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June 4, 2019

Does McGraw Hill offer a yearly bonus?

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.

There has been disappointment around bonus payouts in the last couple of years.

June 4, 2019

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November 12, 2019

What are sales commissions like at McGraw Hill?

Pros

Some very dedicated and talented people working at MHE with a huge amount of experience Good autonomy and scope to collaborate across the global business Great products and great opportunity to earn good commission as there is a lot of opportunity if pitched appropriately. Good new senior management who have brought more balanced approach to direction of travel as a business

Cons

Strategy has changed drastically several times (as have all publishers) and as a result there has been a high turnover of people. Can be a slightly political environment with many decisions being based on rumour and popularity rather than an evidence based meritocracy

Advice to Management

Being annual sales cycles and many factors being out of control of the sales team, it's very important to ensure that achievements are recognized outside of YoY growth. Bookshops closing or institutions suddenly moving to institution wide eBook purchase will drastically affect YoY growth/decline but are not necessarily influenced by the reps. Tracking digital adoptions, relationships built and growth of digital usage as well as new business won (and personally influenced) is the best way to create a fair incentive scheme and a motivating environment for all.

Great products and great opportunity to earn good commission as there is a lot of opportunity if pitched appropriately.

November 12, 2019

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June 23, 2020

What are pay increases like 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.

They did not offer salary raises (annual raise.. which is usual inflation raises).

June 23, 2020

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September 17, 2019

What is working from home like at McGraw Hill?

Pros

Newly redesigned office space in Chicago Well known brand They are loyal to their employees Fairly decent salaries Great benefits package, including telecommute opportunities and one of the most amazing fertility and adoption benefits I've ever seen

Cons

MHE is a sinking ship; they cannot find a space in the market that fits the current customer They use outdated marketing and archaic business models Senior Leadership is awful -- little to no communication with the folks actually doing the work. Zero transparency about how bad of a financial position they are in. Merger is a hail mary at best Employees are forced to hold multiple roles, stretching everyone way too thin -- this fosters an environment and culture of cutthroat, not collaboration.

Advice to Management

Find a way to grow a culture and fast. Your employees will jump ship without it. Replace all senior and executive management with leaders in tech and other industries that don't feel like they are dinosaurs on their way to extinction. A mass exodus of top leaders who have been leading the way they did 10-15 years ago would be a good first step. Also -- bring humanity and authenticity back to the McGraw Hill name.

Great benefits package, including telecommute opportunities and one of the most amazing fertility and adoption benefits I've ever seen

September 17, 2019

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January 7, 2020

How is the work/life balance at McGraw Hill?

Pros

Good work life balance, work from home and they honestly are solving amazing problems for people. I loved helping get ahead in life by building ways for them learn and then be able to find meaningful employment.

Cons

Culture sucked, lots of finger pointing and people wasting their time. We had customer problems waiting to be solved and business that could be won but the people that do the work could never be motivated to get them done. Impossible to get promoted, even when you go through the process. They bait and switch you with promises of a promotion that never materialize. Can't tell if it was me, the team, management, HR or the entire company but I spent about 5 years trying to solve this puzzle and never got anywhere. When I left in frustration they came up with more money and title but too little, too late.

Advice to Management

Do not bait and switch your employees with promises of a promotion that never materialize.

Good work life balance, work from home and they honestly are solving amazing problems for people.

January 7, 2020

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