McGraw Hill Financial Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
223 Reviews

3.4
223 Reviews
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McGraw Hill Financial President & CEO Douglas L. Peterson
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old Company going through changes

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    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    Benefits, ok pay, great place to work if you have a family, competent upper managers, normal work hours, many people are so comfortable they stay put for many years.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted, very slow turn around rate at the top, most people stay there more than 10 years ( which is god in some ways but if you want to "work your way to the top" the slow turn around at the top creates few opportunities at the bottom.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it possible for employees to experience growth and don't be afraid of new ideas.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Typical administrative

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative in New York, NY

    I have been working at McGraw Hill Financial

    Pros

    MGH's benefits package is pretty good and the standard work week is 35 hours - that's a rare thing these days. Salary can be decent, depending on which business unit you work with.

    Cons

    There is little chance of getting head as an AA there, unless your manager really pushes on your behalf. Unfortunately, not too many managers would do that. Very difficult place to make any kind of career change - once an AA, always an AA there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership should be aware that there are other employees there that deserve a chance to move ahead, not just the ones that are already in executive roles.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Handscoring

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Evalutor  in  Delran, NJ
    Former Employee - Test Evalutor in Delran, NJ

    I worked at McGraw Hill Financial

    Pros

    Hundreds of employees are hired at a time for this position. An undergraduate degree is required for this position. Fairly easily attained position.

    Cons

    This position requires you to be seated in front of a computer grading papers 100%, excluding breaks. May begin to feel like tedious work awfully quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide employees with solid numbers regarding expectations, accuracy percentages and number of papers needed to be graded in order to stay on the project.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    An Okay Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research
    Current Employee - Research

    I have been working at McGraw Hill Financial

    Pros

    The relaxed atmosphere and the willingness of more senior employees to discuss ideas. Junior level employees are included in more high-level discussions. The company is enviromentally thoughtful and provides a locker room for peoppe who ride their bikes to the office. Many directors have high-level experience which helps provide added credibility in the eyes of clients. The working atmosphere is pleasant and people are open in discussing ideas and do no back-stab each other.

    Cons

    Not much feedback is given and the work is often repetitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to take more time to explain things to new people joining projects. Often you were excited about the projects but then seemed to have sporadic levels of enthusiasm.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    MHP needs new senior managers.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at McGraw Hill Financial

    Pros

    Co-workers are good at what they do.

    Cons

    Senior management Grade levels 23 and above are more concerned with politics and lobbying for position than getting the job done. Seems that the senior management would prefer to increase their salaries and ensure their positions are secure than to really work on making things right for their investors.

    Every 6 months we see a reorganization happen and these reorgs don't happen because of the on-boarding of a new market, but to make the powers that be have a chance of hiding the fact that most of the management (senior) are ineffective.

    MHP spends money on projects that are just not needed for could be done cheaper someplace else. Customer service in NJ, analysts in NY, the new data center, staffing costs in NY, the use of union workers and the list goes on and on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pull your heads out of your ass and start doing your jobs. Listen to people who work there and get them to trust the company.

    Move most of the operations and infrastructure out of New York and New Jersey.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to work for fresh graduates or ready-to-retired.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer  in  Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer in Monterey, CA

    I worked at McGraw Hill Financial

    Pros

    The employees' benefits are good and very family oriented. This is one of a few companies still with pension plans. The 401K matching is good. The company allows new employees to rent a temporary place before they find the permanent one. Also, the company would allow employees to hire a temporary nanny in an emergency situation.

    Cons

    There is always poor communication between management level and executive level. The executive level doesn’t know who the hard working people are. Some systems and programs are really old and people are hesitated to modify or renew them. Also, the medical/dental plans graduately decrease with higher co-payments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even some people in senior management are ready to retire in this company, they still need to sell their groups.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flexible to work life , decent place for a career,

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architect  in  Hightstown, NJ
    Current Employee - Architect in Hightstown, NJ

    I have been working at McGraw Hill Financial

    Pros

    Respected leader in publishing and financial ratings. Flexibilty in work/life

    Cons

    A bit beuruacratic. Career advancement is slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More perfance based incentives.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    'salright

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Editor  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Editor in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at McGraw Hill Financial

    Pros

    McGraw-Hill is a well-established company with decent benefits, and it is fairly well-diversified. It isn't terribly sexy, but it feels good to create a tangible product.

    Cons

    Gets too much credit for promoting Work/Life balance which is only truly practiced in pockets. Klunky execution of technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your own advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Do not work here if you wish to pursue a HR career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialist, TR Data  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Specialist, TR Data in London, England (UK)

    I worked at McGraw Hill Financial as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Modern building above the CW tube station and shopping mall; fantastic people, corporate

    Cons

    - Work life balance is abysmal within specific HR Teams. Often the entire team in Comps work 3 days from home whilst the sole individual is expected to man the desk 5 days in office despite living in the other side of London.

    - salary poor. Came from oil and gas industry to drop half wages and subsequently resigned after 6 months to return back to Oil & Gas.

    - no cohesion and poor team communication. No coaching given for individuals who wish to enhance their learning curve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower your performance expectations when sourcing candidates to work for you. Do not expect your ideal candidate will become your "Mini-me" overnight and do not trap them in "Catch 22" performance feedbacks. (Eg, feedback to speed up with work load. Speeding up workload leads to errors leading to a summon)

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Hard Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Accountant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Financial Accountant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at McGraw Hill Financial full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Office environment and investment in equipment and software is great. Colleagues are from a wide variety of backgrounds and generally sociable.

    Cons

    Too US centric and not as International as it should be. Recognition for a job well done at times feels like swimming in treacle - hard work and slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up and add more transparency. Prepare for succession and don't view it as a threat.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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