Nielsen Reviews

Updated 17 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Positive experience for a first job right out of college

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Mumbai
    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Mumbai

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities to learn in the first 12-14 months into the job.
    You get to work with an international team consisting of brilliantly smart people across the globe.
    You get exposure to a variety of product categories in the FMCG and Healthcare sector.

    Cons

    Poor decision making in the leadership.
    The top-level management seems incompetent.
    No recognition of actual performers - given too much importance to "visibility".
    Worst appraisal system in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the actual top-performers. A top performer is NOT the one who incessantly forwards broadcast emails marking them as important even after everyone else has already received them. A top performer is someone who does actual work and impacts clients business in a positive manner with their contribution. The appraisal system needs a serious revamp.

  2. It's a good place to start your career in MR. The organization provides a good learning experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Research Analyst in Mumbai
    Current Employee - Market Research Analyst in Mumbai

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It has got a good work culture and supportive colleagues. The organization is very structured and has got specialized departments for most of the processes. The learning & exposure to clients is really good.

    Cons

    In a large organization, the chances of moving up the ladder depends on lot of factors and thus the probability reduces. Long working hours are a norm rather than exception.

    Advice to Management

    Parameters to judge the performance of an employee can be more objective.
    Nielsen can be more involved in extra curricular activities for its employees.

  3. No value for the hard work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Mumbai
    Current Employee - Manager in Mumbai

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good learning exposure since it operates across different practices and plethora of study types

    Cons

    Just too hectic and no value for who works hard. End of the day those bring money matters

    Advice to Management

    Stop sponsoring your favourites, rather mentor employees

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Fairly decent experience

    Former Employee - ARC Analyst in Mumbai
    Former Employee - ARC Analyst in Mumbai

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good learning opportunities;
    Slightly above average compensation,
    Focused leadership,
    Good colleagues

    Cons

    Not many on the job perks,
    Moderately skewed work life balance

  6. It was a good experience.

    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Mumbai
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Mumbai

    I worked at Nielsen as an intern (less than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Office culture was good, free coffee, comfortable settings and a friendly environment.

    Cons

    Compensations were slow due to long processing time.

  7. Nielsen- the pioneer of market research

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in Mumbai
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in Mumbai

    I have been working at Nielsen as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good market research knowledge you get.
    Awesome atmosphere.

    Cons

    Employee engagement policies are not good.
    huge work load on less manpower.
    They use associates as there slaves

  8. Have been working in the company for more than 2&1/2 yrs. Extremely professional atmosphere. Very satisfied

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Bangalore

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

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

    Pros

    Learning, cross functional responsibilities, team work, employee care, CSR approaches all these plus everything that one can think to have within an organization, is there in Nielsen. Sky is the limit over here for the right people.One would fail to find any shortcoming in this organization if he/she has a professional approach. Company to spend a lifetime, in short.

    Cons

    At lower level management there is a lot of bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Governance on lower level management.

  9. Great place to start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    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

    Cons

    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.

    Advice to Management

    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.

  10. The company is amazing. Believes in work-life balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ARC Analyst in Mumbai
    Current Employee - ARC Analyst in Mumbai

    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

    Work life balance
    Excellent Management
    Excellent Work conditions
    Excellent colleagues
    laptop gifting program

    Cons

    Promotion takes little long.
    Slow Decision making
    management little disconnected with a field
    More work from less people
    Many projects at given time

    Advice to Management

    No Advice Needed

  11. No work life balance, v poor compensation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    work from home - sometimes
    somewhat follows corporate culture

    Cons

    no work life balance
    poor compensation
    poor planning n execution of projects

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