Nielsen Hires Habib

In this newly created position, Habib, 46, will have worldwide responsibility for all operational and information-technology functions at Nielsen. Read more
The Truth

Largo, FL

#312 May 4, 2008
Neutral observer wrote:
<quoted text>
As mentioned before, that is capitalism at its best (or worst depending how you look at it). NMR is no different than any other company. Its sole purpose is to make a profit for its investors/shareholders. This means reducing waste and increasing margins. Plain and simple. Unfortunately, this means that there will be changes and potential WFOs along the way. That is because the waste or fat was built up over time. Just think of it as going on a diet after eating all of the holiday foods and gaining weight. Everything is cyclical, including business plans. The holiday food will return after the heat of the summer. JMO
Your arguments are removed from current reality and I sense that you are a management plant.
Nielsen definitely had a lot of fat to cut and had become bloated. What is different about Nielsen is that change is being driven by such pure greed and is so nakedly self serving. Nielsen could be conducting its layoffs in a professional manner but for some unknown reason has decided to take a brass knuckles approach. Taking such a hard and cruel approach with honest hard working and long time employees does not make any sense on any level. Its possible to layoff people and still treat them people humanely. Management is laying off people in the worst possible way just because they know they can get away with it. A young child abuses a helpless animal because they know they can get away with it and in the process feel powerful over the helpless screetching animal. Sorry but doing this to real people crosses a line that was never meant to be crossed.
FoonTheElder

Omaha, NE

#313 May 5, 2008
Neutral observer wrote:
The posts on this blog are very interesting. The one thing that I see is that people seem to be resistant to change. Remember that change is the only constant in this world. Embracing it and planning for it makes life a lot easier (JMHO).
In today's competitive global economy, businesses need to become more efficient and lean. This comes through strategic planning and forward thinking. If not, companies (including Nielsen) will become obsolete.
In my humble opinion (IMHO), change will make Nielsen a stronger and more competitive company in the future. Not saying it will be easy or painless, but change is necessary and we all know it.
There is plenty of waste in all companies. This waste accumulates over many years and has to be minimized every so often. Unfortunately, this has not been addressed in the past when other companies purchased NMR.
Change happens is every aspect of life. How individuals deal with it is up to each of them. Everyone has options/choices and should make the choices that are best for them. Just telling it like I see it.
Here's to a stronger and more competitive Nielsen!
So they give bonuses to the people at the top who hired all of this 'excess' and fire the people who were following orders. In reality it's that the company is run by a bunch of money hogs who look out only for their own skin and screw everyone else. If this your idea of a needed change, then it's not difficult to see why employees can't trust management.
The Big Labowski

Orlando, FL

#314 May 5, 2008
Neutral observer wrote:
<quoted text>
As mentioned before, that is capitalism at its best (or worst depending how you look at it). NMR is no different than any other company. Its sole purpose is to make a profit for its investors/shareholders. This means reducing waste and increasing margins. Plain and simple. Unfortunately, this means that there will be changes and potential WFOs along the way. That is because the waste or fat was built up over time. Just think of it as going on a diet after eating all of the holiday foods and gaining weight. Everything is cyclical, including business plans. The holiday food will return after the heat of the summer. JMO
To Neutral Observer - I've posted this before, but here it is again just so you can understand the dynamics of what is going on at Nielsen. It's not about change or removing fat it's about:

Nielsen reporting savings of all this money - but not through new products but instead through firings and poorly picked outsourcing via TCS. Again, Mitchell chose TCS and again more money in his hands. How can these equity firms justify paying Mitchell and others millions of dollars when they're not producing anything but greed.

And how come they can afford to bring in GE, CitiGroup, etc - "good old boys" as senior management and pay them six figure salaries when they're supposed to be downsizing? These people don't know Neilsen data, nor do they care - they're all in it for the money....and they'll move to the next company that Mitchell moves to.

They talk of six-sigma - yet I've worked with six-sigma black belts and they do not answer e-mails or return phone calls - even when you send them follow up after follow up e-mails requesting help. There is not one six-sigma "cost savings" project done that I've heard of, yet these people are being hired for their expertise. The job jar is far from being meaningful and has cost us millions in meetings to attempt to put in place. Six sigma is about manufacturing tangible objects, not about constantly changing intangible data.

