Progressive Business Publications

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Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated 9 December, 2014
Updated 9 December, 2014
76 Reviews
4.3
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64 Ratings

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

  • Lax management, some really smart people work there, flexible schedule (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • I would love to have more access to windows and natural light (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Scammers

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    They show you how to easily take advantage of people all over the US by lying, stealing and bullying. A real example of fraud gone wild.

    Cons

    They haven't been convicted as felons yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing an excellent job posting fake 5 star reviews for a joke of a company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    Dec 16, 2014Business Team Manager

    We would like to thank you for your 8 years of service. We are disappointed that you left feeling negative about the company as you worked here for so long. Please note that all the reviews, whether ... More

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Notice a pattern in the positive reviews?

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    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Malvern, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Editor in Malvern, PA (US)

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lax management, some really smart people work there, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Absurdly low pay, poor benefits, myopic leadership, tedious grind of a job for a writer/editor, did I mention ridiculously low salaries for all but the very upper crust? You may have noticed a pattern on the positive glass door reviews ... Most of them don't mention the salary at all. To do so In any sort of positive light would be patently dishonest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please. This CEO wouldn't part with a dollar if it were on fire ... Unless, of course, it is to one of his pet charitable causes that generate ego-stroking PR. His rank and file employees mean less than nothing to him; they are drones to be used and discarded at will.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not an ethical organization

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    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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't fall for it, dont work here.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

    leadership, commission, freedom and experience

    Cons

    management
    strict
    unfair
    poor breaks
    terrible sales goals to hit
    management rude, offensive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start screening your employees!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Bensalem, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Bensalem, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    None come to mind, none.

    Cons

    Being talked to like your a special needs child just because you can't get small businesses to agree to a free trial of their horrible newsletters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop drinking the Kool-Aid

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    May 08, 2014Business Team Manager

    Our management team is focused on building a good company with good people. We rely on our culture and values as a part of our success. With that, we expect all managers to treat sales team members ... More

  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    The reviews that sound too good to be true -- ARE too too good to be true

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA (US)

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Management couldn't care less what employees do day-to-day, so feel free to come in for only a few hours a day, "work" from home, and wear your pajamas into the office. No one will notice or care.

    Cons

    Revenue has dropped to a fraction of what it was just a few years ago, and upper management is desperately trying to find ANYTHING that will make a few bucks. Whether it's legal or ethical is not part of their concern.

    In my time there, I uncovered cases of plagiarism and was aware of several cases of sexual harassment -- none of which upper management was willing to deal with. Instead, they got rid of the "complainers" rather than address the illegal activities their own employees were engaging in.

    They're shutting down products left and right which led to multiple layoffs and/or not
    hiring replacements for the MANY people who have left in the past two years.

    A job here is probably better than the unemployment office -- but not by much. Staying here too long will destroy your career -- and your soul.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop having the owner's son write the glowing reviews on this and similar sites. They're so obvious, it's laughable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Dishonest business tactics...a sinking ship.

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    Former Employee - Rather Not Say in Malvern, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Rather Not Say in Malvern, PA (US)

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people who work there genuinely want the business to succeed. Generally no one works past 5pm. Most people leave on their own once they figure out their career is going nowhere.

    Cons

    Layoffs due to failed management and vision. Organization claims you are your own CEO, so don't expect a promotion. Too many business units, they try anything to make money. Ideas and content taken from free resources and then repackaged to charge customers. Top managers aren't held accountable so major screw ups go unnoticed. Nepotism galore. Bloated salaries at the top. Annual reviews and raises are based on opinion, not actual measurements. Read over the Glassdoor reviews - you can tell the positive ones were written by their own staff to try and change people's opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers instead of the protected boys club at the top. Hold people accountable for failures. Shake up the top level every once in a while. Become an honest company rather than using your own staff to create fake positive stories. Develop a career path for your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not proud to call them my employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications full-time

    Pros

    Casual work environment, mentoring program with children of an inner-city school, flexible hours

    Cons

    Will do anything to make money, even if it is unethical
    Very poor reputation
    Little to no managerial interaction with staff
    Too many random divisions and departments under one roof
    Shady business practices
    Low pay
    Poor facilities
    Terrible technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being "sneaky" and trying to make profits however you can - conduct legitimate business. Your unethical practices are taking their toll on your reputation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst Company Ever

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people that work there.

    Cons

    They give a false sense of empowerment and pretend to embrace your business ideas... when in reality, it's like working in a version of the Hunger Games.
    Upper Management interferes with how mid-management runs their business - then blame them when their idea fails.
    They claim they are a "people" company but I only saw that if the employee was earning them a considerable amount of cash... even then.. they did not really treat employees with respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop uniform company policies and if you give your word

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrorawful

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Altoona, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Altoona, PA (US)

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Easy, laid back. You can wear shorts.

    Cons

    Tedious work. Extremely boring and repetitive. I would rather be unemployed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go out of business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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