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McGraw-Hill Education Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
235 Reviews
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235 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just "ok". A great deal of effort is being made to transform the company.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Pay is ok for those who demonstrate strong competency and ask for it.

    Cons

    The company relies too much on temporary workers which puts a strain on everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire talent and let the culture create itself. You can't force it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education

    Pros

    Great location, large company lots of opportunity for growth

    Cons

    hard times for the education mark - lots funding issues

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 9 people found this helpful  

    Turnaround Situation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Great people, interesting products, engaging market challenges - lots to sink your teeth into. New technology is in the works (see cons).

    Cons

    Technology is abysmal; they're working on it but it's extremely slow going. Poor communication. Not enough people to do the work. Some departments have a low bar when it comes to hiring talent. Not product- and customer-centered enough - some departments seem to be driven by engineering and research rather than what customers really want/need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Product: We have products. They need to be sold. In your zeal to improve technology you should not forget that our current products need to be maintained. Customers are suffering.
    Operations: Improve the flow and remove the internal barriers - systems improvement and people empowerment! For top-line growth, focus on what sells (product) and those who sell it (sales). FEED IT. Listen to them! For midline contraction, get the key ops people (from all departments) in a room and talk about what's needed and what works; put systems in place that smooth barriers to efficiency and enforce their use. Customer Service needs improvement - again, it's an ops issue, not a training issue... our people are good but they're not empowered.
    MHE has a history of product excellence but right now it's like a beautiful house with termites in the walls. Your employees are waiting for direction! We want MHE to return to glory and we'll do whatever it takes to get it there!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    I gained a lot of insight into the corporate business world through McGraw Hill.

    Former Employee - T&E/P-Card Analyst in Hightstown, NJ
    Former Employee - T&E/P-Card Analyst in Hightstown, NJ

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

    Pros

    The company has an excellent 401K program and really does give a lot of experience to new graduates.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the company was not keeping up with the current times and had difficulty maintaining it's reputation as having the best school books in the country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being more proactive with regards to which direction school books are going.

  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    The Evolution of McGraw-Hill Education

    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Top 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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!

  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    More talent, please.

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice 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.

    Cons

    Being 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    There'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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Goodbye Work-Life Balance. Hello Daily Grind!

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    Current Employee - Assessment Editor
    Current Employee - Assessment Editor

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Be 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 ManagementAdvice

    Reward 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mcgraw-Hill

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Credit and Collections in Hightstown, NJ
    Former Employee - Credit and Collections in Hightstown, NJ

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

    Pros

    People I worked with were wonderful

    Cons

    Most of Senior management had issues

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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