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NPG Companies Reviews

Updated April 6, 2017
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  1. "Love working here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Saint Joseph, MO
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Saint Joseph, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NPG Companies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great with health care savings!

    Cons

    Staff. Some are great but some not so much.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Are you a masochist?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Photographer in Saint Joseph, MO
    Current Employee - Photographer in Saint Joseph, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You need experience, we need cheap labor.

    Cons

    Starvation wages unless you can tough it out for a middle management position. Managers are definitely a good old boys club. Very "Booher" ish with little talent beyond a great propensity for licking the boots of their supervisors. If want to be respected and not just smiled at when you make suggestions you should look Elsworth.

    Advice to Management

    You are a company who promotes sycophants, you deserve what you get.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Joseph, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Joseph, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NPG Companies full-time

    Pros

    You can get by with pretty much anything. As long as you don't rock the boat and 'fill out' your 'time card' 'correctly' then management doesn't bother you.

    Cons

    Workers are not supplied with the tools they need to succeed. The newsroom is horribly disorganized. There' is no organizational chart. Position are cut constantly. Employees are taken advantage of.

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of the sand. Wake up the realities of journalism. Stop groveling and learn to lead people.


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  5. "Associate Producer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MO

    I have been working at NPG Companies part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers and great town

    Cons

    lots of work, long hours, just busy


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Tech crew"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Newscast Director in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Newscast Director in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NPG Companies (More than a year)

    Pros

    The view and location are unbeatable. The mix of experience levels of employees is fine for that size market, and there was some talent. A unique and beautiful tv station on top of a hill with a million dollar view of the Pacific on one side, and the American Riviera one the other. Great local news and weather.

    Cons

    Underpaid, unhappy employees (except for the youngest). This is a TV station full of skilled people. However NPG Co pays so low, nobody can afford to live in Santa Barbara. Three stations [fox, cbs, abc] were consolidated into one at KEYT, ending jobs elsewhere and placing the burden on our shop. Some of the news reporting went through the constrains of talent having to be anchoring for three hours in a row, instead of out there investigating and making news. Constant morning and evening flip-flopping of shifts. The medical was out of Kansas City, not in California, causing problems with medical care in this state. NPG in Santa Barbara county is about consolidating the small advertising market of ABC + CBS + FOX (keyt, kcoy, kkfx respectively), and cutting obscene amounts of costs. Before that, KEYT was owned by locals and by that was really for the people.

    Advice to Management

    Relinquish ownership of KEYT to a California business.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Helpful Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Columbia, MO

    I have been working at NPG Companies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great training for people with little experience.

    Cons

    Upper management is money hungry and the lower management suffers because of that.

    Advice to Management

    Have longer guarantees for less experienced account executives


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Under Bad Management - Don't Do It"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Joseph, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Joseph, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at NPG Companies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They followed through on paying out the 401K bonus as they should have.
    Many of the sales reps are good people unfortunately working for a bunch of finger pointing management who don't spend enough time listening to their people

    Cons

    Lousy 1-month severance deal wrapped around a non-compete/confidentiality agreement - don't sign!!
    If you disagree with nonsense that is going on and your caught not sharing "the vision" you are marked. They can't handle opposing views.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to handle opposing views. You should be promoting people for having guts not getting rid of them. Your arrogance is what is destroying what was once a good company. Remove the plank from your own eye before removing the splinter in other's.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Leadership, Poor Employee Treatment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anchor/Reporter in Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - Anchor/Reporter in Columbia, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good 401K and other benefits.

    Cons

    Extremely poor leadership, especially in the newsroom. Poor work environment. Very unhappy workers. Would not recommend to anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Change leadership. Improve work environment.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive earns paycheck on draw system"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MO
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at NPG Companies full-time

    Pros

    Working in television, opportunity for community involvement, 401K matching program, cell phone/mileage reimbursement program

    Cons

    AE's work off a draw, so unless you are selling enough ads/commercials to stay above your draw, you'll be fine. However, you could actually owe NPG money if you don't make enough sales. Account Managers shuffle accounts around and can take accounts away from you. There is an emphasis on new direct business, but most lucrative companies that spend the money for commercials are represented by agencies.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees a base salary plus commission to manage current accounts and go after new business


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Low wage and child workers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Newscast Director in Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - Newscast Director in Columbia, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NPG Companies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I'd say benefits, but you will make no money to put forward a 401k

    Cons

    Extremely low wages, few salary jobs, work with people with zero experience. Constantly demanding more for little to no compensation. Do not work here if you want a normal life and schedule.

    Advice to Management

    You are a greed factory, the owners and the higher ups make all the money. Then use as few positions as possible of nearly minimum wage employees to do everything. The worker turn around is so huge and young because no one can stomach the job for long. And those who do suffer dealing with nothing but inexperienced people over and over.



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