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  • "upper management would never be hired in management elsewhere(in 31 reviews)

  • "Abrupt mass layoff annually without any prior notice; no standard of work; no work-life balance(in 19 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Highly Recommend

      Aug 13, 2015 -  in Dubuque, IA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The people and culture here are great! We are developing products to improve education which has the power to change the world, what isn't great about that? Standard benefits (medical, dental, etc.) are good, but the other benefits make it a great place to work. These include a generous company match to employee made donations to non-profits; flexible work hours; on-site programs that promote personal growth; on-site fitness room and me-time rooms (as I call them) for nursing moms or whatever you might need; generous adoption program; discounts on textbooks for our kids; and many more! The company has a strong presence in our Dubuque, IA community and often donates money to employee causes and events (city art program and Toastmasters convention, etc.). Management encourages employees to volunteer in the community and often-times allows us to do it during company time. The new CEO and Presidents are great, their vision for the future matches with that of the employees. There is a great sense of pride and dedication among most of the employees which pushes everyone to put out the best product possible. I'm very happy and proud to be a McGraw-Hill employee!

      Cons

      It is a big company! And the cons about McGraw-Hill are basically those of ANY big company. In an effort to reduce costs and save money, staff has been reduced to bare bones and many positions have been outsourced. People are oftentimes afraid to take time off because of how much work will be waiting when they return. Too many overtime hours are spent just trying to keep up. There is often a feeling of fear over whether your job will be next, especially around Christmas time which is when the company likes to lay people off. In the past there has not been a feeling of appreciation from upper management, however they have recently acknowledged this error and are making good efforts to reverse that image.

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    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Alarming Lack of Youth

      Oct 21, 2019 - Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Decent pay for industry, standard benefits (insurance and retirement)

      Cons

      ---Leadership said that "Managers weren't allowed to leave before 5PM," I mean what era were they in? Henry Ford called, he wants his mentality back. HOURS WORKED HAS NO DIRECT CORRELATION TO PRODUCTIVITY. Employees spent all 8 hours doing something that could be completed in 2.---Absolutely no room for growth, no one uttered the word "promotion" the whole time I was there.---There was an alarming lack of youth. Software integration/migration suffered as such. There were "printer trainings" to give a little insight as to what they prioritize. Yes, you read that correctly. Trainings for the printer ---4 CEOs/Interim CEOs while I was there just shows the dysfunction.---Owned by private equity firm making upper management a bunch of empty suits.---Alarming lack of diversity. Not just in terms of demographics but also in terms of experiences. Many employees been there for 20+ years, just to show the lack of outside experiences.---All in all, no one cared. Some managers had all this energy to call people out for leaving/arriving to the office early/late but couldn't direct that energy to improving processes. Just look at their responses to bad reviews. Just some generic answer thanking them for their time and apologizing for making people feel that way.

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      Thank you for providing your feedback. Our employees represent all walks of life, backgrounds and experience levels, with over 40% of our workforce under the age of 40 and average employee tenure just under 10 years of service. The wide range of experience within our workforce provides a strong foundation for developing quality education materials for all levels of learners. With over 130 years in the education space, we know we will never stop learning and growing. We would like to hear more about your experience as a former employee. Please reach out to us directly at talentacquisition@mheducation.com so we can identify possible opportunities to improve the experiences of both our current and former employees.

    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great people, terrible Management...

      May 7, 2019 - Sales 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -flexible -no one is held accountable for anything...maybe that is a con?

      Cons

      -coworkers you should rely on could go weeks without getting back to you and that’s if you ever get a response -no clear, concise training -upper management would never be hired in management elsewhere -no manager reviews -manager feedback is very subjective -commission is now subjective

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      RUN FOR THE HILLS!

      Aug 15, 2017 - Marketing Director in New York, NY
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      Pros

      The majority of the people are smart and hard working. Flexible work environment, family friendly.

      Cons

      MHE used to be an amazing place to work, but when the company was sold, upper management was continually changed in hopes that the company could catch up technologically. They then began to hire management who knew nothing about the business and then rapidly promote them. Marketing in the Professional division is a circus, they hire confused consultants to lead the charge. If you want to live through constant layoffs, never ending management changes, no inside promotions and answering to circus clowns this is the place for you! No I am not a bitter past employee, just saddened at what a once great company has become. However, there is one caveat, men do rise through the ranks more quickly, especially those who are yes men. If you meet this criteria, apply, your career might skyrocket here.

