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Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated September 8, 2017
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Pros
  • The biggest pro of PBP is the flexibility of my work schedule, and the relaxed work environment (in 13 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule, Great people to work with (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay unless you are hitting bonus level (in 4 reviews)

  • Employee turnover rate is horrific (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "PBP review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The biggest pro of PBP is the flexibility of my work schedule, and the relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    Salaries are awful and not equal.

    Also we can't pay new people a decent salary so we only hire new graduates most of the time who take a long time to train and get up to speed.

    Nothing ever changes unless the owner wants it to.

    Technology wise we've been in the stone ages forever!

    HR doesn't do much to make people respectful of their coworkers' work environment.

    Good employees are given more and more work, and ok employees are allowed to coast just getting by doing the minimum and are never fired. The workload is not even.

    Little opportunity for career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people for the actual work they do and the experience they have.

    And compensate people for their dedication and loyalty -- and a wawa gift card doesn't even come close to showing your appreciation. It's insulting and laughable, especially for people who have worked there for more than 10 years.

    Listen and act on issues when employees bring things to your attention.

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    Sep 11, 2017 – Director of HR

    We appreciate this helpful feedback. PBP encourages this employee to communicate to HR what the issue is related to your feeling that we need to make people respectful of their coworkers' work... More


  2. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Call Center Customer Service & Sales Representative, Data Entry in Wyomissing, PA
    Former Employee - Call Center Customer Service & Sales Representative, Data Entry in Wyomissing, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -flexible schedule
    -no weekends
    -helpful management
    -easy work if you apply yourself
    -2 week training program that is helpful if it is your first time doing something like this

    Cons

    -HIGH turnover
    -Must hit numbers if you get the boot even if you're just having an unlucky day or two
    -Pay could be better
    -Technology is outdated

    Advice to Management

    Nothing really...Keep working with people to train them to be the best they can be!

  3. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Editor in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Editor in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, organized company ... great place to learn and grow as a writer and editor.

    Cons

    They have too much turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  4. "Im stuck"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Wyomissing, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Wyomissing, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of laughs at other people's complaints.

    Cons

    Lies email have to tell to client bur can't embellish to get the sale. Hypocritical bastards

    Advice to Management

    Take the heat for what you do. They always make it someone else fault. They pick a fall guy.


  5. "TSR"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in DuBois, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in DuBois, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible Hours and flexible scheduling

    Cons

    I was basically paid minimum wage. It is hard to make consistent sales enough to make rates for bonuses. Not impossible... but your campaigns often switched and if you had an easy time with one the next one would be aweful dragging down your rate for that pay period. As I said it wasn't impossible to make the higher rates, it does happen but it didn't seem consistent enough- so I could only count on minimum wage... or you cut your hours to make your SPH higher - thereby reducing overall hours worked - which didn't really always work either.

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    Nov 13, 2015 – HR Manager

    We have begun to move away from starting new employees at minimum wage. We have recently reviewed our wage structure in our marketing call centers and have begun to raise it as a result.


  6. "Asst Editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    learned a lot, esp how to write small and powerful

    Cons

    cold calling very busy people for article ideas. Felt like sales calls

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    Nov 13, 2015 – HR Manager

    Staying connected with our subscribers is critical to the quality of our newsletters and programs. We understand that calling people can be uncomfortable at times, but listening to our customers has... More


  7. "Progressive is Progressing"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Narberth, PA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Narberth, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly and small company with a wonderful internship program. Lots of opportunity to showcase skills in an environment that is ready to advance into today's online publications. New CEO dedicates time and energy to create a warm and casual atmosphere.

    Cons

    Projects are sometimes placed on hold but only because the company is busy transitioning to a more competitive online market.

  8. "Fair opportunity to prove value and provide meaningful contribution"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time

    Pros

    There is a sufficient opportunity provided for professional growth, there are impressive philanthropic efforts, and there is an effective use of performance metrics.

    Cons

    The benefits package is sub-par. There is not a designated individual to handle human resources-related questions and particularly questions related to health benefits coverage. This is a major shortcoming.

    Advice to Management

    Designate an assigned individual to communicate with employees regarding human resources issues and benefits-related issues.

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    Sep 3, 2014 – Business Team Manager

    We have several people designated to help handle HR and benefits questions. If you are located in a branch, contact your branch manager. If you are located in our Malvern headquarters, you may ask... More


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Neutral"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Malvern, PA

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits from day one; flexible for PTO. Laid back environment.

    Cons

    My position was in sales; the commission on the actual sale was ridiculously low and there was tax onto of that. What is fully expected a person was not laid out.

    Advice to Management

    Improve internal communication. Invest in employee motivatio


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Neutral opinion, whats good is great but low pay"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Howland Corners, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Howland Corners, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome schedule, will work with anything you have going on: school, kids, appointments and the like. All members of management are approachable... a TRUE open door policy.

    Cons

    Very high turn over, I am fearful if this is the day I will be let go, every day i go in. I am into my fifth week and have seen more than 10 people let go, and even more than that just stop showing up within their first and second week. Sales is difficult and not for everybody. Pay is min wage.

    Advice to Management

    Take more time to coach your reps.

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    May 8, 2014 – Business Team Manager

    We actively recruit new talent into our sales organization and are always looking for the best people. Sales is a difficult profession and we work very hard as a company to provide our reps with the... More


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