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Nielsen Reviews

Updated 21 November 2017
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  • Need to have better work life balance (in 239 reviews)

  • long hours and more support needed (in 157 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Client Manager in Leeds, England
    Former Employee - Senior Client Manager in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working
    Work as a team
    Everyone is so helpful
    Company is really moving forward to invest in people

    Cons

    The systems are a little old but moving in the right direction
    Limited opportunities in the North


  2. "Average pay but good working environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Client Manager in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Senior Client Manager in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible and good working environment

    Cons

    No bonuses below management level


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of investment in people and poor products to sell to clients"

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    Former Employee - Senior Client Manager in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Senior Client Manager in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Got to work with some great clients

    Cons

    Poor standard of colleagues, particularly quality of graduates
    Panel data is deeply flawed
    Lack of training across the board

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your people through training and upskilling, particularly graduate scheme


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  5. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Report Production Executive in Bracknell, England
    Former Employee - Report Production Executive in Bracknell, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Career Growth is good.

    Cons

    The salaries are less and so is the yearly raise


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Apprentice"

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    Current Employee - Commercial in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Commercial in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    These are the pros

    WFH

    Comfortable working

    Flexible Hours

    Cons

    There are no cons for this job role


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Manager in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nielsen part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nielsen is very fast paced which I really enjoy as it creates a lot of variety of work and projects. The people are really great and as Nielsen is not overly hierarchical people at all levels are extremely approachable. I really enjoy the diverse culture, we have associates from all over the world and this really helps bring different perspectives to the table. THere is an element of fun throughout the day also which is vital!

    Cons

    Nielsen is a complex organisation and it can take some time to fully understand it. Nielsen has to keep up with the ever changing market place so making sure you keep up to date can be a challenge.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Nothing ever changes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Possibility to work from home

    Cons

    I assume there are variations between departments, but in my area there was none of the diversity the company prides itself for. Zero people management and communication with managers and between team members. Many employees have been in their roles or the company ever since and are therefore unable to see things from a different perspective or to properly train new employees. Meetings about meetings about meetings, no one likes to decide anything. Job specs are extremely abstract and blurry and roles hardly add any useful career experience (unless you plan to stay in the company for the rest of your life), as it is impossible to explain what you actually do to anyone in the outside world. Recruitment is mainly done on personal referrals and on how "nice" an applicant seems.

    Advice to Management

    Clear job specs
    Select applicants based on their experience and suitability to role
    Train managers on how to manage people


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loads of opportunities
    Very flexible
    Lots of very clever people
    Most people are super friendly and helpful; even senior people late at night!

    Cons

    Some areas of the business are old fashioned
    Offices are often overcrowded (UK and US)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make it easy for people to work in a way that suits them; remove the blockers.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Client Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Client Manager in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Senior Client Manager in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nielsen UK gives its employers a wide range of flexibility, and you work daily with a lot of amazing people.
    The organisation is quite dense and horizontal, meaning that changing teams and finding new opportunities inside the company is easy, specially since your skills will be transferable. (compare this with the case is most non consultancy companies, where research dept is usually small and finding opportunities for growth can be more difficult)
    Perks of the job include multiple opportunities to make connection in and out the company and expenses for client facing jobs, such as a car.

    Cons

    You will only get from the company what you negotiate from it: be it salary, workload or opportunities. You will not be mouth fed, and if you want a good salary, work/life balance, and advancement, you'll have to be smart about getting it. Otherwise, you can easily end up overworked and underpaid for years!


  11. "Nielsen pros and cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lovely people, organisation is quite flat too, which means if you're someone who is a driver, you will get more responsibility/experience if you raise your hand to do so

    Cons

    Next roles/paths aren't clear, constructive leadership is needed to help people better understand how they fit into the big picture. Many folks have left recently for this reason

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on your people and helping them be the best they can be, as well as how they fit into the overall strategy.


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