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Pros
  • Flexible schedule and weekends off (in 11 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule, Great people to work with (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Employee turnover rate is horrific (in 4 reviews)

  • so far so good not sure what else to say but i need 20 words (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to build a resume, but you'll never get rich working there."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Bensalem, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Bensalem, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, easy work. Good performance is rewarded appropriately. Good relationship between staff and management. Those who truly strive to succeed are given the assistance they need. Those who do succeed are rewarded with promotions. The job can pay VERY well, but ONLY if you are very good at phone sales without sending out false, unclear or otherwise bad orders(fluffing your sales with bad orders will get you fired fast).

    Cons

    Training is brief and broad. Severe turnover. Will hire anybody, but will also fire after giving a short grace period out of training. Poor office conditions (slow to repair plumbing, air conditioning, etc.) Minimum wage with an hourly sales incentive that is difficult for most reps to achieve. The ideal rep is essentially one who does enough sales to be worth keeping but not enough to get paid beyond the $7.15 an hour base rate. The job requires a great deal of mental endurance and fortitude and very few employees last more than a month there.

    Advice to Management

    Extend training to two weeks, allow greater employee autonomy with regards to sales script. The current sales incentive system is demotivating, too few attain it. Do away with it and instead give employees regular raises to their base rate at 6 or 12 month intervals, since employees that last that long are the ones you want to keep and those that don't last don't become discouraged.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "A waste of time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Malvern, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and that is about it.

    Cons

    Inefficient manner of farming/hunting new business, horrible base pay. They hire recent college grads/young people to do their dirt work. Recent college grads want experience, not $$$, which they are keeping for themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that technology is changing and can be useful


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Bad career choice"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Accommodating to individual schedules, casual dress code, unlikely to be fired

    Cons

    No career growth, flat organization with high paid managers prevent opportunities to move up, no raises, money invested in new ideas and often failed due to poor planning, overpaid managers in failing divisions, underpaid employees in successful divisions.

    Advice to Management

    Quit paying executives to work for one year at the highest salary and then leave. Reward company loyalty and plan your future. Get ahead of the industry curve instead of dragging your feet. Don't be so stingy with employee salaries so you're not scraping the bottom of the barrel for talent.


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  5. Helpful (10)

    "Questionable business ethics driven by greed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Malvern, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    casual work atmosphere, some fun employee activities

    Cons

    This is a churn & burn organization - both with their treatment of employees and their email marketing practices. A quick Google search will show you plenty of "questionable business ethics".
    Not much vacation time & paid holidays - lousy insurance.
    Management will guide you very little but hold you accountable for everything. Expect little guidance and the likelihood that you will never elevate your position unless a member of the almost all-male management club. Greed-driven initiatives with poor project management planning and follow-through.

    Advice to Management

    Change your bad business ethics, poor benefits, low-pay


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Decent place for entry-level, not much more"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Profitable company, privately held, not dependent on satisfying shareholders.

    Cons

    Low pay, very flat structure.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Sad place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pros? If you still have a job.

    Cons

    The owner is trashing this company to keep feeding the black hole that is supposed to "his legacy." This includes senseless cost-cutting and ill-informed decision-making. It's almost funny because the owner has his mantra: "There are no good companies, just good people" -- and then proceeded to lay off several good people due to their salaries, and retained less-skilled people because they are cheaper. In the meantime, the few remaining senior people are being crushed under the workload. But they see how the laid-off people have fared (terribly), so they're willing to tolerate the abuse. It's a sad, bad situation. And it's a shame to watch a company that was so energetically and ideally built eat itself from within, on the whims of one man.

    Advice to Management

    The emperor has no clothes.

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    May 8, 2014 – Business Team Manager

    We are very proud to have a stable workforce with over half of our employees having over 5 years of service. In the company's 50 year history we have had only a single layoff, totaling 9 people ... More


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Don't let them fire you into quitting!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Williamsport, PA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Williamsport, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    lax dress code, easy scheduling

    Cons

    stringent adherence to promised work hour totals, even when holidays close the office

    Advice to Management

    give employees a break on their contractual hours total whenever a holiday closes the office

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    Apr 22, 2015 – Business Team Manager

    We do have several hour commitment levels that can fit just about any employees' schedule and we try to make scheduling as easy as possible as you mentioned. We agree with your suggestion of giving ... More


  9. "Baseline Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Cambridge Springs, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Cambridge Springs, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy job to maintain, it's something to pay the bills at least.

    Cons

    Being on the phone the whole time makes for a long day, not good pay.

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    Nov 13, 2015 – HR Manager

    Thank you for your feedback and offering us 3 stars for work-life balance.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Lame corporate culture, questionable business model"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Developer in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - IT Developer in Malvern, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The IT department where I worked was well managed.
     - Other IT employees are funny, and interesting. Did a good job training newcomers.
     - Sports tickets now and then if you're into that.
     - Relatively low stress and pace because projects are internal, compared to other fast-paced agency style companies I've worked in.

    Cons

    - You're not going to be on the cutting edge of technology by working in the IT department to say the least.
     - Located in a remote, cultureless corporate park where you'd never find yourself for a reason other than to go to work. Stereotypical cubicle environment.
     - I had a really long commute (almost 2 hrs each way, and they wouldn't let me work 4 10-hour days instead of 5 8-hour days, or telecommute etc.
     - Business model is sooo sketchy and sometimes you get misdirected phone calls from pissed off "customers."
     - Stagnate corporate culture filled with mostly aging staff entrenched in their ways.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more flexible schedule and telecommuting. Don't have a sketchy business model. Relocate to a city.

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    Apr 28, 2016 – Business Manager

    Listening to employee feedback is important to us and we are happy to hear that you thought your department was well managed and you enjoyed working with your co-workers. We are undergoing a ... More


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Mind Numbing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Boardman, OH
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Boardman, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Take breaks whenever, free coffee, taught communication skills but really shady

    Cons

    Negligable bonus (less than $1 for selling $400 subscription), dial tone, yelled at a lot, had to deceive people

    Advice to Management

    Pay your lower people more, they're the ones who are dealing with all the mean people, $8.10 an hour isn't worth it, don't be shady


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