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Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
41 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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    Don't come here unless you have no other options

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - Get realistic about market conditions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nightmare

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    revolving door

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    What was once pros just do not exist.

    Cons

    Massive layoffs. Morale low, like walking dead. Horrible compensation. No room for growth. Management clueless on how to transition to a digital environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to the new upper management is simple. This company was built on the hard work of its employees. What you feel is obsolete is paying your massive salaries with no contributions from you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    No loyalty

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blacklick, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blacklick, OH

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education

    Pros

    I liked the job I was doing and the people I worked with.

    Cons

    The company has NO loyalty to their employees.A co-worker of 37 years is losing her home because McGraw quit paying her disability pay.She is passing of cancer and is now losing her home.They also hire temporary workers in the busy season every year which makes permanent employees jobs more difficult because they are not trained well. They do Not acknowledge or compensate you for saving the company money example I caught an error which could have cost the company over 100,000 dollars and did not even get recognized by upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize your employees when they are doing a good job and compensate accordingly.Take care of people when they are ill and make sure they do not have to worry about losing their home while they are ill.. be LOYAL to the employees that have been loyal to you !

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

    Outsourced

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

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

    Pros

    Loved my job and the poeple I worked with as well as the costomers. Pay was okay.

    Cons

    Training was awful and sometimes they would do updates and not educate us on said updates and we would get calls for technical support and have no idea what was going on and sometimes new features would not be brought to our attention until we got a technical support call about an issue with it.

    At the end all of our jobs were outsourced to the Philippians. Since leaving they have lost many of their former clients due to the horrible tech support issue from the outsourcing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your technical support back from overseas before the company goes under.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Run for the hills if this company acquires the one you're currently working for

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best reasons to work here? You'll get a brownie for Christmas and after they acquire the company you work for, you may get a cup and a sweatshirt. Even better, if you were used to fun Christmas parties catered by the pre-acquired company, then after McGraw Hill takes over, they'll allow you to leave work at 1pm to go eat at a cheap restaurant, but be back at 3 to finish your shift.

    Cons

    This pretty much sums it up in this message from a co-worker after I left: "These past weeks, I've learned a lot about the McGraw Hill merger. They just don't treat their employees well. From no bonuses to bad health benefits, to forcing employees to take their own time off for holiday parties, to just laying people off so they can save money. I'm also moving on to actively look for a new job."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You all put so many "elephants on the table", that none of us even knew where to begin and knew also that our days would be numbered if we spoke up.

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

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

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    • 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
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not a tech company

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    • 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 a 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
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Decent Product, Inexperienced Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (more than a 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

    McGraw-Hill Education Response

    Jan 21, 2015Manager, HR Recruiting Programs

    McGraw-Hill Education believes in setting new employees up for success. Currently, MHE is looking at revising its New Hire Orientation/Onboarding/Training to provide for a more comprehensive first ... More

  11. 7 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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

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