The Nielsen Company
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www.nielsen.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns

Mitch Barns

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Pros:
  • "They have a great work life balance with work from home options available"
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  • "Work life balance and work from home flexibility are great perks"
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Cons:
  • "Some positions require significant travel, which does impact work/life balance"
    in 90 reviews
  • "Long hours for some (You may start work at 7pm and not leave until 5am"
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great on process but not very creative place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than a year

Prossmart and nice people to work with

Conscomplexity, numbers focus, not innovative enough

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A lot of pressure - Internal and External

Account Manager (Current Employee)
Oxford, England

I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThere is structured training program in place which is great especially if you are a grad.
For the more junior roles it is great experience and subject to meeting criteria promotion is very realistic
Opportunity to move around departments

ConsNo work / life balance
Lots of internal pressure on admin
Under resourced, so a lot of juggling clients
Middle management interested in pleasing bosses so put pressure on putting internal requests over client requests. You end up doing both, hence the work / life balance issue
Low morale
Initial wages OK, but little movement once your in

Advice to Senior ManagementThink about the amount of internal admin. Removing this will enable employees to spend more time with clients. It will result in higher client satisfaction and therefore higher employee satisfaction. Employees will start to be able to manage the work / life balance

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great for some, good for some, OK for me.

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 5 years

ProsVast FMCG exposure. Generally good people.

ConsUm, typical big company limitations - little reward for the ability to perform with client, outside of defined role responsibilities.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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7 years of working for a pleasant company.

Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 5 years

ProsDiversified businesses
Good working conditions
Very international working with people all over the world
Regular performance reviews
Work in small work groups

ConsIT outsourced to India
Some of the businesses sold off for consolidation
HR can be a bit difficult if problems do arise, very protect the manager vs. resolve issues culture

Advice to Senior ManagementRemember your employees make the company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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forget about being a loyal employee here

Operations Analyst (Former Employee)
Oxford, England

I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat teamwork, good benefits, lovely people to work with
Good training provided

Consafter 18 years of loyal service and giving my all i was made redundant and my job outsourced to India.
Used to be a great company but all they care about is cutting costs and quality

hope it comes back to bite you

Advice to Senior Managementstop the outsourcing the quality is going down hill, it is costing more outting right the errors being made.

I know a lot of unhappy people still working there and waiting for your next cost cutting outsurce

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Would never recommend this company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than a year

ProsFlexibility to work from home
Good salary

Cons- Very poor management. Does not take any responsibilities.
- Bad atmosphere at work
- Bad environment to work in
- Lack of leadership
- Big turnover of staff: you understand this upon first weeks of arrival
- Very poor benefits

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open, less selfish.
Think about welfare of your employees. Don't pretend you do, do it.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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BASES is a good place to gain some niche consulting skills. The company at large is focused on Market Research

Associate Manager, BASES (Current Employee)
Oxford, England

I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 3 years

Prosgreat peer group, good client relations (work very closely with brand mgrs.), great learning on new product innovation/ renovation. The work culture is awesome - Fair, extremely collaborative and open-learning environment.

ConsA rabbit hole, most managers are in-grown and have no clue outside fmcg / BASES itself, fail to see themselves as consultants but more as MR agency.

Advice to Senior ManagementThink Big if you want to be viewed as a Consultancy.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Nice to be there, regardless your position

Associate Director (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than a year

ProsExcellent little team that I worked in made me fell really welcome. Appreciated that a lot. Also my line manager was a brilliant expert and an understanding person - always supportive in any of my initiatives

Consprobably the work itself is a bit boring. Routine that was in the department could kill creative people, but the tracking is always about routine, so I personally took it well

Advice to Senior Managementmore team building

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Disappointing company, disorganised with a crumbling infrastructure

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Oxford, England

I worked at The Nielsen Company

Pros-A real mix of people, dealt with Europe & US colleagues plus of course outsource teams in India & Hungary
-Good opportunities to learn because they make so many changes, there's always a problem to solve if you have the interest

Cons-Every dept seems under-resourced & expectations are unrealistic, don't allow any work life balance
-What little structure remains is steadily being broken down by yet more outsourcing
-Salaries are a little below average
-Questionable promotions & appointments are common, managers get no training or support to manage staff, both resulting in many firings because managers don't perform
-Training, best practice and support for regular tasks are non-existent
-Out-dated technology, software etc

Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to put the infrastructure in place to support the many changes to every aspect of the company & people's roles. And be less fickle.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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An amazing experience of life in the Big Brand Fast Lane

Business Development Manager (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at The Nielsen Company

ProsGood Company - Great Reputation - Works with the biggest brands in the world

ConsLots of change at the moment. Restructuring

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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