These people have come in and created a "reactionary" chaos - just look at the "tiger teams"...everyone knows they're covering up their mistakes by creating these band aid teams to react to the bad press. And the wellness program -- if these people who were hired by Mitchell were good - we'd have no wellness program. Wellness is another reactionary, time wasted in meetings program to justify Mitchell and his six sigma cohorts existence.

Call it what you will - it's all "good old boy" and greed. At least the old "good old boy" network knew Nielsen data and what it was about. The new "good old boys" are clueless and are making more money at the hands of those who were laid off and who knew Nielsen data.

Change is good if it's done the right way. In this instance the hypocracy of out and out lying by Mitchell Habib regarding the percent of outsourcing, falsified performance reviews by managers so they meet the requirements of Habib's employee ranking program, and bringing in supposedly experienced people at 6 figure salaries who have done nothing but caused reactionary choas does not meet the requirements of trimming fat and creating new products and profits for Nielsen.

This could have been done in a much simpler manner. Instead this is purely a money grab and profit making scheme for Mitchell Habib who works for or with Tata, David Calhoun, and our beloved private equity group who do not have a clue about how to correctly downsize a company and make it profitable.

And this is JMHO.
SSDD

Orlando, FL

#315 May 5, 2008
TBL - Right on target. One more thing to add to this debacle...the cheating of Oldsmar taxpayers at the cost of millions of dollars! Plus the client's now getting late and non-quality data at the hands of TCS.

tbt keep up the great investigative articles...Oldsmar City Council - get your heads out of the sand make sure you get your money back!
no name

Palmetto, FL

#316 May 5, 2008
Neutral observer wrote:
The posts on this blog are very interesting. The one thing that I see is that people seem to be resistant to change. Remember that change is the only constant in this world. Embracing it and planning for it makes life a lot easier (JMHO).
In today's competitive global economy, businesses need to become more efficient and lean. This comes through strategic planning and forward thinking. If not, companies (including Nielsen) will become obsolete.
In my humble opinion (IMHO), change will make Nielsen a stronger and more competitive company in the future. Not saying it will be easy or painless, but change is necessary and we all know it.
There is plenty of waste in all companies. This waste accumulates over many years and has to be minimized every so often. Unfortunately, this has not been addressed in the past when other companies purchased NMR.
Change happens is every aspect of life. How individuals deal with it is up to each of them. Everyone has options/choices and should make the choices that are best for them. Just telling it like I see it.
Here's to a stronger and more competitive Nielsen!
This sounds like someone i know at dcc.
puzzled

Sevierville, TN

#317 May 6, 2008
bottom line is that habib and his cronnies what to make the most money that they by doing as little as they can. i don't count pencil pushing as work i don't think they have a conscience or they don't pay attention to it. rcc starts a new custom study about the american lamans racing series tomorrow. it last 11 days or til we get 300 completes a few crumbs to get our hopes up,
have to wait and see, also found out that our groupleader is going to have higher expectations
for us in the next cycle,and the hits just keep coming. i'm actively looking for a new job because this is getting way to stressful
Out and away

Inverness, FL

#318 May 6, 2008
It's been awhile since I left Nielsen, and I sort of miss the place. From a work perspective, it was definitely a great place to be back in the day.

From a cultural perspective, I'm kind of glad I got out - I'm now in a more relaxed environment with fewer "old-timers." It's kind of nice being able to pass the time talking with my contemporaries about South Park, the latest in video games, and various magazine centerfolds.

Never know what you're missing until you're forced into it, I guess.

Take heart, Nielsenites, there's other, greener pastures to graze in; they just may not look very green until you actually get there.

Since: Sep 07

Saint Petersburg, FL

#319 May 7, 2008
2008 ABM Spring Meeting Notes: Innovation, Evolution
Tuesday, May 6, 2008

speech: Nielsen Exec
The movers and shakers of business media converged in the desert for the ABM Spring Meeting to share and learn how to remain successful in a shifting market. The overall message has been innovation. While most speakers agree that print publishing isnít going anywhere, they aver that to thrive, print must continue to work hand in hand with its digital and face-to-face sister products.

