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Nielsen Reviews

Updated 29 January, 2015
Updated 29 January, 2015
1,345 Reviews
3.3
1,345 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good start for your career but for career progression, more of a challenge

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

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - A lot of manufacturing companies hire Nielsen associates because they purchase Nielsen data and would need people to help analyze their Nielsen data. So a good start if you want to move to the Retailer or Manufacturing side in the long run.
    - They do have a Work from Home program.
    - Great people to work with.
    - Good career progression in some departments but not all.

    Cons

    Work Life Balance really depends on which department you are in. In Innovation Analytics (BASES) or Custom Analytics, no work life balance. In Continuous Analytics and other Professional Services department, the hours are steady 9-5pm. They do have a work from home program but it really depends on whether your department supports it or not. I'm currently in a department that doesn't support it at all when really the tasks I do can easily be done at home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Still find there is a disconnect between the departments. Work to ensure that the same message and processes are shared across teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Market Analyst

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

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

    Pros

    Great place for training. Training is not limited to the CPG industry or Market Research, you have options to take classes on being a better story-teller, a better consultant etc..

    Cons

    Salary is very low
    Work - life balance depends on the team your and the amount of projects your clients requests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to us openly about verticals

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Market Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nielsen

    Pros

    Great on boarding/ training, no micro managing (come and go as you please), lots of flexibility on work hours

    Cons

    low salary, may doted line reports

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  5.  

    Not the same company as it used to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Analyst in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Nielsen full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people were great! Great team environment as everyone would help out a fellow co-worker in need.

    Cons

    Career progression was limited after a certain point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great people and experience should be what makes the company. Management should try to retain good people. It shouldn't be like a revolving door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent place to start a marketing career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Markham, ON
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Markham, ON

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

    Pros

    Highly recognized development program in CPG industry. Lots of opportunity for growth/development. Great learning opportunities. Great work environment and culture.

    Cons

    Pay is good for a start but increases are small. Promotions can come fast but again the raises are modest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good Place to Work but under paid

    • 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

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance, people, industry tools

    Cons

    pay, location, advancement opportunities, and downsizing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work, learn and being recognized for your contribution

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

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, that fosters diversity, learning, creativity and innovation
    Excellent work / life balance

    Cons

    Trouble keeping solutions and products relevant in a digital world.
    Struggling to retain talent, as benefits (intangible and tangible) not as competitive compared to other companies in the market research, FMCG and Media industries, as they used to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reposition analytics, add-value approach and consultative practices as the priority to drive growth, instead of focusing on sales

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Working at The Nielsen Company - my experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging environment, good training, etc

    Cons

    Offshoring, a lot of changes in the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    An amazing company to foster personal learning and professional growth.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Analyst in Markham, ON
    Former Employee - Market Analyst in Markham, ON

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

    Pros

    Great training programs
    Challenging work
    High autonomy
    Great structure to scale the corporate ladder

    Cons

    Challenging environment, and high performance-based evaluations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more constructive support from mid-high level managers on your team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Used to be a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Analyst in Markham, ON
    Current Employee - Executive Analyst in Markham, ON

    I have been working at Nielsen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company has many courses available. Some departments offer employees the ability to work from home. Great company to start at if you want to work in a CPG company.

    Cons

    Too much outsourcing which has affected the quality of deliverables. Low morale among long term employees who remember the good old days. Work-life balance is non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want good people to stay, they must be offered better compensation, or more work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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