Progressive Business Publications

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Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated 30 September 2014
Updated 30 September 2014
73 Reviews
4.4
73 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Casual work environment, realistic bosses usually willing to help out (in 12 reviews)

  • Strong record of giving back to the community (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Vacation time, no natural light, company culture could be improved because the company seems silo'd at times between different business units (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management should be given an office (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Found a dimond in the ruff in meadville pa

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Meadville, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Meadville, PA (US)

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    What can I say the benifits the outstand posititive attudues in the office no weekends and flexable hours I work a 2nd job at nts in erie and I got appts and jen is so accomadating by the way meadville is number 1 in sales for the company GO MEADVILLE............

    Cons

    No cons for working here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I happen to find the ad on craigslist for this company I said to my a call center in meadville I'm from erie pa I drive 40 miles to and from got hear saw how small of a contact center is and loved it rene who interviewed me was wonderful and jen the branch manager has a. Awsome personality and the rest of the managers back you up the office enviroment is good I got a great sales agent who sits next to me and enouages me to keep gooing thanks to her I'm doing outstanding so for all the negative comments I read about meadville I don't see it and there is no drug use or any of that so a big shout out to jen and the rest of the managers out thank you for helping me grow out of training thanks I love pbp

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Wonderful environment to grow in

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA (US)

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Management is absolutely on the ball with keeping employee interests aligned with company goals, and there's never a moment where I would question talking to them about anything from a daily conversation to a work-related issue. I was hired after my internship, and all along I have been treated as an equal. There is a very special quality in the social sphere of the company, and makes a remarkably healthy work environment.

    Cons

    PBP generally has gotten a bad reputation for its telemarketing. All of that is done off-site, and feels very distant from its corporate culture. However, the content of its publications is top notch, and the direction the company is going only promises an even bigger future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be more offices. Cubes are great for communicating quickly, but it would be ideal to have a sit-down office for each time we touch base.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Product Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Team environment with support from my manager in all aspects of training and job function. Great people and fun, supportive atmosphere.

    Cons

    I have no complaints about the company. I left for personal reasons.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not an ethical organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Malvern, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales in Malvern, PA (US)

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some good people, most of whom are stuck and unemployable elsewhere.

    Cons

    Dishonesty - with customers AND employees. They spam people about webinars, telemarket sub-standard newsletters/send people to collections for duping them into a free trial, and send out reports and other products that are just re-purposed from other content. Place is filthy, pay was awful, and promises were never kept. Was there for just over a year (shame on me) before leaving. All the good reviews on here are part of an internal effort to offset the organic negative reviews. Note some of the consistencies of recent good reviews, their spacing, and overly praising language.

    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic! A company that really knows how to take care of employees that are willing to work hard and give their best!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time

    Pros

    Advancement opportunities; ability to increase your own salary through hard work; supportive staff at every level; dedicated to development of people; very positive environment; on-going training and development

    Cons

    None really, I mean its a tough job but if you work hard and stay positive it pays off!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Every manager I work with is supportive, knowledgeable and has a true desire to help others do well, just keep doing that!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fair opportunity to prove value and provide meaningful contribution

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time

    Pros

    There is a sufficient opportunity provided for professional growth, there are impressive philanthropic efforts, and there is an effective use of performance metrics.

    Cons

    The benefits package is sub-par. There is not a designated individual to handle human resources-related questions and particularly questions related to health benefits coverage. This is a major shortcoming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Designate an assigned individual to communicate with employees regarding human resources issues and benefits-related issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    Sep 3, 2014Business Team Manager

    We have several people designated to help handle HR and benefits questions. If you are located in a branch, contact your branch manager. If you are located in our Malvern headquarters, you may ask ... More

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I've always been treated fairly and I feel it's a great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Expectations are clear -- performance is rewarded. If you are struggling, there is plenty of help available -- you just need to ask. There's a good balance between hard work and socializing. Senior management encourages learning and development both inside and outside the office, and the benefits package is generous, even if the starting salaries are somewhat low for certain positions.

    Cons

    Technology has not always kept pace with growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative/Branch Manager in Reading, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative/Branch Manager in Reading, PA (US)

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, great people, great pay

    Cons

    Frustrated at sales standards, the average person cannot excel, company does not cancel subscriptions accurately

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lower standards of sales for employees, rent better ventilated office space

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fun! Fun! Fun!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Boardman, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Boardman, OH (US)

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment. Excellent opportunities for advancement with the company. Great choice for people that have other obligations (single parents, two jobs, etc). Write your own paycheck!

    Cons

    It is a performance type position. It may not be the job for everyone. Sometimes people have to leave because they are over qualified and have to take a position making more money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue constant growth through training and development of every employee. Offer incentives to employees in the form of benefits (410K, profit sharing, etc.).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place To Work! Career Growth Welcome!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Malvern, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Malvern, PA (US)

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, awesome employees to work with, great career development options, benefits are very good for all employees involved, upper management loves to listen to all new ideas, thoughts & concerns. Overall a very good place to work!

    Cons

    Need more cross-department support for all projects in motion. Salary does not always match current job responsibilities. When people leave sometimes you are just expected to take on more work without much notice. But that being said is a great time to prove yourself and take on new challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue 401k & profit sharing, possibly do more team building exercises and activities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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