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Updated April 20, 2018
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  • Real talent is going to jump ship unless a real work-life balance is possible (in 14 reviews)

  • Final product suffers as upper management chooses to micro-manage one day and to become completely hands off for 3 days to just repeat the cycle (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Customer Service Team Leader"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good working conditions

    Cons

    Not all promotions are from within


  2. "Making an old industry relevant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working on something meaningful - Education!
    Talented Software Engineers
    People passionate about Education, Ed-Tech
    Lots of interesting technical work to do
    Great office, location
    Allow working from home

    Cons

    Prioritization by the business is not always consistent
    Old company and the transition to the digital world can seem slow
    Healthcare is okay, not great
    There's been a decent amount of change in C-level leadership recently
    Don't allow dogs in the office

    Advice to Management

    Stopping and recording more "how we should do this" type of decisions
    Invest in long-term product vision, given the nature of industry transition from paper to digital
    Better Healthcare plan
    Continue to reward top performers - this has been great for the company and reason why some of the developers have been here for a long time instead of jumping companies every few years.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Overall MHE has been good to me, but culture has shifted to "every man for himself""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, non-monetary perks: work from home, flex work time, not a ton of micromanagement, a lot of internal opportunities.

    Cons

    I have worked at this company for 15 years and have seen the culture slowly decline. Maybe it's a product of the state of the publishing industry, but fewer and fewer people have a collaborative attitude - it's become every man for himself. It's all about the numbers at MHE, not about the people. I would also say that over the years we have had some pretty major reorganizations that have left a lot of teams stretched very thin. There are fewer resources and budget, but we are expected to maintain the same performance levels. Managers and leaders at this company now are so entrenched with their own performance and keeping their heads down to make numbers, that they dont have time to actually "manage" their people. Not a lot of mentorship, career development or leadership coaching is offered by the current management team. I have had four new managers in three years effectively having to start over with each manager when it comes to short and long term goals. As such, I have felt looked over for promotions and my career goals have suffered.

    Advice to Management

    Senior leaders should try to improve the perception that MHE cares less about the people who work for them, and more about the numbers. Change that perception and I bet you would improve employee engagement. Actively engage management and coach them to be better leaders if they manage people. Growing their direct reports into those type of leaders will help with longevity of employees. I know a lot of current folks who plan to jump ship because they aren't offered enough professional development or leadership by their own managers.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Academic Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time

    Pros

    benefits, telecommuting options, 3-weeks PTO from the start, additional sick time

    Cons

    Slow career growth and lack of career opportunities


  5. Helpful (1)

    "QC specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QC Analyst
    Former Employee - QC Analyst

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Subsidized kitchen, smart and driven people

    Cons

    Not much progress in terms of career advancement


  6. "Great Place, caring people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time

    Pros

    The atmosphere is friendly and they are very caring colleagues.

    Cons

    They needed to hire more employees to fill empty positions rather than condense.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Downhill"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you're smart, your job is really easy.

    Cons

    Company is so incredibly mismanaged. It's sad, really.

    Advice to Management

    Find new jobs.

  8. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time

    Pros

    Leader in adaptive learning
    Superior learning technology

    Cons

    There are no cons working here


  9. "A Solid Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work life balance is very good, for the most part your schedule is flexible as long as you get your work done. MHE as a whole embraces open source technologies and has a lot of side projects that engineers can contribute to. Company match is good, health plans are decent. 3 week vacation is very nice.

    About 99% of the engineers I have encountered have been very talented and the people who work there are great people and have become my friends.

    CEO and CTO seem to care about the customers and provide engineers with what we need to succeed.

    Cons

    Pay is slightly below market value, usually in good years the bonuses make up for the slightly below market pay, but in bad years the bonuses just don't do it.

    MHE needs to force all of their offices to embrace the overall company culture, some offices work in silos where they are their own company within MHE and career advancement is different from office to office depending on the management and their personal philosophies which is unfair.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of people who underperform, too many people are allowed to skate by because the company culture is a little too polite in calling out people who underperform. Make career development a bigger priority and force managers who are also engineers to focus less of their time programming and more of their time with managerial duties.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "dead end"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    there is nothing positive here.

    Cons

    to long to list. Its a dead end with crappy pay.


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