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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Ed Satell
58 Ratings

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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company that doesn't follow their own "proclaimed" values. Run away as fast as you can.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Editor  in  Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Editor in Malvern, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not many. But if you are willing to be a follower and do what they say you will get by. You need to be someone who doesn't think for themselves.

    Cons

    Search the web for "progressive business publications" and look at the search results.
    You will see a great deal of negative publicity about the company exploiting people at businesses across the country. This is reason enough not to work there.

    On top of that, consider the people who work there for a long time and are comfortable with this fact. They obviously are either stuck there or don't find anything wrong with misleading or taking advantage of people. Why would you want to work with them?

    In addition to these facts, my experience at the company was very in line with the negative facts that come up in the search results. People there didn't really care about the customers, nor did management really care about employees. The turnover rate of employees was very high and customers were always calling into complain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I do not think advice will help this management team.

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

    Surprised by teamwork

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

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility with work schedule. Accommodating any and all family need and emergencies. Provide an excellent work environment and a casual atmosphere.

    Cons

    Pay is not great but the benefits are excellent. Lack of communication on a few issues and the HR department could be better involved with identifying poor performers and working on action plans to improve their performance or moving on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be proactive with succession planning

    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrorawful

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Altoona, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Altoona, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Easy, laid back. You can wear shorts.

    Cons

    Tedious work. Extremely boring and repetitive. I would rather be unemployed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go out of business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Everyone was so supportive and encouraging

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Editor  in  Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in Malvern, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I began work at PBP as an administrative assistant in the special events department. It wasn't my dream job, but the people were all very nice and the work was enjoyable. As I expressed interest and showed ability, my supervisor was happy to allow me to branch out into different types of tasks and areas of the company. Some of the wonderful things I got to do while working at PBP include assisting with the design of the line of greeting cards and developing a dance team with a few elementary school students that attend a school the PBP sponsors. I was also encouraged to apply for a position in the editorial department, even though it took me away from my admin duties. Everyone was happy to give me opportunities and support my goals from the beginning of my time there (I was even able to telecommute part time). It was difficult to leave such a welcoming and encouraging group of people when I had to take my leave due to relocating for my husband's work.

    Cons

    There were a few things that bothered me with the editorial work. One of them was having to do cold calls, mostly because I am not a terribly confident person on the phone. Another was the strictness of the format of how they write the articles for the newsletter, but that's what works for them and it's something that you just have to learn how to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would have been encouraged to research articles more before writing them.

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

    Positive Environment, Dedicated and Professional Colleagues

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

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time

    Pros

    *Culture that encourages achievement
    *Colleagues are people of accomplishment who encourage and support one another
    *Opportunity to bring great ideas to fruition
    *Strong record of giving back to the community

    Cons

    *It is hurtful and aggravating to read the nasty criticisms and negative comments seen on the web.
    *some of these harangues seem unfair and misleading

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst Company Ever

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people that work there.

    Cons

    They give a false sense of empowerment and pretend to embrace your business ideas... when in reality, it's like working in a version of the Hunger Games.
    Upper Management interferes with how mid-management runs their business - then blame them when their idea fails.
    They claim they are a "people" company but I only saw that if the employee was earning them a considerable amount of cash... even then.. they did not really treat employees with respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop uniform company policies and if you give your word

  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    PBP’s environment encourages you to succeed at your job

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

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

    Pros

    - PBP is a meritocracy - if you do well you’re rewarded with more, challenging work that plays to your strengths. As a result, I’ve been able to grow within the company and work with many different divisions which has allowed me to both learn a lot and contribute to the overall growth of the company.
    - The People - I’ve never worked with a group of more talented and interesting people. It makes work more enjoyable if you like the people you work with.
    - Giving back - PBP doesn’t just give money to non-profit organizations they support, they also encourage their employees to give time during the work day to make a difference in a child’s life by mentoring elementary school children

    Cons

    The office itself is "tired" looking. I would love to have more access to windows and natural light. And, more parking spaces, too.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Values Driven Company with Opportunity for Impact

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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I've worked in marketing at the company's headquarters for 3 years. Company has a high performance environment but managers give you the resources and support to succeed. I'm always learning something new and have been given opportunities to attend conferences, trainings, and other outside resources. Upper management challenges you to make an impact, but empowers you to see your ideas through.

    PBP is very philanthropic and encourages employees to participate in its mentorship program . I found the program to be incredibly rewarding. Gives you a sense of pride to work with a company that positively impacts the community in so many ways.

    Cons

    It is a results driven environment. Everyone is held accountable for what they deliver on, so it's not for everybody.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better coffee!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not proud to call them my employer

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

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time

    Pros

    Casual work environment, mentoring program with children of an inner-city school, flexible hours

    Cons

    Will do anything to make money, even if it is unethical
    Very poor reputation
    Little to no managerial interaction with staff
    Too many random divisions and departments under one roof
    Shady business practices
    Low pay
    Poor facilities
    Terrible technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being "sneaky" and trying to make profits however you can - conduct legitimate business. Your unethical practices are taking their toll on your reputation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Positive about the future

    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    I have been able to work with some autonomy and grow the business segments within the realm of my responsibility. My role has not changed, but I have been able to better define the role and increase expectations and results. I enjoy those I work with, am challenged to by the fact there is more I can do to improve processes towards increasing revenue for the company and my division.

    Cons

    Low salary, but have been able to grow income through incentives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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