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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you are in senior management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Pros

    The people are one of the best reasons to work for this company. I have never met more intelligent and nicer people in another company.
    The job itself is also quite good - interesting work and allows for autonomy. which is great. The work/life balance within this company is encouraged and has been evident with flexibilty when needed.

    Cons

    The employee morale within this company has been on a steady decline since I joined and is now probably lower than it has been over the last few years. The lack of recognition of employees who are not senior management is apparent here and every move to better your career is a battle. more money = batte; promotion = battle, the constant "even though you have exceeded expectations, money/promotion not this time,,,,sorry" is frustrating, esp after several years of excelling performance reviews.
    The company is great for junior level employees and senior. For anyone in between, not as lucky.

    Also, the pay does not match competitor companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to retain good staff. At the end of the day the costs & time associated with recruiting, training, etc is much higher than just giving someone a small payrise or some sort of recognition. Just remember that a pat on the back does not pay people's bills

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GBS Emerging Leaders Associate in Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - GBS Emerging Leaders Associate in Tampa, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to develop the skills you need to build your career
    Interesting projects and the ability to get involved in them even if not in direct job responsibilities
    Senior leadership excellent at conveying uniform message/values and interacting openly with employees
    Excellent work/life balance and workplace flexibility

    Cons

    Despite process simplification attempts, excessive amount of paperwork and being forced to follow non-value-add processes
    Slow progress despite rapid attempts for change, likely due to "too many leaders, not enough workers" structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on technical competencies and less on processes creation
    Spend money on finding and keeping highly technical employees, not employees with business or industry experience

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Great Company to Work For!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Operations Supervisor in Lynchburg, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Field Operations Supervisor in Lynchburg, VA (US)

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nielsen makes it a practice to promote from within. If you have a good attitude and work ethic you will be noticed and rewarded.

    The pay is acceptable and the company provides good benefit options.

    Cons

    Communication and transparency between levels of management can be improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to improve communication and transparency between levels of management. There have been continuous improvements throughout the last couple years, so keep the innovation coming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Hard and worth it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at Nielsen

    Pros

    Its a complex company that offers a lot to learn. I worked at the field with clients and you get a lot of exposure to senior managers. Analytic and presenting are the most valuable skills you'd learn

    Cons

    Compensation is poor regarding the whole load of work. There not life balance as you find yourself working extra hours prrtty much the whole time.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Strong company with great culture and growth opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Leadership Development Program
    Current Employee - Financial Leadership Development Program

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

    Pros

    Nielsen has a great culture. I joined because I felt very comfortable with the people I met while I was interviewing. It also has lots of growth opportunities as it keeps evolving to be able to provide clients with the total picture of the global consumer. It is a true meritocracy as strong performers are offered new roles every 18 to 24 months and better pay than their peers.There are also lots of international opportunities as Nielsen is present in more than 100 countries. After a year working for them, they offered me a 6 month assignment to work in Asia. It was an incredible experience with many perks.

    Cons

    They have issues attracting young talent as some of its main offices are not in cities (Schaumburg, IL; Wilton, CT; Parsippany, NJ; Oldsmar, FL). However, the offices that are in cities are located in great areas and are the nicest offices (New York, Chicago, San Francisco). Compensation and benefits are competitive but not aimed at attracting the best of the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a great company that is positioned for growth and good morale. However, Nielsen is too focused on improving the bottom line through cost leadership. Cost leadership is a great concept but when it is taken to the extreme, it can hurt morale and talent retention. Train managers to reach a balance. Also, I understand that having offices in suburban areas is more cost effective than in cities. However, young talented people want to live in cities and would consider not joining Nielsen if it means they have to move to suburban areas or have long commutes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Nielsen

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Training in Tampa, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Training in Tampa, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Very good culture. Excellent training program.

    Cons

    Lots of travel. Lots of conference calls

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nice work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    A great place to kick start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Strong professional development for recent college graduates, high encouragement to rotate positions, strong focus on developing leadership and top performers, flexibility in work hours, working in an environment where everyone loves their job

    Cons

    Extremely large company where it's sometimes difficult to fully understand what is going on outside of your own team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Tough but rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BASES
    Current Employee - BASES

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time

    Pros

    Get access to the early stage of product development. In position to make recommendations that can sometimes determine the success of a new product launch.

    Cons

    Working hours can be long at times, although it is sometimes balanced by non-peak period. Not enough feedback on current performance and the growth opportunities within the department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide timely feedback on job performance. Explain and align expectations on where this career path can take the employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Positive internship with LBD auto

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Pros

    have chance to work directly with directors and work like a full time employee in a project

    Cons

    Little access to their industry analysis model

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Scary smart, charismatic and motivated colleagues.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Nielsen really cares about providing value to its clients. It is NOT about billing. The culture is, "If the work adds differentiated value, new work follows." All levels of the organization get client interaction and the project teams encourage active participation from all team members - no matter what level they're at. Teams are lean, so there is a lot of delegating, which provides ample opportunities to learn and stand apart from your peers. Work life balance is tough - hours can be long, but they are flexible. Colleagues can work from home, take a day off, etc... as long as the work gets done on time and with the necessary content. Sr. Leadership is brilliant and focused on growing the overall business.

    Cons

    Salaries are low vs. comparable roles at a client organization or with other consulting firms. Bonuses are stupid low. Embarrassingly low. Despite being a publicly traded company, there is no stock option plan or employee purchase plan for anyone other than the very, very select top management team. As a result of this, there is a high turnover as more lucrative offers are very easy to come by.

    With numerous verticals (lines of business) it is difficult to gain cross-functional experience, as there is a strong push to keep people in one vertical, rather than move them and have to train them on new things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation is an investment in the future. If people at Nielsen were paid fairly (based on comparable roles in other companies) both short term and long term, nobody would ever leave the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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