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June 4, 2019

What is health insurance like at McGraw Hill?

Pros

I have a lot of autonomy to drive solutions to real-world customer problems in the education space. The people are smart, fun, collaborative, mature, driven, and overall good eggs. I have had many opportunities to grow and take on more responsibility. Managers don't treat employees like children or monitor hours online and in the office. We all get our jobs done and respect each other's lives. People don't play the blame game. Everyone learns from mistakes and moves on. We have some of the best technical teams out there. I feel well compensated compared to other companies in this industry. Senior management makes themselves very available to anyone and are as open as possible with information.

Cons

Many people are stretched too thin to do quality work, and some people are performing the jobs of a higher title without the actual title or pay. There have been a few too many re-orgs, layoffs, and company strategy changes in the past couple of years, which have caused some morale issues. There has been disappointment around bonus payouts in the last couple of years. The health insurance is not great compared to other companies in this industry.

The health insurance is not great compared to other companies in this industry.

June 4, 2019

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February 13, 2020

What are perks and other benefits like at McGraw Hill?

Pros

Okay, there may be some caveats to my headline. I've only worked for one other educational publisher (Cengage Learning) and have only second-hand knowledge of another (Pearson Education). Also, like any other big company, your work experience depends significantly on your management and those with whom you interact on a daily basis. The colleagues I work with on the International team are all smart, diverse in their strengths, passionate for education, and work well together as a team. But that was not the case when I first started with the company. There was an issue within the team which was proving to be detrimental and toxic. However, that was fairly quickly addressed which I believe speaks volumes of the company and its openness to "re-evaluation." The other draw to this company — in my opinion — is the CEO. Leadership at the top defines the culture, the optimism (or lack thereof), and the heart. McGraw-Hill has/has had the best, most genuine, and transparent CEOs I've come across in my 20+ year career. When I accepted the position with McGraw-Hill, it was partly due to my impression of David Levin. I think I have a pretty good BS detector and I appreciated his authenticity. Then there is Simon Allen (current CEO). He epitomizes what I, as an employee, look for in a company culture — authenticity, optimism, encouragement, leadership, product knowledge, and something I didn't expect to be all that important — humor — but when you're having a particularly bad or stressful day, his town halls will certainly uplift you. As for all the other "pros" employees look for in an employer, such as flexibility, work-life balance, commitment to health and well-being, work with a purpose, I would rank McGraw-Hill at the top. There are certainly times you may be working 60+ hours a week, but again, depending on your management, in my experience with McGraw-Hill, they seem to embrace the new demand for flexible schedules.

Cons

The only reason I didn't give a 5-star rating is because of the industry and the layoffs that seem to be never-ending. Having been a part of a re-org layoff, I completely understand why some have rated McGraw-Hill 1-star. It's truly one of the most devastating things that can happen to you and honestly, It'm not sure how this review would differ if I were laid off. Also, the pay, merit increases, and bonuses are lower than you will find in other industries.

Advice to Management

This is more advice to the McGraw-Hill Board of Directors and those involved in the McGraw-Hill/Cengage merger, Please keep Simon Allen on as CEO.

The other draw to this company — in my opinion — is the CEO.

February 13, 2020

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November 19, 2020

Does McGraw Hill offer tuition reimbursement?

Pros

Company is focused on employee development and empowerment. Perks like tuition reimbursement, donation matching at 50%, and good 401K plan. Lots of career advancement opportunity and truly amazing people who feel like family

Cons

Leadership and developers lack understanding of market and customers (sometimes investing years in product development without any market testing) There is also a lack of branding, long term vision, and innovation. With the transition from publishing to edtech there are many who still believe (or are waiting) for the "good old days" of publishing to return instead of looking to the future and innovating. More focus should be spent on the customer's needs vs what will make the private equity firm happy.

Perks like tuition reimbursement, donation matching at 50%, and good 401K plan.

November 19, 2020

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July 23, 2018

What is the retirement plan like at McGraw Hill?

Pros

Decent benefits, typical of a large company. Didn’t take the health insurance but think it’s a high deductible/lower premium plan and could be better. Great 401K with 100% match up to 6%. Remote and home office colleagues were nice. Can make good bonuses in sales and company card provided.

Cons

Investment group now owns the company so they have it as lean as possible and looking to sell. Had support teams that helped a lot but overall, everyone is stretched too thin. The scope of the role I was in was so large you had to hit the ground running and product training never caught up. Had to learn as you go. Work balance could be better.

Advice to Management

Take care of your employees to retain them. You have wonderful workers willing to put in the work but don’t take advantage and overwork them. See beyond the dollars.

Great 401K with 100% match up to 6%.

July 23, 2018

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October 15, 2018

What is paid time off like at McGraw Hill?

Pros

McGraw-Hill Education (MHE) has a good open door policy for talking to your supervisors or others in management. Had good 401(k) at that time. Good vacation time and personal time. Great Parental leave policy and even have books to share with employees for Parenting. Some teams knew how to engage in volunteering and great team building exercises.

Cons

Lots of outsourcing made communication difficult for deadline on projects. Some supervisors liked to micromanage. Hard to receive wage increases.

Advice to Management

More training to management on how NOT to micromanage (for the few that still did this). Facilitate wage increases, specifically in areas that more expensive. Less outsourcing may lead to more project deadlines being met.

Good vacation time and personal time.

October 15, 2018

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