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Updated July 19, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sr Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    smart people, good health benefits, great products

    Cons

    corporate policies can slow down process, hard to get promotions

    Advice to Management

    be quicker to market


  2. "Slow Moving"

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    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Nielsen as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a great name to have on a resume. Other recruiters have really liked that I know how data is organized.

    Cons

    The company is very slow. A lot of processes could be automated that aren't. They are trying to become a "tech/consulting" firm, but they are still hanging on to the old ways that business has been done.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Dissatisfaction goes unnoticed"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Generally good work/life balance
    - Smart people
    - Employee resource groups (e.g. Women in Nielsen)
    - Company is making strides to stay relevant and keep technology updated
    - A lot of emphasis on data quality and objectivity
    - There are technical routes for those who do not want to manage people but still want to grow at the company
    - Working remotely is widely accepted

    Cons

    - Cross-team tensions due to misaligned priorities and poor communication
    - Poor management, apparent lack of manager training, and no ability for reports to review managers or give feedback
    - Teams/products are in silos
    - Employees are significantly underpaid relative to industry averages
    - Retention is very poor
    - No 360 peer reviews during employee review period
    - Frequent reorgs
    - No structure for automatic raises or promotions for good performance. You have to apply to a different role to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they're worth, or you will lose talent quickly. Also, revamp the review process so that peers can review each other and reports can review managers. This will allow you to get a more holistic and accurate view of your teams, and to spot dissatisfaction before it festers.


  4. "Nielsen is the best"

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    Current Contractor - Manager, Client Consulting in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Manager, Client Consulting in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nielsen as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Started working for Nielsen in 1998. Learned so many technical skills there. Can't be underestimated. They are the pioneers of data science.

    Cons

    Nielsen is huge, this slows some things down and makes it less agile than its competitors
    Still, they are flexible enough on a regional basis to make things work.
    This is a very smart company


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Associate Client Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasant Hill, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasant Hill, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company allows for creativity and 'out of the box' thinking. Great training and good people.

    Cons

    Management is not always willing to see beyond the client's needs and to the needs of their own direct reports.

    Advice to Management

    Don't always take the clients' side. While they are paying customers, there are times when they are wrong and you should respect your own team.


  6. "good choice for assiduous in work"

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    Former Employee - DATA PROCESSING Executive in Albany, CA
    Former Employee - DATA PROCESSING Executive in Albany, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nielsen (More than a year)

    Pros

    relatively good salary, good choice for the first job after school

    Cons

    working in the operations department requires a lot of monotonous repetitative work


  7. "Data Science Intern"

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    Former Employee - Data Science Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Data Science Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good snacks, and laid back environment.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between multiple managers. Piled useless work on an intern while not knowing the actual implications of the problem asked.

    Advice to Management

    Assign people with domain expertise in the job fields.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Opportunity for Contribution"

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    Current Employee - Client Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Client Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The core of our society revolves around three primary activities, Watch, Buy and Consume. Nielsen is at the forefront of understanding, researching, predicting and prescribing behavior in each area. The breadth of the companies capabilities provide the ability to create unique solutions to unique questions, with the ability to be fresh and innovative.

    Cons

    As with any large organization, flexibility to swiftly respond to market needs and changes is difficult, but Nielsen has built some of that capability.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on the future for new business opportunities and the continued effort on employee growth


  9. Helpful (4)

    "ruthless idiots"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the Nielsen name on your resume, which isn't even worth very much any more. Your power point and excel grunt-work skills will be great after a few months here. By then you will also have more than enough material to write your own dilbert comic strip series.

    Cons

    Extremely cutthroat environment. rampant scapegoating, rumors, lots of people throwing each other under the bus, and trying to escape the blame because most of the products have chronic issues and the data is always screwed up (business units like BASES and OCR have better product & data quality but culture issues still remain). It doesn't help that people here also take themselves and their jobs way too seriously. Clients often return data; even the non-research/data clients find glaring mistakes on a regular basis. Several syndicated products are in such poor shape that every single year they have a team of black belts come in, spend a week putting up post-it notes and reformulating all their processes, but inevitably nothing helps and the exact same thing happens next year. The roots of this culture go back to the management history; after the company was saddled up with debt and sold to private equity, they wanted to do anything they could to cut costs, recoup their money, and have a successful IPO. During that period before the IPO, which lasted several years, clearly managements priority was milking the business enough to have a strong IPO, not running or growing it in a way that was any way sustainable. Those same management practices have continued. The only 2 circumstances I would recommend working for this company - 1) if you are a huge jerk you will fit right in, or 2) if you are a fresh college grad who has gotten into the Emerging Leaders Program, AND don't have a better offer elsewhere. That rotational program actually provides quite a bit of exposure to different businesses and can be a good experience.

    Advice to Management

    put up more motivational posters. those really helped.


  10. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful Organization that is growing and evolving. Lots of room for opportunity. The culture is open and pretty young. Its a relaxed environment but still everyone is productive and doing their job..

    Cons

    It is a large organization and it is hard to be noticed. It has corporate bureaucracy and it is hard to move up. They also have horrible brand awareness for a company that has been around for 90years.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to find and raise up leaders that are hidden within the organization. There are many but because of the size it is hard to get ahead and be seen.


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