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Updated July 1, 2017
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  1. "Great opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loads of opportunities
    Very flexible
    Lots of very clever people
    Most people are super friendly and helpful; even senior people late at night!

    Cons

    Some areas of the business are old fashioned
    Offices are often overcrowded (UK and US)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make it easy for people to work in a way that suits them; remove the blockers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Client Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Client Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Client Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nielsen UK gives its employers a wide range of flexibility, and you work daily with a lot of amazing people.
    The organisation is quite dense and horizontal, meaning that changing teams and finding new opportunities inside the company is easy, specially since your skills will be transferable. (compare this with the case is most non consultancy companies, where research dept is usually small and finding opportunities for growth can be more difficult)
    Perks of the job include multiple opportunities to make connection in and out the company and expenses for client facing jobs, such as a car.

    Cons

    You will only get from the company what you negotiate from it: be it salary, workload or opportunities. You will not be mouth fed, and if you want a good salary, work/life balance, and advancement, you'll have to be smart about getting it. Otherwise, you can easily end up overworked and underpaid for years!

  3. "Nielsen pros and cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lovely people, organisation is quite flat too, which means if you're someone who is a driver, you will get more responsibility/experience if you raise your hand to do so

    Cons

    Next roles/paths aren't clear, constructive leadership is needed to help people better understand how they fit into the big picture. Many folks have left recently for this reason

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on your people and helping them be the best they can be, as well as how they fit into the overall strategy.


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    "No respect for long term employees"

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    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to be a really good company until 10 years ago

    Only pros - ability to work from home

    Cons

    Painful reviews each year just to get a cost of living pay rise

    It's not what you know in Nielsen it's who you know

    Have a big thing about being a diverse employee now MOSIAC they call themselves - care more about foreign workers and how good it looks for them to employ them - sod the people that work for you for years

    Completely out of touch, no open & honest - try and talk to your managers manger or above - it's a definate NONO

    HR non existant

    Advice to Management

    open your eyes, you do your so called employee surveys each year and then do nothing, what about talking to people who do most of the work in Nielsen - OPERATIONS


  5. "Good people and very good client portfolio"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great client base - both brands and right holders
    Good and collaborative people
    Flexible working times (e.g. Fri 9-4)
    Global leader in market research
    Great HR presence

    Cons

    No structured on boarding
    Not very active social culture
    Salaries could be more competitive
    Enormous and complex internal business structure


  6. "Big Company, Big Opportunities, Slow Pace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    When you perform you have big opportunities.
    The company is investing in transparency.
    Managers are getting trained to be better managers
    Work life balance depends on individuals and managing relationships

    Cons

    Clients pay considerably higher salary for similar roles which generates churn.
    Current Technology feels dated and new technology feels unreachable.
    Some manager have a big talk and a short walk.

    Advice to Management

    Raising the bar requires top talent not thinking about salaries all the time


  7. "Nielsen"

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    Current Employee - Global Account Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Global Account Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance - flexible working hours
    Career Opportunities - alot of opportunity to develop across different areas of the business
    Networking

    Cons

    Salaries could be better and more in line with other companies/roles
    Facilities Not Great - although moving to a new office this year.

  8. "Recently departed Mid-High executive"

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    Former Employee - Manager, Innovation Business Partner, Nielsen Innovation Practice in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager, Innovation Business Partner, Nielsen Innovation Practice in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global experience - working with team across the globe
    Good colleagues
    Client exposure
    Strategic work is possible if one is able to stay above day to day chaos

    Cons

    Big Company, easy to get lost. networking is key
    Salary could be improved upon, but guess they leverage their #1 status in this field

    Advice to Management

    Value mid-tier people more: they are workforce.
    Its good to focus on top talent, but chunk of the people get 3/4 ratings... so focus on them too


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Be prepared to fight for EVERYTHING!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are development opportunities available if you're ready to give everything to get there. There are early signs they are realising the value of investing in their people. Great name to get on your CV if you have the geographic mobility to springboard to a client. Some great, friendly colleagues make the day by day struggles bearable.

    Cons

    The leadership have talked a good game for years but their actions never follow. Painfully over the top cost cutting in 2017 which is harming the business. Complete reliance on the 'connected system' to save the day, it's good but absolutely not good enough to put all our eggs in that one basket. Complete lack of trust & teamwork between departments which our clients see way more than they should. Most of the systems propping up the company are woefully outdated yet there is very little support for those wishing to help update them.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your top talents properly, that means PROPER meritocracy with truly differentiated merit increases and bonuses. Stop thinking every client that will want Connected System, and invest in making the 'legacy' competitive while we still have credibility left in the marketplace. Try to get Client Service & Operations working together - GoDigital has driven a further divide which is going to be difficult to repair.


  10. "Evolving Business"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Calm atmosphere, you are among adults here
    - Reputation in the market for neutrality and objectivity, which is reflected internally
    - Ethical business, with a very strong focus on privacy for consumers, something they do take to heart to safeguard
    - Invested fully in going digital and playing a key role in the future. Major investments in this area have been made
    - Dedicated/loyal employees, strong sense of Nielsen identity

    Cons

    - Large and old business, which makes the transition to a digital focus a slow one
    - People remain decades in their roles sometimes, low turnover (which is a good thing for some, but if you like fast career progression, not so much)
    - Pay is average, I was never wowed by compensation

    Advice to Management

    - Speed up the transition to digital, stick to your ambitions even if it is likely to rock the boat with existing teams and processes - that's the whole point
    - Wages may need to be reviewed if you wish to attract the very best. They aren't bad, just not great.
    - Continue to be the honest, transparent business Nielsen has always been. Good work on that front!
    - A certain lack of oomph in marketing - don't neglect this aspect


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