McGraw-Hill Education
2.9 of 5 199 reviews
www.mheducation.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 26, 2014
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75% Approve of the CEO

McGraw-Hill Education President and CEO David Levin

David Levin

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46% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Life at McGraw-Hill Education

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsHealth 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stressful

    Project Manager, Scrum Master (Former Employee)
    Columbus, OH

    Prosflexible schedule and altruistic product

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Monterey, CA

    ProsDecent health benefits. People managers are kind.

    ConsPoor 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 Senior ManagementMore 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great mission, but misses the goal

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

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

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementManagement should have more open conversations between the different divisions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Learning Technology Consultant (Current Employee)

    ProsGood 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).

    ConsTraining 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 Senior ManagementPlay by the same rules you seem to demand of us.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a happy ending

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsA leader in the industry, very good pay (for the industry) and benefits, especially family-friendly.

    ConsLots of recent downsizing has left remaining employees desperately overworked, struggling to handle a workload that really needs a larger staff under ever-shrinking production schedules.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn the long term it might be more effective to cultivate and when necessary retrain seasoned employees in new technologies rather than dropping them and outsourcing or replacing with neophytes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Proswork life balance is very good

    Conslow wages and no career opportunities

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company to work for if you are in sales.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, decent salary. If you are in sales and good at it, they'll throw unlimited money and resources your way.

    ConsIf you are anything other than sales, you're expendable. The majority of the sales teams lack vision and take for granted (and take advantage of) their technical resources and their contacts that have the ability to think outside the box for the benefit of the client and the organization. My role was consistently babysitting sales reps to make sure they weren't selling something that was devaluing our products and wasting multiple resources time. The other part of my job was damage control after they had sold something that wasn't feasible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe answer to budget cuts is rarely to lay-off experienced, talented, and loyal individuals. Investing everything into the sales side of the business is dangerous and will not bring you as much success as the bottom line is telling you. You're not focused enough on customer satisfaction, no matter what you tell yourself, your clients, and your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Charging forward and leaving a path of destruction in its wake

    Executive Brand Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsInteresting authors and other academics
    If on a team that is functioning well, McGraw-Hill can be a great place to work

    ConsThe new McGraw-Hill is moving forward with exciting digital initiatives and is taking no prisoners. The result of this is a turmoil-stricken environment where people are scared of losing their jobs. Unfortunately, in the new environment, who you know and who you are willing to sabotage in order to stay in good standing is often taking precedent of cultivating solid work groups. If you are the spouse of a competitive hire, for example, you have a good chance of securing a great position. If you are a seasoned content developer with no sales experience, however, your chance of getting any acknowledgment is about 0%. If you are friends with an executive, even if you are completely incompetent, you can spread your crazy around without consequence. In this world, if you question any of the initiatives (even those that are losing money or that don't work well), you will be labeled a problem (even if you have ideas about how those problems can be conquered!) If you are over 40, a woman, a mother, have more than 10 years with the organization, or if you are not willing to constantly pump the egos of the executive team, you probably won't get hired, but if you do your own life experience will tell you that McGraw-Hill is a toxic circus of nut jobs.

    The sales force is a revolving door. While top management brags at every major meeting that 50+ new reps have joined the company in the last few months, all this says is that 50+ reps are failing or are leaving due to dissatisfaction. Every 6 months. They are untrained, poorly managed, and are not expected to learn how to demo the digital solutions McGraw-Hill so wants everyone to believe are their future.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShowmanship is not the same as authenticity. It's great that you all have incredible self-esteem, but in the general ranks people are wondering how you remain at the helm. Getting rid of everyone who disagrees with you is not a long-term strategy for success. For the business at least...maybe for you it's A-OK.

    Stop forcing digital solutions to market without testing, and pay attention to how customer unfriendly the solutions are.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sinking ship with the leadership determined to run it aground

    Vice President (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGlobal reputation, brand heritage, extensive content assets

    ConsClueless leadership, run by consultants, cooking the numbers to please PE owners. Recent hires ignorant about the industry but reluctant to engage tenured talent. Mistrust at all levels

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet real. Education is by definition a long horizon industry built steadily and strategically. By doing cosmetic surgeries you are making the company look like an ageing hollywood starlet with a botox gone bad.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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