Progressive Business Publications

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Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated 29 August, 2014
Updated 29 August, 2014
70 Reviews
4.3
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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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  1.  

    Product Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time for more than a 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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    rewarding

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    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 for 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
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    Fun! Fun! Fun!

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Boardman, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Boardman, OH (US)

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time for 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
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    Casual work environment where you are judged on your performance.

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    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place To Work! Career Growth Welcome!

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    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  

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

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Opinion, Community Focused

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    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
  9.  

    Challenging, flexible, empowering, and actually fun

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to make a difference. Yes, you will be challenged to be good at what you do...need to be accountable, show a sense of urgency, and have a plan...specifically think with the end in mind when tackling a problem or a project. But that's what makes it empowering. There is clearly a Progressive model that has worked and that you need to learn and understand, but the opportunities to help tweak that model to make things better are there for those that can show reasons to make the changes.

    Definitely a flexible work environment...I don't feel like everyone is watching my every move or worried if I came in by 8 and left after 5. What matters is the work you are doing and the impact you are having. I have the tools to work all weekend if I want, or catch up on stuff late at night, and when necessary leave a bit early to catch my kids sporting events.

    The company is also committed to developing their employees. From the program designed for new employees to get acquainted with the company, other new employees, and long-standing employees, to the management training & development program recently implemented, to the Strength Finder activity they conducted, it's clear that the company is looking to advance their employees as best they can.

    It doesn't hurt that we can have fun too. Numerous pizza parties, team events, tickets to sporting events, and dinner and great seats at the Walnut Street Theater all have been made available. Plus, something that doesn't get much publicity are the projects and nonprofits that Progressive supports through its charitable foundation.

    Cons

    Vacation time, promotions, not much natural light. Upper management should be given an office...without worrying about hurting the feelings of employees who have been around a long time. Structure could be better defined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are hired at a high level, you should be treated as such. Having a hierarchy is ok if the right people are Managers. Then employees will have clearer direction and things will run smoother. Cubicle walls should come down, but if doing old school cubicles than director level employees should not be sitting in a smaller cubicle than a summer intern.

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

    Great environment for a self-motivated, energetic employee

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    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 a year

    Pros

    Management empowers employees, you rarely feel micromanaged, friendly work environment, great opportunity for someone who wants to learn multiple facets of the publishing world

    Cons

    IT resources are stretched thin so it's challenging to get projects completed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase employee vacation days

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Open and Flexible

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    Current Employee - Marketer  in  Malvern, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Marketer in Malvern, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Manager is flexible and open to ideas, gives me time to do what I need with family. Casual atmosphere, clear expectations about project timelines. Good 401k plan and good medical plan, we have 2 kids. I have received profit sharing bonus last 3 years, even in down economy, we did okay.

    Cons

    We could use more employee centered events, like celebrating monthly birthdays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add some sales training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    May 08, 2014Business Team Manager

    We are in the process of expanding our training and development programs for employees.

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