McGraw-Hill Education Reviews

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Marketing director

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    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

  2. Helpful (1)

    Senior Architect

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    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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    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.

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  5. Helpful (8)

    Not a good place for engineers

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    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.

  6. Helpful (7)

    Applier Beware

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    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.

  7. Helpful (5)

    Don't come here unless you have no other options

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    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

  8. Helpful (5)

    Nightmare

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    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.

  9. Helpful (4)

    revolving door

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (7)

    No loyalty

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blacklick, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blacklick, OH

    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

    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 Management

    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 !

  11. Helpful (4)

    Outsourced

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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 Management

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

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