McGraw Hill Financial Reviews

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
202 Reviews
3.3
202 Reviews
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McGraw Hill Financial President & CEO Douglas L. Peterson
Douglas L. Peterson
17 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance, friendly work environment (in 24 reviews)

  • Good benefits like free museum admissions etc (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is abysmal within specific HR Teams (in 9 reviews)

  • Upper management attitude is "you are with us or you are against us (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good people, great place to learn. Slow career growth.

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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 Financial full-time

    Pros

    It is great place to learn. Across the different areas in the company there are many dedicated and talented people. Most people including upper management are very friendly and approachable.

    Cons

    Significant outsourcing over recent years has reduced efficiency. Overall, despite many opportunities to learn, there is very slow or little career growth opportunities.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A good place to work for the long-haul

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

    I have been working at McGraw Hill Financial

    Pros

    Flexibility, family-friendly hours. Lack of micro-management.

    Cons

    Lack of management direction / vision (despite the internal communications). Easy to get lost in the corporate life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Could be better.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McGraw Hill Financial

    Pros

    Provides a good package, however no pension or stock.

    Cons

    Expect a lot and no advancement opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give staff an opportunity to move up.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid company; reliable; but freelancers don't receive benefits such as extra consideration when applying for jobs.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Freelance Editorial Work - Independent Contractor
    Current Employee - Freelance Editorial Work - Independent Contractor

    I have been working at McGraw Hill Financial as a contractor for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Plentiful freelance opportunities. Good communication. Diligent to keep up with latest technology. Try to make processes as easy as possible for the vendor/freelancer.

    Cons

    Very little to no variability in pay based on performance or longevity for freelancers; no opportunities for receiving any benefits of any kind, including reduced prices on merchandise, complimentary copies of books; no point system or other system to grant special consideration to most loyal freelancers when they are looking for in-house work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put into place some system of rewards to loyal and quality freelancers. Include at least three benefits in the system and make it formal by spelling out the requirements. Freelancers need incentives to keep them keen rather than becoming complacent. Complacency will lead to a very significant loss in quality of your product. Financial is now Education, but this review is directed toward what was in place when it was part of Financial (McGraw-Hill Companies). The fact that you never heard a freelancer voice these viewpoints before tells you that you have been ignoring this.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    McGraw Hill Financial Response

    Mar 4, 2014Manager of Employment Branding and Marketing

    This review is for freelancing at McGraw Hill Education, which is no longer part of McGraw Hill Financial. The feedback needs to be directed to MHE, since MHFI doesn't employ editorial freelancers ... More

  6.  

    Good pay and benefits, good work/life balance, not challenging enough, too corporate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The salary is very decent, taking into account 401K match which is 6%, cash and RSU bonus. Some new managers are very smart and hands-on. Some new engineers are very smart and motivated. The compensation is decent, but it seems everyone is getting averaged.

    Cons

    Others sat there for 20 years and lack basic expertise to do the work, the only reason their opinion counts is - seniority. Not enough freedom for engineers, this makes your projects sink and postpone forever. New engineers and their ideas are getting slashed by MHF management old timers for no good reasons, just because they worked for the company for too long and know their way around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate better to motivate employees to stay and fight with old timers to bring the change to company. Do better and more detailed review of old timers: there are a lot of people who have senior titles and not doing much and not knowing much - completely out of touch with technology advancements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good opportunity to learn the industry

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McGraw Hill Financial

    Pros

    Flexibility to move within company

    Cons

    Too much red-tape in the decision making process

  8.  

    Constant Change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The announcement of new CEO seems promising
    Great employees

    Cons

    The company has been in a constant state of change since I arrived 4 years ago and is losing top talent to competitors
    Not so great executing or establishing strategy
    Bureaucratic, takes forever for decisions to get made

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage collaboration
    Develop green talent, there is a major focus on retaining top level employees when more junior employees do the grunt work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Associate

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, friendly work environment

    Cons

    Career development, so so benefit package

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Stable employer but opportunities for advancement within are meager.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Security is a great benefit.

    Cons

    Pensions were taken away and opportunities for advancement are poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The grass is not always greener when considering outside hires. Reward your loyal and productive employees with chances to advance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Shared Services analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Hightstown, NJ
    Current Employee - Analyst in Hightstown, NJ

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, good work/life balance, flexible hours, good benefits, 401K

    Cons

    Poor management, no advancement opportunities in recent years, positions being outsourced to handle spinoff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lean Six Sigma is broken, as some solutions are not implemented.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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