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Updated Jul 24, 2014

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3.2 37 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

NPD Chairman and CEO Tod S. Johnson

Tod S. Johnson

(30 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work / Life balance is a very strong benefit of working in one of the satellite offices(in 24 reviews)

  • People are willing to help you learn(in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is arrogant about the appeal of the company to potential recruits(in 5 reviews)

  • Very difficult to advance upwards in the company(in 3 reviews)

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    Bad Working Environment

    Engineer (Former Employee) Long Island City, NY

    ProsI can't fine one to post

    ConsThe NDP group is a “Bad Working Environment”. It is a company that balances it Employee base on race, and driven on Knowledge Transfer. What does this means: Driven on Knowledge Transfer. The company does not have true talents, and deliberately hire specific individuals with well-founded knowledge and create a process that is designed to drain or steel knowledge between a period of 3-to-6 months. Once they feel that they have acquire enough or think that they have what you have worked hard for, the company just get rid of you as soon as they can in a very disdainful manner.
    This is not a company of true pioneers, and no future for you in this company. And yes, this company only preferred white employees, and it is where your knowledge ends up. When it comes to Information Technology, it is the weak as all departments of this company. You work hard for your knowledge, and you reserve the right not to share your knowledge. A team is not about one person doing all of the work and share his or her knowledge to everyone else, is about knowledgeable individuals working together to overcome challenges. Not one person overcoming challengers for everyone else.
    I strongly believe that Tod S. Johnson know what is happening within his company, and if you are a talented individual who is off-white [expect the worst job] believes that you have a future in this company, you are wrong. I have spoken to individual high-up in the ladder in this company, and there is only air between their ears. Karyn Schoenbart is a thunder-head [This is the best description that I can come up with, unfortunately]. She is a perfect example of what a failure is. She is the core participant that drives the Knowledge Transfer scheme with the NPD Group.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot worth the time

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Highschool Clique Atmoshpere- Inadequate Managers. No training provided.

    Manager of Operations In the Vide/Games Sector (Former Employee) Port Washington, NY

    Prosgood pay, nice parking, nice office

    ConsI was hired in the Video Games Sector. Be careful of this department- it is a bunch of recent college graduates and this is their first job. They are very gossipy, unprofessional and play favorites. After 9 days of employment, a manager (who i had NO communication or interaction with) spoke to me in a very unprofessional manner. She actually sent me an email that said in all capital letters "WE NEED TO TALK". They provided absolutely NO training. There idea of training.. is to have a 21 year old train you- who is intimidated by you, and feels that their job is being threatened. Good luck - my advice is its an ok company but stay away from the Video and Entertainment Departments.

    Advice to Senior Managementrethink who you have in management positions. Provide more management training.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not Interested in Retaining Their Experienced Talent Pool

    Market Research Associate (Former Employee) Port Washington, NY

    ProsGood work-life balance. Convenient location if you're in Queens or Nassau. Friendly culture among the rank and file.

    ConsYou only get ahead if your part of the clique. Highly political company. Low salaries for the industry. Have no problems cutting loose employees with long tenure. Can't seem to get their act together vis-a-vis the technology (some departments are still using a DO based mainframe, stopped one upgrade in mid-stream to go in a completely different direction). Upper management is arrogant about the appeal of the company to potential recruits. HR is evasive, no transparency.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look at the knowledge base you're sacrificing to politics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst Experiene. Very Cliquy.. poor management

    Data Manager (Former Employee) Port Washington, NY

    Prospay was actually ok. benefits were good.. flex time in summer.

    ConsTeam and management was very cliquy. Specific managers were incomptent, not professional. felt like i was back in highschool dealing with the popular girls. borderline harrasment. Training program sucks! Was hired- in first two weeks barely received any one on one training. Does not seem like a place with good growth potential. i left voluntarily.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide your managers with some classes. They need people skills and management skills.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to start, but difficult for long term growth

    Account Specialist (Former Employee) Port Washington, NY

    ProsNPD is great for gaining experience in global research and hands-on approach with clients. After a year, it is best to move on rather than be asked to leave.

    ConsSystems are obsolete and the company is losing its competitive edge against other, far more advanced research companies. The company is full of office politics with the mentality of "every man/woman for themselves" rather than working as a team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not bad but not great

    Account Specialist (Former Employee) Port Washington, NY

    ProsThe work/life balance isn't horrible. Job security is good. Pay is good for a starting job (once established, other jobs are much better).

    ConsThere are people that are too set in their ways. Younger staff is divided into cliques, which makes for a "high school mentality". Overtime is not compensated (you cannot always anticipate overtime and they won't pay you to get things done). There is a strong division between skill sets between the younger generation and the older employees. When you're fresh out of college and you have to teach your boss how to use basic functions in powerpoint, it is a little unnerving.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSkills training for every level to keep employees on point are a necessity. Older staff should challenge the younger staff with more responsibilities (overlooked of course) and provide real feedback to show what is needed for advancement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a bad company, but there are definitely better places to work

    Account Associate (Former Employee) Port Washington, NY

    ProsGood work/life balance, good reputation for quality of research, laid back environment, nice people for the most part

    ConsPolitics run rampant; difficult to advance past manager level; pay is not very competitive; too many silos of knowledge - ineffective intraorganizational processes; management has a strong tendency to play favorites with employees

    Advice to Senior Managementthe growth in scope of research coverage you are successfully pursuing is coming at the cost of effectiveness within certain industries you cover

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    not good

    Director (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Prosgood place to work at lower level jobs

    ConsIncompetent senior management, who lacks technical expertise and understanding

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Favorites abound

    Senior Account Manager (Former Employee) Port Washington, NY

    ProsGreat data and great clients

    ConsIf your "in" your golden, if your not you go nowhere

    Advice to Senior ManagementGrow up and run your company based on people's ability. Let them do the things you hired them for.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's all about money

    Director (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSenior staff are well qualified and dedicated
    Syndicated products are perceived as the gold standard
    Casual and collegial work environment

    ConsUpper management focuses only on their bottom line and are quick to restructure when financial objectives are not met
    Compensation is not competitive

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe leadership needs to improve the rewards for employees in order to reduce the turnover which has been higher than most places.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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