Value Line Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Former Salesman. Good money making potential

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at Value Line full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Worked with a good team of people. Business casual for the most part. DId not require long after business hours days. Strict 9-5.

    Cons

    Base pay was lower than it could have been. Rules would be changed at the drop of a hat concerning methods of selling, which at times decreased the frequency of sales.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Avoid at all costs!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Value Line full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    In by 9 and out by 5 and nobody has a clue what anyone else is doing.

    Cons

    Clueless and avaricious management, inflexibility, and entrenched thievery by long-term cronies make this a revolving door of poor, unmotivated non-performers. A culture of fear and backstabbing combined with low pay and a Dickensian workhouse mentality make this an awful place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Lost legitimacy

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Value Line full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent place if looking to break into finance

    Cons

    Dead end. Not a long term option

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to restore reputation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    what a joke

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Value Line full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    good intro to investing and stock analysis ....reasonable hours (9-5) ...rank and file workers are generally nice (there is a sense that the r&f are in a terrible situation together - which breeds a strange camaraderie)

    Cons

    both upper and middle management are AWFUL ...competitor Morningstar started 40 years or so later than Value Line - yet the former has a market cap of $3.4 billion (while Value Line is BELOW $90 million) ...weak analysts are coddled (for the control) and a small group of managers (who don't even seem interested in investing) run the show. ...company blames its struggles for the growing amount of stock research that's available free to investors - it's a joke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    put the company up for sale (maybe the name has some residual value) ...hope that private equity or some other entity bites ...then fire the CEO, as well as the top and middle managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Valueless Line

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Value Line full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some decent people - Good starting groud for college grads to get a taste on how to research a company - That is about it.

    Cons

    Most of upper management has no morales and do not know how to run a company - No insight of Market needs - No compelling products to meet what users really need or want - Lost everthing to Morningstar - It's a classic on what not to do to grow and retain customers - retain talent - promote and acquire new talent - A waste of time!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell! Replace management!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Poorly run, bleak outloook

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Value Line full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Minimal hours (9-5) and will hire people with no finance background, possibly a good place to get started in finance if you are young just need some experience

    Cons

    The highest levels of management are not only narrow-minded they also have been found guilty of various SEC fraud.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quite. Let someone else run the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Bad at the beginning but management change made things better

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Value Line full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    After IT management change, opportunities to expand knowledge and experience opened up. They seemed to be intent on changing the corporate culture. Began to upgrade all technology and move from paper to digital publishing. Moving to bring the company into the 21st century by rebranding the company.

    Cons

    Pay is still very low. Some old-timers are refusing to change. Jean Buttner still has a lot of influence even though she is no longer CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Disengage from Jean Buttner and get new CEO who is not associated with her. Continue with company transformation. Increase salaries to be more in line with other companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    What a waste

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Value Line as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    None, the place is full of people who are unhappy and have given up. You will find plenty to complain about!

    Cons

    Finger pointing is common and no one takes the time to do the right things until its too late. No career path and pay is low compared to other companies. Dead end job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what you're doing! This company is going under fast

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    SEC charges missed alot

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in New York, NY

    I worked at Value Line full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There is absolutely nothing good about this company. It's managment has proven it's ineptness by looking at the share price.

    Cons

    The culture is a culture of corruption. The SEC investigation, although barring the former CEO and another from the industry, fining her $10 million and the company $10 million, missed alot.

    You have to sign in and out with a time card.

    There is high turnover, so you are always training someone new.

    If you are late or have a "messy desk" you can have your pay reduced.

    Management has some serious issues and the company seems to always being sued, which is why there are never any bonuses.

    However, the major shareholder donated $400,000 to some research hosptial in Massachusetts. Look up the grants of the Arnold Bernhard Foundation on Guidestar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign. The company cannot remain viable under your leadership (or lack of it).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run from this company, all the negative reviews are true! Wish I stayed on unemployment...

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Value Line full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Worked with some great equally dissatisfied people across departments

    Cons

    Where to begin... rules, rules, more rules... cannot be one minute late 9:01 more than 3x in 3 months or will be docked pay 2% for 6 months, strict dress code, cannot eat at desk, leave any items out on desk including in progress project/work files, picture frame on desk must be company approved, no joke! kitchen closes from 9-11, 3-5 so cannot access coffee or vending machines during those hours, must take lunch between 11-1, expensive and crappy benefits, really bad vacation and sick time policies, zero flexibility, (even during hurricane/snow storms), firings of entire departments at new directors whim, will interview your replacement with your knowledge and even have you train him/her! extremely archaic processes, bad or non-existent business plans and execs have no clue/fear of the future/modern technologies, no chance at competing with companies such as Morningstar and many others going forward... RUN!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is 2012... figure it out, strong employees have value, treat them like human beings, show some respect and trust that they are responsible people living and working in NYC and be more flexible to keep them... be careful putting the entire companies success in the hands of a few incompetent people!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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