McGraw Hill Financial Reviews in London, England
Work life balance, friendly work environment (in 24 reviews)
Good benefits like free museum admissions etc (in 27 reviews)
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)
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 Senior 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)
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 Senior Management – Open 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
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 Senior Management – Take some time to recognise talent rather than just trying to ignore your work
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
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 Senior 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.
Pros – Location of London Office and breath of services offered
Cons – for an International, decision making is too US centric
Pros – Excellent workplace, good benefits package, good work-life balance.
Cons – Few opportunities for career growth.
Advice to Senior Management – More opportunities for career growth.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend