McGraw Hill Financial Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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McGraw Hill Financial President & CEO Douglas L. Peterson
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Pros
  • pay, work life balance, corporate culture (in 27 reviews)

  • Good benefits like free museum admissions etc (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is abysmal within specific HR Teams (in 9 reviews)

  • Senior management has no regard for quality of work but roll out programs just to meet KPI (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Analyst

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

    I have been working at McGraw Hill Financial full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working environment with early responsibility mentality Small working teams ensuring that your performance is not lost in the crowd

    Cons

    Interesting day-to-day responsibilities, but they are quite standardized and thus after the first year you may find yourself into a plateau. The mobility within the different companies of the group is quite restricted since it is vastly handled by HR and they base their assessment solely on the typical skills and requirements. Networking within the group is quite limited and based on your own initiative

    Advice to Management

    Better reward on performance - significantly below average bonus system regardless on company performance and solely on personal rating (significantly low percentage for break-through performance)


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

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    Former Contractor - Specialist, TR Data in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Specialist, TR Data in London, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McGraw Hill Financial as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Modern 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 Management

    Lower 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)


  3. Hard Work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Accountant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Financial Accountant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Too 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 Management

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


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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McGraw Hill Financial (More than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues 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.

    Cons

    Company 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 Management

    Take some time to recognise talent rather than just trying to ignore your work


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

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    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    McGraw-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.

    Cons

    The 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 Management

    Shake 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.


  7. ???

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Location of London Office and breath of services offered

    Cons

    for an International, decision making is too US centric


  8. Good

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Few opportunities for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities for career growth.



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