The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated 27 August, 2014
Updated 27 August, 2014
1,186 Reviews

3.3
1,186 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 place to work, learn and being recognized for your contribution

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Analyst
    Current Employee - Market Analyst

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time for 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
  2.  

    Working at The Nielsen Company - my experience

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    • 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 The Nielsen Company full-time for 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
  3.  

    An amazing company to foster personal learning and professional growth.

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    • 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 The Nielsen Company full-time for 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
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  5.  

    Used to be a great place to work

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    • 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 The Nielsen Company full-time for 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great 'university' company

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

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

    Pros

    extensive training available, flexible work hours, great colleagues who are always willing to lend a hand

    Cons

    work-life balance non-existent with majority of clients, low morale among more senior employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work life balance - low pay

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    • 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 The Nielsen Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work from home, lots of company events, intensive training and many courses available to take over time spent there.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve, average to low salary, company slashing jobs recently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve employee morale with increased communication

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to learn and grow

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

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

    Pros

    support continuous learning internally and externally
    great people - big team atmosphere
    tons of opportunity to work across different teams/divisions
    great recognition - all hard work is noticed
    a great place to start your career and learning a lot of different aspects of the CPG marketing world.

    Cons

    depending on the department you work in, it can be long hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good work experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Markham, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Markham, ON

    I worked at The Nielsen Company

    Pros

    Great friendly environment, Very supportive

    Cons

    New management push learning curve too high for me entrires

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a learning curve that have been characterizing Nielsen's excellence but miss interpreted by new management

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Over work people and has poor long term strategy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay is pretty good. Can get headhunted to other CPG companies.

    Cons

    Stress, stress and more stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please look out for your people, not just the financial.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall good experience, great people. Outsourcing is the current issue

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Analyst  in  Markham, ON
    Former Employee - Market Analyst in Markham, ON

    I worked at The Nielsen Company

    Pros

    good work life balance environment

    Cons

    seems like there is outsourcing every year for the past 5yrs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enough with the outsourcing, the company has lost a lot of good people. The outsourcing quality is not up to par

    Disapproves of CEO

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