Progressive Business Publications

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Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated 30 September 2014
Updated 30 September 2014
70 Reviews
4.3
70 Reviews
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Pros
  • Casual work environment, realistic bosses usually willing to help out (in 11 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.  

    Summer Internship Experience

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

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Although I have only been with Progressive Business Publications for a short time, I can see many positive things about the company. They have a wealth of employees that create a substantial amount of high quality content for their products. They offer a laid back work environment with a lax business casual dress code. The company is focused on giving back to the community and has a strong sense of corporate social responsibility.

    Cons

    The Progressive Business Publication brand has been tarnished through an outdated sales process. Even through all of the good things the company does, when you speak to others about who you work for there is typically a negative connotation to the conversation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to explore other areas of business to enter into by actively engaging your customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Casual work environment where you are judged on your performance.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work environment where you are judged on your performance. The company understands that employees have the tools and are willing to work from home (nights, weekends if necessary) to have this flexibility. Upper Management is fair with setting goals and gives you the freedom to achieve those goals without micro managing as long as you have a sound plan in place. Progressive is making huge strides in improving IT and reporting capabilities, which should give the business units better tools to become more efficient and grow revenue.

    Another big part of working at PBP is being part of their charitable foundation. The company supports the idea of giving back and is truly committed to the principal.

    Lastly, working for the company has many perks, from sporting events to theatre tickets. They do a great job of spreading the perks throughout all levels of the organization.

    Cons

    Vacation time, no natural light, company culture could be improved because the company seems silo'd at times between different business units. High cube walls do not give the impression that the company focuses on team collaboration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the casual work environment and freedom to have flexibility as long as you are hitting your goals/expectations - this is your biggest asset. Combine the vacation days and sick days, so employees have PTO days that they have the freedom to decide how to use. Tear down the cube walls, if putting managers in cubes was to support team collaboration and communication, then 5 foot cube walls is a major deterrent. Set, quarterly divisional/company goals that are visible to improve employee engagement and then set team building rewards for achieving... happy hour, bowling, football tickets, etc. Its a Win Win!!

    The new employment development program as well as the overall increased focus on development will be rewarding for individuals, as well as the company. Truly Appreciated!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time for 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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company, focused on sales & marketing.

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

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

    Pros

    The best part of PBP is that everyone is always open to new ideas and the management team is constantly looking for growth opportunities.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is that sometimes there is not good teamwork between departments. At times there can be a "silo" approach or mentality to each business unit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PBP has a very good benefits program including profit sharing and 401k, so hopefully all that continues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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 for 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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Experience!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Reading, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Reading, PA (US)

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The Company offers allot of flexibility in it's scheduling, great for single Moms, students, etc.

    Cons

    As in any Sales environment, the Company expects results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More Training for New Hires.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overall positive experience; Lots of room to grow within the company.

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

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You are never micromanaged in your position. Managers/upper-level employees check in, but allow you to do your work without breathing down your neck. There is always room to take on more job responsibilities, or work on special projects after you've established yourself there.

    Cons

    Salary doesn't always match your job responsibilities. Often, people will either leave/get fired, and everyone is just expected to take on more responsibilities without any increase in salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the salaries/bonus pay (for the good employees) so they don't feel overworked/under paid.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Opinion, Community Focused

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Ed  in  Malvern, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Executive Ed in Malvern, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    The owner participates in a lot of community organizations and encourages paid time off for employees to participate. Great snow days because you can work from home. Casual work environment, realistic bosses usually willing to help out.

    Cons

    On site gym needs facelift to promote wellness, company could combine sick and vacation and give you upfront to manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Post internal job openings so people can see there are career opportunities. More communication about business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoy my job with stable company

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great job stability, and they always plan for the long-term...hierarchy is very minimal, all voices are heard and they encourage new thoughts and creative ideas from all employees. Great opportunities to interact and share ideas with other departments; Benefits are top-notch

    Cons

    Pay could be a bit higher for some of the positions; and the need to update computer databases and network speed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Results Oriented Empowerment with Competitive Spirit

    Current Employee - CRM Director  in  Malvern, PA (US)
    Current Employee - CRM Director in Malvern, PA (US)

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The company truly believes in the people it hires for the long-term. Lots of latitude with support to get the job done. Results and contribution are valued over pedigree and title. Candor and innovation are expected and rewarded eliminating any barriers to success and growth.

    Cons

    Silo-ed organization and informal structure can create some lags in efficiency and best practice adoption. ON a personal level, the cons don't get in the way ...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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