader globally in the industry
    - Learn a lot and work with top global organizations
    - Great place to start career and advance quickly
    - Nice mix of client consulting challenges, yet ability to have work/life balance

    Cons

    - Non-client facing roles could use talent upgrade. Their incentives often not linked to success of company and clients, with little accountability to those who service clients.
    - Too many middle & senior managers have limited knowledge about the details of their respective businesses, which sometimes lead to bad decisions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, workplace values their employees, excellent non-monetary benefits, fun and young environment, intelligent coworkers

    Cons

    Occasionally some long hours in the office.


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