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Value Line Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
17 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 (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.  

    A Technology Start Up Within in a Traditional Company

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

    I have been working at Value Line

    Pros

    Access to cutting edge technology, ground up approach to infrastructure, flex time, career growth, innovation. New knowledgable leadership.

    Cons

    Technology is run very differently than the rest of the company. The other departments are still running the Old Value Line way. Politics of being involved in a turnaround.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the lead from technology!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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 (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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    How to Ruin a Once-Great Business by Really Trying

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    Former Employee - Equity Analyst
    Former Employee - Equity Analyst

    I worked at Value Line

    Pros

    An analyst can complete his -- and I mean HIS, there are virtually NO female analysts -- work in an hour or two each day. That leaves time for many other pleasurable activities. Eventually VL analysts find they have lots of free time to look for better jobs. They find those better jobs and leave, creating the turnover that opens the door to more entry-level analysts.

    Cons

    The business is shrinking. The Internet is killing it. Fewer and fewer people subscribe to the main publication because the same information is available for free elsewhere. VL does not create new products that are successful. New products rarely pull in enough revenue to cover costs. Some are dismal failures. There has been no growth in the mutual fund business, a sign of the managerial incompetence of ONE person -- the CEO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should hang on until retirement and remember that the only change to expect is a shrinking business. Soon, the only subscribers will be libraries. A generation of people who never heard of VL are now the majority of investors and Wall Street has little use for the VL product. The company is into its obsolescence phase and heading for extinction.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    You've Been Warned

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

    I worked at Value Line

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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 (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a zoo.

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

    I worked at Value Line

    Pros

    Access to good technology; IT middle management aware of issues and trying to do things better.

    Cons

    Frequent long hours, especially weeks before a system release, vicious politics; lack of architectural knowledge, antiquated systems and processes. Long hours are a feature as the CTO believes in working crazy hours during pushes followed by weeks or months of inactivity - worst of both worlds. Some workplace rules, especially as they pertain to attendance are insane; in all fairness, IT is relaxing some of these rules, but only because of the long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doubt they would listen, but even if they did, the company may be beyond help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Job of Last Resort

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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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    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 (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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