Progressive Business Publications

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Surprised by teamwork

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    • 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 (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
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Editor in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Editor in Malvern, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time (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
  3. 3 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 (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. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's a job, not a career.

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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

    Pros

    Very friendly people who want the company to grow and succeed.

    Cons

    Flat organization with no career growth. HR issues common. Suggestions for improvement regularly shot down by management who regularly bend or break the rules. Money is wasted on failing divisions and morale is typically low. Dishonest tactics for most business practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your hard workers instead of hiring corporate misfits who make six figure salaries and then leave a year later. Spend some resources developing your loyal employees and promote from within. Break up the boy's club mentality and open up the club for others to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great start to a post-college career, not much room to grow

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

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

    Taking a position at Progressive Business Publications after college is a very wise decision - You learn a lot about marketing and the corporate world. Management does encourage you to do well and the bonus structure is good if you're a high performer. It's a great resume builder and you can take advantage of many opportunities. They have corporate boxes in many Philadelphia sports arenas which are a great perk.

    Cons

    The salary is low (and although there's 'advancement' opportunities, it typically is minimal during review) and the benefits are weak compared to similar companies. The health insurance, PTO (vacation and sick leave) and snow day policy do not reward employees. The entire business model is based around hiring new college graduates, making money and then replacing the crop once they've moved on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees and reward them appropriately with salary and benefits. Also, look for long-term solutions to grow the business.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unenlightened

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

    They will give unproven talent a chance. They are relatively hands-off so you have the opportunity to develop your skills and projects (opportunity but not necessarily support). There are opportunities to interact with senior management. Promotions are possible (but greater responsibility is not necessarily rewarded.)

    Cons

    PBP is very set in its ways. Original thinking is typically punished until the new employee learns to fit the mold. The company markets very aggressively, leading to complaints such as you can find with an easy Google search. Most employees have given up trying to make sense of management decisions and just follow orders. Many simple tasks become power struggles due to the absence of basic policies and procedures. There is almost no funding for ongoing skills development, especially if it might benefit another employer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Super-aggressive marketing models are becoming self-defeating. You should reward your employees for finding ways to bring in revenue while treating customers with respect. Many employees bring you their passion and dedication -- despite low salaries -- they deserve better, both in compensation and in their opportunities to thrive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad career choice

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

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

    Accommodating to individual schedules, casual dress code, unlikely to be fired

    Cons

    No career growth, flat organization with high paid managers prevent opportunities to move up, no raises, money invested in new ideas and often failed due to poor planning, overpaid managers in failing divisions, underpaid employees in successful divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit paying executives to work for one year at the highest salary and then leave. Reward company loyalty and plan your future. Get ahead of the industry curve instead of dragging your feet. Don't be so stingy with employee salaries so you're not scraping the bottom of the barrel for talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    a complete waste of time & energy

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

    flexible work schedule and the ability to get benefits and vacation after 6 mo probationary period. "state of the art facility"

    Cons

    Inept management who really only care about their own careers, not yours. There is absolutely no product training to speak of and their only concern is that you are indoctrinated on the history of their owner and his exploits. benefit package is meager at best and it appears they only want you to invest in their 401k so that upper management can get fat before they fire you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to school and learn how to run a business properly in the 21st century. The employees and clients alike are on to you and are not as "green" as you would like to assume.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    A waste of time

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Malvern, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and that is about it.

    Cons

    Inefficient manner of farming/hunting new business, horrible base pay. They hire recent college grads/young people to do their dirt work. Recent college grads want experience, not $$$, which they are keeping for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that technology is changing and can be useful

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    great people, family friendly enviornment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

    The people are fantastic at PBP. They are supportive and helpful and all levels are approachable. It is a great place to work, either to gain experience as a younger worker or if you have the opportunity to come in as a more senior level contributor.

    Cons

    The salaries are on the low side and there is very little room to make large financial gains there. If you do your negotiation on the front end, you will be happy but dont think you will get merit raises for a job well done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not to offer one size fits all benefits. There is a good package but, for example, a strong 401k is not the most important thing to someone just out of college.

    Recommends

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