Progressive Business Publications

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Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
69 Reviews

4.3
69 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager  in  Williamsport, PA
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Williamsport, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great management training program. Opportunities are there for those who want it.

    Cons

    Some of the upper level managers are shortsighted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open about the direction of the company and the long-term strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business to Business telemarketing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

    Some of the people you talked to were great

    Cons

    A lot of the people you worked with, were not professional at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Screen applicants better

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Taught myself how to recognize the different types of people, for better sales tactics.

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

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

    Pros

    The upbeat personalities of my coworkers helped me to open up and learn better people skills.

    Cons

    Calling people who do not want to be called and bothered, instead of using a referral system. Bothering small and large companies during their work times and not later in the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training programs, mock sales. Meetings based on the cycles we are in now and not the future ones. To do referrals and not random call tactics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent place for entry-level, not much more

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    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. 3 people found this helpful  

    The reviews that sound too good to be true -- ARE too too good to be true

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Management couldn't care less what employees do day-to-day, so feel free to come in for only a few hours a day, "work" from home, and wear your pajamas into the office. No one will notice or care.

    Cons

    Revenue has dropped to a fraction of what it was just a few years ago, and upper management is desperately trying to find ANYTHING that will make a few bucks. Whether it's legal or ethical is not part of their concern.

    In my time there, I uncovered cases of plagiarism and was aware of several cases of sexual harassment -- none of which upper management was willing to deal with. Instead, they got rid of the "complainers" rather than address the illegal activities their own employees were engaging in.

    They're shutting down products left and right which led to multiple layoffs and/or not
    hiring replacements for the MANY people who have left in the past two years.

    A job here is probably better than the unemployment office -- but not by much. Staying here too long will destroy your career -- and your soul.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop having the owner's son write the glowing reviews on this and similar sites. They're so obvious, it's laughable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Progressive Business Publications is "built to last"

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time for 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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dishonest business tactics...a sinking ship.

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    Former Employee - Rather Not Say  in  Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Rather Not Say in Malvern, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people who work there genuinely want the business to succeed. Generally no one works past 5pm. Most people leave on their own once they figure out their career is going nowhere.

    Cons

    Layoffs due to failed management and vision. Organization claims you are your own CEO, so don't expect a promotion. Too many business units, they try anything to make money. Ideas and content taken from free resources and then repackaged to charge customers. Top managers aren't held accountable so major screw ups go unnoticed. Nepotism galore. Bloated salaries at the top. Annual reviews and raises are based on opinion, not actual measurements. Read over the Glassdoor reviews - you can tell the positive ones were written by their own staff to try and change people's opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers instead of the protected boys club at the top. Hold people accountable for failures. Shake up the top level every once in a while. Become an honest company rather than using your own staff to create fake positive stories. Develop a career path for your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    great place for writers

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    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

    I can't think of a more exciting challenge for a writer than to work at Progressive Business Publications. You learn to write for extremely busy business professionals who don't have time and who by nature don't want to read. Business-to-business writing is different from any other kind of writing I've ever been exposed to -- and I think I've seen most of it in a 50-year writing and editing career. It's a tough craft to learn, but then again, it's like they say -- nothing easy in probably worth having.

    Progressive Business Professionals serves business professionals with critical information for their jobs from Presidents and CEOs to administrative assistants and every other job function in between -- HR, Payroll, Sales, Safety and Environmental compliance management and others. Each audience has its own unique needs. Our writers are trained how to talk to these business professionals and then serve them by selecting the right information just for them from a variety of sources. We got a lot of satisfaction when we hear people tell us we've really helped them become more effective in their jobs. I never felt I had such a direct relationship with my audience when I used to work in general media like newspapers. It's challenging, but it's exhilarating at the same time!

    Cons

    traffic on US202 (construction seems to be everlasting) can be bad for the commute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think about work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Exactly as Promised...It's What You Make Of It

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    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Malvern, PA

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

    Pros

    Progressive Business Publications is a very stable company, with a strong base of business, which allows them to aggressively pursue growth initiatives. As in any entrepreneurial environment, the job is really what you make of it, and is perfect for anybody who knows how to prioritize and go after the top 20% of opportunities. Expectations are high, and potential compensation is strong for those who make an impact.
    Having grown up in the traditional print newsletter business, Progressive Business Publications has made aggressive strides in the digital and e-commerce spaces, creating brand new businesses that leverage its existing content and resources, and makes fast growth possible. If you know how to write a business plan and build a financial model, you can launch a business, and get to profitability much faster than in a traditional setup.
    Business owners are empowered to make decisions, and are clearly on the hook for results. If you like and want true accountability, along with all of the authority to make it happen, this is for you. This is not a place for anybody who wants to coast along.
    During the hiring process, the recruiter and everybody I met with stressed the company's culture and values. I was honestly skeptical as to how far these went within the company, and am happy to say that there is a consistency in this, across all levels and departments. Progressive Business Publications hires smart and talented people, who are also driven and respectful. Don't get me wrong...there is plenty of healthy debate and productive conflict, so you should be comfortable with this, and know that it makes for better business.

    Cons

    The fast pace of growth initiatives makes for some difficult prioritization discussions and resourcing. As with most companies, this impacts IT work, which can create resourcing issues. This is being actively addressed with stronger project management and ownership of initiatives.
    Also, not a con for me, but if you're looking for a job where you just show up and leave at the appointed times, this is not for you. You will work hard, and have high expectations put on you, so be prepared.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the balance of high expectations with the empowerment to make it happen, and I'll stick around.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Internship at Progressive Business Publications

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I interned here while still in college and learned a ton about how company culture can shape the success of a company. I was surrounded by intelligent and passionate professionals who work as a team and exemplify qualities of good leaders. Couldn't have asked for a better internship and although I never worked at PBP full time - the experience certainly set me up for success down the line.

    Cons

    The commute was a little far for me.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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