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Updated Jul 20, 2014
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3.0 1,127 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns

Mitch Barns

(105 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have a great work life balance with work from home options available(in 81 reviews)

  • Work hours are very manageable, work from home possibilities are nice(in 65 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is challenging given the workload is often too much(in 99 reviews)

  • depending on your role, you could be working long hours in some stressful environments(in 67 reviews)

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    great opportunities for growth if you are happy outside your comfort zone

    Director (Current Employee) Oxford, England

    Prostruly global, opportunities worldwide
    work with all major blue chips especially in FMCG
    complex, matrix org, great experience
    lots of leadership development focus

    Consso focused on productivity that too often cut too deep
    innovation and growth tends to be focused in US and developing markets
    operations and finance rather than marketing led

    Advice to Senior Managementtry to go for more autonomy than micromanagement and learn to trust leaders more
    look for ways to invest in growth opportunities and not too much productivity everywhere

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great on process but not very creative place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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