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McGraw-Hill Education Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  • upper management unsure of how to navigate market (in 25 reviews)

  • No room for growth, low pay, company unsure how to move forward in new "digital" age (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "It depends what stage of your career you are"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work life balance is the only thing you have there and that is depending what dept you work for

    Cons

    Benefits are very basic
    tuition reimbursement is basic, considering that they claim to be an e-learning company, they should have a more generous policy even offer to pay for everything
    due to cutting expenses there is no money to attend external trainning, there is so much you can learn through connect 2
    culture and morale are down due to constant restructurings
    In my 3 plus years, I saw one promotion. Most of promotion happen due to reorgs and you know what that means(lots of works and almost with same pay
    Very few people hold graduate degrees. Most folks hold a job
    New Senior management is very hands off, very top heavy, that is why revenue wise they made more money but not employee wise
    Corporate functions are barely there. Finance dept has a solid operation
    HR is terrible, a lot of payroll mistakes, need to keep an eye on your paycheck at all times
    Finance controls everything, not upfront about budgets to sales, a lot of unethical issues

    Advice to Management

    If you make so many reorgs, how can you measure improvement?
    Hire experts
    Get more involve, leadership style where you ask your employees what to do and take credit for solution should not happen at this level. You get paid the big bucks for a reason.
    Keep Investing money on building your platforms as other leaning software companies are getting ahead. You are so slow for innovation that is scary.
    Cut throat decisions will buy you time, but remember to be ethical.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "There are better options out there"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Decent pay and nice team environment

    Cons

    Code base is pure garbage. You'd end up maintaining a drowning-in-tech-debt software with almost no outlook to work on exciting new stuff. Also - don't be fooled by the IPO prospect, it's not happening, and if it does employees get nothing.

    Advice to Management

    As others have said, realized that you are *not* a software company, but an education firm trying to do software. Do it correctly from the start.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Learning Technology Representative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Perks: Flexibility (make your own schedule), Car, phone, ipad etc. Don't have to go to the office ever. In control of your own territory for the most part.

    Cons

    The industry is tanking and McGraw-Hill is trying to save themselves by re-branding as a "learning technology company" but it is not working. We are a textbook company at the core and everyone knows it. Recent changes (firing over 100 people) has left moral at an all time low in a place where there has never really been a great culture to begin with. Not to mention very few people have actually made their number in the last 2 years. They set unrealistic goals for how bad the industry is doing and have a VERY high turnover rate because of it.

    Advice to Management

    Have someone actually work in the field for more than a day before making decisions. They try to push us to sell "all digital", but then have things like "free freight week" where we are supposed to go out and encourage the bookstores to place orders. The bookstores laugh in our face because they know we are trying to cut them out and sell direct so why would they order? We are bonused off of making our number by January 1st but schools don't start again until end of January so it doesn't make sense when we are selling all digital....


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  5. Helpful (15)

    "An education company in the throws of modernizing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm directly involved in the software and technology groups at MHE. There are some very good and talented people that I really enjoy working with. Many are extremely passionate about changing education for the better. HR and recruiting have been working to bring in top tier talent and it's starting to pay off. If you have the patience to deal with the old, broken and busted here, it could be a good, long term gig.

    Cons

    MHE is effectively a collection of acquisitions - some cut from better cloth than others. Reconciling these product and platforms has created a vacuum that's focused on the wrong things. Here's a couple things that I wish someone would've told me:

    - Not matter what you hear or are told, this is an education company TRYING to do software, not the other way around.
    - Education is inherently very political and on top of that - tied to government. If you're looking for quick moving, lean standards that you might experience in other realms of technology, look elsewhere...
    - MHE has NOTHING to do with McGraw-Hill proper... in a nutshell, it's being groomed for an imminent IPO. Not sure who would bite and most working here won't benefit, but all current actions/directions are facilitating that effort.
    - Decentralized; over a half-dozen offices actively work on software. Many - including management - live long distance from any office. Time differences make a real impact; you can be distributed if you are disciplined enough, but regardless, the geo-disparity
    - In the software space, lots of ineptitude and inexperience. Basic things that you would expect at any established technology company are largely missing. It feels 10+ years behind the game. And amazingly, that can work in Ed-tech.

    Advice to Management

    In the software parts of the company, you need to ditch 2/3+ of managers and leads. Be honest about how much you actually 'care' about tech - priorities would indicate otherwise.


  6. Helpful (16)

    "The Titanic"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Licensing Coordinator in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Content Licensing Coordinator in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of my colleagues were the best thing at the Polsris office. Great cafeteria.

    Cons

    Here we go: no more pension, not the best salary, lost of yearly bonuses, have to pay more for insurance and getting less, have to drink the kook-aid from Chris Willig and fellow leaders, no room for advancement, supervisors very clickish, too much bureaucracy, very impersonal, too many meetings, too many reports, layoffs, cram spaces like sardines, etc.

    Advice to Management

    What went wrong with the Titanic? Lack of listening to the bee workers.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Company Has More Temps than Full-time Employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Gahanna, OH
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Gahanna, OH
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefit and Hours,

    Cons

    No consistency in training for employees, Company has developed a "temp" mentality, making those who work there feel as if they are disposable, and often over looks hard working employees.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Not what it used to be"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Helping kids learn math and language arts

    Cons

    Totally reorganized away from mission of prior companies

    Advice to Management

    Focus on students and teachers


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Beware all the fake positive reviews on here!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some smart people who really know the industry

    Cons

    LOW LOW pay, endless drudgery, no request for input from the drones, uber-corporate structure, complete lack of HR, terrible health insurance, NO room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the jargon and the self-importance. pay more attn to the essentials.


  10. "Exporting Jobs out of the US."

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    Former Contractor - Order Entry Specialist in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Contractor - Order Entry Specialist in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McGraw-Hill Education as a contractor

    Pros

    McGraw-Hill Education offers remote contract opportunities, and provide equipment, for peak seasonal employees.
    Metrics are achievable, and training documents are available any time online for easy access.
    IT support readily available.

    Cons

    McGraw-Hill Education outsourced all Order Processing Specialist jobs in September 2015 to India. I expect other jobs to follow soon. Since they take tax dollars from school districts to finance educational resources, this move of jobs off of the continent, seems a bad fit.

    Advice to Management

    Keep jobs in the USA


  11. Helpful (9)

    "Great Benefits - Bad Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative in DeSoto, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative in DeSoto, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company was above par on all of their benefits. Medical, Dental, Vacation, etc.
    They really are dedicated to a great work life balance. Vacation and sick time was paid. McGraw-Hill really did a great job with offering these benefits. Which is why there was not a lot of turnover at the company.

    Cons

    Management
    Management was left to their own devices. Played favorites with individuals with similar roles. Co-workers whose actions were for their own personal gain (at other employees expense). That was not discouraged by management but fostered instead.

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites
    Be fair and do not let your "personal" feelings interfere with your judgement of your subordinates actual work related skills.


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