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Macmillan Education Reviews

Updated May 1, 2019

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Macmillan Education CEO Jeremy Diéguez
Jeremy Diéguez
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "So much promise, but very shortsighted."

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Macmillan Education

    Pros

    Great office location and ability to virtual office.

    Cons

    Not all the companies in the portfolio are the same, so the rate of growth is different.

    Advice to Management

    I was very excited to start working for this company. The collaborative energy and people made the job enjoyable. Management did not listen to the troops on the ground. Not all the products can be run the same way, so streamlining all the processes make it very difficult. Management needs to take time of year and decision making processes into account. Not all products are transactional; the relationship sale is going...

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    Macmillan Education2015-03-12
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Lovin' that college textbook money"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Macmillan Education full-time

    Pros

    There are essentially no rules for decorum. You can come into the office anytime you want, leave anytime you want. You can curse at people, threaten people, talk about guns. Because no one is held accountable for anything unless there is a gigantic disaster, you can pretty much sit around all day having a good time.

    Cons

    No accountability. This means it is nearly impossible to get anything done. Folks don't really work together. There are no real teams. Folks are trying to hold on to their lux jobs and the best way to do that is to throw other people under the bus at every opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the moral issues with selling overpriced textbooks and technology products to students. Perhaps the office culture would improve if there was a concentration on customer satisfaction.

    Macmillan Education2015-02-24
  3. "Great employees, lacking organizational structure"

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    Current Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Macmillan Education

    Pros

    Smart employees, good vacation time, on the pulse of education

    Cons

    Promotions aren't guaranteed by any means, low pay, technology issues

    Advice to Management

    More transparency

    Macmillan Education2014-12-27
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Macmillan Higher Education - Changing fast"

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    Former Employee - Publisher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Macmillan Education

    Pros

    There are many wonderful people and authors at MHE. The company is a nice size, and it's privately owned which for many years allowed Bedford, Freeman & Worth to view investments over the long term rather than year by year. Their main offices are in the Flatiron district of New York and in the heart of Boston - wonderful locations.

    Cons

    The company restructured a couple of years ago, and those making key decisions now have never worked in higher education publishing. 14% of staff was laid off last December, with another wave in the spring. At this point a huge percentage of people with history at the company have either been let go or have chosen to leave. Those who stayed have less freedom and more work than they did a year ago. The feeling of community...

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    Advice to Management

    Help people to feel secure in their jobs. Strive for stability. Rethink your digital strategy.

    Macmillan Education2014-12-05
  5. Helpful (2)

    "A political mess"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Macmillan Education full-time

    Pros

    Macmillan provides Good Benefits, Competitive Pay, and a Good location. My immediate team members are competant professionals who are a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    There's a prevalent culture of finger-pointing and blame passing that is holding the company back. It never seems to be about moving forward and being pro-active...it's always about placing blame. The political climate is also stifling innovation. Everybody's out to make themselves look good and the other guy look bad. Business units fight with each other and take steps to hurt each other rather than working together...

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    Advice to Management

    1. Adopt a policy that deals harshly with finger-pointing and political games (as in, termination of employment) 2. Listen to your employees when they say that a product is poorly designed and unsustainable, and cut your losses. 3. Don't lock one business unit into utilizing antiquated, inferior, expensive services from another business unit. Do the evaluation, solicit bids, and make a decision based on what's best...

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    Macmillan Education2014-10-13
  6. "Enjoyed time there"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Macmillan Education full-time

    Pros

    New aged thinking Chill office atmosphere (most of the time) diversity in colleagues

    Cons

    disconnect between managers and workers did not pay young employees enough

    Macmillan Education2014-09-18
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great employer before the UK took over...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Macmillan Education full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    * Traditional book products are second to none. * Really great content in print based products. * A fair exit package.

    Cons

    Macmillan Education used to be a great place to work...and then the UK took over a little more than 2 years ago. HR and other services shared between the education group and the trade group. Trade folks are terrific. A reorg and recent turnover on the education side of the business has left the company reeling, with little talent in management or IT. Now, sales management is totally out of touch with what's happening...

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    Advice to Management

    * Pull the journal editor form the CEO role, and find sales leaders who know how to listen. * Adopt an open online platform for building courseware. * Invest in new technologies and form valuable partnerships in that space. * Ditch the executives who have built their careers on traditional print books and look to technology.

    Macmillan Education2014-09-25
  8. "An organization that is trying to be small / start up but too big to do so..."

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Macmillan Education full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Company is not afraid to spend money when needed.

    Cons

    Lack of SOP and defined processes No clearly defined objectives and responsibilities Poor communication between business units No flexibility / customization when building complex selling opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Get your processes defined, objectives set and outline job descriptions before trying to gain market share. Have a plan before you act!

    Macmillan Education2014-09-09
  9. "Can be slow to take decisive action, especally given its size relative to competitors"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Macmillan Education full-time

    Pros

    The pay is decent, but the benefits are excellent. It's definitely possible to maintain a favorable work/life balance here. The overall company values are strong and many employees are very committed to their work.

    Cons

    Since it's not a large company, opportunities for career advancement can be limited. Occasionally, there can be too many hoops to jump through in order to get even simple things done.

    Advice to Management

    Consensus is great, but sometimes you need to pull the trigger before every...last...stakeholder...is on board.

    Macmillan Education2014-07-17
  10. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Macmillan Education full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Work/Life Balance; Family-Friendly; Flexible Hours; Friendly Office Culture; Great Benefits and 401K.

    Cons

    Small PTO Compensation; Start-Up Culture; Bonus/Commission Bi-Annually

    Macmillan Education2014-06-12
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