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The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns
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    Great place to start your career

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


    I'm writing this from the perspective of a new college hire who joined their Professional Services or Client Service business. Not sure I can speak for other non-salary functions at Nielsen, but in Professional Services, you are given a clear career path and are rewarded for good work via promotions / compensation / additional opportunities. This is good for continuing your career at Nielsen, transferring to other companies, or applying to business school - the skills you gain on the job are definitely sought-after.

    1. challenging, impactful work for clients
    2. no better place to do marketing analytics consulting
    3. there's heavy investment in developing people
    4. wide range of opportunities available if you ever get bored with your role or location; global opportunities, which are available after 1-2 years with the company
    5. working from home / flexible work schedule


    1. Compensation for comparable positions at other companies can seem low despite HR saying you're being paid market competitive salary.
    2. Very clear career path for the first 5-7 years of your career and then it becomes hazy how to navigate upwards in such a large company. You have to get good at networking / office politics, etc much like any other company.
    3. Your manager has a large say in your career and it's luck of the draw whether you have a good one or not. Some managers are better than others and Nielsen could likely do some people management training so it's more standardized and best practices are communicated. People are being evaluated against this now though, so that might help.

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    Continue to promote meritocracy and transparency in how decisions are made. Perhaps train people on how to manage people before you have new hires reporting into them.

    Positive Outlook
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The Nielsen Company Interviews

Updated 25 Sep 2014
Updated 25 Sep 2014

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Interview Experience


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    Analyst Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at The Nielsen Company.

    Interview Details

    First round interview was from on campus recruiting. After submitting my application, I was asked to take an analytic assessment + business essay. The test consisted of 10 business math questions involving profit and stats. I was told a week later that I had an in person interview. This test is now online instead of in person. You never get your score and HR keeps it under wraps. I've heard that it's a strong predictor of performance at Nielsen once you actually get here, but that's heresay...

    There was one 1-1 45 minute interview where a few behavioral and marketing/analytical questions were asked. Basic walk me through your resume. Lots of tell me a time when you were challenged, tell me about your weaknesses. Had a question about market share.

    Second round interview was at a Nielsen office, three 1-1 interviews that were 45 min long with Director-VP level persons. Again lots of behavioral questions, what was your proudest accomplishment, when were you most challenged, etc. A few analytical questions like a company is considering changing price, what should they consider. Someone is launching a new product, what should they watch out for.

    Interview Questions
    • There's a case study question now that asks you to analyze results about a regression analysis.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I tried, no room for negotiation. I was offered the average market based on my research so with no previous work experience, I had no leverage.
    Accepted Offer
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The Nielsen Company Awards and Accolades

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Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, The Human Rights Campaign, 2014
Honomichl Top 50 Report (Rank #1), American Marketing Association’s Marketing News magazine, 2013
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Additional Info

Headquarters New York, NY
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1923
Type Company - Public (NLSN)
Industry Business Services
Revenue ₹1 to ₹5 billion (INR) per year
Competitors Unknown

Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence and mobile measurement. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA and Diemen, the Netherlands.

Mission: To provide clients with the most complete understanding of consumers and markets worldwide.

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