Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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7 Ratings

Pros
  • They offer a laid back work environment with a lax business casual dress code (in 12 reviews)

  • flexible schedule, great people, great pay (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Not a lot of natural light in the HQ, except at the building edges (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper Management interferes with how mid-management runs their business - then blame them when their idea fails (in 4 reviews)

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  1. New Direction

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Like many at the company, I've been at PBP for 5+ years. In that time, the company has evolved, culminating with the hiring of a new CEO - John Benbrook. John has brought a new focus and energy. The company is investing in the software and technology necessary to take us to the next level.

    The company isn't perfect, but it's made up of hardworking individuals who care.

    Cons

    Getting IT resources is always a challenge.

    I'd like to see more company-wide events. We used to have a annual company picnic, but that hasn't happened in a couple years.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the long term.


  2. PBP Pros/Cons from a Current Employee

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good work/life balance
    - Great people
    - Great manager/team
    - Opportunity / Entrepreneurial spirit

    Cons

    - IT/systems bottleneck projects at times
    - Business units function in separate silos
    - PTO is modest

    Advice to Management

    Work together to breakdown business unit silos for more robust product and brand.


  3. New CEO

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Worker Bee in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Worker Bee in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    We have a new CEO and he seems like a good guy and he is learning the business. We are still able to do some flex time, work from home and come in, I hope we keep that. Medical benefits for my family are very affordable, good 401k plan but long vest. We recycle! Plus some new outdoor tables.

    Cons

    We spend more on landscaping outside than on inside. We didn't have family picnic last year, maybe this year.

    Advice to Management

    Remember when we were smaller and everyone knew each other, thats how we grew.


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  5. best job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Meadville, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Meadville, PA

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work, all my co workers promote one another to do better. My manager Jen's the best

    Cons

    Starting rate of pay should be $8 per hour.


  6. Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Bensalem, PA
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Bensalem, PA

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pros of this company are quite obvious, flex schedule nice friendly atmosphere plenty of lighting. The office in Bensalem, the atmosphere is so pleasant. Everyone there is so willing to help you achieve your goals and there is plenty of room to advance. The branch manager is one of the nicest people. She is very understanding and works with everyone.

    Cons

    The insurance is too high. They should pay for managers insurance.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your managers better


  7. Helpful (2)

    Half these reviews are fake

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and paid time off... Thats about it.

    Cons

    High school gossip all over the place. Mice infestation, period blood all over the bathroom floors and dust about half an inch thick above the cubicles. They tried to clean up a bathroom flooding by putting a fan on the carpet to dry it up... about a year later and this patch still smells of mold. The supervisors and managers are literally in meetings from 9-5 so there is no direction. Whenever asked for direction you are almost shut down and told to figure it out... You are paid a terrible salary while preforming your best. They say they are not bureaucratic, but they are nothing but. If you are not directly making the company money you are expendable during budget cuts (does not matter your position). Employee turnover rate is horrific.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and be more available to your employees. Knock off the buying of email lists and spamming thousands of peoples inboxes.


  8. manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, company gives back to employees and to community. I am starting to hear about other parts of the business more and that's a good thing. I hope that continues.

    Cons

    getting things done in IT seems to take forever. My other company was able to support the business better with IT resources.

    Advice to Management

    keep asking employees and clients questions on how to improve.


  9. Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can feel the positive vibe from employees across the company. That makes coming to work rewarding which leads to me giving more of myself to the company. PBP continues to upgrade its technology, and is becoming even more data-driven with its focus on analytics and e-commerce. Well-diversified and stable, and has an entrepreneurial feel. We serve many thousands of customers in companies of all sizes across America which relates to the stability. It paid out for profit sharing again this year to employees and seems like it has done so every year going back many years. There is a new CEO and so far he seems to be a good addition for shaping the next phases for PBP. Hours of work are very reasonable.

    Cons

    Not enough days off provided.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce bottlenecks in I.T.


  10. I Love PBP!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Meadville, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Meadville, PA

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, wonderful sales team, good benefits and pay! Flexible schedule and weekends off!

    Cons

    I honestly can not say that there are any cons for me.. Sure it might have been nice to have more windows and natural light but other than that I can't think of any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Today was my last day at PBP after being there for almost 2 years. I was so sad to go. Jen Maziarz has been so good to my family over the years and I love her. She is such a wonderful manager with such a strong passion and true love for what she does. The managers are great and the training is top notch. There is a reason Meadville PBP has one of the highest pay up rates in the company-- it is because of our high standard for quality on each and every call, our knowledge and enthusiasm about our products, and our confidence! This is an awesome place to work and I will miss everyone so much!


  11. Found a dimond in the ruff in meadville pa

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Meadville, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Meadville, PA

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    What can I say the benifits the outstand posititive attudues in the office no weekends and flexable hours I work a 2nd job at nts in erie and I got appts and jen is so accomadating by the way meadville is number 1 in sales for the company GO MEADVILLE............

    Cons

    No cons for working here

    Advice to Management

    I happen to find the ad on craigslist for this company I said to my a call center in meadville I'm from erie pa I drive 40 miles to and from got hear saw how small of a contact center is and loved it rene who interviewed me was wonderful and jen the branch manager has a. Awsome personality and the rest of the managers back you up the office enviroment is good I got a great sales agent who sits next to me and enouages me to keep gooing thanks to her I'm doing outstanding so for all the negative comments I read about meadville I don't see it and there is no drug use or any of that so a big shout out to jen and the rest of the managers out thank you for helping me grow out of training thanks I love pbp



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