Texterity SVP Cimarron Buser shared at the Digital Breakfast on May 5 that rich, interactive digital editions of magazines can be viewed on iPhones with his companyís technology. For example, viewing a book in this format will lead readers/users to relevant digital white papers that are integrated with video links, and then further suggests other white papers in that particular library. Publishers benefit from the brand support, increased number of leads and measured engagement, according to Buser, while advertisers benefit from differentiated lead tracking. The NIELSEN COMPANY CHAIR and CEO David Calhoun agrees that, at some point, mobile will be the most powerful platform.

Just like print publishing, face-to-face media seems poised to get a digital face-lift. While tools like video streaming, live chat and podcasts are nothing new, those communication and networking services are being bundled into 3.0 status to not only maximize time, but to minimize costs, travel time and environmental impact. Real time video, virtual 3D settings (hence the 3.0), as well as the afore-mentioned usual digital suspects, may now be aggregated into easily-navigable, visually stimulating platforms.(See related story in the upcoming issue of minís b2b.) B2bers, the future is now.
I hear you

United States

#320 May 7, 2008
Out and away wrote:
It's been awhile since I left Nielsen, and I sort of miss the place. From a work perspective, it was definitely a great place to be back in the day.
From a cultural perspective, I'm kind of glad I got out - I'm now in a more relaxed environment with fewer "old-timers." It's kind of nice being able to pass the time talking with my contemporaries about South Park, the latest in video games, and various magazine centerfolds.
Never know what you're missing until you're forced into it, I guess.
Take heart, Nielsenites, there's other, greener pastures to graze in; they just may not look very green until you actually get there.
I was given a package last year and and have since landed on my feet and am doing fine. I used to miss Nielsen but time helps put things in perspective. I am glad to be away from the "old timer" culture. I'd be in management meetings with the "old timers" and if you had less than 10 years seniority your opinions weren't worth that much. Many of the "old timers" were so far removed from technology with hands on experience back in the mainframe days. Sad thing is they acted as if their jobs were secure for life and they didn't keep up with technology and it was hard to have any type of deep techical discussions. Their lack of depth did not stop them from deluding themselves which led to many bad decisions and much inaction. When I look back now I am happy to be gone.
From reading some of these posts it looks like many folks are struggling with their future. I sincerly wish everyone still at Nielsen the very best, especially those who find themselves looking for their next position.
Not in Oldsmar

United States

#321 May 7, 2008
I hear you wrote:
<quoted text>
I was given a package last year and and have since landed on my feet and am doing fine. I used to miss Nielsen but time helps put things in perspective. I am glad to be away from the "old timer" culture. I'd be in management meetings with the "old timers" and if you had less than 10 years seniority your opinions weren't worth that much. Many of the "old timers" were so far removed from technology with hands on experience back in the mainframe days. Sad thing is they acted as if their jobs were secure for life and they didn't keep up with technology and it was hard to have any type of deep techical discussions. Their lack of depth did not stop them from deluding themselves which led to many bad decisions and much inaction. When I look back now I am happy to be gone.
From reading some of these posts it looks like many folks are struggling with their future. I sincerly wish everyone still at Nielsen the very best, especially those who find themselves looking for their next position.
Agree. I look at the back-office departments and see a lot of really "old timers" that fit your description.
SSDD

Orlando, FL

#322 May 7, 2008
Not in Oldsmar wrote:
<quoted text>
Agree. I look at the back-office departments and see a lot of really "old timers" that fit your description.
It's some of the "old timers" that they're keeping in Management positions because of their knowledge only. But get them in a meeting and they behave the same way. Nothing gets done. So you have the new managers who are supposed to be experienced in making changes and are creating corporate choas mixed in with the old managers who don't get anything done...recipe for disaster!
Neutral observer

