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November 19, 2020

How are career development opportunities at McGraw Hill?

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.

Lots of career advancement opportunity and truly amazing people who feel like family

November 19, 2020

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February 15, 2019

What kind of career opportunities exist at McGraw Hill?

Pros

Great work life balance as other people have mentioned. Good benefits.

Cons

The company is massively struggling, and they're ruthless in their headcount cutting. It's also based on favouritism, if you're in there with the top dogs, you'll be fine. There isn't any opportunity for growth or movement. Would only work here if you are unmotivated to do well, and want to do the bare minimum to get by.

There isn't any opportunity for growth or movement.

February 15, 2019

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May 29, 2019

Does McGraw Hill have any sort of mentoring program?

Pros

Great place for women to advance Mentoring opportunities Work/Family/Community balance Good work environment

Cons

Always uncertain if you will have a job year after year as MHE tends to downsize often.

Advice to Management

Continue to look within to promote and work harder to keep good employees

Mentoring opportunities

May 29, 2019

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June 23, 2020

How are promotions handled at McGraw Hill?

Pros

New CEO that might bring MHE in the right direction. Working for a big corporation Maybe 3 weeks starting vacation.

Cons

"If you do ALOT but for below average pay, and on top of that you don't get recognized by your bosses. That's not a good combination" They did not offer salary raises (annual raise.. which is usual inflation raises). Covid was the reasoning (and yet we are told EVERYTHING IS GOING GREAT!) They removed 401k matching. Yep, no 401k matching (Covid reason). Bonus is up in the air. Sometimes you get it, sometimes you don't. Previous years we never got one. Pay is not commensurate to the work you do. (Maybe 10-15k off market value) We are told that if you want to make more we have to take on more responsibilities/duties instead of paying the correct salary for your current job. Horrible annual review process that changes every few years. This is all MHE HR/Talent and Culture doing. Create a performance review system that is useless and not reflective of your own performance. You are actually graded on your behavior (core competencies). If you don't know what antiquated "core competencies" are, then just stay away from this company. The performance review process of asking for feedback is not anonymous or even done well. You are lucky if you have feedback by your own peers. Your supervisor/manager might just ask random people who don't work with you day to day. Little to no chance of promotions. Human Resources has been renamed Talent and Acquisition and barely knows any Human Resources information. I've seen someone build a system from the GROUND UP in less than a year and after staying at MHE for 3 years only get standard inflation raises (not even considered once for a promotion)! Again, no bonus's for years. High Deductable health plan which is expensive. United Healthcare is the main option with only a 3rd option for PPO. If you want to have reduced healthcare premiums you're required to a health program that while beneficial is alot of wasted time. The Health Care Benefit cost is pricey and they even charge you a spouse surcharge. If you have a family, the cost of healthcare is expensive. Declining benefits year after year. Did I already mention horrible annual review process? Poor vision of developing software. What do you expect from a publishing company. We were told things would change year after year. Years where we did badly, they said they already knew about it but did nothing. Slowly hiring inexpensive overseas (India/Ukraine) developers and testers in replacements of US workers. US Contractors have been replaced by offshore employees to save money. We have good US workers that actually applied for Full-Time jobs here (I've worked these US contractors), but they got rejected because they chose offshore employee to save money. Slowly hiring entry level, junior level employees in replacement of Experienced workers. No plan for training or promoting employees. Upper Executive management left in a hurry.. I wonder why? Temporary Work From Home Policy only due to covid. If there was no covid, then most people would work in the office (yep.. for a so called software company... strange, no?)

Advice to Management

Pay what your employees what they are worth. Stop dangling a carrot in front of them telling them they need to do more work and other job duties to get paid what they should be paid. Pay is off by 10-15k. Good people are leaving and what you are left with are not the great workers. If you're going to hire offshore workers then expect quality to decrease. We have good US workers who want to work, and it's not right to go cheap. Morale is still low after not offering raises and removing 401k matching. Just keep health benefits premiums low... do not force us to do health programs with annoying requirements. Just tell us the truth without sugar coating it. Again, Please don't have meetings where you say, "You can ask anything?" Only to have the same response, "Oh.. we don't know the answer to that." Or.. "We can't talk about that." Fix the review process. It's horrible. I know people who hate it because it's just a waste of time.

Little to no chance of promotions.

June 23, 2020

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January 13, 2020

What is the feeling of job security at McGraw Hill?

Pros

Great work-life balance. Interesting work-load

Cons

Lots of layoffs, leadership is constantly changing and management does not seemed concerned with employee goals.

Lots of layoffs, leadership is constantly changing and management does not seemed concerned with employee goals.

January 13, 2020

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