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Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated December 23, 2016
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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. "Casual work environment where you are judged on your performance."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment where you are judged on your performance. The company understands that employees have the tools and are willing to work from home (nights, weekends if necessary) to have this flexibility. Upper Management is fair with setting goals and gives you the freedom to achieve those goals without micro managing as long as you have a sound plan in place. Progressive is making huge strides in improving IT and reporting capabilities, which should give the business units better tools to become more efficient and grow revenue.

    Another big part of working at PBP is being part of their charitable foundation. The company supports the idea of giving back and is truly committed to the principal.

    Lastly, working for the company has many perks, from sporting events to theatre tickets. They do a great job of spreading the perks throughout all levels of the organization.

    Cons

    Vacation time, no natural light, company culture could be improved because the company seems silo'd at times between different business units. High cube walls do not give the impression that the company focuses on team collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the casual work environment and freedom to have flexibility as long as you are hitting your goals/expectations - this is your biggest asset. Combine the vacation days and sick days, so employees have PTO days that they have the freedom to decide how to use. Tear down the cube walls, if putting managers in cubes was to support team collaboration and communication, then 5 foot cube walls is a major deterrent. Set, quarterly divisional/company goals that are visible to improve employee engagement and then set team building rewards for achieving... happy hour, bowling, football tickets, etc. Its a Win Win!!

    The new employment development program as well as the overall increased focus on development will be rewarding for individuals, as well as the company. Truly Appreciated!


  2. "Fun! Fun! Fun!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Boardman, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Boardman, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment. Excellent opportunities for advancement with the company. Great choice for people that have other obligations (single parents, two jobs, etc). Write your own paycheck!

    Cons

    It is a performance type position. It may not be the job for everyone. Sometimes people have to leave because they are over qualified and have to take a position making more money.

    Advice to Management

    Continue constant growth through training and development of every employee. Offer incentives to employees in the form of benefits (410K, profit sharing, etc.).


  3. "rewarding"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative/Branch Manager in Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative/Branch Manager in Reading, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, great people, great pay

    Cons

    Frustrated at sales standards, the average person cannot excel, company does not cancel subscriptions accurately

    Advice to Management

    lower standards of sales for employees, rent better ventilated office space


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  5. "Great place to work! Amazing work environment and co-workers!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, along with the ability to leave my work at work. Career development courses are offered in-house thanks to PBP having multiple divisions. Managers always willing to let you participate in courses. PBP offers an amazing work environment. Finally it never hurts to have great managers and co-workers to work with.

    Cons

    Could use more interaction between departments. Put more finances towards current employees.


  6. "Product Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Team environment with support from my manager in all aspects of training and job function. Great people and fun, supportive atmosphere.

    Cons

    I have no complaints about the company. I left for personal reasons.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Bensalem, PA
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Bensalem, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pros of this company are quite obvious, flex schedule nice friendly atmosphere plenty of lighting. The office in Bensalem, the atmosphere is so pleasant. Everyone there is so willing to help you achieve your goals and there is plenty of room to advance. The branch manager is one of the nicest people. She is very understanding and works with everyone.

    Cons

    The insurance is too high. They should pay for managers insurance.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your managers better


  8. "PBP Pros/Cons from a Current Employee"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time

    Pros

    - Good work/life balance
    - Great people
    - Great manager/team
    - Opportunity / Entrepreneurial spirit

    Cons

    - IT/systems bottleneck projects at times
    - Business units function in separate silos
    - PTO is modest

    Advice to Management

    Work together to breakdown business unit silos for more robust product and brand.


  9. "Great Place to Expand Your Skills"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Upper management is supportive of your career goals and any new business initiatives you come up with. Employees are super friendly and inviting. Hours are flexible.

    Cons

    Working in cubicles makes it hard to be collaborative with your team members. Divisions aren't connected - not sure what everyone else in the building is doing. Employee morale boosting events and programs are lacking. There aren't many windows - sunlight is necessary!

    Advice to Management

    Bridge the divisions together and bring back company events!


  10. "Built on values. Survived on results."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    PBP is being run by some of the most brilliant minds in Publishing and Marketing. Flexible schedule, manageable work/life balance, long term benefits make it easy to meet professional and personal goals. Our new CEO is very friendly but also extremely focused on the future. His expectations have been made clear. That said, he is very inspiring and has all the qualities that a leader should. There are many divisions of the organization and potential for growth is vast. New infrastructure is being implemented which will put PBP in and excellent position with it's competitors. It's a very exciting time to work here!!

    Cons

    The home grown system is not very easy to navigate. Looking forward to new user platforms.

    Advice to Management

    I’d like management to encourage positive interactions among the employees.


  11. "Mentally taxing job, but positive environment."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - TSR in Meadville, PA
    Current Employee - TSR in Meadville, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Jen and the rest of the management team are super enthusiastic and encouraging... sometimes even overly so. Training continues periodically even after the first week. Jen is super accessible...nearly always has her door open. She and your coworkers are more than willing to help with any issue at hand. Pay is based on the fruits of your labor, so it can be very good, depending on your sales. There are some benefits (401k, etc) if you make it past 3 months. Also, there's a great, little known thrift shop next door. ;)

    Cons

    This job is fast paced and performance based. If you don't meet the .8 quota (less than 1 sale call per hour) you will be essentially fired. Bathroom breaks, lunches, and vacations are unpaid. You are sitting in front of an old school computer all day. You are rejected more often than not.

    Advice to Management

    I love how encouraging y'all are.



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