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    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
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    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
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    A company with great potential led by an eccentric old kook

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

    I worked at Value Line

    Pros

    A sense of camaraderie given that most employees are the same age and stage in life. Some intelligent and knowledgable people, unfortunately, the good ones tend to leave. Best to use this firm as a stepping stone to a better job and a better firm.

    Cons

    Grossly below average pay. When I worked three, the salaries were paid once a month with minimal annual salary increases. Employees were clocked via building passes going AND leaving so there will be a line at 5pm of staff clocking out. In addition, there were absurd policies such as requirement to wear name tags, no eating at your desks, personal picture frames must be company approved (at least, the firm provided them free for you), etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to oust Jean Buttner, she is driving the company down the tubes. Unfortunately, she surrounds herself with a bunch of spineless "yes" men, whose compensation from what I understand are capped.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    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.

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