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

Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated Nov 11, 2013
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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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You Get What You Give

Branch Manager (Current Employee)
Malvern, PA (US)

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

ProsSchedule, Holidays Off, Performance-Based Pay, Growth/Development Potential, very little politics.

ConsEquipment/Technology needs updated. Some physical work-space/office updates (cosmetic) also could be helpful.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep The Management By Servitude Philosophy in mind, Throughout the entire organization, at all levels.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Experience

Branch Manager (Former Employee)
Williamsport, PA (US)

I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat management training program. Opportunities are there for those who want it.

ConsSome of the upper level managers are shortsighted.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open about the direction of the company and the long-term strategy.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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My Job Is Rewarding

Rather Not Say (Current Employee)
Malvern, PA (US)

I have been working at Progressive Business Publications part-time for more than 5 years

ProsMy job is rewarding. I know the work I do is benefiting various types of individuals and therefore organizations all over the country. Everyday is different for me so it keeps it fresh. While every job has a sense of monotony, the nature of what we do – providing educational materials to business minded folk – provides enough variety to keep it interesting. I am well respected by my boss and I am never micro-managed. While I am guided, I have found that in this company, if you are organized and good with time management you will be treated as the adult you should be in a corporate setting. You are set up for success and led to make “executive decisions” which also makes for a better work environment. Holding employees accountable for their decisions, creativity, and behavior is essential to a successful company.

A lot of companies preach an “open door policy” but I must stress how true this is at PBP. I always feel I am “heard” when I have an idea, propose a process, or simply voice my opinion about how I perceive something happening in the office or company. That to me is the most important part of any job.

ConsAs with every job, of course it has its "cons". Our area in the building is very cold everyday, no matter the weather outside. We do have a space heater though. Also, who doesn’t want to make more money? I have had wage increases as I have moved up and into various positions with different responsibilities but of course I hope to get more responsibility eventually and therefore make more money.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Everyone was so supportive and encouraging

Assistant Editor (Former Employee)
Malvern, PA (US)

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

ProsI began work at PBP as an administrative assistant in the special events department. It wasn't my dream job, but the people were all very nice and the work was enjoyable. As I expressed interest and showed ability, my supervisor was happy to allow me to branch out into different types of tasks and areas of the company. Some of the wonderful things I got to do while working at PBP include assisting with the design of the line of greeting cards and developing a dance team with a few elementary school students that attend a school the PBP sponsors. I was also encouraged to apply for a position in the editorial department, even though it took me away from my admin duties. Everyone was happy to give me opportunities and support my goals from the beginning of my time there (I was even able to telecommute part time). It was difficult to leave such a welcoming and encouraging group of people when I had to take my leave due to relocating for my husband's work.

ConsThere were a few things that bothered me with the editorial work. One of them was having to do cold calls, mostly because I am not a terribly confident person on the phone. Another was the strictness of the format of how they write the articles for the newsletter, but that's what works for them and it's something that you just have to learn how to do.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt would have been encouraged to research articles more before writing them.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Hard work rewarded with opportunity

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Progressive Business Publications full-time

ProsIf you put in the work and time to learn about the company you will be rewarded with increased responsibility and opportunity.
You are always encouraged to try new things and new approaches which is a refreshing change from other organizations I have worked for.
Very involved in the community and believes in and encourages giving back - something that is missing in many companies today.

ConsMore vacation time would be nice, but I have learned from past experience, sometimes you pay for more vacation time through unpaid/unrecognized overtime.

Yes, I would 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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