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Nielsen Reviews

Updated 18 April 2015
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Pros
  • They have a great work life balance with work from home options available (in 89 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours and the ability to work from home when necessary (in 77 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is challenging given the workload is often too much (in 110 reviews)

  • depending on your role, you could be working long hours in some stressful environments (in 70 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    The Best Company I have Worked for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Tampa, FL (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are incredibly smart, driven, and its an energetic environment. The career growth and opportunities are endless in this Meritocracy environment. The organization places a strong emphasis on its values for its employees and for its clients. Due to it being a global company, opportunity to work from home is very common for many roles. Nielsen is a very cross functional environment and you have the opportunity to interact with a lot of different functions within the business.

    Cons

    Some positions require a significant amount of travel which can at times impact work/life balance but it is a flexible environment.

    Advice to Management

    The upper management that I have interacted with are very intelligent individuals and generally care about their employees and the culture of the organization.

  2. Great people, poor products

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - London in London, England
    Current Employee - London in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Market Leader - no one ever got fired for buying Nielsen

    Cons

    US centric product development attitude
    Short term revenue fixation, sell it now, test it later

    Advice to Management

    better focus on innovation and incubating of products, piloting, staggered roll out

  3. Old Minded Culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance, Less stress,

    Cons

    Old Minded Culture, Noise, Salary, Routine, Location

    Advice to Management

    Change the culture or will stay out of digital age

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  5. Dated flat culture, disorganized, lacks career progression. Not a good Market Research company to start in.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to start working and exposure to FMCG. Looks good on your CV.

    Cons

    Inappropriate colleague behavior, lack of training, bad practice ignored even when negatively impacted clients, long hours and for low wages. Hostile working conditions

    Advice to Management

    Require a more active and open HR system, Career progression and training plan

  6. Good opportunities and development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in Oxford, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunities to progress.
    The company helps with personal development also

    Cons

    Too much work - not enough people. This goes for all depts.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget the little people - make sure there is enough resource for the job in hand.

  7. My CV is very healthy from being here. If you work hard there are lots of opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great at cost leadership from an operational perspective but don't know when to stop even when there are alarm bells ringing!

    Cons

    Not so good at generating revenue. Can be slow to get moving on initiatives the market is crying out for.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on company growth rather than profiting from cutting costs.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Claims to be a meritocracy but it's not true

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Oxford, England

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to move departments within the company. Get to work with big multi-national clients.

    Cons

    From the moment you begin they regularly claim that they operate a meritocracy, that promotions will come as soon as they are warranted, and they are not based on other colleagues. Yet they regularly have promotion freezes lasting for 6 months or more. They will only promote a small number of people each time, and they have specific quotas on what performance review they can give people. Only expect progression if you can shout the loudest and have the right manager.

    Advice to Management

    You need to follow through on your claims as operating as a meritocracy.

  9. Has potential...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Client Manager in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Senior Client Manager in Oxford, England

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to learn some key sills for the fmcg industry. Has recognised it's need to change and improve as a business and you can forge a solid career within the company.

    Cons

    Overworked - leave roles vacant for long periods (sometimes over a year) of time, which not only puts pressure and unnecessary stress on individuals but also reduces the quality of service to the client.

    Benefits are pretty average.

    Too much red tape to get things done.

  10. Great people company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team of smart and nice people to work with! Global opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Little compensation for extra hours of work; very bureaucratic when it comes to promotion/pay raise

  11. Great place to start - even better when you move on

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    First class training, as such Nielsen is excellent for people new to market research.

    Cons

    High staff turnover driven by relatively low pay vs the industry. Coupling this with a highly politicized culture results in low company loyalty. low to zero recruitment means you are typically covering at least two people’s workload, which has a direct impact on your work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Cutting costs at the core of the business has resulted in critical skill gaps as experienced people go where the money is. The impact is that clients leave Nielsen.

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