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Value Line Reviews

Updated February 2, 2017
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  1. "Good Work-Life Balance But Few Advancement Opps"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Good work-life balance, no long hours
    -Business casual for the most part
    -Decent stepping stone in finance as Value Line's research has been well regarded in the industry; good intro to stock picking and research
    -Staff is generally helpful and nice

    Cons

    -Very few opportunities to move up the ranks, limited career growth; Basically a dead end job when it comes to advancement
    -A little bit old school when it comes to research methods, product development or selling strategies - rules could change at a whim
    -Relatively high employee turnover, though not as much as when former CEO Jean Buttner was around
    -Occasional acrimony between the various departments
    -Base pay lower than at comparable firms such as Morningstar or Thomson Reuters
    -Upper echelons/management can sometimes be insular and inaccessible

    Advice to Management

    -Find better incentives to reduce employee turnover, such as better pay or a training program to retain analysts and other employees
    -Be more accessible (have an open-door policy for asking the CEO questions) to lower level/junior staff
    -Find ways to reduce the acrimony between departments


  2. "Avoid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    co-workers, work from home options

    Cons

    technology, executive management, inconsistent, ever changing requests.

    Advice to Management

    let staff do what they were hired to do.


  3. "Try to avoid if you can"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Value Line part-time

    Pros

    Coolest work environment ever, nice location, flexible management, nice people

    Cons

    No career growth at all, you will be highly underpaid, no new tasks, very monotonous

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better


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  5. "VLIS analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Value Line full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great entry-level learning opportunity. Experienced senior staff help get your feet wet and immediate responsibility for analytical coverage

    Cons

    Low on the compensation scale.


  6. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Value Line full-time

    Pros

    Great place to build a solid fundamental foundation in equities/market research, old-school investment strategies. Will definitely provide a diverse array of sector coverage for equities.

    Cons

    High personnel turnover, room for professional development and career growth is limited. A little too old school in terms of digital product development.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on quality of product over quantity in terms of coverage. Build better incentives to keep employee turnover limited, develop a strong educational program for entry-level analysts.


  7. "good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    low pay ...long hours...hard work

    Cons

    good food....good pay....good tools...good work


  8. "Good company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Achieve life-work experience; a lot of smart people to learn from

    Cons

    For me, there were no cons.


  9. "You've Been Warned"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Lots of opportunities to learn if you are self-motivated. As an analyst, you will have access to third-party research platforms, research from respectable investment banks, Bloomberg Terminals, and plenty of time to practice your excel skills. However, you must be proactive, because the company does not care if you do any of these things.

    -Relatively stress-free work environmnet

    -Decent pay and paid time off after two years, but still well below industry average

    Cons

    Very few people actually care about doing quality research. There is virtually zero training. Price targets and buy-sell-hold recommendations are based on outdated modes of research. Management cares more about typos and making sure your research fits their template, then about where your research actually came from.

    Advice to Management

    Bring on a few respected research analysts who know what they're doing, and who would be willing to teach the rest how to properly conduct investment research. Institute a proper training program. Pay better starting salaries, because the only people who accept your job offers are the ones who can't find anything else.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Job of Last Resort"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Good work-life balance
    -Work is not very stressful
    -The only financial pro is that a job at Value Line is a stepping-stone towards more lucrative opportunities elsewhere.

    Cons

    -The pay is EXTREMELY LOW compared to industry standards, especially in Manhattan
    -Upper management is insular and inaccessible, even though the company is small
    -Lack of clear goals and guidance from the top
    -Since many fellow analysts work from home, it is rather difficult to collaborate with others and network
    -Departments do not effectively coordinate with each other
    -Few options for career development and advancement

    Advice to Management

    At this point, nothing short of a divine intervention can change upper management. They can try being more accessible, as a start. But until they see beyond their "rose-tinted" glasses and adapt to change, I am not optimistic about my future at Value Line.


  11. "Former Salesman. Good money making potential"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Value Line full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with a good team of people. Business casual for the most part. DId not require long after business hours days. Strict 9-5.

    Cons

    Base pay was lower than it could have been. Rules would be changed at the drop of a hat concerning methods of selling, which at times decreased the frequency of sales.



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