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Value Line Reviews

Updated March 18, 2017
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Howard A. Brecher
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A company with great potential led by an eccentric old kook"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A sense of camaraderie given that most employees are the same age and stage in life. Some intelligent and knowledgable people, unfortunately, the good ones tend to leave. Best to use this firm as a stepping stone to a better job and a better firm.

    Cons

    Grossly below average pay. When I worked three, the salaries were paid once a month with minimal annual salary increases. Employees were clocked via building passes going AND leaving so there will be a line at 5pm of staff clocking out. In addition, there were absurd policies such as requirement to wear name tags, no eating at your desks, personal picture frames must be company approved (at least, the firm provided them free for you), etc.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to oust Jean Buttner, she is driving the company down the tubes. Unfortunately, she surrounds herself with a bunch of spineless "yes" men, whose compensation from what I understand are capped.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Value Line has missed the boat...and so should you"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Value Line full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with over all. Mostly very young due to the low salaries.

    Cons

    The Product Development and Technology teams are taking one step forward and two steps back. Senior management does not have the skills or insight to revamp this very, very old fashioned company. Company rules are archaic. Factory standards in a high tech environment do not translate. Locking coffee room up from 9-10am is just weird, and so is this company. Politics are vicious and a true path forward is not present. Too little too late for value Line. Loosing customers by the second. I don't blame the customers. Expensive product for something you can almost get for free anywhere on the internet.

    Advice to Management

    You guys are not as smart as you think you are. Higher smarter Development Manager who has a clue and is not so pompous. Get with the times and don't dock pay for a minute being late, and give people access to coffee in the morning.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Run from this company, all the negative reviews are true! Wish I stayed on unemployment..."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with some great equally dissatisfied people across departments

    Cons

    Where to begin... rules, rules, more rules... cannot be one minute late 9:01 more than 3x in 3 months or will be docked pay 2% for 6 months, strict dress code, cannot eat at desk, leave any items out on desk including in progress project/work files, picture frame on desk must be company approved, no joke! kitchen closes from 9-11, 3-5 so cannot access coffee or vending machines during those hours, must take lunch between 11-1, expensive and crappy benefits, really bad vacation and sick time policies, zero flexibility, (even during hurricane/snow storms), firings of entire departments at new directors whim, will interview your replacement with your knowledge and even have you train him/her! extremely archaic processes, bad or non-existent business plans and execs have no clue/fear of the future/modern technologies, no chance at competing with companies such as Morningstar and many others going forward... RUN!

    Advice to Management

    It is 2012... figure it out, strong employees have value, treat them like human beings, show some respect and trust that they are responsible people living and working in NYC and be more flexible to keep them... be careful putting the entire companies success in the hands of a few incompetent people!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "SEC charges missed alot"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Value Line full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is absolutely nothing good about this company. It's managment has proven it's ineptness by looking at the share price.

    Cons

    The culture is a culture of corruption. The SEC investigation, although barring the former CEO and another from the industry, fining her $10 million and the company $10 million, missed alot.

    You have to sign in and out with a time card.

    There is high turnover, so you are always training someone new.

    If you are late or have a "messy desk" you can have your pay reduced.

    Management has some serious issues and the company seems to always being sued, which is why there are never any bonuses.

    However, the major shareholder donated $400,000 to some research hosptial in Massachusetts. Look up the grants of the Arnold Bernhard Foundation on Guidestar.

    Advice to Management

    Resign. The company cannot remain viable under your leadership (or lack of it).


  5. "Poorly run, bleak outloook"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Minimal hours (9-5) and will hire people with no finance background, possibly a good place to get started in finance if you are young just need some experience

    Cons

    The highest levels of management are not only narrow-minded they also have been found guilty of various SEC fraud.

    Advice to Management

    Quite. Let someone else run the business.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "The Valueless Line"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Value Line full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some decent people - Good starting groud for college grads to get a taste on how to research a company - That is about it.

    Cons

    Most of upper management has no morales and do not know how to run a company - No insight of Market needs - No compelling products to meet what users really need or want - Lost everthing to Morningstar - It's a classic on what not to do to grow and retain customers - retain talent - promote and acquire new talent - A waste of time!

    Advice to Management

    Sell! Replace management!


  7. "Lost legitimacy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Value Line full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent place if looking to break into finance

    Cons

    Dead end. Not a long term option

    Advice to Management

    need to restore reputation

  8. "Avoid at all costs!"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In by 9 and out by 5 and nobody has a clue what anyone else is doing.

    Cons

    Clueless and avaricious management, inflexibility, and entrenched thievery by long-term cronies make this a revolving door of poor, unmotivated non-performers. A culture of fear and backstabbing combined with low pay and a Dickensian workhouse mentality make this an awful place to work.


  9. 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.


  10. "Director, Statistical Services"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Statistical Services in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director, Statistical Services in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Value Line full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Excellent work-life balance and a strict 9 to 5 schedule.

    Cons

    -Too much internal politics.
    -Lack of clear vision from management.


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