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Great people, less opportunity

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Former Employee - Analyst in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
Former Employee - Analyst in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Great teamwork, much to learn,and much exposure to the market

Cons

a lot of OT, poor compensation

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    six sigma to death

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    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    has presence in data, technology, media. depending on groups and projects you can learn quite a bit.
    work hours are sane

    Cons

    dinosaurs at VP and some SVP levels who have been with the company for 110, 15, 20 years but have no evolved their skills or understanding, they jump on the 'hot' projects to make themselves seem relevant but as they fail, they undermine the project rather than admit they were wrong. People who dare question are put in conditions that either they leave right away or know they are set up for failure and leave eventually

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    Too many out of touch SVP, VPs who dont understand that its a media, technology and data interplay and have stuck to what they know and sabotage innovation for their own purposes. For most it finally caught up with them and they are out now, but many people left the company earlier because we knew that we could not be successful being led by people who simply did not get it.

    Cost cutting to make EBIT year after year rather than investing in innovation (properly and with right leaders) is going to make you what you fear most, a commodity data player with low margins. Its been happening for a few years hence the IPO to simply pay interest on debt. You know exactly what is wrong, the question is do you have the strength to say no to industry analysts and fix the company even if EBIT gets hit for a few years or do you say yes, slash and burn for getting annual bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great colleagues and atmosphere, a lot to learn, motivating environment

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Bucharest (Romania)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Bucharest (Romania)

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    knowhow, training, good colleagues and atmosphere, good perspectives to develope oneself in the analytics area and client service

    Cons

    overload with client and projects, work till late in many cases, stress from time to time depending on the specific and requirements of the clients

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    offer higher payments to employees and more focus on analytical training for the teams

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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