Progressive Business Publications

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Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
70 Reviews
4.3
70 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Casual work environment, realistic bosses usually willing to help out (in 11 reviews)

  • Strong record of giving back to the community (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Vacation time, no natural light, company culture could be improved because the company seems silo'd at times between different business units (in 4 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fun experiences to be had. Nice people great enviroment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch Manager
    Current Employee - Branch Manager

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time for more than a 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
  2.  

    Awesome work culture! This company really supports both personal and professional development.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Morning Manager  in  Williamsport, PA
    Current Employee - Morning Manager in Williamsport, PA

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    In addition to the flexible work schedule, competitive pay, and opportunities for advancement- PBP's core values facilitate an environment I'm proud to be a part of.

    Cons

    Because of the flexibility of the work schedule you have to be self managed. For some, this can different and challenging from what they are used to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Summer Internship Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analytics Intern  in  Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Data Analytics Intern in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Although I have only been with Progressive Business Publications for a short time, I can see many positive things about the company. They have a wealth of employees that create a substantial amount of high quality content for their products. They offer a laid back work environment with a lax business casual dress code. The company is focused on giving back to the community and has a strong sense of corporate social responsibility.

    Cons

    The Progressive Business Publication brand has been tarnished through an outdated sales process. Even through all of the good things the company does, when you speak to others about who you work for there is typically a negative connotation to the conversation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to explore other areas of business to enter into by actively engaging your customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Casual work environment where you are judged on your performance.

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    • 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 for less than a 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoy my job with stable company

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    • 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 for 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
  7.  

    Challenging, flexible, empowering, and actually fun

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time for 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
  8.  

    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 for less than a 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
  9.  

    An excellent place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Department  in  Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - IT Department in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    PBP has a great atmosphere and great people. The work-life balance is great and I still have plenty of time for my family.

    Cons

    There are no con's I can think of off the top of my head, I truly enjoy the people and the atmosphere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company, focused on sales & marketing.

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    • 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 for 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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Experience!

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    • 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 for 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

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