NPG Companies Reviews

Updated April 2, 2014
Updated April 2, 2014
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good intentions but struggling in a challenging industry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NPG Companies

    Pros

    It is a great place to gain experience in the newspaper industry. There is plenty of freedom for creative thinking and opportunity for personal growth if one takes the initiative.

    Cons

    Newspapers are in a difficult position. Business is tough, consequently cuts are being made in places that have hurt the product. No clear direction, vision or leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to pay attention to details and what is going on within the organization.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Production

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NPG Companies

    Pros

    you get to part of making tv magic

    Cons

    pays awful. they wont pay for over time. management is disapointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please appreciate your employees and thank them for what they do.. cause without us you won't be making 6 to 7 figure salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    A Start, but that's it

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    Former Employee - Master Control Operator  in  Saint Joseph, MO
    Former Employee - Master Control Operator in Saint Joseph, MO

    I worked at NPG Companies

    Pros

    Nice people
    Cable and Paper discount

    Cons

    Bad, Bad, Pay
    Poor Benefits
    Very little senior mgmt. involvement. If you have a bad superior, good luck getting around them.
    No promotional opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be involved, pay your people fair wages.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The company does not communicate to its employees in a constructive manner.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Grand Junction, Mesa, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Junction, Mesa, CO

    I have been working at NPG Companies

    Pros

    The company offers a good benefits package and competitive PTO plan. It also invests in equipment that is comparable to other similar-sized stations.

    Cons

    The company is now downsizing its stations in the pursuit of more profit and at the expense of growth in the marketplace and retaining talented employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs to really evaluate whether some general managers should be leading their respective stations, and stop protecting those who are incompetent.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Absolutely Terrible

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at NPG Companies

    Pros

    Decent Benefits, Great Co-workers. Reasonable perks.

    Cons

    Terrible Management. They just always seem to turn their heads to whats really happening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what your employees are saying about their jobs and how they are being managed. Check in on field operations once in a while. People have broken their backs for this company and they just don't seem to care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Overworked and underpaid, typical of newspaper jobs.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Joseph, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Joseph, MO

    I worked at NPG Companies

    Pros

    Pay is OK as far as newspapers go - not great but livable. The people who work at the paper are a lot of fun, which is a definite perk to the job.

    Cons

    Almost impossible to get time off, requiring you to schedule all vacation days up to a year in advance. The pay is not good and the opportunities for advancement are very bad.

  8.  

    Work at the St. Joseph News-Press for only a couple of years for the experience, then move on.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Joseph, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Joseph, MO

    I have been working at NPG Companies

    Pros

    The people that work at the St. Joseph News-Press are easily the best reasons to work at the paper. The type of work involved with producing a newspaper as well as many other publications on a daily basis is very demanding and for the most part challenging. I believe that most people look for a positively challenging line of work. Another good reason to work for the St. Joseph News-Press is the great experience you get by working here for a few years.

    Cons

    The first downside would be the pay, of course. St. Joseph might not be a prospering town and I'm sure that many other residents of St. Joseph are not satisfied with their pay either, but it seems to be an overwhelming dissatisfaction amongst the employees at the News-Press. There are few management positions and it seems that's the only way to earn a decent salary at the News-Press.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When there is a strong push for employees to have initiative and come up with creative and useful ideas - the ideas should actually be heard and utilized. So many good ideas are completely wasted on the News-Press. Listen to employees and the newspaper might actually see some improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    I worked at NPG Companies for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Invest in TV news product

    Cons

    Micromanaged to the hilt by corporate manager and Pres.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the people at the stations make decisions based on their market

  10.  

    A very poorly structured media company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NPG Companies

    Pros

    They have free fruit.

    If you are a reporter and want to go after a story, any story, you really have the opportunity to do so. They do allow freedom on that level.

    Cons

    Mid level management really does nothing. Some managers only hold their spot because they are "company men" (true quote), not because they have any specific skills at their job.

    No real push to create quality content or try new things. Editors have long since given up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. There are a few good managers, but so many are just phoning it in. There is a disconnect between editorial and upper-management about the workplace environment (which is poor).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Associate Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager

    I have been working at NPG Companies

    Pros

    Nice people to work with with a low stress environment

    Cons

    Low salary with too many employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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