McGraw-Hill Education Reviews

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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)

  • Also, you will receive little to no training (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

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    Director

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    amazing work culture, innovative products, tremendous growth

    Cons

    transitioning from publishing to a technology company


  2. Current Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, great benefits, team atmosphere and room for growth

    Cons

    There are no downsides that I can think of, other than it being a large company and not getting the chance to meet and interact with everyone.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Dragged down by process and planning

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work environment Supportive teams Exciting potential

    Cons

    Projects and innovation move at a snail's pace Roadmaps are constantly pushed further and further out Planning for a project or product takes more work and effort than the actual delivery of the product. WAY too many spreadsheets, wiki pages, levels of approval, meetings, and time go into just kicking off a project Management tries to project the idea of agile and lean teams, but that's by no means how it goes. Teams and projects are HIGHLY controlled, autonomy is difficult to come across, and micro-management infects delivery of valuable features

    Advice to Management

    Fix the planning process. Pretending to be agile, while really doing waterfall is only hurting us more. Let teams be teams. If you're going to suggest the agile methodologies, then actually respect them.


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  5. Highly Recommend

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubuque, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubuque, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people and culture here are great! We are developing products to improve education which has the power to change the world, what isn't great about that? Standard benefits (medical, dental, etc.) are good, but the other benefits make it a great place to work. These include a generous company match to employee made donations to non-profits; flexible work hours; on-site programs that promote personal growth; on-site fitness room and me-time rooms (as I call them) for nursing moms or whatever you might need; generous adoption program; discounts on textbooks for our kids; and many more! The company has a strong presence in our Dubuque, IA community and often donates money to employee causes and events (city art program and Toastmasters convention, etc.). Management encourages employees to volunteer in the community and often-times allows us to do it during company time. The new CEO and Presidents are great, their vision for the future matches with that of the employees. There is a great sense of pride and dedication among most of the employees which pushes everyone to put out the best product possible. I'm very happy and proud to be a McGraw-Hill employee!

    Cons

    It is a big company! And the cons about McGraw-Hill are basically those of ANY big company. In an effort to reduce costs and save money, staff has been reduced to bare bones and many positions have been outsourced. People are oftentimes afraid to take time off because of how much work will be waiting when they return. Too many overtime hours are spent just trying to keep up. There is often a feeling of fear over whether your job will be next, especially around Christmas time which is when the company likes to lay people off. In the past there has not been a feeling of appreciation from upper management, however they have recently acknowledged this error and are making good efforts to reverse that image.

    Advice to Management

    Be more of a presence to your "everyday" employees. Walk around and talk to people and thank them for their hard work. It's a small effort that can reap big rewards.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Pleasant place to spend a couple of years

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    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Really nice people, overall. Management really wants its employees to be happy. Nice digs, a lot of free lunches. Contractors are treated as well as employees. No overtime ever needed. Working at home is readily accepted. There is a strong bond between the business analysts and the engineering teams. They really do try to work together. The trust shows.

    Cons

    Software developers are distributed between multiple geographic sites . Developers from each different site are (re-)combined into virtual teams every 6-8 months, which are then pushed to become high-performance Agile teams. As you might expect, despite best-efforts by everyone, the team re-organization, the time-zone difference, and the lack of co-location has made it difficult for most teams to work as productively as everyone would like. Its like having a rock in the bottom of your shoe. Personal productivity is definitely hindered by the degree of focus on Agile process, and it is doubtful whether compensatory efficiencies at team level, have been gained. Systems-level software development is being initiated without sufficiently well researched, documented, and negotiated architectural vision being in-place first. This is causing technical debt to accrue. Small team size, and the segregation of competencies by city, has meant there isn't a lot of opportunity to get experience using main-stream web-application technologies outside of NYC, and the opportunities for career advancement above individual contributor are also limited.

    Advice to Management

    (1) Add more principal or architect level developers to each site; (2) Recognize that architecture work is hard work and time consuming, and must therefore be scheduled into sprints well in advance of when it is needed by the development teams. This includes exploring alternatives, documenting and presenting findings, allowing time for review of discussing of recommendations, and then building consensus around a chosen design, before a design is committed to. (3) Listen to your team leads--when they say there's a problem which they need you to fix, there's a problem they need you to fix. Own it.


  7. Good place to start a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, including employee perks/savings programs; casual dress policy; flexible work arrangements available including telecommuting; most managers help you get the resources you need to do your job

    Cons

    Pay is not commensurate with responsibilities; very little ability to advance in career; no longer has a mentor program so new employees do not have the support they need; teaching experience is no longer highly valued as it once was


  8. Great people to work with.

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    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technology. People who care about education. Best content in the industry. Great benefits. Ability to make changes in the organization quickly.

    Cons

    You will wear multiple hats. Apparently you need to have 20 Words here so I am writing this sentence to make this work.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on the ground and get in the field!


  9. Helpful (2)

    Good Company, well run, digital future/outlook is a priority for growth

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Excellent 401K - matches up to 6% - New CEO David Levin is a great improvement, as is Peter Cohen (MHE President) - Decent health benefits - they have a high HSA deductible plan but they do match progressively based on payscale - Great people - the people who work here are in general very smart and very passionate about what they do. - Flexible working environment - managers are very understanding about the need to work from home or telecommute

    Cons

    -"Bromance" culture in the past / now with sales -Lack of diversity in leadership for women and minorities - Stagnation in internal promotion - many times managers look only outwards toward promotion / hiring in order to acquire new talent. Often people have to really make a case for internal promotion even when it's well deserved. -Publishing itself is undergoing a difficult period of transition with digital / used books - difficulty in reaching goals due to market forces

    Advice to Management

    - Don't overlook internal talent when it comes to promotion / hiring. - Diversity!! Executive and Senior Management is dominated by white men. There needs to be real, true expansion to include women and minority groups at the table and not just pay lip service to the idea.


  10. Professional Working Enviornment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You can learn a lot, everyone is professional at what they are doing

    Cons

    Salary for interns is a bit low


  11. Helpful (1)

    Review

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative Culture Career Development & Global Opportunities Great Development Processes in place

    Cons

    Working across groups can be difficult Large Organization sometimes slow to move



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