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Updated 24 April 2015
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Pros
  • They have a great work life balance with work from home options available (in 89 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours and the ability to work from home when necessary (in 77 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is challenging given the workload is often too much (in 110 reviews)

  • depending on your role, you could be working long hours in some stressful environments (in 70 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

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    The Best Company I have Worked for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Tampa, FL (US)

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are incredibly smart, driven, and its an energetic environment. The career growth and opportunities are endless in this Meritocracy environment. The organization places a strong emphasis on its values for its employees and for its clients. Due to it being a global company, opportunity to work from home is very common for many roles. Nielsen is a very cross functional environment and you have the opportunity to interact with a lot of different functions within the business.

    Cons

    Some positions require a significant amount of travel which can at times impact work/life balance but it is a flexible environment.

    Advice to Management

    The upper management that I have interacted with are very intelligent individuals and generally care about their employees and the culture of the organization.

  2. ops exec

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vadodara
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vadodara

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good company
    nice learning
    safe job
    Flexible timing
    work from homw

    Cons

    slow growth
    same work again and again

    Advice to Management

    very good management keep it up

  3. Great work place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nielsen full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was one of the best companys to work for loads of opportunities to move within the organization

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind now

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  5. Confused

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Executive in Mumbai
    Current Employee - Executive in Mumbai

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work culture.
    Option for working from home.
    Good opportunity for learning
    Brand value is quite high

    Cons

    1. Your career depends on the team on which you are hired for.
    2. If you like something and want to move it's very hard to change the division as a whole, you can switch under same wing.
    3. "Salary" forget it. On an average max increment you would get is 5-7% on your Total Gross Pay
    4. Your juniors under same division might work in more salary than you, it's not because that they are from IIM, IIT or ISI, it because Nielsen don't have slabs which they offer at different levels of positions.

    Advice to Management

    1. Please give competitive salary
    2. HR rule should be clear and applicable in real sense.

  6. My experience with Nielsen, so far.

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    Current Employee - Maharashtra in Mumbai
    Current Employee - Maharashtra in Mumbai

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    One of the best places to work, typical MNC culture with a good work life balance.

    Cons

    salary is just okay and career progression is slow in terms of salary increase

  7. Great place to learn, but not such a great place to grow, especially if you're in the India office

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    Former Employee - Client Service Manager in Calcutta
    Former Employee - Client Service Manager in Calcutta

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunities to learn, very employee friendly leave policies, friendly office culture, lots of freedom to decide how you want to work

    Cons

    The motto of Nielsen India is Be 100%, Grow 100%. While there are enough opportunities to Be 100%, unfortunately, growth is entirely dependent on personal rapport with the manager and which clique a person belongs to and has got nothing to do with performance. Also, the system of rating employees is unfair as it does not allow the manager to give the highest rating to more than one person, which is not fair to some of the team members if you take into account that one manager may be managing multiple teams which may not be comparable. One other issue is that there is no competency mapping done at any stage - so there are many cases where fishes are asked to climb trees and good resources are lost because the organization didn't give them a role that matched their competency, despite the availability of such roles.

    Advice to Management

    Do some competency mapping from time to time. HR is one of the weakest links in Nielsen and nothing positive comes out of any of the reviews. Ensure that there are checks and balances in place so that personal likes and dislikes don't affect the growth of high potential resources.

  8. Good learning experience

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    Former Employee - Client Service Executive in Mumbai
    Former Employee - Client Service Executive in Mumbai

    I worked at Nielsen

    Pros

    Global clients, multi category experience

    Cons

    10-11 hours of work on an average

  9. Great Company to work with

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    Current Employee - ARC Analyst in Mumbai
    Current Employee - ARC Analyst in Mumbai

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work culture and everything is very smooth.

    Cons

    Salary hike is too mininal at ARC

    Advice to Management

    Improve yearly increments to double digit % atleast.

  10. Good work, great people!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Executive in Mumbai
    Current Employee - Research Executive in Mumbai

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Great Culture- Simple, Open & Integrated indeed! Also have a meaningful open door policy.
    2. Multitude of opportunities- If you get bored of working for one industry or domain, you can easily move in other industry/domain of your choice
    3. Convenient global exposure- One can apply for global mobility after two years in the organization
    4. Meritocratic- Company is very balanced but promotes high-performing guys exponentially!
    5. Exposure to Senior Members and their Business Issues
    6. Time-to-time training
    7. Work-from-home facility

    Cons

    1. Compensation is lesser as compared to other Companies in the Research Industry
    2. Bonuses/Increments are on a record-low currently
    3. Little negative on the work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Take care of employees' monetary and work-life balance concerns and this is the best organization to work with!

  11. Nielsen review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Extremely flexible timings.
    Big name
    Good exposure to the maladies of Domestic research

    Cons

    No focus on Quality of work or Growth of operations team. Will not let you follow process, everything is done as per the client facing team.
    Operations team is like a doormat.
    Very poor salary and appraisals. Only the top cream gets the sweet perks
    High attrition rate.
    HR is unapproachable. Even for hiring they ask you for referral.
    Looks good and glittery from outside, inside is like a railway station, chaos all over.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and Act. For once, leave aside money and focus on quality of work. All those big words fall flat if you do not walk your talk. Take care of the employees first.

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