Value Line Reviews

Updated May 4, 2015
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  1. Good company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Value Line

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Achieve life-work experience; a lot of smart people to learn from

    Cons

    For me, there were no cons.


  2. You've Been Warned

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Value Line

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Lots of opportunities to learn if you are self-motivated. As an analyst, you will have access to third-party research platforms, research from respectable investment banks, Bloomberg Terminals, and plenty of time to practice your excel skills. However, you must be proactive, because the company does not care if you do any of these things.

    -Relatively stress-free work environmnet

    -Decent pay and paid time off after two years, but still well below industry average

    Cons

    Very few people actually care about doing quality research. There is virtually zero training. Price targets and buy-sell-hold recommendations are based on outdated modes of research. Management cares more about typos and making sure your research fits their template, then about where your research actually came from.

    Advice to Management

    Bring on a few respected research analysts who know what they're doing, and who would be willing to teach the rest how to properly conduct investment research. Institute a proper training program. Pay better starting salaries, because the only people who accept your job offers are the ones who can't find anything else.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Job of Last Resort

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Value Line

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Good work-life balance
    -Work is not very stressful
    -The only financial pro is that a job at Value Line is a stepping-stone towards more lucrative opportunities elsewhere.

    Cons

    -The pay is EXTREMELY LOW compared to industry standards, especially in Manhattan
    -Upper management is insular and inaccessible, even though the company is small
    -Lack of clear goals and guidance from the top
    -Since many fellow analysts work from home, it is rather difficult to collaborate with others and network
    -Departments do not effectively coordinate with each other
    -Few options for career development and advancement

    Advice to Management

    At this point, nothing short of a divine intervention can change upper management. They can try being more accessible, as a start. But until they see beyond their "rose-tinted" glasses and adapt to change, I am not optimistic about my future at Value Line.


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  5. Former Salesman. Good money making potential

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at Value Line full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  6. Avoid at all costs!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Value Line full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  7. Lost legitimacy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Value Line full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent place if looking to break into finance

    Cons

    Dead end. Not a long term option

    Advice to Management

    need to restore reputation


  8. what a joke

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Value Line full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    The Valueless Line

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Value Line full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Sell! Replace management!


  10. Poorly run, bleak outloook

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Value Line full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Quite. Let someone else run the business.


  11. Bad at the beginning but management change made things better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Value Line full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.



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