Progressive Business Publications

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  1. 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 a 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
  2. 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
  3.  

    Challenging, flexible, empowering, and actually fun

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    • 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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to make a difference. Yes, you will be challenged to be good at what you do...need to be accountable, show a sense of urgency, and have a plan...specifically think with the end in mind when tackling a problem or a project. But that's what makes it empowering. There is clearly a Progressive model that has worked and that you need to learn and understand, but the opportunities to help tweak that model to make things better are there for those that can show reasons to make the changes.

    Definitely a flexible work environment...I don't feel like everyone is watching my every move or worried if I came in by 8 and left after 5. What matters is the work you are doing and the impact you are having. I have the tools to work all weekend if I want, or catch up on stuff late at night, and when necessary leave a bit early to catch my kids sporting events.

    The company is also committed to developing their employees. From the program designed for new employees to get acquainted with the company, other new employees, and long-standing employees, to the management training & development program recently implemented, to the Strength Finder activity they conducted, it's clear that the company is looking to advance their employees as best they can.

    It doesn't hurt that we can have fun too. Numerous pizza parties, team events, tickets to sporting events, and dinner and great seats at the Walnut Street Theater all have been made available. Plus, something that doesn't get much publicity are the projects and nonprofits that Progressive supports through its charitable foundation.

    Cons

    Vacation time, promotions, not much natural light. Upper management should be given an office...without worrying about hurting the feelings of employees who have been around a long time. Structure could be better defined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are hired at a high level, you should be treated as such. Having a hierarchy is ok if the right people are Managers. Then employees will have clearer direction and things will run smoother. Cubicle walls should come down, but if doing old school cubicles than director level employees should not be sitting in a smaller cubicle than a summer intern.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great environment for a self-motivated, energetic employee

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Management empowers employees, you rarely feel micromanaged, friendly work environment, great opportunity for someone who wants to learn multiple facets of the publishing world

    Cons

    IT resources are stretched thin so it's challenging to get projects completed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase employee vacation days

  6. 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 a 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A refreshing and professional company that is interested in your ideas and encourages your best work.

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

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance where you can go home at a reasonable time and not have to work nights or weekends. Warm and friendly work environment. Staff are rewarded and moved up based on merit, not politics. We get to provide helpful info to companies that they truly need to run their companies better; keep up in their field, etc. The commitment to philanthropy is stronger than I've seen in any company and employees can take time off during the workday if they want to volunteer for charity work. Senior management is generally open-minded and approachable.

    Cons

    Would be nice if the building had more windows for employees to see the outside greenery.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more paid vacation days.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Open and Flexible

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    • 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.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Neutral opinion, whats good is great but low pay

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Howland Corners, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Howland Corners, OH

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

    Pros

    Awesome schedule, will work with anything you have going on: school, kids, appointments and the like. All members of management are approachable... a TRUE open door policy.

    Cons

    Very high turn over, I am fearful if this is the day I will be let go, every day i go in. I am into my fifth week and have seen more than 10 people let go, and even more than that just stop showing up within their first and second week. Sales is difficult and not for everybody. Pay is min wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to coach your reps.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    May 8, 2014Business Team Manager

    We actively recruit new talent into our sales organization and are always looking for the best people. Sales is a difficult profession and we work very hard as a company to provide our reps with the ... More

  10. 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
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Progressive Business Publications is "built to last"

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

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

    Pros

    Progressive Business Publications is a company in it for the long-term. More than half of the employees have been around longer than 10 years. That says something. The company has made a huge success of print information, in an age when everyone else is struggling even with digital because of their quick-read, expert-to-expert business format. Others have posted, and it's absolutely true, that the culture is unique (by design) and entrepreneurial -- the job is really what you make of it. No one comes in with a list of job description bullets to follow. At Progressive Business Publications, you have to know your talents and how to leverage them.

    Once they prove themselves, business owners become empowered to drive their areas, and there's no small amount of pressure to deliver. The culture is very flat, which makes for a vague hierarchy, but again that's by design. This combination of pressure and gray area is probably not for everyone. Decisions are debated and often determined by consensus. It's a model that has worked for the company time and again as they transitioned from print, into audio, and then into virtual training. Progressive Business Publications stresses the role of collaboration during their recruiting process, and they aren't kidding. It often has the energy of a start-up, but with long-time employees who act as mentors and coaches. Very unique place, very unique opportunity.

    Cons

    Not a lot of natural light in the HQ, except at the building edges. Would love an updated working space.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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