Progressive Business Publications

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Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
76 Reviews
4.3
76 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Casual work environment, realistic bosses usually willing to help out (in 12 reviews)

  • Lax management, some really smart people work there, flexible schedule (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • I would love to have more access to windows and natural light (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management should be given an office (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company, focused on sales & marketing.

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

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

    Pros

    The best part of PBP is that everyone is always open to new ideas and the management team is constantly looking for growth opportunities.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is that sometimes there is not good teamwork between departments. At times there can be a "silo" approach or mentality to each business unit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PBP has a very good benefits program including profit sharing and 401k, so hopefully all that continues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Reading, PA

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

    Pros

    The Company offers allot of flexibility in it's scheduling, great for single Moms, students, etc.

    Cons

    As in any Sales environment, the Company expects results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More Training for New Hires.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Open and Flexible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    A refreshing and professional company that is interested in your ideas and encourages your best work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance where you can go home at a reasonable time and not have to work nights or weekends. Warm and friendly work environment. Staff are rewarded and moved up based on merit, not politics. We get to provide helpful info to companies that they truly need to run their companies better; keep up in their field, etc. The commitment to philanthropy is stronger than I've seen in any company and employees can take time off during the workday if they want to volunteer for charity work. Senior management is generally open-minded and approachable.

    Cons

    Would be nice if the building had more windows for employees to see the outside greenery.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more paid vacation days.

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

    Neutral opinion, whats good is great but low pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Howland Corners, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Howland Corners, OH

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome schedule, will work with anything you have going on: school, kids, appointments and the like. All members of management are approachable... a TRUE open door policy.

    Cons

    Very high turn over, I am fearful if this is the day I will be let go, every day i go in. I am into my fifth week and have seen more than 10 people let go, and even more than that just stop showing up within their first and second week. Sales is difficult and not for everybody. Pay is min wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to coach your reps.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    May 8, 2014Business Team Manager

    We actively recruit new talent into our sales organization and are always looking for the best people. Sales is a difficult profession and we work very hard as a company to provide our reps with the ... More

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Bensalem, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Bensalem, PA

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

    Pros

    None come to mind, none.

    Cons

    Being talked to like your a special needs child just because you can't get small businesses to agree to a free trial of their horrible newsletters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop drinking the Kool-Aid

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    May 8, 2014Business Team Manager

    Our management team is focused on building a good company with good people. We rely on our culture and values as a part of our success. With that, we expect all managers to treat sales team members ... More

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sad place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    You Get What You Give

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10. 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

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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