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      22 people found this review helpful
    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good pay for publishing, little room for growth

      Nov 12, 2013 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Good benefits with matching 401K. Many great people. Very good work-life balance. The pay is much better than the pay at other publishers. Good brand recognition. Convenient location. Nice office building.

      Cons

      It's a transition period; there's a lot of uncertainty and no real communication from upper management. Employees are frustrated and left in the dark. Morale is extremely low, there's lots of fear, and it feels like a sinking ship. There's little room for growth and real professional development. High and low performers are rewarded equally. There's no incentive for great work; management is stingy with promotions and fair raises. Middle management is inflexible. There's tons of internal drama and gossip. The "good ol' boy" old-fashioned corporate culture with an emphasis on the status quo alienates many workers.

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    6. 2.0
      Former Employee

      McGraw-Hill: Good benefits, not much else

      Nov 11, 2009 -  in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      McGraw-Hill has a decent benefits package: employee credit union, 401K, health/dental, unlimited sick days (within reason - ie, at manager's discretion), and 3 weeks of paid vacation after 2 years of employment (if you have worked there for under 2 years, you get 2 weeks of vacation), in addition to the usual paid federal holidays. It is also very accepting of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees and sponsors annual workshops relating to issues that affect this community. There is also profit-sharing, but there is rarely a profit in the education sector, so that is really not much of a benefit.

      Cons

      The environment is fuddy-duddy and dowdy. Management, even if they listen to and care about your needs/concerns, is powerless to do anything because of the corporate structure of the company. There is no cost of living salary increase, only an increase based on the employee's yearly review. Even a very good review will only fetch a 2 to 2.5% pay raise for an employee. I personally know of one instance where an employee was given the highest review possible, but upper management declined to sign off on it because they didn't want to increase the employee's salary accordingly. There is almost no support for professional development, and even fewer opportunities for advancement.

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Stressful place to work

      May 23, 2017 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Benefits are decent: health, 401(k) with 6% match; life insurance. - Salaries are relatively on par with other companies in the area. - Management will sometimes give a bonus for completing a project successfully (more about that under "Advice to Management").

      Cons

      - Work/life balance is given lip-service and then totally ignored. Someone in upper management was actually overheard saying that if they made the office nice enough, hopefully employees would forget about work/life balance and work more hours. Shameful. - There is definitely a "good ol' boy network" and unfortunately not all good ol' boys make "good ol' managers." - The Seattle office is open plan--it sounds like an Irish bar on St. Patrick's Day ALL the time. Impossible to hear yourself think, let alone talk on the phone.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great coworkers. Fair salary. Little room for growth

      Oct 4, 2014 - Editorial Acquisitions in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I worked in editorial in the SF office, and the tight-knit team, the leadership, and the passion for the projects acquired were inspiring. Perhaps because it was in SF, the publishing mentality wasn't as demanding, and there was a greater opportunity for work-life balance.

      Cons

      -There is little to no opportunity to grow in this company if you're looking for a career here; they'll raise your salary but getting your title changed is near impossible -A lack of communication from the NY office and upper management made for a confusing outlook day-to-day -An entire team of people were let go, which points to a lack of communication about budgetary concerns

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      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Former Contractor, more than 1 year

      Say good bye to growth and your happiness

      Sep 21, 2017 - Marketing Specialist in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - The office is easily accessible through almost all forms of public transit. - The office has a pretty lax environment. - Friendly staff, who is eager to help. - Ability to work from home (if approved).

      Cons

      - Very little respect from management in the lower positions. - There's no clear path for promotion or growth, and the same people keep on getting promoted while others stay in the same role for years. - There is little to NO communication within teams. - Final product suffers as upper management chooses to micro-manage one day and to become completely hands off for 3 days to just repeat the cycle. - Really particular about attendance and arriving on time, despite if you stay until 7 pm and arrive at 9:05. They value attendance and arriving on time rather quality work and good work ethic. - Professional is a rotating door, that leaves those behind to pick up the slack with no acknowledgement or support from management.

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Pros

      The workplace is mostly a physically comfortable environment.

      Cons

      Recently job security is low and there is little drive to improve and simplify processes. Upper management does little to help the company grow, but instead holds the company back by being set in old ways of doing things that they are comfortable with.

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