McGraw-Hill Education Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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McGraw-Hill Education President and CEO David Levin
David Levin
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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. Great path in publishing, text and electric.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    People I work with really know their job. Receiving good guidance on my duties. Everybody is willing to share different ways to make jobs run smoother. HR both recruiting and inside the building is great.
    I wasn't rushed though the first week, they had new hire classes that were informative and had topics of a wide range.

    Cons

    Everything seems fine, I have only been working here for three weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management seems fine, now seems like a time for growth and I feel McGraw-Hill is trying to grow even more which is good from my perspective.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great group of people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education

    Pros

    The people here are wonderful and extremely down to earth. Beautiful office, fully stocked fridges. Pool table and round robin games of ping pong every afternoon.

    Cons

    Too much flip flopping. "Design by committee" is mind-numbing and discourages product ownership.
    In regards to out of town management, they schedule too many meetings. 'seagull' style management... (they fly in, squawk for a while, and fly back out).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Missed opportunity

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    Current Employee - Middle Management in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education

    Pros

    Good talent at different levels of the organization, lots of opportunity in the education space. Current CEO has instilled confidence in the overall direction of the company.

    Cons

    Extremely hierarchical, strategic actions frequently conflict with stated strategies. (read: hidden agendas). Company having a difficult time transitioning in a meaningful way from dependence on declining print sales to a fully digital company. Typical over emphasis on leveraging newly purchased companies into inappropriate solutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The second tier of leadership is where the greatest risk lies. Without a solid team at that level, the strategy will never cohere into the success that is needed. Dig deeper into the long-range plans, in particular on the technology front. There are nasty surprises lurking in the direction being taken.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. The company is evolving quite fast, for better and for worse

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Development Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Development Coordinator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I liked the benefits. The health insurance was decent. Copays went up annually unfortunately but I liked not needing a referral for specialists.
    There was an effort to make the Coordinators feel better about their roles, but it mostly came from coworkers, not from management or your supervisors.
    The actual role will keep you busy and not bored. Many skills gained from this role.
    Salary seemed fair.
    They were very flexible with work/life balance. Working from home was not stigmatized, and encouraged you to stay home or go home when sick.

    Cons

    They got rid of their pension.
    The Coordinator level was hard to move past in terms of progression. Really no development for this role. If you do not pursue sales your stuck, and have to leave the company for progression. Really antiquated performance reviews, lots of red tape to get past to get stellar reviews. No bonuses to Coordinator levels even though they are a crucial part of the product team's success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a career track(s) for the Coordinator levels. There is valuable talent there. Change the way performance reviews are handled, and offer company bonuses even if small to the Coordinators.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Good at the beginning, not so much at the end.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with is probably the best thing I can think of to say about this company. They were all committed book publishing professionals who worked hard but also knew how to have some fun in the workplace. I enjoyed the company of my colleagues tremendously. Also good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of training for new job responsibilities; leadership paying lip service to advancement where there was none, especially in the production department. A lot of crisis management. Sometimes no support from immediate supervisors. Lots of offshoring, including IT support--no onsite IT help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency and less dependence on information about procedures, etc., trickling down through the pipeline.
    Open up the mentoring program to lower-level (grade) employees. Consistency across departments and divisions with respect to telecommuting and less reliance on the fallback position of managerial discretion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education

    Pros

    Passionate people who love education

    Cons

    No work life balance, at least in my role

  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Great benefits and above average compensation for the book publishing industry, but unstable environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation. Intelligent and experienced employees. Ability to work independently but also within a group or team environment. Well-known and well-respected, long-standing company with a solid brand.

    Cons

    Due to size and corporate structure, delegation of new duties or plans for new directions coming from "higher up" were difficult to implement. Once these plans or directions were implemented, it was likely they would then change again. It also seemed like there was confusion on which way all of the different parts of the company should be heading, as if a "one size fits all" approach was the status quo, even when there were may different groups throughout the company. After McGraw-Hill Education was purchased by the private equity firm Apollo, things only got worse, lay offs took place, and implementation of new strategies, though well-intentioned, seem to have started falling flat. During this time there was also a fair amount of confusion over new company strategies and directions, due to miscommunication, lack of communication, and overall apathy of a workforce that seemed concerned about the future of the company and their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thought it is a large corporation, a one-size-fits-all approach across groups will not suffice. There needs to be more open communication and transparency between upper management and employees about future plans and directions for the company. More time needs to be given to implement new plans, policies, or procedures without changing course. Company needs to stay ahead of trends while not giving up its signature brands, which is what the company still stands on in the public eye.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. committed to excellence

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Marketing in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education

    Pros

    employees are committed to provide top-notch educational materials for students of any age. flex work hours, working independently

    Cons

    over-crowded work spaces, inadequate parking facilities
    cube farm with little regard to personal space or privacy. New upper management hiring in new talent on the supervisory level without promoting from within nor training adequately and confused when issues arise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    empower and promote your people who have shown loyalty for 5+ years who have the knowledge and skills sets to take the company into the future.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    good culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education

    Pros

    work life balanced, good culture

    Cons

    not much in career growth plans for the employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Project Mgr

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Very nice people. Pay is very competitive. Great products.

    Cons

    Many aspects of the Marketing Dept run in a very disorganized manner. "Fly by the seat of your pants" mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider utilizing your Proj Mgmt support to better organize roll out. The advice is also for the company that now owns McGraw Hill Education. Slow down! If you burn your people out, you'll end up losing great resources who could help the company last for the long haul. People are your best resources. They are the ones who will do great work that return great profits!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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