Progressive Business Publications
3.2 of 5 42 reviews
www.pbp.com Malvern, PA 500 to 999 Employees

Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated Apr 08, 2014
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3.2 42 reviews

                             

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Ed Satell

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59% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Worst Company Ever

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Progressive Business Publications

ProsThere are a lot of good people that work there.

ConsThey give a false sense of empowerment and pretend to embrace your business ideas... when in reality, it's like working in a version of the Hunger Games.
Upper Management interferes with how mid-management runs their business - then blame them when their idea fails.
They claim they are a "people" company but I only saw that if the employee was earning them a considerable amount of cash... even then.. they did not really treat employees with respect.

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop uniform company policies and if you give your word

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Horrorawful

Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Altoona, PA (US)

I worked at Progressive Business Publications part-time for less than a year

ProsEasy, laid back. You can wear shorts.

ConsTedious work. Extremely boring and repetitive. I would rather be unemployed.

Advice to Senior ManagementGo out of business.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Company that doesn't follow their own "proclaimed" values. Run away as fast as you can.

Editor (Former Employee)
Malvern, PA (US)

I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time for more than 3 years

ProsNot many. But if you are willing to be a follower and do what they say you will get by. You need to be someone who doesn't think for themselves.

ConsSearch the web for "progressive business publications" and look at the search results.
You will see a great deal of negative publicity about the company exploiting people at businesses across the country. This is reason enough not to work there.

On top of that, consider the people who work there for a long time and are comfortable with this fact. They obviously are either stuck there or don't find anything wrong with misleading or taking advantage of people. Why would you want to work with them?

In addition to these facts, my experience at the company was very in line with the negative facts that come up in the search results. People there didn't really care about the customers, nor did management really care about employees. The turnover rate of employees was very high and customers were always calling into complain.

Advice to Senior ManagementI do not think advice will help this management team.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It's a job, not a career.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Malvern, PA (US)

I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time

ProsVery friendly people who want the company to grow and succeed.

ConsFlat organization with no career growth. HR issues common. Suggestions for improvement regularly shot down by management who regularly bend or break the rules. Money is wasted on failing divisions and morale is typically low. Dishonest tactics for most business practices.

Advice to Senior ManagementReward your hard workers instead of hiring corporate misfits who make six figure salaries and then leave a year later. Spend some resources developing your loyal employees and promote from within. Break up the boy's club mentality and open up the club for others to succeed.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Unenlightened

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Malvern, PA (US)

I worked at Progressive Business Publications

ProsThey will give unproven talent a chance. They are relatively hands-off so you have the opportunity to develop your skills and projects (opportunity but not necessarily support). There are opportunities to interact with senior management. Promotions are possible (but greater responsibility is not necessarily rewarded.)

ConsPBP is very set in its ways. Original thinking is typically punished until the new employee learns to fit the mold. The company markets very aggressively, leading to complaints such as you can find with an easy Google search. Most employees have given up trying to make sense of management decisions and just follow orders. Many simple tasks become power struggles due to the absence of basic policies and procedures. There is almost no funding for ongoing skills development, especially if it might benefit another employer.

Advice to Senior ManagementSuper-aggressive marketing models are becoming self-defeating. You should reward your employees for finding ways to bring in revenue while treating customers with respect. Many employees bring you their passion and dedication -- despite low salaries -- they deserve better, both in compensation and in their opportunities to thrive.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great start to a post-college career, not much room to grow

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Malvern, PA (US)

I worked at Progressive Business Publications

ProsTaking a position at Progressive Business Publications after college is a very wise decision - You learn a lot about marketing and the corporate world. Management does encourage you to do well and the bonus structure is good if you're a high performer. It's a great resume builder and you can take advantage of many opportunities. They have corporate boxes in many Philadelphia sports arenas which are a great perk.

ConsThe salary is low (and although there's 'advancement' opportunities, it typically is minimal during review) and the benefits are weak compared to similar companies. The health insurance, PTO (vacation and sick leave) and snow day policy do not reward employees. The entire business model is based around hiring new college graduates, making money and then replacing the crop once they've moved on.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your employees and reward them appropriately with salary and benefits. Also, look for long-term solutions to grow the business.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Bad career choice

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Malvern, PA (US)

I worked at Progressive Business Publications

ProsAccommodating to individual schedules, casual dress code, unlikely to be fired

ConsNo career growth, flat organization with high paid managers prevent opportunities to move up, no raises, money invested in new ideas and often failed due to poor planning, overpaid managers in failing divisions, underpaid employees in successful divisions.

Advice to Senior ManagementQuit paying executives to work for one year at the highest salary and then leave. Reward company loyalty and plan your future. Get ahead of the industry curve instead of dragging your feet. Don't be so stingy with employee salaries so you're not scraping the bottom of the barrel for talent.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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a complete waste of time & energy

Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Malvern, PA (US)

I have been working at Progressive Business Publications

Prosflexible work schedule and the ability to get benefits and vacation after 6 mo probationary period. "state of the art facility"

ConsInept management who really only care about their own careers, not yours. There is absolutely no product training to speak of and their only concern is that you are indoctrinated on the history of their owner and his exploits. benefit package is meager at best and it appears they only want you to invest in their 401k so that upper management can get fat before they fire you.

Advice to Senior ManagementGo back to school and learn how to run a business properly in the 21st century. The employees and clients alike are on to you and are not as "green" as you would like to assume.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A waste of time

Account Manager (Former Employee)
Malvern, PA (US)

I worked at Progressive Business Publications

ProsFlexible schedule and that is about it.

ConsInefficient manner of farming/hunting new business, horrible base pay. They hire recent college grads/young people to do their dirt work. Recent college grads want experience, not $$$, which they are keeping for themselves.

Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize that technology is changing and can be useful

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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great people, family friendly enviornment

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Malvern, PA (US)

I worked at Progressive Business Publications

ProsThe people are fantastic at PBP. They are supportive and helpful and all levels are approachable. It is a great place to work, either to gain experience as a younger worker or if you have the opportunity to come in as a more senior level contributor.

ConsThe salaries are on the low side and there is very little room to make large financial gains there. If you do your negotiation on the front end, you will be happy but dont think you will get merit raises for a job well done.

Advice to Senior ManagementNot to offer one size fits all benefits. There is a good package but, for example, a strong 401k is not the most important thing to someone just out of college.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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