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McGraw-Hill Education Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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  • upper management unsure of how to navigate market (in 24 reviews)

  • Real talent is going to jump ship unless a real work-life balance is possible (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Change Coming, but Company Not Moving Aggressively Enough"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the people are very committed to education and helping teachers teach and students learn. Love the new CEO, David Levin. In many respects, this company is heading in a good direction. Great new digital products group. Promising key technology acquisitions.

    Cons

    Still a lot of worse than useless middle men (or women) in management--these folks are high activity but low effectiveness--sucking up scarce and valuable resources, and making very dumb or at least short-sighted decisions, and then almost literally forcing them down the throats of employees--whose morale is still in the basement--who can see the plans don't make sense, but wouldn't dare speak out.

    Sometime the company tries to "market its way out" of this mess, but should instead focus on making more and better products and services, (since the days of the middle man are over).

    Taking too long to defang sales and marketing and give power where it now belongs instead: engineering. (This coming from someone in sales -- we still have our place, but it's changed a lot.)

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management is not the problem: it's in the middle where the troubles lie and the damage is quietly being done..

    Sales and marketing will never save this company, so please stop empowering dead people. Do start changing the culture and the people you hire to face teachers and professors to better match the temperaments and thinking of your customers. Many of the people hiring sales reps, marketing people, etc. are not aware that they are annoying to faculty themselves.

    Have a candid conversation with a real professor some day about what happens when one of your reps is spotted in the hallway. That didn't used to be the case!

    Move faster. While we fiddle, massive damage is being done.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "So much potential"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The majority of people are passionate, skilled, and give their best even when the desired project results can be unclear. Our products are for education and have domestic and global influence.

    Cons

    Salary, work-life balance, training, and overall experience completely depends on your department and attitude of its management team. Some are great while some others are pretty poor. Yearly review and raises are based on 3 broad categories that end up rating a lot of people the same even though their work is not.

    Advice to Management

    Respect and pay top performers more appropriately. Evaluate workflows at the basic level before adding more new upper management positions.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Content Licensing Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Management & Licensing in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Content Management & Licensing in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Laidback people
    - Get to pick your own hours

    Cons

    - Not much room for advancement
    - Weird/vague contract structure
    - Lack of communication among departments

    Advice to Management

    Learn to communicate better with peers and subordinates


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great company overall"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Absolutely great leadership, the people who work at MHE are top notch and are all around great people. The work/life balance is wonderful and they have a lot of programs for working families. The product is solid, and there is a powerful vision with leadership to pave the way but the industry is not responding as quickly YET.

    Cons

    The industry is honestly a mess right now, sales reps are NOT making goal and salaries are pretty low.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the shift to digital going but the sales goals and structure need to desperately change. It's hard for top performers to keep holding on when they can't even obtain goal because of the industry right now.


  6. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Supportive of transitioning to new positions within the company

    Cons

    Super slow to make any progress


  7. "A place for learning"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good coworkers. Most recent hires in senior management are real, down-to-earth people. End result of our work is helping students learn and do well in college.

    Cons

    Often not a clear career path. Big ship, slow to turn.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good company but cant get out of its own way"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Product Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Product Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice people, subject matter to be proud of

    Cons

    Too many politics job is 3/4 socializing w other parts of the company. Too many misaligned projects between depts. tight group just keep shifting jobs but big three textbook companies. Tons of legacy systems. Wrong people are left in key roles for way too lomg because they have history

    Advice to Management

    Start to think like a consumer company
    Bring in fresh blood --too many cruisers in the org who dont keep up to date w best pactices in tech and biz.


  9. "It's a new world"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    It is a big company which is a plus and a minus all at the same time. If you focus on the plus side and jump in with both feet you will do well. Ask questions and find a mentor (or two). Take advantage of the extras offered to employees and be willing to be your own advocate and you will do well.

    Cons

    Support staff is an endangered species. If you need something you need to be able to necessary system and figure out how to use it - it can get frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the communication efforts and continue to simplify internal systems.


  10. "Great People, Unstable Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    • good benefits and wonderful co-workers
    • company willing to shift employees to align with talents
    • flexible with regards to work/life balance
    • very sincere about its education mission

    Cons

    • frequent management shifts, new CEO almost every year
    • instability in the education market directly reflected in the office
    • upper management unsure of how to navigate market
    • constant, often radical, changes in scope and direction of projects

    Advice to Management

    Improve adaptability and internal stability, find a way to leverage brand and content regardless of delivery method and/or market trends


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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