Oldsmar, FL

#323 May 7, 2008
The Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
Your arguments are removed from current reality and I sense that you are a management plant.
Nielsen definitely had a lot of fat to cut and had become bloated. What is different about Nielsen is that change is being driven by such pure greed and is so nakedly self serving. Nielsen could be conducting its layoffs in a professional manner but for some unknown reason has decided to take a brass knuckles approach. Taking such a hard and cruel approach with honest hard working and long time employees does not make any sense on any level. Its possible to layoff people and still treat them people humanely. Management is laying off people in the worst possible way just because they know they can get away with it. A young child abuses a helpless animal because they know they can get away with it and in the process feel powerful over the helpless screetching animal. Sorry but doing this to real people crosses a line that was never meant to be crossed.
No management plant here, just a neutral observer with a mind of my own. Who's to say what greed is? Is it wanting to take the last slice of pizza for yourself or is it wanting to make make a nice ROI on an investment?

Businesses in today's global environment is very competitive, if not cut throat. Organizations must cut the fat and run lean in order to remain competitive and increase margins. If NMR had competition in its core business (TV ratings), we would have been forced to become more efficient years ago or fall to the wayside like Arbitron did in the mid-90s.

As technology changes, the barriers to entry will be lowered and others will begin to chip away at the core business. There are plenty of tech companies with cash to spend on a solid opportunity. Believe it or not, sr. management has plenty of experience to move NMR in the right direction. Change is good and constant, so embrace it. JMHO.
Neutral observer

Oldsmar, FL

#324 May 7, 2008
no name wrote:
<quoted text> This sounds like someone i know at dcc.
Sorry No Name, just a neutral observer. No specific affiliation to mention.
AntiUS Exec- IndianITGuy

Clearwater, FL

#325 May 7, 2008
Mitchell Habib is a moron so is some of the American bosses at Nielsen or elsewhere. The BluseStone bitch from Nielsen didn't pay the whole pay check for the last month, neither she returned my e-mail or phone.
David Calhoun and Mitchell Habib need to be hanged out and they are really corporate thieves. The morons Mitchell Habib will be see soon worshiped by Indian morons in Tamil or Andhra or Kerala morons in India.
A Nepalese IT guy

Clearwater, FL

#326 May 7, 2008
I got laid off from Nielsen. American doesn't like me since I am a foreigner and I don't hang around in a group like Indian or Chinese do.

I am looking a job, an American Boss will assign a Chinese or most likely an Indian guy to interview me, they will kick me right away since I don't belong to their ethnicity. Indians like to bring their own people either from India or somewhere else. South Indian are very much ethnocentric people since they were under dog in India itself.

Even if some one from India is weak, he or she swill get help from another colleagues. They somehow get the job done.

Watch your mouth

Mount Sherman, KY

#327 May 8, 2008
AntiUS Exec- IndianITGuy wrote:
Mitchell Habib is a moron so is some of the American bosses at Nielsen or elsewhere. The BluseStone bitch from Nielsen didn't pay the whole pay check for the last month, neither she returned my e-mail or phone.
David Calhoun and Mitchell Habib need to be hanged out and they are really corporate thieves. The morons Mitchell Habib will be see soon worshiped by Indian morons in Tamil or Andhra or Kerala morons in India.
Hey, Donna does not write the checks nor does she put your time in, so why the name calling? I do believe that task has been moved to INDIA. So donít' blame her for something she has no control over. I'm sure if you were to investigate this a little further, you'd see that YOU didn't report your hours correctly!!!
SSDD

Orlando, FL

#328 May 8, 2008
Watch your mouth wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey, Donna does not write the checks nor does she put your time in, so why the name calling? I do believe that task has been moved to INDIA. So donít' blame her for something she has no control over. I'm sure if you were to investigate this a little further, you'd see that YOU didn't report your hours correctly!!!
That is correct, payroll is now being processed through India. It was changed in March.

To Neutral Observer - I understand your comments, however, you're not understanding ours. Ebracing change is paramount to a company's success - there's no question about that.

The rub here is that this is not about change and producing new products to make Nielsen profitable - which should have been the thrust of the reason for cutting job fat, streamlining processes and working towards a leaner, meaner company.

