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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 for more than a 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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    Challenging career opportunities

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    Current Employee - Systems and Operations  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Systems and Operations in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    People are left to solve problems and design solutions for clients.
    Senior leadership has a good understanding of the industry and communicates the strategy to meet objectives.
    Senior leadership has a wonderful philosophy on supporting the remote work force so the only people who understand their jobs and work independently can work from home. The people who show up at the office are typically those who don't have much real work, so going to the office in and of itself becomes the 'job'.

    Cons

    Nielsen is a process heavy company where often content is the problem. It is not realistic to think you can achieve a solution through project management when the people on the project do not understand the problem.
    We have some fundamental problems in our core factory that need to be addressed to achieve long term objectives. At some point, we need to make the investment and fix the problems. When we do, we will be far more capable of meeting our client objectives and drive significant long term profitability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior leadership has fallen into the trap of 'outsourcing' as a solution in and of itself. The problem is that you can't expect an outside organization to solve problems senior leadership does not fully understand.
    See the point above under cons. Make the investment to fix problems in our core data factory and reap long term gains.
    In the question below on Dave Calhoun, I'll vote thumbs down because he runs the company for short term profitability. He also relies a lot on Mitchell Habib for advice. See my point above under cons. Mitchell wants to throw millions of dollars at outside consulting companies to solve problems they do not comprehend. Cut the spending to consultants and let the employess who understand the problem work out the solution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Very relaxed and flexible

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Johannesburg (South Africa)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work conditions. Lots of time for your own work or studies. Friendly American style culture in the office.

    Cons

    Very low bonuses and benefits aren't great. Growth and promotions in company are few and far between (often have to wait for someone to leave, etc...)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better bonuses, benefits and possible equity sharing for entry-level positions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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