McGraw-Hill Education Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (14)

    This company TELLS you to go on Glassdoor and talk them up!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education

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

    Pros

    Some nice people--on contract only--regular hours if you put your foot down

    Cons

    Complete lack of leadership, horrific morale, rushed and insane schedules, expectation of full martydom, weak people are in charge, BAD pay/benefits, and basically no matter how highly educated you are you will be doing clerical work: filling in errata charts, keeping track of trailing pp. Since this company is now run and owned by a hedge fund, a ruthless attitude prevails. No one cares about the product--it's all about the bottom line. Almost no prod, design, or HR depts anymore--you must do it all. if you are desperate and need a contract gig, fine. If you expect to be working for a pub co, PASS.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic schedules, get out into the field now and then, pay attn to low morale.


  2. Helpful (10)

    Director

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Director in Columbus, OH

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Compensation was decent. There is consistently a new re-organization to look forward to! ... if you want to see a shift in how to approach the business every 12-18 months! (not really a "pro")

    Cons

    There is no teamwork. It goes beyond a competitive environment.... success, as an organization, is limited as departments and individuals undermine to get themselves ahead. No consistency in trying to beat the real competition. It is no wonder that Pearson and Houghton Mifflin are more strategic and successful.

    Advice to Management

    Put qualified people in positions to make decisions. Too many inexperienced people (with no education and limited publishing experience) making decisions that impact the business and school customers.


  3. project management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    professional development, mentorship programs, good benefits

    Cons

    change management was not that great


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  5. Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education

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

    Pros

    Great people, good talent, flexible hours, if you have an understanding manager. Foster Innovation and creativity, if you are with a good manager.

    Cons

    Might need direction at senior management level. Could be due to the constant changing market.


  6. Helpful (10)

    Sales Representative

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great educational products. MHE on cutting edge of education, however, may be moving too quickly for rural and poorer school districts.

    Cons

    HR not in employees corner. Business plans not always fair and attainable for some team members. May only hire young good looking athletic types in specific departments.


  7. Helpful (8)

    not a good place for software engineers

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, good hardware, cool location if you don't mind driving into the city, budgets available for travel

    Cons

    Noisy, distracting open office plan, politics, politics, politics, too many managers, no opportunity for advancement, owned by Private Equity (no interest in true quality, just lipstick on the pig so they can sell in 3-5 years)

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the way and let Software Engineers do their jobs. Too many Project/Product managers with no clue about technology driving decisions and bickering over how to use Engineer time (thereby wasting it altogether)


  8. Helpful (2)

    Many changes over the years, we are a leader in education.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Growing in the right direction, because of the new leadership team! MHE is the leader in technology, they are now a learning science company.

    Cons

    Like anywhere else, there are long hours, less people doing more. Taking work home, checking in while on vacation, isn't uncommon.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve the technology! SmartBook is revolutionary!


  9. Helpful (8)

    CTB (assessment) division is a mess

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

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

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

    Pros

    - Flexible hours
    - Flexible work location (including WFH)
    - Free food (in some offices)
    - Competitive salaries
    - Opportunity to bring order to a failing division

    Cons

    - No on-boarding; it's sink or swim
    - Management, though nice, is out of touch
    - Losing customers and market share--repeat layoffs loom
    - Roles are poorly defined and frequently overlap
    - Clash of waterfall and agile methodologies
    - New health insurance plan is a bad joke
    - Workforce is very geographically dispersed, meaning lots of conference calls and WebEx meetings
    - Too many redundant platforms and products
    - Absence of any describable culture, with little cohesion between coworkers
    -The sad realization that if my job, products and company ceased to exist tomorrow the world would be just fine.

    Advice to Management

    - Stop blaming poor sales on poor market conditions (i.e. common core uncertainty). We're not losing our customers to nobody--we're losing them to our competition.
    - If you want to be a digital company, bring company roles and processes in line with that vision.
    - If CTB isn't a priority to McGraw-Hill Education and its investors, please sell it off to somebody who will do something with it.
    - The bumper sticker rhetoric the executive team marches out at company meetings isn't credible.


  10. Helpful (8)

    Just an awful place to work. Period

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Creator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Content Creator in New York, NY

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    I worked in the Professional division, inheritor of a grand literary tradition.
    McGraw-Hill was a trusted name in professional and trade book publishing.
    They used to have offices in an exciting part of town (Rock Center).
    They used to employ some of the most interesting people I'd ever worked with

    Cons

    ...However, true as all these pros were, the utter failure of leadership to account for changes in the marketplace have made M-H the place where careers go to stagnate... until the next round of layoffs.

    Yes-men and others entirely bereft of vision or professional integrity manage to stick around long enough to rise to mid-level management. Onboarding was a joke--and offloading "surplus" labor was shrouded in Kremlin-like secrecy. Eventually, under the previous president (who "sought other opportunities" approx a year ago), marketshare and revenue growth were lost causes, so cost-cutting became the "new black" of leadership strategies. Thus came wave after wave of layoffs. Things may be rebounding--or just sticking to the bottom (selling the division is always a topic of hushed speculation).

    As for morale? The beatings will continue till it improves...

    Advice to Management

    None. They seem incapable of listening, anyway.


  11. Helpful (1)

    I'm a technical product manager helping to transform MHE into becoming a Learning Science Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Great changes that are, and will be, changing how learners learn. Fun work.

    Cons

    Not easy, lots of challenges

    Advice to Management

    Keep letting teams work as teams



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