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Value Line Reviews

Updated July 27, 2017
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  1. "what a joke"

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

    I have been working at Value Line full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good intro to investing and stock analysis ....reasonable hours (9-5) ...rank and file workers are generally nice (there is a sense that the r&f are in a terrible situation together - which breeds a strange camaraderie)

    Cons

    both upper and middle management are AWFUL ...competitor Morningstar started 40 years or so later than Value Line - yet the former has a market cap of $3.4 billion (while Value Line is BELOW $90 million) ...weak analysts are coddled (for the control) and a small group of managers (who don't even seem interested in investing) run the show. ...company blames its struggles for the growing amount of stock research that's available free to investors - it's a joke

    Advice to Management

    put the company up for sale (maybe the name has some residual value) ...hope that private equity or some other entity bites ...then fire the CEO, as well as the top and middle managers


  2. Helpful (1)

    "You've Been Warned"

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    • Senior Management
    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 Price targets and buy-sell-hold recommendations are based on outdated modes of research.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.

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Value Line full-time

    Pros

    Make easy money in a care free environment.

    Cons

    Company is ready to sell or go under


  7. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

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

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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!


  10. 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).


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