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The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated 24 October 2014
Updated 24 October 2014
1,230 Reviews
3.4
1,230 Reviews
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The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have a great work life balance with work from home options available (in 86 reviews)

  • Work hours are very manageable, work from home possibilities are nice (in 75 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is challenging given the workload is often too much (in 109 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.  

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

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    Former Employee - Vice President Client Service in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Vice President Client Service in Oxford, England

    I worked at The Nielsen Company 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
  2.  

    Progression depends on your manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Manager in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Client Manager in Oxford, England

    I worked at The Nielsen Company 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
  3.  

    Valuable experience in Market Research and a large organisation

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company 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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  5.  

    Fair/Supportive/Challenging

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Large company so lots of resources. Great team work and very talented capable people who get the job done with minimum fuss. Healthy challenging of thought processes. Great learning opportunities and job rotation

    Cons

    Working in silos, pressure to get the job done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Wobbly really

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    Great team, support from managers-like at uni, international carrier moves are possible

    Cons

    Career progression is very slow and painful-HR are doing something special and nobody understands what it is. They speak about meritocracy-don't see any! Plus double standards sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance HR, they should not be the barrier for promotions if the manager is up for it and you completed all your objectives...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    ok as a springboard

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Oxford, England

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    buliding your skills & knowledge, building your network, fast exposure to clients

    Cons

    no benefits, long hours, BASES - no car allowance till manager role, can work from home but expected to work long hours & weekends

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Motivating and Inspiring. A great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Client Liaison in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Global Client Liaison in Oxford, England

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very collaborative work environment where you feel the Company is genuinely interested in making you better.
    Huge opportunity to work in a wide range of teams.
    Led by Managers, not by HR
    Work/Life balance is excellent

    Cons

    Lack of structure at times makes is hard to understand clear objectives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be clearer about team objectives

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    De-motivating

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Service in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Client Service in Oxford, England

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are really nice and willing to support
    There is a good training programme
    It is a Good company for Graduates due to the structured training program

    Cons

    Far too much work for 1 person, resulting in de-motivated, de-moralised staff
    Too many people involved in simple processes
    Things go into a 'black hole',
    Client Service responsible for everything that goes wrong, rather than the specific departments taking responsibility
    Rigid accreditation applied to Client Service, which has to be completed in your own time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee satisfaction is low as people cannot do there jobs properly. There is far too much expected from one person. Consider work load to increase employee satisfaction which will result in higher client satisfaction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very conservative company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good.

    Cons

    No investment in products and people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    No life, just work. Little integrity of the higher management.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Oxford, England

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Offered the job after just one interview. Salary is decent. Colleagues at my level are friendly and interesting people.

    Cons

    One of the flag values of Nielsen is "Transparency" but the common practice is to hide the true status of the progress not only from the client, but also from colleagues from other departments. When I shared info about lack of resources in my project as a cause for delay I was told by my manager "to wash the dirty laundry in my own house".

    Working hours are crazy. If you are not assertive they will make you work 7 am to 11 pm. People schedule calls at 3 am cause they cannot wait few days to talk to China. We outsource to India and I have heard of cases of people not sleeping there for 3 days to deliver.

    Forget about your own life....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only sign off the commitments that you can deliver based on a 37.5 hours contract.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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