Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. Casual work environment where you are judged on your performance.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (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 Management

    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!


  2. Fun! Fun! Fun!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Boardman, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Boardman, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment. Excellent opportunities for advancement with the company. Great choice for people that have other obligations (single parents, two jobs, etc). Write your own paycheck!

    Cons

    It is a performance type position. It may not be the job for everyone. Sometimes people have to leave because they are over qualified and have to take a position making more money.

    Advice to Management

    Continue constant growth through training and development of every employee. Offer incentives to employees in the form of benefits (410K, profit sharing, etc.).


  3. rewarding

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative/Branch Manager in Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative/Branch Manager in Reading, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, great people, great pay

    Cons

    Frustrated at sales standards, the average person cannot excel, company does not cancel subscriptions accurately

    Advice to Management

    lower standards of sales for employees, rent better ventilated office space


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  5. Great place to work! Amazing work environment and co-workers!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, along with the ability to leave my work at work. Career development courses are offered in-house thanks to PBP having multiple divisions. Managers always willing to let you participate in courses. PBP offers an amazing work environment. Finally it never hurts to have great managers and co-workers to work with.

    Cons

    Could use more interaction between departments. Put more finances towards current employees.


  6. Product Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Team environment with support from my manager in all aspects of training and job function. Great people and fun, supportive atmosphere.

    Cons

    I have no complaints about the company. I left for personal reasons.


  7. Solid Business Publisher

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Freelance Writer/Instructor in Malvern, PA
    Former Freelancer - Freelance Writer/Instructor in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Progressive called me about turning a seminar into one of their online classes. They were incredibly professional, outlined the process and followed through. They were prompt with payment and because of their experience and expertise, it was a smooth deal. Ed Satell is well respected member of the Philadelphia area business community and supports many great causes.

    Cons

    There was little downside for me working with Progressive. They could take on more of a content creator-centric culture, but they have done a good job taking the traditional publishing model online.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the rock solid work and content. There is room to spice it up more, but all in all you do a great job.


  8. Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Bensalem, PA
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Bensalem, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pros of this company are quite obvious, flex schedule nice friendly atmosphere plenty of lighting. The office in Bensalem, the atmosphere is so pleasant. Everyone there is so willing to help you achieve your goals and there is plenty of room to advance. The branch manager is one of the nicest people. She is very understanding and works with everyone.

    Cons

    The insurance is too high. They should pay for managers insurance.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your managers better


  9. PBP Pros/Cons from a Current Employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time

    Pros

    - Good work/life balance - Great people - Great manager/team - Opportunity / Entrepreneurial spirit

    Cons

    - IT/systems bottleneck projects at times - Business units function in separate silos - PTO is modest

    Advice to Management

    Work together to breakdown business unit silos for more robust product and brand.


  10. Great Place to Expand Your Skills

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Upper management is supportive of your career goals and any new business initiatives you come up with. Employees are super friendly and inviting. Hours are flexible.

    Cons

    Working in cubicles makes it hard to be collaborative with your team members. Divisions aren't connected - not sure what everyone else in the building is doing. Employee morale boosting events and programs are lacking. There aren't many windows - sunlight is necessary!

    Advice to Management

    Bridge the divisions together and bring back company events!


  11. Good and Bad with Some Work Life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mid Level in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Mid Level in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    New CEO seems to be turning things around as owner moves on. Some new talent being hired. Starting to think about the customer is spreading. Moving away from massive email sending to be more modern. Flexible with family and work life issues.

    Cons

    Will new people and new CEO be accepted by some old timers who haven't worked in the "new" economy... All the stuff looks dated, from the newsletters to the bathrooms. Improvement of image needed. Lots of money for college scholarships, but only a select few get it, middle aged high paid managers... does nothing for 90% of employees

    Advice to Management

    Decide who should be empowered, time to kill old products with lots of over head.



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