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Updated January 19, 2018
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  • Upper management is very clique-y which creates serious bottlenecks (in 29 reviews)

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

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  1. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time

    Pros

    It was a great learning experience. A great combination of a big company and a small team feel. I was able to sit in on important meetings to learn and made my impact by helping out with remodeling financial databases.

    Cons

    Pay was a bit short. Can feel a bit monotonous, like any internship.


  2. "overall review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time

    Pros

    good work environment and work life balance

    Cons

    management needs planning to do the releases

  3. "Emerging as Science of Learning Thought Leader"

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    Current Employee - Curriculum Specialist
    Current Employee - Curriculum Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sharp people who are passionate about excelling positive learning outcomes by harnessing the technology empowering teachers and inspiring students. Great 401k match

    Cons

    Heavy work and travel load

    Advice to Management

    You are great and inspire me!


  4. "Inside Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great managers and coworkers are awesome.

    Cons

    salary is small and goals are always given late in the year.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good potential but lots of challenges to overcome"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good flexibility in schedule, exciting technology stack. Fair salaries.

    Cons

    Poor cross-team communication. Too many engineering leaders with conflicting agendas. Extremely aggressive timelines that are often missed. Terrible healthcare benefits.


  6. "Some Basic Thoughts"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and potential to gain a lot of industry experience.

    Cons

    The culture is very poor.

    Advice to Management

    Keep and cultivate the talent that you have instead of the churn and burn mentality that you have with your salespeople.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Company in constant transistion"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large employer, which is good

    Cons

    Overpaid micro management, everyone tells you how to your job. No communication

  8. Helpful (12)

    "Field Sales"

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

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with faculty is great.
    Supporting educators in meeting the demands of today’s students is rewarding, challenging, and different everyday.

    Cons

    The Higher Education system has changed dramatically over the last 10 years. Students now have access to free learning material around the clock.

    This means that the days of selling 200 dollar comprehensive textbooks are over. MHE laid the groundwork for the move from paper to digital about 8 years ago.

    Initially with the acquisition of Area 9, their personalized student digital content was good and students and faculty saw the value.

    Over the last couple of years it seems the company’s focus on the Connect has slipped. Today the software seems stripped down and the value has taken a noticeable down turn.

    There are countless competitors in this market that have development teams that are still innovating.
    MHE’s innovation stopped around 2015 and now their products are dated and come at a price point higher than tools that do a better job.

    Dated software however is not the biggest challenge however, the biggest barrier is the sales organization.

    The sales goals that Learning Technology Representatives receive have not changed since the earlier days when students had to spend 200+ dollars on a book as opposed to today where the digital materials are priced around half of that.
    What’s worse is that MHE simply doesn’t have the basic infrastructure to be a software company. Sales reps need reliable post sales colleagues to train, onboard, and support the end users.
    MHE made an investment in hiring implementation personnel and restructuring the sales team in 2016 but that new implementation arm was eliminated after only 10 months. This puts an enormous strain on sales people who have to spend most of their time servicing their client base.

    With large territories and ubiquitous alternatives on the market success in sales here requires grueling hours and there is very little support from district or regional management.
    In fact it seems that the local and regional leadership have a completely dated understanding themselves of what needs to occur to stay competitive in this market.

    Advice to Management

    1. Clean house and update Regional Sales Management with people who motivate their sales teams, understand the current business, and are focused on coaching for results, not scrutinizing sales data. Doing this will lead you to the changes that need to take place elsewhere but the plight of the folks in the field is not being conveyed to the executive leaders because regional management doesn’t understand what is being told to them.

    2. Require leadership to spend time in the field and be knowledgeable about products.

    3. Invest in sales training for reps.

     4. Measure regional and district managers on their turnover rate. Right now it is unacceptable and management needs to take responsibility. This will tip you have to problems and save the company a ton of money.

    5. Work to professionalize the sales organization by hiring employees and promoting people who do more than just talk the talk, the promotions given after the last reorganization w.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Overall sub-par experience, no bonuses (work performance or holiday) in 4 years"

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    Former Employee - Web Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Web Analyst in Boston, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    No one over your shoulder, if you get your work done all is fine. They have very nice offices (aesthetically) and monthly meeting assure you know everything going on within the company

    Cons

    Work environment - not very social whatsoever
    Very low pay
    No bonuses
    No holiday bonuses
    Often asked to work outside the typical 9-5
    Too much SCRUM
    Too many different systems and softwares

    Advice to Management

    Stop dangling carrot and work on employees liking, talking and enjoying one another. There is little room for small talk and that does not create a healthy productive work environment


  10. Helpful (1)

    "logistic administrative assistant to Sales Rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great flexible hours - travel

    Cons

    sometimes very long hours


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