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NPG Companies Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Look elsewhere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the people that worked there. The health insurance is great.

    Cons

    They need to be more realistic about sales in the area. There aren't as many small businesses in the area, and the commission is horrible. The newspaper advertising reps get a mediocre base, but the TV ones get nothing. That means it's next to impossible to make a decent living, but nobody in middle/upper management cares. Also, you only get 8 days of PTO. There are no opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not 1985, you need to pay attention to the realities of ALL sales positions. Pay your people a decent wage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Nice People, Tough Job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at NPG Companies

    Pros

    Everyone at NPG is nice. Seems like the benefits are pretty good, except only 8 days PTO in the first year including sick days. The company invests heavily in its product, is old and established, and takes pride in providing great news coverage. They are picky in who they hire which results in an organization of professionals.

    Cons

    There had been a lot of turnover due to a 100% commission based pay and a tough market. Management makes some bad and seemingly malevolent decisions regarding account redistribution. This means you work hard at establishing relationships with clients, but management can take accounts away and redistribute them amount salespeople as they see fit. That makes an already volatile pay structure even more scary. I believe they have used it to force people out that didn't agree with their management strategy. Micromanagement is becoming more of a problem all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change pay structure. Give a base salary. Don't take away accounts that are producing. These are a salesperson's bread and butter. Employee morale is greatly affected when management is cold and disconnected.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall quite satisfactory, however they have a mission to be the employer of choice but do not live up to that.

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    Former Employee - GENERAL SALES MANAGER in El Paso, TX
    Former Employee - GENERAL SALES MANAGER in El Paso, TX

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

    Pros

    They have several markets and are consistent in their methods in all markets.

    Cons

    The challenge is that they are trying to shift the company to being more like a "big gun", but are losing sight of the most important asset they have. The people. Processes and centralization are important, but not at the expense of your core asset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More management training on how to manage the people more organically. They should take a lesson from Southwest Airlines in order to provide balance between processes and people.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Cheap all around

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NPG Companies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Not many pros. You get to be a part of making Television.

    Cons

    Extremely low wages, very little training , cheap equipment that constantly fails or malfunctions. The goal of NPG is to own as many stations as it can within the same market that way they can "share services" which allows them to cut the total number of employees and remain profitable. This results in one person doing the job that 3 or 4 used to do and getting paid the absolute minimum. NPG certainly invests money in capital projects, and tends to brag about how much money it has spent on equipment, but fails to invest in its employees. Since NPG took over my station I have seen countless longtime employees leave and NPG did nothing to try and keep them - they seem to operate under the belief that everybody is replaceable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees don't care how much you spend on equipment if they are being paid fast-food worker wages. Don't bite off more than you can chew; pay attention to how much work you give to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Overworked and underpaid, typical of newspaper jobs.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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