Progressive Business Publications

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Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
76 Reviews
4.3
76 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Casual work environment, realistic bosses usually willing to help out (in 12 reviews)

  • Lax management, some really smart people work there, flexible schedule (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • I would love to have more access to windows and natural light (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management should be given an office (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Structure, growth and flexibility.

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

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

    Pros

    I love the hours. No evenings or weekends. The fact that I am able to grow with the company. They promote from within. The training program is outstanding. A great atmosphere! A very supportive culture. The company knows how important we are. I enjoy coming to work every day. Not many can say that.

    Cons

    I have never run into any cons that cause me to re evaluate my position here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has done an outstanding job with everything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A positive environment.

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

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Its a very friendly atmosphere. There's always plenty of encouragement from Jen and the rest of the management team.
    Plenty of room for growth!

    Cons

    i wish that the base salary was higher, though i understand that we get bonuses for good performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    so nice that the hours are flexible to accommodate life happenings such as appointments, and personal needs to be out early or a day off

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Casual work environment where you are judged on your performance.

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

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment where you are judged on your performance. The company understands that employees have the tools and are willing to work from home (nights, weekends if necessary) to have this flexibility. Upper Management is fair with setting goals and gives you the freedom to achieve those goals without micro managing as long as you have a sound plan in place. Progressive is making huge strides in improving IT and reporting capabilities, which should give the business units better tools to become more efficient and grow revenue.

    Another big part of working at PBP is being part of their charitable foundation. The company supports the idea of giving back and is truly committed to the principal.

    Lastly, working for the company has many perks, from sporting events to theatre tickets. They do a great job of spreading the perks throughout all levels of the organization.

    Cons

    Vacation time, no natural light, company culture could be improved because the company seems silo'd at times between different business units. High cube walls do not give the impression that the company focuses on team collaboration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the casual work environment and freedom to have flexibility as long as you are hitting your goals/expectations - this is your biggest asset. Combine the vacation days and sick days, so employees have PTO days that they have the freedom to decide how to use. Tear down the cube walls, if putting managers in cubes was to support team collaboration and communication, then 5 foot cube walls is a major deterrent. Set, quarterly divisional/company goals that are visible to improve employee engagement and then set team building rewards for achieving... happy hour, bowling, football tickets, etc. Its a Win Win!!

    The new employment development program as well as the overall increased focus on development will be rewarding for individuals, as well as the company. Truly Appreciated!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun experiences to be had. Nice people great enviroment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch Manager
    Current Employee - Branch Manager

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. No nights no weekends yeaaaa. Competitive environment. Nice people to work for. Always willing to help.

    Cons

    Definitely have to sit still and focus. Be goal oriented. Willing to handle rejection

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, encouraging people to grow with the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company, focused on sales & marketing.

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

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best part of PBP is that everyone is always open to new ideas and the management team is constantly looking for growth opportunities.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is that sometimes there is not good teamwork between departments. At times there can be a "silo" approach or mentality to each business unit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PBP has a very good benefits program including profit sharing and 401k, so hopefully all that continues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Experience!

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

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The Company offers allot of flexibility in it's scheduling, great for single Moms, students, etc.

    Cons

    As in any Sales environment, the Company expects results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More Training for New Hires.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overall positive experience; Lots of room to grow within the company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Conference Producer in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Conference Producer in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You are never micromanaged in your position. Managers/upper-level employees check in, but allow you to do your work without breathing down your neck. There is always room to take on more job responsibilities, or work on special projects after you've established yourself there.

    Cons

    Salary doesn't always match your job responsibilities. Often, people will either leave/get fired, and everyone is just expected to take on more responsibilities without any increase in salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the salaries/bonus pay (for the good employees) so they don't feel overworked/under paid.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Opinion, Community Focused

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Ed in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Executive Ed in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The owner participates in a lot of community organizations and encourages paid time off for employees to participate. Great snow days because you can work from home. Casual work environment, realistic bosses usually willing to help out.

    Cons

    On site gym needs facelift to promote wellness, company could combine sick and vacation and give you upfront to manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Post internal job openings so people can see there are career opportunities. More communication about business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoy my job with stable company

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

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

    Pros

    Great job stability, and they always plan for the long-term...hierarchy is very minimal, all voices are heard and they encourage new thoughts and creative ideas from all employees. Great opportunities to interact and share ideas with other departments; Benefits are top-notch

    Cons

    Pay could be a bit higher for some of the positions; and the need to update computer databases and network speed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Results Oriented Empowerment with Competitive Spirit

    Current Employee - CRM Director in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - CRM Director in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company truly believes in the people it hires for the long-term. Lots of latitude with support to get the job done. Results and contribution are valued over pedigree and title. Candor and innovation are expected and rewarded eliminating any barriers to success and growth.

    Cons

    Silo-ed organization and informal structure can create some lags in efficiency and best practice adoption. ON a personal level, the cons don't get in the way ...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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