McGraw-Hill Education Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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McGraw-Hill Education President and CEO David Levin
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Pros
  • I've worked at McGraw-Hill for almost nine years because of their work/life balance (in 31 reviews)

  • Good benefits and vision on the implementation of technologies (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Favoritism to Ohio office where people are paid less; Loads of Hippocracy; Upper management is self-congratulatory (in 13 reviews)

  • Also, you will receive little to no training (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Digital Product Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education

    Pros

    Digital Product Analyst
    Work like balance
    Fun travel at times

    Cons

    Not for Product Managers
    Editorial runs the show - you're literally a technology assistant

    Advice to Management

    If you ever dreamed of having an obtusely defined position that offers you no decision
    making authoring, no product ownership, and little respect throughout an organization -
    this is the place for you! The esteemed Digital Product Analyst role was created in 2011
    after it was realized that this role has no product ownership. Today many throughout the
    organization question what this role is and what they do. For true Product Managers this
    is purgatory.


  2. Helpful (14)

    This company TELLS you to go on Glassdoor and talk them up!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some nice people--on contract only--regular hours if you put your foot down

    Cons

    Complete lack of leadership, horrific morale, rushed and insane schedules, expectation of full martydom, weak people are in charge, BAD pay/benefits, and basically no matter how highly educated you are you will be doing clerical work: filling in errata charts, keeping track of trailing pp. Since this company is now run and owned by a hedge fund, a ruthless attitude prevails. No one cares about the product--it's all about the bottom line. Almost no prod, design, or HR depts anymore--you must do it all. if you are desperate and need a contract gig, fine. If you expect to be working for a pub co, PASS.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic schedules, get out into the field now and then, pay attn to low morale.


  3. Helpful (8)

    Just an awful place to work. Period

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Creator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Content Creator in New York, NY

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked in the Professional division, inheritor of a grand literary tradition.
    McGraw-Hill was a trusted name in professional and trade book publishing.
    They used to have offices in an exciting part of town (Rock Center).
    They used to employ some of the most interesting people I'd ever worked with

    Cons

    ...However, true as all these pros were, the utter failure of leadership to account for changes in the marketplace have made M-H the place where careers go to stagnate... until the next round of layoffs.

    Yes-men and others entirely bereft of vision or professional integrity manage to stick around long enough to rise to mid-level management. Onboarding was a joke--and offloading "surplus" labor was shrouded in Kremlin-like secrecy. Eventually, under the previous president (who "sought other opportunities" approx a year ago), marketshare and revenue growth were lost causes, so cost-cutting became the "new black" of leadership strategies. Thus came wave after wave of layoffs. Things may be rebounding--or just sticking to the bottom (selling the division is always a topic of hushed speculation).

    As for morale? The beatings will continue till it improves...

    Advice to Management

    None. They seem incapable of listening, anyway.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Marketing director

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great content
    long history in education
    brand name

    Cons

    lack of leadership
    people afraid
    no digital vision

    Advice to Management

    hire some people with leadership skills instead of yes men


  6. Helpful (8)

    Senior Architect

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are absolutely no pros to working a McGraw-Hill Education.

    Cons

    Every day is a fire fight to fix either production issues or work a lot of overtime trying to insert new functionality with very unrealistic schedules. A terrible environment!
    They've lost $100M in contracts with clients this year to incompetence at all levels. The software does not use any frame works (everything is home grown) which is a career dead end.
    Also, even though there is Java in the mix, all the business logic is in PL/SQL.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Digital project manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education

    Pros

    The only good thing is the great pay.

    Cons

    not a good environment to work for. Not a good work/life balance since we had to go home and work besides the 45 hours at the office.


  8. Helpful (11)

    Not a good place for engineers

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Macbook Pro, Apple Cinema display, competetive salary, decent Health Insurance (its getting worse every year but can't say other companies are any different). They seem to have plenty of cash flow.

    Cons

    If you don't feel like reading my tirade I'll tell you one thing - as an engineer expect to be constantly overruled by people who don't know a thing about technology or how to manage it. So. Politics, politics, politics. Good luck running an engineering group if you've always got to feel like the smartest guy in the room and consider any feedback "insubordinate" when it doesn't match your plan to sideline a respected manager and suck everybody into the world of bickering and politics that mires down the rest of the company. If you're a developer expect to waste 75% of your time being toyed with by infighting managers and going to their soul-destroying meetings, 20% of your time doing work that they will throw away when they fight over how to do things again, later, and 5% of your time hanging out in the kitchen trying to regain your sanity over some wonderful free snacks. Another problem, although not as serious as the fact that the folks directly managing engineering seem to harbor jealousy and resentment of their own engineers: ratio of various "Project Managers" (they have at least 3 flavors) to actual work-producing engineers is literally insane (3 to 1?). Somebody in the PMO structure has a lot of power to hire. In summary: the Boston engineering group is headed up by some people with serious ego issues and I assume the goal is just to put lipstick on the pig and sell the company in a couple years because 9-5 face time and your ability to fall in line is valued 100x more than getting anything actually done and done right. Also, in a 15 year career at many different companies I have never been so baldly lied to about so many things ranging from office space decisions to important product decisions. Farcicle at best, really stressful in reality.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a real, concrete end goal. Work with your engineers to write out a sensible plan to the satisfaction of your project managers. Do not overrule your engineers when you don't have the technical knowledge to reasonably do so (which is pretty much all the time, that's why you hired expensive engineers in the first place). Once you've got a sensible plan get out of their way and let them deliver regardless of their working style (in the office, in Starbucks, at home, whatever). Treat them with courtesy and respect lest they move on in a job market that is currently quite favorable to Software Engineers in Boston. That's it! Not rocket science; just leave your ego at the door.


  9. Helpful (10)

    Applier Beware

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Unfortunately not applicable at this time.

    Cons

    Toxic and incompetent management in many areas of company. Completely ineffective human resources departments. Preferential and intimidating cultures. Lack of adequate training. Poor quality products not beta tested sent to market. Employees that actually do the work are all leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Be less concerned with self advancement (i.e. higher titles and bigger salaries) while covering each other's unsavory unethical and illegal actions. Instead, be an example of a true transformational leader for employees in a changing industry. Otherwise MHE simply will not be sustainable under your watch.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Don't come here unless you have no other options

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Can be flexible with schedules
    - HR tries hard to engage employees

    Cons

    - Very thin staff for heavy workload.
    - Forced to put very expensive products in the market with little to no consideration to the market's price tolerance.
    - Posturing to upper management is continuous and mandatory.
    - Almost no diversity on leadership teams - few women and no people of color

    Advice to Management

    - Get realistic about market conditions


  11. Helpful (6)

    Nightmare

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead QA in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Lead QA in Monterey, CA

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing good to talk about.

    Cons

    Many, they are very inflexible. Secondly the QA leadership in CTB/Monterey is very mean and disspirited. They dont care for you even if you lose an family member and dis-respect is the name of the game with the QA leadership here.

    Advice to Management

    Please change old heads in QA management and leadership and all will be good. This is only for CTB/Monterey for DPG group.



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