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

Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated Dec 11, 2013
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3.2 42 reviews

                             

61% Approve of the CEO

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Ed Satell

(33 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Sad place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Progressive Business Publications

ProsPros? If you still have a job.

ConsThe owner is trashing this company to keep feeding the black hole that is supposed to "his legacy." This includes senseless cost-cutting and ill-informed decision-making. It's almost funny because the owner has his mantra: "There are no good companies, just good people" -- and then proceeded to lay off several good people due to their salaries, and retained less-skilled people because they are cheaper. In the meantime, the few remaining senior people are being crushed under the workload. But they see how the laid-off people have fared (terribly), so they're willing to tolerate the abuse. It's a sad, bad situation. And it's a shame to watch a company that was so energetically and ideally built eat itself from within, on the whims of one man.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe emperor has no clothes.

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

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Decent place for entry-level, not much more

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I worked at Progressive Business Publications

ProsProfitable company, privately held, not dependent on satisfying shareholders.

ConsLow pay, very flat structure.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Questionable business ethics driven by greed

Marketing (Former Employee)
Malvern, PA (US)

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

Proscasual work atmosphere, some fun employee activities

ConsThis is a churn & burn organization - both with their treatment of employees and their email marketing practices. A quick Google search will show you plenty of "questionable business ethics".
Not much vacation time & paid holidays - lousy insurance.
Management will guide you very little but hold you accountable for everything. Expect little guidance and the likelihood that you will never elevate your position unless a member of the almost all-male management club. Greed-driven initiatives with poor project management planning and follow-through.

Advice to Senior ManagementChange your bad business ethics, poor benefits, low-pay

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

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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 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 place to build a resume, but you'll never get rich working there.

Sales Manager (Former Employee)
Bensalem, PA (US)

I worked at Progressive Business Publications

ProsFlexible hours, easy work. Good performance is rewarded appropriately. Good relationship between staff and management. Those who truly strive to succeed are given the assistance they need. Those who do succeed are rewarded with promotions. The job can pay VERY well, but ONLY if you are very good at phone sales without sending out false, unclear or otherwise bad orders(fluffing your sales with bad orders will get you fired fast).

ConsTraining is brief and broad. Severe turnover. Will hire anybody, but will also fire after giving a short grace period out of training. Poor office conditions (slow to repair plumbing, air conditioning, etc.) Minimum wage with an hourly sales incentive that is difficult for most reps to achieve. The ideal rep is essentially one who does enough sales to be worth keeping but not enough to get paid beyond the $7.15 an hour base rate. The job requires a great deal of mental endurance and fortitude and very few employees last more than a month there.

Advice to Senior ManagementExtend training to two weeks, allow greater employee autonomy with regards to sales script. The current sales incentive system is demotivating, too few attain it. Do away with it and instead give employees regular raises to their base rate at 6 or 12 month intervals, since employees that last that long are the ones you want to keep and those that don't last don't become discouraged.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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