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McGraw-Hill Education Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
245 Reviews
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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)

  • Management is often very confusing- changing their direction often- resulting in little to no direction (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't expect much, and definitely don't be an Intern for them

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

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education

    Pros

    The only pros are that as long as you kiss butt to upper management your job is basically secured, no matter how stupid you are. Also, they give you a company car and cover travel expenses

    Cons

    Where to start... Their turnover ratio is ridiculous.. I have an average of four different "managers" in my region a year. The problem is everyone knows they are going to leave the company, so they aren't fully invested, they just want the McGraw-Hill stamp on their resume. They don't provide a good opportunity for upward mobility - you literally have to just have years of being in the same position before your ever considered for any type of promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people more; notice when individuals actually make a difference.. Actions speak louder than words

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a tech company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Salary. Great 401k. Good work/life balance. Interesting problems to solve.

    The company has invested tons of resources in creating a really awesome office in Boston, and providing the services needed to get work done. The benefits allow you to focus on the work you need to do.

    And working on educational software is a noble goal that any person should be proud to be working on.

    Cons

    Upper management heavy. Academic culture (Ph.D.'s are valued more than skilled workers). Old Technology (20+ years old). No core software engineering team.

    If you're a developer, software engineer or computer scientist steer clear from MHE. This organization is a publishing company, and much of the culture and process comes from old school methodologies that siloed teams and created poor software. Teams are pitted against each other and collaboration is crushed at every turn; mostly due to the fact that most of their products have poorly developed architectures.

    The problems that exists at this company are deep and make it completely unable to innovate. Much of it is patchwork that make things "good enough". There is no drive to deliver compelling solutions to students, instructors or educational organizations since most teams are busy fighting political battles.

    And last but not least, you will not have an easy time with devops. The devops team, from my experience, has little to no experience or interest in helping. This might be due to various reasons, but it was impossible to even agree on using open source control versioning like git.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice here is specifically geared towards DPG, Digital Platforms Group.

    Build a core engineering team that has the ability to drive the success of the software. Let teams decide how to evolve the product(s). Hire engineers who are familiar and skilled in the latest technology. Hire technology directors who are up to date with the latest technology and can program, or have worked on software, writing code, within the last 10 years.

    Stop micro-managing the process, and ultimately remove process. Don't use agile as a mask.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Decent Product, Inexperienced Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good compensation. Daily schedule for the most part was flexible, since you could work from home to catch up on paperwork, emails, etc.

    Cons

    My biggest complaint is the lack of training they provide to their employees. Even from the start, there was no formal training on how to use the tools that you were expected to use. Not only that, there is absolutely zero training for new managers. I think they do a decent job of hiring good individuals, but since they provide them with zero guidance (except sell, sell, sell), the managers end up being ineffective and in some cases, quite terrible. Daily operations involve putting out fires, gathering whatever data is needed from upper managers on that day, then do your best to tend to your customers with the remaining time that is left. You are also expected to work weekends, holidays, and be on call 24/7.

    To make matters worse, they company does not promote from within, adding on to more reasons why the managers do not seem to know what they are doing. Not only do they not have the proper training/guidance, they are also managers from other industries/companies who enter this company.

    The turnover rate is alarming, and I would recommend looking elsewhere for employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a well-thought out training plan for your employees and promote a culture of striving for LONG-TERM success, rather than short-term success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Bad eggs at the top cause trickle-down of low morale and huge turnover of employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Working on educational products can be satisfying

    Cons

    Employees are not treated well. Huge turnover in employees. Revolving door, at least when I was there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your team. It will be less expensive.

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

    Great Products, Poor Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Learning Technology Consultant
    Former Employee - Learning Technology Consultant

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time

    Pros

    Innovative products that genuinely have value in the marketplace.

    Cons

    Employees are treated as dispensable and in some regions advancement is based on shallow criteria such as personal appearance preference of the hiring manager. Goals are set extremely high for some and attainable for others. The level of favoritism and lack of consistency is immense. It was a great disappointment to work there. The pressure is intense and micro-management prevails. Employee beware.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 12 people found this helpful  

    I refer to my colleagues here as "The Coven"

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

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Salary is good as are the benefits. Some flexibility in terms of working from home if you are more senior. Company is on the cutting-edge of higher education materials.

    Cons

    Colleagues are willing to throw you under the bus if things don't go right and are only concerned with themselves (promotions, salaries) and not the educational programs the company claims to value. Very little training. Expectations are working 6 days a week. Politics are rampant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have worked in higher educational publishing for 20+ years. This is the WORST company I have encountered. While it claims to have the instructors' and students' needs in mind, it does not. I have never worked with people less intelligent, intellectual, or forward thinking in my career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    It Used To Be A Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    MHE is conveniently located so commuting is easy. Some divisions are managed well and have an excellent staff, such as the editorial team. They are dedicated and passionate about the work. The design department is poorly managed but the actual designers are talented.

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs left employees feeling uneasy. It’s obvious who is next by the way you're treated. Annual reviews have little reflection on performance but have become political tools to use against employees. Designers request training but all that is offered are cheap online tutorials. MHE will not pay for hands-on training with a teacher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MHE has talented and hard-working people that are going to waste because they do not have the support they need to move forward. They desperately need hands-on training in software to bring their skills up to speed with the latest technology. This hard-nosed approach to "figure it out" on your own is completely unrealistic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Lost their soul after the buy out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Educational publishing has potential to improves people's live and their future. Consistently making your sales goal can be very lucrative.

    Cons

    Managing by metrics may be the goal, but sales employees had to manually enter most of the data themselves. literally adding hours of work each day. Managers micromanaged out of fear for their own jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Senior Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    past management was great and promoted excellence

    Cons

    current management is crazy with a Hitler like man in charge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get out

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    McGraw-Hill Education Response

    Aug 29, 2014VP, Corporate Communications

    Senior Sales,

    McGraw-Hill Education respects the right of all employees to offer honest feedback and even criticism of their employers on review sites such as Glassdoor. However, we find the
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  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Bad work-life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked with some great people here--none of whom are currently with the company. The benefits were okay.

    Cons

    The salaries are low compared to the number of extra hours you are expected to work. The company pays lip service to "work life balance" but that is a joke. You are made to feel bad if you take time off. Management makes drastic changes and you are forced to adapt. It's a very conservative company, and the bottom line is the only thing that matters. You can only advance by kissing up, not by being good at your job. Overall, working here was a soul-crushing experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to treat your employees like human beings, not robots, and give them a REAL work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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