Progressive Business Publications

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Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
76 Reviews
4.3
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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. 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Open and Flexible

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

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

    Pros

    Manager is flexible and open to ideas, gives me time to do what I need with family. Casual atmosphere, clear expectations about project timelines. Good 401k plan and good medical plan, we have 2 kids. I have received profit sharing bonus last 3 years, even in down economy, we did okay.

    Cons

    We could use more employee centered events, like celebrating monthly birthdays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add some sales training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    May 8, 2014Business Team Manager

    We are in the process of expanding our training and development programs for employees.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    You Get What You Give

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

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

    Pros

    Schedule, Holidays Off, Performance-Based Pay, Growth/Development Potential, very little politics.

    Cons

    Equipment/Technology needs updated. Some physical work-space/office updates (cosmetic) also could be helpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep The Management By Servitude Philosophy in mind, Throughout the entire organization, at all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    My Job Is Rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Rather Not Say in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Rather Not Say in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    My job is rewarding. I know the work I do is benefiting various types of individuals and therefore organizations all over the country. Everyday is different for me so it keeps it fresh. While every job has a sense of monotony, the nature of what we do – providing educational materials to business minded folk – provides enough variety to keep it interesting. I am well respected by my boss and I am never micro-managed. While I am guided, I have found that in this company, if you are organized and good with time management you will be treated as the adult you should be in a corporate setting. You are set up for success and led to make “executive decisions” which also makes for a better work environment. Holding employees accountable for their decisions, creativity, and behavior is essential to a successful company.

    A lot of companies preach an “open door policy” but I must stress how true this is at PBP. I always feel I am “heard” when I have an idea, propose a process, or simply voice my opinion about how I perceive something happening in the office or company. That to me is the most important part of any job.

    Cons

    As with every job, of course it has its "cons". Our area in the building is very cold everyday, no matter the weather outside. We do have a space heater though. Also, who doesn’t want to make more money? I have had wage increases as I have moved up and into various positions with different responsibilities but of course I hope to get more responsibility eventually and therefore make more money.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Hard work rewarded with opportunity

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

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time

    Pros

    If you put in the work and time to learn about the company you will be rewarded with increased responsibility and opportunity.
    You are always encouraged to try new things and new approaches which is a refreshing change from other organizations I have worked for.
    Very involved in the community and believes in and encourages giving back - something that is missing in many companies today.

    Cons

    More vacation time would be nice, but I have learned from past experience, sometimes you pay for more vacation time through unpaid/unrecognized overtime.

    Recommends
  7.  

    I Love PBP!

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

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Found a dimond in the ruff in meadville pa

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Wonderful environment to grow in

    • 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

    Management is absolutely on the ball with keeping employee interests aligned with company goals, and there's never a moment where I would question talking to them about anything from a daily conversation to a work-related issue. I was hired after my internship, and all along I have been treated as an equal. There is a very special quality in the social sphere of the company, and makes a remarkably healthy work environment.

    Cons

    PBP generally has gotten a bad reputation for its telemarketing. All of that is done off-site, and feels very distant from its corporate culture. However, the content of its publications is top notch, and the direction the company is going only promises an even bigger future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be more offices. Cubes are great for communicating quickly, but it would be ideal to have a sit-down office for each time we touch base.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fantastic! A company that really knows how to take care of employees that are willing to work hard and give their best!

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

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time

    Pros

    Advancement opportunities; ability to increase your own salary through hard work; supportive staff at every level; dedicated to development of people; very positive environment; on-going training and development

    Cons

    None really, I mean its a tough job but if you work hard and stay positive it pays off!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Every manager I work with is supportive, knowledgeable and has a true desire to help others do well, just keep doing that!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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

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