Good resume builder but lacking in career advancement and overall compensation
Associate Manager (Former Employee) – London – April 11, 2017
A typical day at work includes mostly desk work, client calls, e-mails and a few antiquated tools. You will find at least 30-40% of your time is spent in corporate meetings.
I learned good people skills, how to manage a team, how to speak for a client and most importantly, that a corporation will never have a workers best interest at heart (learning to fight for myself), learning to say no so you are not overloaded with work.
After having worked with Nielsen for a few years I can say I really wish I had left years ago. Although the company has done its' best to make employees comfortable, the ultimate realization is that client satisfaction is always more important than employee happiness.
Nielsen will never offer you more than you deserve or even what you deserve. New contracts, if not read clearly, will show loss of benefits such as healthcare or meals as well as sneaking in increases to months needed for notice to leave.
There will be light weeks of 30 hours in the summertime but the Q3/Q4/Q1 could find you averaging 50-80hours a week.
The best part of Nielsen is surely the people, which I will really miss. This is not enough as good people exist across the globe. I would say that Nielsen pays severely under the average for market research and the pay structure will give you no more than 5-10% bonus every 2 years (if the company does well.)
High energy people, good mid-managers, work hard/play hard culture.
No healthcare, no dental coverage, no eye care coverage, no bonuses, promotions directly tied to company performances, long working hours, prioritization of client satisfaction over employee, bad workload management, very rarely will hard work get recognized or compensated.