The Nielsen Company
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www.nielsen.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns

Mitch Barns

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  • "Work life balance and work from home flexibility are great perks"
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Cons:
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  • "Long hours for some (You may start work at 7pm and not leave until 5am"
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High expectations on delivery, awesome opportunities if you work hard.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Sydney

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

ProsGreat work opportunities across functional groups. Nice work hour flexibility, and even type of work flexibility. Lots of smart, knowledgeable people to work with and learn from if you ask.

ConsSome areas of the business are under-resourced, and cost-saving initiatives are sometimes too aggressive.

Advice to Senior ManagementPeople are valuable. Make sure the know and feel this. Allocate time for knowledge sharing and learning across functions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not too bad but neither is it good

Associate Director (Former Employee)

I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 8 years

ProsExposure to various industries
Nielsen looks good on CV

ConsLots of politics with a clique who are favoured by management
Management tightly controlled by region regarding revenue objectives
Short term vision
No investment in individual career development

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 culture, great learning opportunities!

Client Manager (Current Employee)
Sydney

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

Prosgreat development and learning opportunities

ConsLong working hours, relatively low pay

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Let them eat cake ...

Director (Former Employee)
Sydney

I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 8 years

ProsFriendly, smart people and flexible work conditions

ConsWork / life balance and poor compensation

Advice to Senior ManagementSenior leadership making millions in bonuses while the rest of the company gets their bonuses reduced every year isn't endearing.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Dysunctional business

Client Service Manager (Current Employee)
Sydney

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

ProsCan learn a lot
Opportunity to move across different research areas
Opportunity to move internationally

ConsPayrises are very small (less than 4% even for very strong performance)
Many of those who have stayed at Nielsen a long time do very poor quality work, and have simply rusted on to the business.
Will be pushed to give up work/life balance to compensate for poor performers / systems, but this will not be rewarded. Not uncommon to be in the office after 8.
Suck ups to upper management are rewarded with promotions despite being incompetent. See HR department.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop rewarding bad behavior (suck up and threats)

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 company, poor regional management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
North Sydney

I have been working at The Nielsen Company

ProsGlobal company, career opportunities & development, great people.

ConsNot structured for growth, under resourced, too many systems and reporting.

Advice to Senior ManagementRegional management need to spend some time in Australia, they are oblivious to the impact they are having at a local level. Less time micro-managing, more time listening to the employees.

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Great Experience working with great people.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Sydney

I have been working at The Nielsen Company

ProsAbility to grow within the company. Global Reach. Industry Best. Great people

ConsPrivate Equity. Outsourced many departments. Reduced Staff. Long hours.

Advice to Senior ManagementCurrenty it appears senior leadership is benifiting from companies cost cutting measures. Big disconnect between How Senior leaders are profiting vs the workers.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Always enjoyed working here but at the moment is a place of fear and low morale.

Business Analyst (Current Employee)
North Sydney

I have been working at The Nielsen Company

ProsGlobal opportunities and absolutely wonderful people work in the company. They also encourage you to move around within that local office or globally.

ConsVery political and too much red tape. Also, at the moment, is too much change and not enough proof of long term thinking which is causing low morale.

Advice to Senior ManagementThey need to spend more time on the ground to truely understand what is happening with the company. Reward people for doing a great job. Cutting out the chirstmas party was a bad move especially when no bonuses, or pay rises came after. They need to understand the employees better and bring it back to the personalized touch that it had a few years ago. Now, comes across as a cold uncaring place.

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Great place to work if you are in senior management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Sydney

I have been working at The Nielsen Company

ProsThe 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.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementNeed 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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Senior Research Analyst (Current Employee)
Mumbai (India)

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

ProsGreat place offering learning and merit based growth! Nice office culture!

ConsCould keep the broader team more informed about the business environment, decisons & implications.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to stay ahead of time..!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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