The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
1,187 Reviews

3.3
1,187 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.  

    Great career where your performance drives opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I've had 5 different jobs in the 10 years I've worked here and each one has been more interesting than the last. All were driven by my performance, potential and interest.

    I also love the fact that Nielsen still has a lot of room for growth and development... the work I do will leave a legacy for many years to come.

    I've had many opportunities to leave since I've been here but each time I keep coming back to the fact that Nielsen is a very interesting company, does great work with our clients and continues to innovate. It's a story I love to tell.

    Cons

    We don't have all the resources/systems you would expect to see at a big company and we're often dollar constrained from making the investments we should.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Depends on your position, good work life balance , if you are not on commercial side.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company

    Pros

    Work life balance is good for the work you do, work from home option.

    Cons

    career developement opportunities are quite few for operation job

  3.  

    Summer Intern at Measurement Science

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    Current Employee - Summer Intern  in  Schaumburg, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Schaumburg, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Gain extensive experience in data management and market analytics, the overall working environment is comfortable, working hour is flexible, you can meet a lot of really smart and nice people willing to help you and share with you their ideas and knowledge. Overall atmosphere encourage to you to constantly learn new things to improve yourself.

    Cons

    The location is kind of in the suburbs, not very convenient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    they truly care about their employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company part-time

    Pros

    their training is top notch and they care about their employees, from the top to the bottom

    Cons

    I haven't found any yet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent company, easy to get comfortable

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Very flexible telecommute policy (although my calls start at 6 am and don't stop until 10 pm).

    My managers are awesome, and I love my teams. Teams are a hybrid of the old acquired company (where I come from) and Nielsenites.

    I actually really love my job, but I also have a unique position that was created specifically for me.

    Easy to get comfortable. Lots of team building (if you can spare the time). Happy hours fairly regularly.

    Fairly progressive company, at least in my unit. Actively hires and promotes females and minorities from within (all thought the opportunities are few and far between).

    Cons

    The idea that Nielsen can compete in a tech-centric world is a joke. Everything is run on Internet Explorer. Seriously? IE?

    Off-shore tech support is basically useless.

    My company was acquired three years ago. Zero on-board or integration training.

    Disorganized and lack of central focus. I have no idea what 90% of Nielsen does. Business units don't collaborate, and sometimes compete with the same clients for projects.

    Growth in my business unit is limited. I'd have to jump ship to move up, but given that our business units are not all aligned I would basically be starting over as a newbie. Upward and lateral transitions only really benefit senior management.

    Benefits package is really disappointing compared to what our previous company had.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nielsen will suffer if it cannot drag its technology and platforms into the 21st century. We are so embarrassingly far behind the times.

    We need a more united vision and better integration as a company. Our business units are actively competing with each other for client work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Client Manager

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    Current Employee - Client Manager  in  Cincinnati, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Client Manager in Cincinnati, OH (US)

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Consulting methods are controlled by you once the management has trust in you. Good work life balance if you can manager your time

    Cons

    Sometimes too structured, but that is the big disadvantage of a large corporation. Meritocracy and slow promotion prohibit strong performers to stick out. Pay is below competitors in my opnion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your people faster, don't provide HR excuses all the time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I love Nielsen.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Recent changes in the executive team demonstrate the company's commitment to promoting talent from within. The CEO and several other members of senior leadership are tried and true Nielsen veterans 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
  9.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Software Development Manager  in  Wilton, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Wilton, CT (US)

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Exciting opportunities and can grow and learn quickly

    Cons

    Very time consuming bc a lot of meetings.

  10.  

    Good company that allow employees to grow professionally

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    Current Employee - Financial Planning Analyst  in  Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)
    Current Employee - Financial Planning Analyst in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)

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

    Pros

    Good enviroment
    Allow to grow professionally and personally
    Opportunities of travel and learn more about the business

    Cons

    In my opinion, mean challenges are develop and keep company values, get promotions and try to balance the work - life doing a good JOb always.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    These days need to pay more attention about people and the business, new changes and more pressure of owners make that the environment change a little, and I think that is necessary to find good solutions without affect people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    The work atmosphere was awoseme

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    Former Employee - Consumer Insights Intern  in  Madrid (Spain)
    Former Employee - Consumer Insights Intern in Madrid (Spain)

    I worked at The Nielsen Company as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The department I worked for (Consumer insights)
    The team
    The holidays

    Cons

    I was an intern
    Didnt hired me at the end

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring so many intern instead of real workers, because at the end the office is full of interns and only one or two bosses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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