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Nielsen Reviews

Updated 1 March 2015
Updated 1 March 2015
1,387 Reviews
3.3
1,387 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good opportunities and development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

    • 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 10 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus on company growth rather than profiting from cutting costs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Claims to be a meritocracy but it's not true

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Has potential...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great people company

    • 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

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing department and team to start your career

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

    I worked at Nielsen as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing team
    Friendly work culture and atmosphere

    Cons

    Low salary package for junior role

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the salary band for junior designation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very solid company, with healthy profitable growth strategy and long term approach to staff development.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President Client Service in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Vice President Client Service in Oxford, England

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Secure company, smart leadership and strategy, good people development culture, ability to develop personally if you are prepared to take on new challenges and work hard, some very innovative businesses, bringing together the different data sets to create strategic insight can be very powerful for clients.

    Cons

    A bit bureaucratic and slow moving at times, resources can be mismatched with needs quite significantly in the ad hoc businesses, which can create a lot of stress and turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Alongside the focus on operational efficiency and IP development, invest more in developing a consulting, client-centric culture, through training, role modelling and coaching.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Progression depends on your manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Manager in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Client Manager in Oxford, England

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Build great relationships, big multi national clients, if you're lucky you get a good supportive team, flexible on working from home (depends on your manager)

    Cons

    Rewards the ones that shout the loudest, always rewarding the same people seems to be based on popularity, HR is just ridiculous and almost non existent, departments in silos, very poor recognition in terms of bonus, very reliant on what your manager thinks of you in order to get promoted or rewarded, senior management hardly bothers to know who you are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get about the office and take time to know the people who have to do the work. Focus on not only new wins to grow, but celebrate those who have to fight to keep clients consistently happy. Reward and promote the hardworking because they deserve it, not because there is a gap in the team. Management needs to show more appreciation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Valuable experience in Market Research and a large organisation

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

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

    Pros

    International market research company that has the brand name behind it. Working time very is very flexible due to working in a global team. Allowed to work from home freely.

    Cons

    Working in a Global team has disadvantages as you don't get the face to face interaction. There tends to be little movement in org structure and hard to identify opportunities to move up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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