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Updated July 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is well respected, fun office environment, truly care about their employees (in 62 reviews)

  • You can "work from home" as much as you want (in 29 reviews)

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

  • upper management unsure of how to navigate market (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Husband is employed but feels his job is threatened and pays Mcraw hill credit card fees"

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

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    very fun bunch, lots of camaraderie and well fed during travel.

    Cons

    Husband is notoriously late doing her paper work on her expense report.. The result is that we pay several hundred dollars annually in late fees and fines for a credit card she must use to do her job.

    Advice to Management

    Im sure there Are other persons that have this issue. My company handles this differently as I would think they would try to avoid this. Not sure how best done but in the end if enough persons feel penalized Im sure there is grounds for a class action suite to recover these funds.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/ life balance isn't bad. Your able to work from home but you have to push for it.

    Cons

    No structure what so ever. Over all bad to work for.

    Advice to Management

    No chance

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Leaderless, lacking strategy and losing ground"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance - which is another way of saying people have checked out and no one cares/notices. Some great people inside the company, most of whom are just waiting for something better to come along.

    Cons

    Terrible culture if you chose to engage with the company which most people do not. A lack of direction and a CEO who is so removed from the realities of the market and business as to render him useless.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention, make choices, be honest.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Incoherent leadership"

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

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

    Pros

    Powerful brand everywhere in the world, there are passionate and capable individuals trying to navigate and add value. They are in the path of building and acquiring relevant products

    Cons

    There is a senior leader who leads by fear, building a team of his previous followers who are used to his military style 'yes sir'.

    He takes control of every decision and shifts radically his message depending on how the wind blows.

    The only consistent path is his internal positioning playing swiftly and manipulating with intelligence and grace while being promoted and consolidating unrestricted power.

    He is surrounded by a tight group of loyal subordinates who cover him up and play the dirty games while he always looks good and portrays the perfect leader

    Clearly the CEO is a respected, capable and well intentioned person, but he likes to let others run the show and stays away from the field

    While capable individuals keep being fired for not complying with military orders or by proposing a different thought process than the marching orders

    Review the number of high level talent individuals over the course of the past 36 months who joined and suddenly left for no apparent reason

    Eventually this leader has to be exposed and his practices will be out in the open damaging the already weakened brand within an industry that needs to embrace innovation diversity empowerment and talent

    Advice to Management

    Conduct outgoing interviews from sudden firings, map power structures from people working together at previous companies

    Allow for balanced perspectives from CEO-3 levels to dismiss exaggerated power concentration

    Promote a culture of open ideas and collaboration by breaking rigid HR hiring firing practices


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Solutions Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time

    Pros

    Company is progressive but understaffed.

    Cons

    Cutthroat atmosphere. Horrible management.

    Advice to Management

    Stop fostering competition among teams.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Look elsewhere, away from all educational publishing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Development Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Development Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, kind, mature, professional colleagues

    Cons

    --VC owned means those in charge are looking to cream profits and find exit strategy, rather than re-invest in people and projects
    --Misguided efforts regarding 'digital' endeavors - no leadership who really know how to develop technology products (CTO is academic with IT background)
    --NY offices have 0 perks - not even potable water, much less good coffee and any food, and no generous vacation, comfortable offices, or professional development opportunities
    --Benefits cost employees alot, such as expensive health insurance and no contribution to commuting costs

    Advice to Management

    --Apollo, sell to private owner who understands this is a great, consistently profitable though low margin industry, not a high growth IPO opportunity
    --Senior Leadership, get someone with actual knowledge of tech/code to investigate before buying shoe string start-up companies that can't scale or integrate


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Field Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company car and NSM's were certainly nice perq's. It was also an established and well known company with name recognition.

    Cons

    The management could not have been worse. Employees that didn't have amazing results (irrelevant of market conditions) were treated extremely poorly.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees as you would like to be treated. Not just a number. Also, harassing employees is not the best way to motivate.

  8. "Freelancer"

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Columbus, OH
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good, immediate team. Average talent. Above-average digital team. Staying current with digital and online trends. Easy work and easy hours.

    Cons

    TERRIBLE third-party payment process for freelancers (Agile1/Fieldglass). Too many hurdles and very user-UNfriendly with zero human support. Low pay for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Simple: Hire great people at a the salaries they deserve. Being cheap, and difficult with your freelance talent, will only have one result: you will get what you pay for.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Director"

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

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people are fantastic, smart, dedicated and passionate about what they do and have Education at the forefront of their mind. You can learn quite a bit f on your colleagues.

    Cons

    Sold part of the Company to DRC. The President was unable to stand up for her people against MHE HR. The DRC Exec team is short sided and arrogant. Not to be trusted, they rule by fear of the Owner. They over promise to Customer and then blame customer infrastructure for the fail.

    Advice to Management

    Stop and listen to the SME's you have before you make promises to customers that you cannot keep. If someone is doing a great job, tell them.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Academic Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good location for after work

    Cons

    Management and HR were horrible


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