Progressive Business Publications

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Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
73 Reviews
4.4
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Casual work environment, realistic bosses usually willing to help out (in 12 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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unenlightened

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

    They will give unproven talent a chance. They are relatively hands-off so you have the opportunity to develop your skills and projects (opportunity but not necessarily support). There are opportunities to interact with senior management. Promotions are possible (but greater responsibility is not necessarily rewarded.)

    Cons

    PBP is very set in its ways. Original thinking is typically punished until the new employee learns to fit the mold. The company markets very aggressively, leading to complaints such as you can find with an easy Google search. Most employees have given up trying to make sense of management decisions and just follow orders. Many simple tasks become power struggles due to the absence of basic policies and procedures. There is almost no funding for ongoing skills development, especially if it might benefit another employer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Super-aggressive marketing models are becoming self-defeating. You should reward your employees for finding ways to bring in revenue while treating customers with respect. Many employees bring you their passion and dedication -- despite low salaries -- they deserve better, both in compensation and in their opportunities to thrive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    a complete waste of time & energy

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

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

    flexible work schedule and the ability to get benefits and vacation after 6 mo probationary period. "state of the art facility"

    Cons

    Inept management who really only care about their own careers, not yours. There is absolutely no product training to speak of and their only concern is that you are indoctrinated on the history of their owner and his exploits. benefit package is meager at best and it appears they only want you to invest in their 401k so that upper management can get fat before they fire you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to school and learn how to run a business properly in the 21st century. The employees and clients alike are on to you and are not as "green" as you would like to assume.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sad place to work

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

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

    Pros? If you still have a job.

    Cons

    The owner is trashing this company to keep feeding the black hole that is supposed to "his legacy." This includes senseless cost-cutting and ill-informed decision-making. It's almost funny because the owner has his mantra: "There are no good companies, just good people" -- and then proceeded to lay off several good people due to their salaries, and retained less-skilled people because they are cheaper. In the meantime, the few remaining senior people are being crushed under the workload. But they see how the laid-off people have fared (terribly), so they're willing to tolerate the abuse. It's a sad, bad situation. And it's a shame to watch a company that was so energetically and ideally built eat itself from within, on the whims of one man.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The emperor has no clothes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    May 8, 2014Business Team Manager

    We are very proud to have a stable workforce with over half of our employees having over 5 years of service. In the company's 50 year history we have had only a single layoff, totaling 9 people ... More

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent place for entry-level, not much more

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

    Profitable company, privately held, not dependent on satisfying shareholders.

    Cons

    Low pay, very flat structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Questionable business ethics driven by greed

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Malvern, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    casual work atmosphere, some fun employee activities

    Cons

    This is a churn & burn organization - both with their treatment of employees and their email marketing practices. A quick Google search will show you plenty of "questionable business ethics".
    Not much vacation time & paid holidays - lousy insurance.
    Management will guide you very little but hold you accountable for everything. Expect little guidance and the likelihood that you will never elevate your position unless a member of the almost all-male management club. Greed-driven initiatives with poor project management planning and follow-through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your bad business ethics, poor benefits, low-pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad career choice

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

    Accommodating to individual schedules, casual dress code, unlikely to be fired

    Cons

    No career growth, flat organization with high paid managers prevent opportunities to move up, no raises, money invested in new ideas and often failed due to poor planning, overpaid managers in failing divisions, underpaid employees in successful divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit paying executives to work for one year at the highest salary and then leave. Reward company loyalty and plan your future. Get ahead of the industry curve instead of dragging your feet. Don't be so stingy with employee salaries so you're not scraping the bottom of the barrel for talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    A waste of time

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Malvern, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and that is about it.

    Cons

    Inefficient manner of farming/hunting new business, horrible base pay. They hire recent college grads/young people to do their dirt work. Recent college grads want experience, not $$$, which they are keeping for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that technology is changing and can be useful

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to build a resume, but you'll never get rich working there.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Bensalem, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Bensalem, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

    Flexible hours, easy work. Good performance is rewarded appropriately. Good relationship between staff and management. Those who truly strive to succeed are given the assistance they need. Those who do succeed are rewarded with promotions. The job can pay VERY well, but ONLY if you are very good at phone sales without sending out false, unclear or otherwise bad orders(fluffing your sales with bad orders will get you fired fast).

    Cons

    Training is brief and broad. Severe turnover. Will hire anybody, but will also fire after giving a short grace period out of training. Poor office conditions (slow to repair plumbing, air conditioning, etc.) Minimum wage with an hourly sales incentive that is difficult for most reps to achieve. The ideal rep is essentially one who does enough sales to be worth keeping but not enough to get paid beyond the $7.15 an hour base rate. The job requires a great deal of mental endurance and fortitude and very few employees last more than a month there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Extend training to two weeks, allow greater employee autonomy with regards to sales script. The current sales incentive system is demotivating, too few attain it. Do away with it and instead give employees regular raises to their base rate at 6 or 12 month intervals, since employees that last that long are the ones you want to keep and those that don't last don't become discouraged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Fair opportunity to prove value and provide meaningful contribution

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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

    Pros

    There is a sufficient opportunity provided for professional growth, there are impressive philanthropic efforts, and there is an effective use of performance metrics.

    Cons

    The benefits package is sub-par. There is not a designated individual to handle human resources-related questions and particularly questions related to health benefits coverage. This is a major shortcoming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Designate an assigned individual to communicate with employees regarding human resources issues and benefits-related issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    Sep 3, 2014Business Team Manager

    We have several people designated to help handle HR and benefits questions. If you are located in a branch, contact your branch manager. If you are located in our Malvern headquarters, you may ask ... More

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Neutral

    Former Employee - Account Manager in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Malvern, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits from day one; flexible for PTO. Laid back environment.

    Cons

    My position was in sales; the commission on the actual sale was ridiculously low and there was tax onto of that. What is fully expected a person was not laid out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve internal communication. Invest in employee motivatio

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