McGraw Hill Financial

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McGraw Hill Financial Reviews in London, England

Updated Jul 13, 2014
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2.8 6 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

McGraw Hill Financial President & CEO Douglas L. Peterson

Douglas L. Peterson

(1 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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

    Specialist, TR Data (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsModern 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 Senior ManagementLower 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)

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    Hard Work

    Financial Accountant (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Seriously don't think anyone should consider working here. It's a shame!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsColleagues are good. Pay is sort of okay, but don't let the pay deceive you because work is over your capacity with no vacation available.

    ConsCompany does not recognise talent. Waste of time believing in career growth here. They are just bothered of their own jobs. Especially the recruitment team looks for people outside the company rather than looking at people from the same company. You see more junior people getting roles they don't deserve and they are caught up in the same spiral.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake some time to recognise talent rather than just trying to ignore your work

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience, but you have to do it on your own steam

    Director (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsMcGraw-Hill has some excellent business units, and a few not so great units. I've been fortunate to work in one of the great units, and life has been pretty rewarding in the company as a result. The recent sale of underperforming units shows the corporation is shedding some of the deadweight, but that only started to happen when a serious activist shareholder got involved. Single best feature of mhp is its global reach. You can work anywhere the world in the business units. Of course you have to be good enough.

    ConsThe corporate structure governing the business units has some real airheads working in it. It is just as well for mhp that the profitable units return great margins. But seriously, how long can we subsidize some of these folks before morale sags? If you meet a dimwit and they are on an ordinary salary, chances are 50/50 that they could work in a business unit or in the corporation. If you meet a highly paid dimwit, you know he or she is from the corporation. The corporation needs a shake-up to unleash the power of the bu's from the shackles of mediocre technology, strategy, finance and hr mandarins in corporate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShake up the corporate staff. They don't seem like they would make it in a world where they need to actually generate a margin. Unlike the business units, which have to work twice s hard to fund the largesse of corporate, getting little in return. Maybe force them into bu work rotations frequently.

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    ???

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsLocation of London Office and breath of services offered

    Consfor an International, decision making is too US centric

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    Good

    Research (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsExcellent workplace, good benefits package, good work-life balance.

    ConsFew opportunities for career growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore opportunities for career growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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