Progressive Business Publications

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Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
73 Reviews
4.4
73 Reviews
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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.  

    Challenging, flexible, empowering, and actually fun

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

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (more than an 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Opinion, Community Focused

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Ed in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Executive Ed in Malvern, PA

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

    Pros

    The owner participates in a lot of community organizations and encourages paid time off for employees to participate. Great snow days because you can work from home. Casual work environment, realistic bosses usually willing to help out.

    Cons

    On site gym needs facelift to promote wellness, company could combine sick and vacation and give you upfront to manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Post internal job openings so people can see there are career opportunities. More communication about business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great environment for a self-motivated, energetic employee

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    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Management empowers employees, you rarely feel micromanaged, friendly work environment, great opportunity for someone who wants to learn multiple facets of the publishing world

    Cons

    IT resources are stretched thin so it's challenging to get projects completed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase employee vacation days

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overall positive experience; Lots of room to grow within the company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Conference Producer in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Conference Producer in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You are never micromanaged in your position. Managers/upper-level employees check in, but allow you to do your work without breathing down your neck. There is always room to take on more job responsibilities, or work on special projects after you've established yourself there.

    Cons

    Salary doesn't always match your job responsibilities. Often, people will either leave/get fired, and everyone is just expected to take on more responsibilities without any increase in salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the salaries/bonus pay (for the good employees) so they don't feel overworked/under paid.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Open and Flexible

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Manager is flexible and open to ideas, gives me time to do what I need with family. Casual atmosphere, clear expectations about project timelines. Good 401k plan and good medical plan, we have 2 kids. I have received profit sharing bonus last 3 years, even in down economy, we did okay.

    Cons

    We could use more employee centered events, like celebrating monthly birthdays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add some sales training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    May 8, 2014Business Team Manager

    We are in the process of expanding our training and development programs for employees.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    You Get What You Give

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

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

    Pros

    Schedule, Holidays Off, Performance-Based Pay, Growth/Development Potential, very little politics.

    Cons

    Equipment/Technology needs updated. Some physical work-space/office updates (cosmetic) also could be helpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep The Management By Servitude Philosophy in mind, Throughout the entire organization, at all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Williamsport, PA
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Williamsport, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time (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
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    My Job Is Rewarding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Rather Not Say in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Rather Not Say in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    My job is rewarding. I know the work I do is benefiting various types of individuals and therefore organizations all over the country. Everyday is different for me so it keeps it fresh. While every job has a sense of monotony, the nature of what we do – providing educational materials to business minded folk – provides enough variety to keep it interesting. I am well respected by my boss and I am never micro-managed. While I am guided, I have found that in this company, if you are organized and good with time management you will be treated as the adult you should be in a corporate setting. You are set up for success and led to make “executive decisions” which also makes for a better work environment. Holding employees accountable for their decisions, creativity, and behavior is essential to a successful company.

    A lot of companies preach an “open door policy” but I must stress how true this is at PBP. I always feel I am “heard” when I have an idea, propose a process, or simply voice my opinion about how I perceive something happening in the office or company. That to me is the most important part of any job.

    Cons

    As with every job, of course it has its "cons". Our area in the building is very cold everyday, no matter the weather outside. We do have a space heater though. Also, who doesn’t want to make more money? I have had wage increases as I have moved up and into various positions with different responsibilities but of course I hope to get more responsibility eventually and therefore make more money.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Everyone was so supportive and encouraging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in Malvern, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time (more than an 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
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Hard work rewarded with opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    If you put in the work and time to learn about the company you will be rewarded with increased responsibility and opportunity.
    You are always encouraged to try new things and new approaches which is a refreshing change from other organizations I have worked for.
    Very involved in the community and believes in and encourages giving back - something that is missing in many companies today.

    Cons

    More vacation time would be nice, but I have learned from past experience, sometimes you pay for more vacation time through unpaid/unrecognized overtime.

    Recommends

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