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McGraw-Hill Education Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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2.9 210 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

McGraw-Hill Education President and CEO David Levin

David Levin

(8 ratings)

47% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

  • Good benefits, great co-workers, convenient location(in 19 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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    The Evolution of McGraw-Hill Education

    Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsI liked the diversity programs under the old MH. It appears that they've done away with these networking opportunities.

    ConsTop heavy management; too much leeway for managers to make ill decisions based on personal likes and dislikes as opposed to the betterment of their department; human resources leaves everything to the discretion of managers. The benefits aren't as great as they used to be, and increases are a joke.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need something in place to ensure that you have the right managers working for the good of the company. There are managers who are slackers and out of touch. Clean house!

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    Company has the right idea but is slow to make real changes

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people are great and really into collaboration. A true sense of community is being fostered from the top down, which is great for a large company. At the end of the day you really do feel like you're making a difference and can feel good about what you do.

    ConsThere's not a lot of room for growth and reorgs/restructuring seem to happen frequently and without much explanation behind them. A lot of talk is given to changing the company's vision of being a digital leader, but much of the company is still solely focused on the traditional paper textbook model.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to evolve to meet the demands of an ever changing market and make sure to retain the people who are really trying to make this happen.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    More talent, please.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice people. Morally uncompromised work. If managed correctly, a good work-life balance.

    Great new leadership is coming on board, with broader vision and more expansive thinking. Fewer debates about Oxford commas, more thinking about value added services for learning outcomes.

    ConsBeing smarter or less smart than the average American is more or less limiting, respectively, at MHE. The company has consistently rewarded people who have thought more deeply about their own ambitions than about customers, their problems, and their needs. It must happen elsewhere, too, but I think smarter people hide it better, and smarter companies reward it less.

    For an education company, there is a surprising dismissal of educational qualifications. So much staff from the state university of nowhere with even less native curiosity than academic qualification. In the past, HR must have excelled in finding the stultifyingly mediocre. Those who played well with red pens and punctuation as editors, are now, as middle managers, making decisions about products. It's a stunning thing, how much MHE values longevity over talent.

    Also, a little more diversity might help build products for and craft messaging to a diverse marketplace. Chocolate chips are easy to find in this cookie-they are scarce. But why would a company that didn't value merit value diversity? Both are such new millennial concepts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire better. Pay more if you have to. People with choices have more places to go - do you really want those who don't have choices?

    Ask: given where MHE needs to go, are these the people who get us there? If not, recognize the universality of opinion and the scarcity of expertise. Democracy is overrated. So is being nice.

    Keep bringing in the kind of talent that has started coming in the last twelve months. It is the most hopeful change since the acquisition.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Goodbye Work-Life Balance. Hello Daily Grind!

    Assessment Editor (Current Employee)

    ProsI had the opportunity to work on my project remotely, which was wonderful. My pay was also decent (not great). Pleasant co-workers. Those were the two things that kept me going each morning, but rarely longer than that.

    ConsBe prepared to work far beyond your 37.5 hour work week. There is a company culture of guilt, where you will see all of your coworkers and supervisors working late, on weekends, and during their "vacation" days. You will be given emails with smiling cats and a thumbs up in return for your hard work. Innovation, creative thinking, and efficiency are not rewarded. Working long hours are (maybe with a $50 reward, if you're one of the lucky ones). I surveyed people on various projects within the company -- everyone put in 40-60 hours a week.

    You are salaried and most likely on multiple projects working "half time." I was added on as "Project Status" and was cut just over halfway through the project, along with all other "Project Status" workers on my project. Take the name of your contract with a grain of salt, and keep in mind the very important clause that they may cut you at any time -- working well and hard will not protect you -- you are truly a human resource to them. Whether or not they keep you on will depend on other projects happening within the company, more than anything else. Keep this in mind when you pass up other jobs that may offer more stability. (And accepting this job in lieu of a job offer you may not have yet received counts as passing up another job!)

    Also, you will receive little to no training. Save every email, because there is a good chance someone will ask you why something wasn't done correctly (it's also a culture of blaming) and the answer will likely be because you received no training, or that the person who was given the role of training you has had very little experience in the position (probably working "half time" on another project, as well) and gave you some mis-information.

    Overall, an uninspiring place to work. As far as I can tell, McGraw-Hill has wonderful sounding upper management, but little structure in place to reward those for making changes.

    Bottom Line: I would not recommend it, even though the salary looks nice from afar -- unless you need a stopgap job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward innovation and creativity. Give employees a way to give feedback on their managers -- mine was new and not wonderful (delightful person...lots to learn as a manager). I had no way to inform anyone of this.

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

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    Mcgraw-Hill

    Sales Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsInnovative Technology.
    Good vision of where they want to go.

    ConsCumbersome Salesforce CRM System.
    Several job responsibilities that don't match your title.
    Forcing technology on customers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think it's a difficult industry to be in now with the shift from print to digital. I think there needs to be more sales support. You have to realize that you need more layers and support as you grow into a digital company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    In the beginning it was great towards the end not so much

    Credit and Collections (Former Employee) Hightstown, NJ

    ProsPeople I worked with were wonderful

    ConsMost of Senior management had issues

    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 to bad

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsRelaxed working environment and true 9-5

    ConsNo room for advancement and low yearly increases even if you have a great review

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want people to stay,you have to give then a reason

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great work/life balance

    Senior Producer (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsWork/Life balance. They do a good job allowing you to work from home, etc

    ConsVery political. Be prepared for a lot of 'CYA' emails. The culture is very me centric.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Intern (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat People
    Always nice and friendly

    ConsLong Days
    Lack of direction with some projects

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

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    Neutral place to work, nothing exciting

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- People are great to work with

    Cons- Leadership, communication is lacking, overall directive of the company is absent

    Advice to Senior Management- Improve employee culture, it's a very negative environment

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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