The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
1,187 Reviews

3.3
1,187 Reviews
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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 100 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Director in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    so 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 ManagementAdvice

    try 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great on process but not very creative place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    smart and nice people to work with

    Cons

    complexity, numbers focus, not innovative enough

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of pressure - Internal and External

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    There 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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Think 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Vast FMCG exposure. Generally good people.

    Cons

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

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

    7 years of working for a pleasant company.

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in London, England

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    IT 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 ManagementAdvice

    Remember your employees make the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    forget about being a loyal employee here

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    Former Employee - Operations Analyst  in  Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    after 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 ManagementAdvice

    stop 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Would never recommend this company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Flexibility 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be more open, less selfish.
    Think about welfare of your employees. Don't pretend you do, do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

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

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    Current Employee - Associate Manager, BASES  in  Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Associate Manager, BASES in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    great 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.

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    Think Big if you want to be viewed as a Consultancy.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Nice to be there, regardless your position

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    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England

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

    Pros

    Excellent 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

    Cons

    probably 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 ManagementAdvice

    more team building

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing company, disorganised with a crumbling infrastructure

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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