The new management is outsourcing to make a personal profit with connections to TCS with no new business or keeping the knowledge base personnel of Nielsen. There is a considerable knowledge drain at Nielsen with a soon to be out-and-out walk out of Engineers and what's left of the SMEs - that leaves you with outsourced consultants who only process and do not question the data that's going out the door, no new patents, no new technological engineering which keeps Nielsen profitable.

American TV ratings are at the crux of this issue. The outsourced "Indian" culture does not embrace American culture so easily. A global company is good, but in America, Americans should be the ones serving the clients, just like those who speak and are Spanish serve the Spanish clients, etc.

As the saying goes when in Rome... however, the Indians are acting as if they are still in India, not America. This is not a negative comment on the Indian culture, which is, in fact, a wonderful culture, it's just that they are out of place here in America. The reason they are in American at all is because Mitchell Habib wants to make money in his pocket because of his connections to TCS. It's not to make Nielsen a better company. As a result he has lied to the City of Oldsmar and the American employees of Oldsmar of his intentions to make positive change to this company.

You say management is capable of bringing Nielsen's change through to fruitation. NONSENSE! I speak from experience that they don't know how to manage change, let alone communicate properly. Falsifying reviews is just a start on the poor ethics Mitchell and his cohorts have taught them.

I'm all for a leaner, meaner Nielsen, but not by greedy profiteers who's vanity and self-serving corrupt ethics have brought Nielsen to a new time low in the corporate world.

JMHO
Throatwobblerman grove

Palm Bay, FL

#329 May 8, 2008
They completely changed my job ... and rather than let me go with a package, they just let me suffer in this awful position.

Just put me out of my misery and pay out a package... I'll never look back
puzzled

Sevierville, TN

#330 May 8, 2008
i'm with you throatwobblerman, that new study is 99% done in a dayand a half good thing is the client is happy bad thing is it was too short for to do anything with, i'm still waiting to see or hear something about those new monitors and the new system for rcc also heard thru the grapevine that another round of cuts are on the way, can't get much worse only people working now are fulltimers and a handfull of pt's.
IMHO

Corona, NY

#331 May 8, 2008
Check this out - what a coward:

A Message from David Calhoun



Dear Colleagues,



You may have noticed over the last couple of weeks that there have been articles in the Nielsen Company clips from the Tampa Bay Area newspapers about layoffs in Oldsmar and our compliance with state, city and county tax incentive programs. The articles have reminded us that we need to be focused on communicating with all our constituencies, including all our employees and the communities where we have major operations.



To better facilitate communication in Oldsmar we are putting in place The Florida Council: a group of leaders from many of the disciplines represented at the Oldsmar facility. The Council's mission is to foster communication among Florida senior managers, employees and our on-site TCS colleagues. This group will also be responsible for better engaging the Tampa Bay Community.



The Council will have a rotating leadership and members of the Council include:



∑ Pramon Bastian (TCS)

∑ Kathleen Bellotti (GBS)

∑ Karen Blackburn (HR)

∑ Clem Borders (Crystal Beach Facility)

∑ Tim Fulton (GBS)

∑ Marie Gutgesell (GBS)

∑ Steve Houghton (Call Center)

∑ Dan Johnson (Finance)

∑ Juan Mendizabal (Field Ops)

∑ Danny Monistere (QA)

∑ Denise Papich (CBRE Facilities)

∑ Larry Patterson (GBS and Media Wellness)

∑ Steven Perry (GBS)

∑ Amy Rettig (Communications)

∑ Carolyn Rostetter (GBS)

∑ Doug Sharp (Diary Checking Center)

∑ Scott Springer (Media Product Leadership)

∑ Katherine Thalheimer (GBS)

∑ Betsy Williams (HR)

∑ Kelley Wood (GBS)

∑ The ERG coordinators (Florida)



Paul Mears, Engineering & Technology, is the first leader of the Council.



I appreciate all of the hard work, dedication and leadership that the group must do to represent Nielsen in this effort. I hope you will give them your full support.



Dave

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