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The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated 19 August 2014
Updated 19 August 2014
1,173 Reviews

3.3
1,173 Reviews
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The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns
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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.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are valuable. Make sure the know and feel this. Allocate time for knowledge sharing and learning across functions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not too bad but neither is it good

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    Former Employee - Associate Director
    Former Employee - Associate Director

    Pros

    Exposure to various industries
    Nielsen looks good on CV

    Cons

    Lots 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great culture, great learning opportunities!

    Current Employee - Client Manager  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Client Manager in Sydney

    Pros

    great development and learning opportunities

    Cons

    Long working hours, relatively low pay

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Let them eat cake ...

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Director in Sydney

    Pros

    Friendly, smart people and flexible work conditions

    Cons

    Work / life balance and poor compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dysunctional business

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    Current Employee - Client Service Manager  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Client Service Manager in Sydney

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Payrises 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop rewarding bad behavior (suck up and threats)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, poor regional management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  North Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Sydney

    Pros

    Global company, career opportunities & development, great people.

    Cons

    Not structured for growth, under resourced, too many systems and reporting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regional 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.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Experience working with great people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  North Sydney
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in North Sydney

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    They 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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you are in senior management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    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
  11.  

    I love Nielsen.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Recent changes in the executive team demonstrate the company's commitment to promoting talent from within. The CEO to several other members of senior leadership are tried and true Nielsen veteran who have grown up with the company. People here are passionate about doing the right thing for our clients every single day, and there is so much more teamwork and collaboration here than anywhere I've worked in the past. I can honestly say I love working for Nielsen.

    Cons

    I can only comment on the U.S., where I am based. The benefits are not as competitive as other organizations I have worked for in the past, especially the medical insurance plans.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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