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NPD Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
104 Reviews
3.5
104 Reviews
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NPD Chairman and CEO Tod S. Johnson
Tod S. Johnson
71 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work / Life balance is a very strong benefit of working in one of the satellite offices (in 26 reviews)

  • Remote work environment was nice (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Not a lot of opportunity for growth unless someone, quits, gets fired or retires (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best Internship I've ever had

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Development in Port Washington, NY
    Former Employee - Client Development in Port Washington, NY

    I worked at NPD as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great company who cares about nurturing it's intern and focusing on development and growth. Plenty of opportunities to use your abilities to impress management and satisfy clients. Overall, wonderful experience and best internship I've ever had!

    Cons

    Location of the headquarters is very deep in long island. Not bad if you don't mind the commute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great internship program! I loved my summer with NPD; however, HR needs to be more structured when it comes to hiring interns. We are a highly prized commodity in the job market and it is unfair to us to be in the dark as far as the progress of our employment for so long.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start, but difficult for long term growth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Specialist in Port Washington, NY
    Former Employee - Account Specialist in Port Washington, NY

    I worked at NPD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    NPD 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.

    Cons

    Systems 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad Working Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Long Island City, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in Long Island City, NY

    I worked at NPD full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I can't fine one to post

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Not worth the time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to intern with!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern In Consumer Insights in Port Washington, NY
    Former Employee - Intern In Consumer Insights in Port Washington, NY

    I worked at NPD as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's very easy to get time with top management to ask any questions you have about the company, their area of expertise, etc.
    People work there often for many years, so it's likely that any person can point you in the right direction to get things done outside of your department.
    Summer hours available to interns.

    Cons

    It's hard to cover NYC's living expenses with the salary.
    Commuting requires a car, or train. Train is expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company overall, with a willingness to evolve

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Washington, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Washington, NY

    I have been working at NPD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good CEO with interesting vision, still growing and with some potential opportunities, good values

    Cons

    Too Long Island centric, too many people look alike, not enough changes, people with 15 + years there, lack

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More out of the box thinking, more out of the box people

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It is a casual family oriented place to work at.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Washington, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Washington, NY

    I have been working at NPD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    NPD is very family oriented they allow employees to work from home depending on their performance at work. They offer comprehensive benefits,401k, dental and PTO.

    Cons

    I've come to realize that it is very clicky with people who have been there a long time, Salary is not competitive and I have not seen to many positions to help move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training available to Operations. There are more for sales people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience but very slow to promote internally

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Specialist in Port Washington, NY
    Current Employee - Account Specialist in Port Washington, NY

    I have been working at NPD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance
    Great experience/exposure working with Fortune 500 clients
    Flexible

    Cons

    Before a promotion you must be working at the next level for years.
    Must move positions to get promoted.
    Will let long tenured talent leave instead of promoting within.
    Lower than average industry salaries especially so close to NYC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain more good talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Not bad but not great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Specialist in Port Washington, NY
    Former Employee - Account Specialist in Port Washington, NY

    I worked at NPD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Skills 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It's a stop on your career path, not a destination.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Port Washington, NY
    Former Employee - Director in Port Washington, NY

    I worked at NPD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The work-life balance is good. Casual (jeans) dress code. If you live on Long Island, then it's a nice alternative to commuting into NYC. Many of the people are nice, and the job security is decent in today's economy. You'll get exposure to many Fortune 500 companies if you work in a client facing role. If you want a career in Market Research, you'll get great experience.

    Cons

    The compensation is well below market average. Growth has been anemic over the past several years, and thus bonuses and raises have not been good. Executive level management preaches that "we" (the employees) need to adapt for the future, but they've done a poor job of leading the company in that direction. The company is run by the same people that have been there forever, and they are way out-of-touch. The executives talk a little too much about their beach houses and don't make any attempt to relate to their employees. There is a serious lack of vision for the future, which makes it feel like the leadership is looking to cash out soon. It's a decent stop on your career path, but it is not a destination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a better vision for the future. There is a serious need for new blood among Sr. management. Invest in the growth of the company. Make a better effort to hire and retain top talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good overall experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Research Analyst in Randolph, NJ
    Current Employee - Market Research Analyst in Randolph, NJ

    I have been working at NPD as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    learn a great deal of information about specific industry, perform web-based market research, easy job conducting audits, improved excel skills, great staff and team working together

    Cons

    very repetitive job, boring, other than how to perform web-based research did not learn much less

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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