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Updated July 27, 2017
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  1. "Good company to work for"

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    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.


  2. "Manager Finance and Accounts"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderabad (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Value Line full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Doing Trading of High End Imported Sanitary ware and bath fittings. Experienced Imports, Buyers credit, suppliers credit, merchant trading etc

    Cons

    Heavy work load and working style has to be changed. Management should listen the ideas and views of the key employees of the organisation

  3. "A Technology Start Up Within in a Traditional Company"

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    Current Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Access to cutting edge technology, ground up approach to infrastructure, flex time, career growth, innovation. New knowledgable leadership.

    Cons

    Technology is run very differently than the rest of the company. The other departments are still running the Old Value Line way. Politics of being involved in a turnaround.

    Advice to Management

    Take the lead from technology!


  4. "Former Salesman. Good money making potential"

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    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.


  5. "Bad at the beginning but management change made things better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Value Line full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    After IT management change, opportunities to expand knowledge and experience opened up. They seemed to be intent on changing the corporate culture. Began to upgrade all technology and move from paper to digital publishing. Moving to bring the company into the 21st century by rebranding the company.

    Cons

    Pay is still very low. Some old-timers are refusing to change. Jean Buttner still has a lot of influence even though she is no longer CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Disengage from Jean Buttner and get new CEO who is not associated with her. Continue with company transformation. Increase salaries to be more in line with other companies.


  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. "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.

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "How to Ruin a Once-Great Business by Really Trying"

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    Former Employee - Equity Analyst
    Former Employee - Equity Analyst
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    An analyst can complete his -- and I mean HIS, there are virtually NO female analysts -- work in an hour or two each day. That leaves time for many other pleasurable activities. Eventually VL analysts find they have lots of free time to look for better jobs. They find those better jobs and leave, creating the turnover that opens the door to more entry-level analysts.

    Cons

    The business is shrinking. The Internet is killing it. Fewer and fewer people subscribe to the main publication because the same information is available for free elsewhere. VL does not create new products that are successful. New products rarely pull in enough revenue to cover costs. Some are dismal failures. There has been no growth in the mutual fund business, a sign of the managerial incompetence of ONE person -- the CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should hang on until retirement and remember that the only change to expect is a shrinking business. Soon, the only subscribers will be libraries. A generation of people who never heard of VL are now the majority of investors and Wall Street has little use for the VL product. The company is into its obsolescence phase and heading for extinction.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It's a zoo."

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    Former Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Access to good technology; IT middle management aware of issues and trying to do things better.

    Cons

    Frequent long hours, especially weeks before a system release, vicious politics; lack of architectural knowledge, antiquated systems and processes. Long hours are a feature as the CTO believes in working crazy hours during pushes followed by weeks or months of inactivity - worst of both worlds. Some workplace rules, especially as they pertain to attendance are insane; in all fairness, IT is relaxing some of these rules, but only because of the long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Doubt they would listen, but even if they did, the company may be beyond help.


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