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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 (3)

    "Great start to a post-college career, not much room to grow"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Taking a position at Progressive Business Publications after college is a very wise decision - You learn a lot about marketing and the corporate world. Management does encourage you to do well and the bonus structure is good if you're a high performer. It's a great resume builder and you can take advantage of many opportunities. They have corporate boxes in many Philadelphia sports arenas which are a great perk.

    Cons

    The salary is low (and although there's 'advancement' opportunities, it typically is minimal during review) and the benefits are weak compared to similar companies. The health insurance, PTO (vacation and sick leave) and snow day policy do not reward employees. The entire business model is based around hiring new college graduates, making money and then replacing the crop once they've moved on.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and reward them appropriately with salary and benefits. Also, look for long-term solutions to grow the business.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Positive about the future"

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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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have been able to work with some autonomy and grow the business segments within the realm of my responsibility. My role has not changed, but I have been able to better define the role and increase expectations and results. I enjoy those I work with, am challenged to by the fact there is more I can do to improve processes towards increasing revenue for the company and my division.

    Cons

    Low salary, but have been able to grow income through incentives.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Taught myself how to recognize the different types of people, for better sales tactics."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Bensalem, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Bensalem, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The upbeat personalities of my coworkers helped me to open up and learn better people skills.

    Cons

    Calling people who do not want to be called and bothered, instead of using a referral system. Bothering small and large companies during their work times and not later in the day.

    Advice to Management

    More training programs, mock sales. Meetings based on the cycles we are in now and not the future ones. To do referrals and not random call tactics.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Business to Business telemarketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some of the people you talked to were great

    Cons

    A lot of the people you worked with, were not professional at all

    Advice to Management

    Screen applicants better


  5. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. 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


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "TSR"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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