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The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated 15 September, 2014
Updated 15 September, 2014
1,184 Reviews
3.4
1,184 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 81 reviews)

  • Work hours are very manageable, work from home possibilities are nice (in 65 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is challenging given the workload is often too much (in 100 reviews)

  • depending on your role, you could be working long hours in some stressful environments (in 67 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great corporate culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

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

    Pros

    office culture is one of the best i have ever been a part of. Understanding senior management and flexible work hours make it a great place to work

    Cons

    salary isn't as large as other employers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good Learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, great company vision.

    Cons

    Lower morale than previous years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Love the company; not a fan of the assessment system

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Market Analyst  in  Markham, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Market Analyst in Markham, ON

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

    Pros

    - lots of opportunities to learn and develop your analytical skills
    - (mostly) great people to work with
    - get to work for a well respected company

    Cons

    - the assessment system (bottom 20% are let go)
    - need to learn about the client you're working for really fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - don't get rid of people if you don't need to just because you need to let go of 20% of the analyst team

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company

    Pros

    Good team working environment here

    Cons

    Restricted career path in my area.

  6.  

    Product Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Montreal, QC

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, possibility of international career. Good work environment. People are great.

    Cons

    Meritocracy does not always work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Once was a great place to work, now a shell of its former self

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Markham, ON
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Markham, ON

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunities to work with a variety of leading CPG and Retail companies. Wide variety of analytical problems. Strong training program

    Cons

    The company is focused solely on driving shot-term profitability gains. As a result, it has sacrificed its culture and values. It has decimated its bread and butter services, cutting to the bone and getting rid of institutional memory. Bonuses are stingy and salaries are not in line with opportunities elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start reinvesting in core services to stay relevant with the marketplace. Keep salaries in line with other opportunities

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for 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
  9.  

    Market Analyst

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Market Analyst
    Current Employee - Market Analyst

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for 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
  10.  

    Market Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company

    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

  11.  

    Not the same company as it used to be

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Analyst in Toronto, ON

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time for 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

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