Progressive Business Publications

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Progressive Business Publications Reviews

Updated 30 September 2014
Updated 30 September 2014
73 Reviews
4.4
73 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Casual work environment, realistic bosses usually willing to help out (in 12 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Neutral

    Former Employee - Account Manager in Malvern, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Malvern, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits from day one; flexible for PTO. Laid back environment.

    Cons

    My position was in sales; the commission on the actual sale was ridiculously low and there was tax onto of that. What is fully expected a person was not laid out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve internal communication. Invest in employee motivatio

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Neutral opinion, whats good is great but low pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Howland Corners, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Howland Corners, OH (US)

    I have been working at Progressive Business Publications part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome schedule, will work with anything you have going on: school, kids, appointments and the like. All members of management are approachable... a TRUE open door policy.

    Cons

    Very high turn over, I am fearful if this is the day I will be let go, every day i go in. I am into my fifth week and have seen more than 10 people let go, and even more than that just stop showing up within their first and second week. Sales is difficult and not for everybody. Pay is min wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to coach your reps.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    May 8, 2014Business Team Manager

    We actively recruit new talent into our sales organization and are always looking for the best people. Sales is a difficult profession and we work very hard as a company to provide our reps with the ... More

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 8, 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

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sad place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

    Pros? If you still have a job.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    The emperor has no clothes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Progressive Business Publications Response

    May 8, 2014Business Team Manager

    We are very proud to have a stable workforce with over half of our employees having over 5 years of service. In the company's 50 year history we have had only a single layoff, totaling 9 people ... More

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    You Get What You Give

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Malvern, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Malvern, PA (US)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep The Management By Servitude Philosophy in mind, Throughout the entire organization, at all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Williamsport, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Williamsport, PA (US)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Some of the upper level managers are shortsighted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open about the direction of the company and the long-term strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business to Business telemarketing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

    Some of the people you talked to were great

    Cons

    A lot of the people you worked with, were not professional at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Screen applicants better

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Taught myself how to recognize the different types of people, for better sales tactics.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    The upbeat personalities of my coworkers helped me to open up and learn better people skills.

    Cons

    Calling people who do not want to be called and bothered, instead of using a referral system. Bothering small and large companies during their work times and not later in the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training programs, mock sales. Meetings based on the cycles we are in now and not the future ones. To do referrals and not random call tactics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent place for entry-level, not much more

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Progressive Business Publications

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Low pay, very flat structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 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

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