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McGraw-Hill Education Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
222 Reviews
2.9
222 Reviews
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McGraw-Hill Education President and CEO David Levin
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12 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I've worked at McGraw-Hill for almost nine years because of their work/life balance (in 29 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 12 reviews)

  • There's little room for growth and real professional development (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Could be so much better

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

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Positioning for the future, innovative product concepts, strong name in an industry looking for leadership. Great place for young women to apply. Nice physical work environment. Depending on department or location, you could have a very positive experience here.

    Cons

    Leadership in flux for over 10 years, and executes poorly, namely in compensation and HR related matters. Annual consolidating of jobs to achieve financial goals. Those left behind carry an excessive workload. No clear career path. Profit sharing and pension plans gone. Health insurance increases have reduced this once shiny benefit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Words are empty when your actions do not support them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Unqualified Management in MHProfessional

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

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. If you work hard and are fortunate enough to have a good boss, then there are promotion opportunities.

    Cons

    Management hiring and choices are terrible. One unqualified out of touch manager hires more unqualified managers, creating a downward spiral leading to poor communication and low team morale. Overall culture was conservative, weasly, and was in a perpetual state of fear and pessimism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now that the president of Professional has been ousted maybe morale will increase and people can start focusing on work and results, rather than being afraid of not being in their seat right at 9am, or wearing jeans.

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

    Company dynamic is brutal

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company seems to encourage professional development, I feel slightly hopeful that there is a new CEO.

    Cons

    People are unprofessional, undervalued employees, the vast majority of employees have no sense of direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your middle managers on professionalism. Set clear and reasonable expectations. Don't put your employees in lose-lose situations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    Fabulous - but the industry and business model are dying!

    Current Employee - Executive Brand Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Executive Brand Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are super smart, driven, and in love with education! Constant intellectual stimulation and very fast-paced work environment. If you love fast-moving, working a ton of hours, and high expectation - you will love MH. Never a dull moment, and it keeps you on your toes.

    Cons

    I have noticed that much has been written about the changes in management since 2011. I have been with MH for nearly 18 years, and yes, there WERE big changes in '11. However, that is the world of business, and kissing up, and favoritism are everywhere, and yes, it is rampant at MH now. It has become a fraternity/sorority culture as someone wrote on this board. It has become a culture of "who can rock the mic" at the national sales meeting. It has become a culture of how popular you are and how well you kiss up to senior leaders. But the reality is that these behaviors exist in nearly every company, and you just have to know how to work through it - especially if you want to work here, and especially if you want to work in education. So as long as you know this up front and can manage around it - you will be fine.
    THE REAL ISSUE, however, is this: the INDUSTRY IS DYING. Nearly 20% of students do NOT buy textbooks, and that percentage is growing. MH and the other publishers are desperately trying to salvage the industry by "going digital," and yes, these products ARE cool - you cannot deny that. But adoption of these has been slow. In the interim, and UNTIL the tipping point - until the massively-needed transformation occurs - here is what is happening in the life of sales reps: (1) they work tons of hours chasing professors and tracking down orders; (2) because the industry is dying, reps and managers get deluged with dozens - yes dozens - of email messages daily - with new initiatives, new ideas, new plans that will supposedly "help" them win business. The other reality is that nothing has changed in this industry in 20+ years other than digital. WHAT MATTERS - AND WHAT THEY NEED TO CHANGE IS THE BUYING PATTERN and THE DISTRIBUTION MODEL, YET NO ONE IS ADDRESSING IT! NO ONE WANTS TO TOUCH IT! So while they create super-cool digital products, they refuse to address the real problems: (1) students do not want to buy all digital, (2) the national college bookstores! The bookstores want their cut and will do whatever it takes NOT to buy from MH or from any publisher, and (3) UNTIL you change the buying model, i.e., get rid of bookstores and sell directly to students - NOTHING will change, and therefore, this is not an industry right now worth exploring. So while people comment on our culture, on the favoritism, on the sycophant attitude - remember - that happens everywhere. THE REAL and ONLY ISSUE IS THIS: the industry is dying, and until the REAL root of the problem gets addressed, i.e., the distribution/buying model - I recommend that you walk away from MH for the moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the root of the problem and quit window-dressing the real issue. Digital IS good - no doubt about it - but it's not at the core of what is breaking our industry.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Downward spiral

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education

    Pros

    I used to enjoy working here before Apollo bought us out. Work/life balance was a nice perk, but that has fizzled away with all the layoffs.

    Cons

    High turnover rate. Salaries aren't competitive.

  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Life at McGraw-Hill Education

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

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

    Pros

    Hours are flexible and good. The location from home to work was good - not alot of travel time.

    Cons

    Health Insurance is not family friendly. Salaries are behind other companies and the people who do the WORK are not compensated properly. SOME Management does not listen to the employees - Management makes alot of mistakes because of it. To much of the good ol' boys club. Needs to go away. Expect you to be available 24/7/365. Not a family oriented company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it figured out on how to treat the employees better, listen to the seasoned employees, work with middle management to teach the managers on how to manage better, hire people that are actually qualified for the job and not hire friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stressful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager, Scrum Master  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Project Manager, Scrum Master in Columbus, OH

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    flexible schedule and altruistic product

    Cons

    dealing with immature, unprofessional and hostile employees on the Business side of the house.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace old guard employees whose behavior is so deeply ingrained that they have become completely unmanageable with no hope of true collaboration with the Digital Platform Group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    ELA Assessment Editor

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    Current Employee - Assessment Editor  in  Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Assessment Editor in Monterey, CA

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent health benefits. People managers are kind.

    Cons

    Poor project management, lack of pre-planning and resources results in unrealistic deadlines and expectations. Poor job security because of the way contract employees are handled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More resources should be assigned to large projects for the duration of the work. Providing strong employees with job security, and updating contracts in a timely manner would drastically increase morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great mission, but misses the goal

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. If you have a family this is a great place to work. Also managers do not tend to micromanage.

    Cons

    Very top heavy and many of the managers are new, which results in fighting about what needs to get done. The company is very sales driven and not focused on their core users; therefore, products can seem disjointed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should have more open conversations between the different divisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Nice people but overly demanding work expectations. Your job is to rip students off.

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

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good 401K, company car + free gas, expense account allows free meals. Your base salary will likely be 41K-51K based on past experience plus "unlimited" commission (most reps who hit their goals (varies between 25ish%-75ish% depending on the year and how the higher education market is doing).

    Cons

    Training is literally terrible. Learning curve is absolutely ridiculous. You are thrown into an environment where, unless you work 16 hours a day 6 days a week, you likely won't be very successful. Stressful culture. Management talks about being frugal but instead spends thousands on lavish meals, trips, etc....yet costs of digital+textbook products goes up every year. The truth is...IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR THE LEARNING TECHNOLOGY SALES REPRESENTATIVE position...know that ESSENTIALLY YOUR ENTIRE JOB IS TO 'drive sales' AKA do WHATEVER YOU CAN TO RIP STUDENTS OFF AND HAVE THEM PAY MORE FOR 'CUSTOM LEARNING SOLUTIONS' + digital products that only rarely add real value to the students' learning. LearnSmart/SmartBook are good products, but frankly I think management has been drinking so much of the koolaid that they're drunk on their egos. If you're a young college grad about to interview with these guys, I'd say find something to actually make you happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Play by the same rules you seem to demand of us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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