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The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.0 1,130 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns

Mitch Barns

(106 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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 99 reviews)

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

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    High expectations on delivery, awesome opportunities if you work hard.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sydney

    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)

    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

     

    Great culture, great learning opportunities!

    Client Manager (Current Employee) Sydney

    Prosgreat development and learning opportunities

    ConsLong working hours, relatively low pay

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    Let them eat cake ...

    Director (Former Employee) Sydney

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    Great Job...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNot micromanaged, free reign to do your job, company car(can be either a ford fusion or escape), gas card, iPhone, management where I am is great, very very flexible, off weekends, good benefits. Very good pay if you hit bonus which is not hard. You can pretty much move anywhere in the US, and they will pay relocation costs.

    ConsWe are supposed to be self scheduling reps, but the ladies in the office will at times schedule appointments and move things around in your schedule without asking. You're by yourself all day, so it does get lonely. Emails constatntly coming in, so you feel like you're on call. Equipment is old, but new equipment is on the way.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing. Overall, a great job. They're constantly trying to improve the environment for their employees.

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