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Pros
  • Great company benefits, focused on creating a positive work-life balance experience for all (in 41 reviews)

  • companies offer a good benefits package (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • Slow decision making; finance-driven thinking (in 7 reviews)

  • Long hours, little opportunity to move outside the lines (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "It was a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company paid a good salary

    Cons

    Many jobs have been eliminated as a result of outsourcing


  2. "A good place to work for the long-haul"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, family-friendly hours. Lack of micro-management.

    Cons

    Lack of management direction / vision (despite the internal communications). Easy to get lost in the corporate life.

  3. "Could be better."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Provides a good package, however no pension or stock.

    Cons

    Expect a lot and no advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Give staff an opportunity to move up.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Solid company; reliable; but freelancers don't receive benefits such as extra consideration when applying for jobs."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Freelance Editorial Work - Independent Contractor
    Current Contractor - Freelance Editorial Work - Independent Contractor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McGraw Hill Financial as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Plentiful freelance opportunities. Good communication. Diligent to keep up with latest technology. Try to make processes as easy as possible for the vendor/freelancer.

    Cons

    Very little to no variability in pay based on performance or longevity for freelancers; no opportunities for receiving any benefits of any kind, including reduced prices on merchandise, complimentary copies of books; no point system or other system to grant special consideration to most loyal freelancers when they are looking for in-house work.

    Advice to Management

    Put into place some system of rewards to loyal and quality freelancers. Include at least three benefits in the system and make it formal by spelling out the requirements. Freelancers need incentives to keep them keen rather than becoming complacent. Complacency will lead to a very significant loss in quality of your product. Financial is now Education, but this review is directed toward what was in place when it was part of Financial (McGraw-Hill Companies). The fact that you never heard a freelancer voice these viewpoints before tells you that you have been ignoring this.

    McGraw Hill Financial Response

    Mar 4, 2014 – Manager of Employment Branding and Marketing

    This review is for freelancing at McGraw Hill Education, which is no longer part of McGraw Hill Financial. The feedback needs to be directed to MHE, since MHFI doesn't employ editorial freelancers... More


  5. "Pretty good place to to work although still a bit conservative. Company offers good benefits."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Focus on innovation and growth and being a good corporate citizen.

    Cons

    Public company; lay-offs are common when company is falling short of meeting shareholder expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Can do a better job in career development opportunities for mid-level employees. Should open mentoring opportunities to mid levels rather than only to senior managers. Also they could encourage/promote engagement between different business units as well as opportunities for lateral movement. Silo thinking prevails.


  6. "Good pay and benefits, good work/life balance, not challenging enough, too corporate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salary is very decent, taking into account 401K match which is 6%, cash and RSU bonus. Some new managers are very smart and hands-on. Some new engineers are very smart and motivated. The compensation is decent, but it seems everyone is getting averaged.

    Cons

    Others sat there for 20 years and lack basic expertise to do the work, the only reason their opinion counts is - seniority. Not enough freedom for engineers, this makes your projects sink and postpone forever. New engineers and their ideas are getting slashed by MHF management old timers for no good reasons, just because they worked for the company for too long and know their way around.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate better to motivate employees to stay and fight with old timers to bring the change to company. Do better and more detailed review of old timers: there are a lot of people who have senior titles and not doing much and not knowing much - completely out of touch with technology advancements.


  7. "Very nice place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    various departments & possibility of growth

    Cons

    several changes over the years

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate with empolyees

  8. "Good opportunity to learn the industry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexibility to move within company

    Cons

    Too much red-tape in the decision making process


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great beginning, bad ending."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Administrator in Hightstown, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Administrator in Hightstown, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good health benefits. Work life balance is very good.

    Cons

    Like many companies, especially in IT your position may be outsourced.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  10. "Constant Change"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The announcement of new CEO seems promising
    Great employees

    Cons

    The company has been in a constant state of change since I arrived 4 years ago and is losing top talent to competitors
    Not so great executing or establishing strategy
    Bureaucratic, takes forever for decisions to get made

    Advice to Management

    Encourage collaboration
    Develop green talent, there is a major focus on retaining top level employees when more junior employees do the grunt work


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