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The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated 24 October 2014
Updated 24 October 2014
1,230 Reviews
3.4
1,230 Reviews
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The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have a great work life balance with work from home options available (in 85 reviews)

  • Work hours are very manageable, work from home possibilities are nice (in 75 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is challenging given the workload is often too much (in 109 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Nielsen- the pioneer of market research

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Mumbai
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Mumbai

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

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • 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 The Nielsen Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Governance on lower level management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 The Nielsen Company full-time (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    No Advice Needed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    No work life balance, v poor compensation

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

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time

    Pros

    work from home - sometimes
    somewhat follows corporate culture

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Service Manager in New Delhi
    Former Employee - Client Service Manager in New Delhi

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

    Pros

    Client exposure, identification and engagement with growth clients

    Cons

    Red tapes in the system bothers a lot, Need to push almost everybody to get things moving

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Good Place to work

    • 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 The Nielsen Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This place provides really flexible work schedules. Really liked the friendly environment and work culture here. Work is pretty interesting and depending on what service you are working on exposure can be immense. The people I have worked with here have been pretty cutting edge and smart. Work culture promotes exploring newer avenues within the organization. Typically offices have small/moderate number of employees, so it is easy to reach out and work with folks across functions

    Cons

    Can get stressful with long work hours. Work life balance can go to a toss (many a times). Career opportunities depend more on being at the right place at the right time rather than meritocracy alone - I've seen some scale up heights real quick while few others really stagnated (with comparable skillsets and expertise)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It was a great experience fresh out of Business School

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Solutions Executive in Chennai
    Former Employee - Client Solutions Executive in Chennai

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

    Pros

    I worked for the Customized Research division and since it was my first job, I was able to learn a lot! Listing down the pros would be - great learning, opportunities, interaction with top minds in the market research industry, decent pay, great models to work with, excellent infrastructure and an amazing open culture!

    Cons

    there will never be any work-life balance, working for multiple teams might happen in case you are a fresher and joined recently, HR is quite slow and rude at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to look after the lower levels of employees first and the targets will naturally be achieved soon enough. Attrition is extremely high and this is due to the senior management alone!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Nielsen Company

    Pros

    pay well and good amount of learning on the job

    Cons

    office culture could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have a more open office culture and treat juniors better

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Global brand name in research

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

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Large organization
    Opportunity to work with Multiple teams
    Decent pay master

    Cons

    Stressed work culture
    Minimum personal life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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