NPG Companies Reviews

Updated July 8, 2015
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  1. Your typical sales job.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ad Representative
    Former Employee - Ad Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They equipp you with technology to use while on the go.

    Cons

    Lack of motivation from higher management.


  2. Manager

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

    I worked at NPG Companies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    My employees were amazing. Benefits good. Owners know many people by name and are personable.

    Cons

    Leaders/Directors are placed in to positions without the knowledge they need to lead departments. This happened on several occasions while I was employed. It appears that they want to keep someone so they find them a place - which is not a good fit. Good leaders were regularly let go and it leaves you wondering if it is a money saving ploy based on length of time they had been employed.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at who is running the company. Changes need to be made in order for you to continue to be successful. You will not be "Employee of Choice" with things like they are now.


  3. Look elsewhere

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


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  5. Nice People, Tough Job

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. 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
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Cheap all around

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at NPG Companies full-time (More than a 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 Management

    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.


  8. Production

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    you get to part of making tv magic

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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


  9. Good intentions but struggling in a challenging industry

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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


  10. A Start, but that's it

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Master Control Operator in Saint Joseph, MO
    Former Employee - Master Control Operator in Saint Joseph, MO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Be involved, pay your people fair wages.


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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Junction, Mesa, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Junction, Mesa, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

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



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