McGraw-Hill Education Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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!

  2. Helpful (8)

    Not a good place for engineers

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Macbook Pro, Apple Cinema display, competetive salary, decent Health Insurance (its getting worse every year but can't say other companies are any different). They seem to have plenty of cash flow.

    Cons

    If you don't feel like reading my tirade I'll tell you one thing - as an engineer expect to be constantly overruled by people who don't know a thing about technology or how to manage it. So. Politics, politics, politics. Good luck running an engineering group if you've always got to feel like the smartest guy in the room and consider any feedback "insubordinate" when it doesn't match your plan to sideline a respected manager and suck everybody into the world of bickering and politics that mires down the rest of the company. If you're a developer expect to waste 75% of your time being toyed with by infighting managers and going to their soul-destroying meetings, 20% of your time doing work that they will throw away when they fight over how to do things again, later, and 5% of your time hanging out in the kitchen trying to regain your sanity over some wonderful free snacks. Another problem, although not as serious as the fact that the folks directly managing engineering seem to harbor jealousy and resentment of their own engineers: ratio of various "Project Managers" (they have at least 3 flavors) to actual work-producing engineers is literally insane (3 to 1?). Somebody in the PMO structure has a lot of power to hire. In summary: the Boston engineering group is headed up by some people with serious ego issues and I assume the goal is just to put lipstick on the pig and sell the company in a couple years because 9-5 face time and your ability to fall in line is valued 100x more than getting anything actually done and done right. Also, in a 15 year career at many different companies I have never been so baldly lied to about so many things ranging from office space decisions to important product decisions. Farcicle at best, really stressful in reality.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a real, concrete end goal. Work with your engineers to write out a sensible plan to the satisfaction of your project managers. Do not overrule your engineers when you don't have the technical knowledge to reasonably do so (which is pretty much all the time, that's why you hired expensive engineers in the first place). Once you've got a sensible plan get out of their way and let them deliver regardless of their working style (in the office, in Starbucks, at home, whatever). Treat them with courtesy and respect lest they move on in a job market that is currently quite favorable to Software Engineers in Boston. That's it! Not rocket science; just leave your ego at the door.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Print to Digital

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, improved communication, innovative ideas

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for career growth

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  5. Awesome Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    This company has incredible resources and intellectual property - a monumental provider of educational content for dynamic products and future generations of learning.

    Cons

    A common business model - when a company is both Client and Vendor the body isn't designed to embrace it's limbs.

    Advice to Management

    Professional development is a powerful job retention tool. It can be as minimal as introducing an Annual Interdepartmental Job Shadow program to build awareness and communication. This motivates individual employees, and fosters cross-pollination between departments resulting in effective work-flow strategies.

  6. Helpful (7)

    Applier Beware

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Unfortunately not applicable at this time.

    Cons

    Toxic and incompetent management in many areas of company. Completely ineffective human resources departments. Preferential and intimidating cultures. Lack of adequate training. Poor quality products not beta tested sent to market. Employees that actually do the work are all leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Be less concerned with self advancement (i.e. higher titles and bigger salaries) while covering each other's unsavory unethical and illegal actions. Instead, be an example of a true transformational leader for employees in a changing industry. Otherwise MHE simply will not be sustainable under your watch.

  7. Helpful (5)

    Interesting problems whose solutions can make a difference.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Transforming itself from a publisher to a educational technology service provider. The focus is shifting from textbooks to the science of learning, from print to digital pedagogy. Core to our mission, though, is a recognition that we're still only a support function that helps instructors teach and students learn. That makes for rapid change and some interesting problems to solve. It's never boring.

    Culturally, the atmosphere is collegial. Work/life balance is respected, and the company actively recruits "smart, fun, and nice" folks.

    Cons

    The change. It's relentless. It's never easy to undergo the type of change that our company--much less the entire publishing industry--is attempting. I give our executive team credit for seeing it as an opportunity rather than survival.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on content. More importantly, aggressively recruit product-side talent that knows the difference between "digital" and "digitized" and can imagine what digitally native content can be beyond print and PDFs.

  8. Fantastic work environment

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    Current Contractor - Media Coordinator in Columbus, OH
    Current Contractor - Media Coordinator in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment
    Flexible hours
    Telecommuting options
    Welcoming, nice, and competent coworkers
    It's rated highly for working parents, and for good reason.
    It's a growing company. There are lots of new positions being filled around here.

    Cons

    Because of all the new positions, there is a less work space and a few cramped desks. Some of the conference rooms have been turned into work spaces for several people. But, hey, more jobs still outweighs that con.

  9. Transforming as an organization and creating new opportunities for employees.

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    Current Employee - Product in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Product in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Deep history of creating great content and you deal with numerous smart minds. Good benefits and the management team is strong.

    Cons

    Tightening of benefits since the split from MH Financial is noticed by many employees.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the strong culture and performance of employees while offering a new perspective on our changing business.

  10. Helpful (5)

    Don't come here unless you have no other options

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Can be flexible with schedules
    - HR tries hard to engage employees

    Cons

    - Very thin staff for heavy workload.
    - Forced to put very expensive products in the market with little to no consideration to the market's price tolerance.
    - Posturing to upper management is continuous and mandatory.
    - Almost no diversity on leadership teams - few women and no people of color

    Advice to Management

    - Get realistic about market conditions

  11. Nice, Smart, Adaptable People

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    What brought me here is that MHE is hiring nice, smart, adaptable people. McGraw-Hill Education has a fast paced, energetic environment with teams who are passionate about education. I walk in the door each day because of the quality of the people and the mission that we are working on together.

    Cons

    The teams are open and collaborative and for those who first start may have to adapt their style to this working environment.

    Advice to Management

    Having bought into your strategy, please keep us on the journey that we are on!

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