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Updated 21 Oct 2019

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  • "McGraw-Hill Education is a family-oriented organization and incredibly flexible creating a solid work/life balance(in 90 reviews)

  • "Great people/culture; flexible work hours/options; rewarding work environment(in 55 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Highly Recommend"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Dubuque, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill for more than 3 years

    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!

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    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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    Advice to Management

    Be more of a presence to your "everyday" employees. Walk around and talk to people and thank them for their hard work. It's a small effort that can reap big rewards.

    McGraw-Hill2015-08-13
  2. Helpful (5)

    "Alarming Lack of Youth"

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    Former Employee - Manager 
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McGraw-Hill full-time for more than 3 years

    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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    Advice to Management

    They'll ignore it anyways, especially because I'm not a current employee. Literally the only thing they pretend to care about are hours.

    McGraw-Hill2019-10-21
  3. Helpful (7)

    "Great people, terrible Management..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McGraw-Hill full-time for more than 3 years

    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

    Advice to Management

    -be more professional -take a management class -have your team members back

    McGraw-Hill2019-05-07
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Say good bye to growth and your happiness"

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    Former Contractor - Marketing Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at McGraw-Hill for more than a year

    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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    Advice to Management

    You are missing the Human in Human resources. Do better.

    McGraw-Hill2017-09-21
  5. Helpful (22)

    "RUN FOR THE HILLS!"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McGraw-Hill full-time for more than 5 years

    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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    Advice to Management

    Promote from within, listen to your employees who actually know the business. You are not a software company (no matter how many software people you hire), become a digitally advanced content company and you will do better. Investors, look at your upper management, the fish rots at the head.

    McGraw-Hill2017-08-15
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Stressful place to work"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McGraw-Hill

    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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    Advice to Management

    - Dangling a "successful project completion bonus" in front of people is actually insulting--it says that you think people are too lazy to do their job without some sort of outside incentive. Give bonuses for a job well done after it's completed so it's a reward instead of a bribe. - You don't have to jump on the latest business fad in an attempt to seem trendy; some fads are worthless at best and... counter-productive at worst. Open plan offices reduce productivity and are an insensitive disservice to the countless people who do not thrive in pandemonium and chaos.

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    McGraw-Hill2017-05-23
  7. "McGraw-Hill Education Marketing Team"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill full-time

    Pros

    Industry is changing from Print to Digital. Offering opportunities to change and grow within the company

    Cons

    Shift from Print to Digital has hurt revenue, which has led to multiple changes in upper management, and constant restructuring.

    McGraw-Hill2017-04-19
  8. Helpful (1)

    "CTB section of MHE"

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    Former Employee - Data Manager in Monterey, CA

    I worked at McGraw-Hill full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people and benefits. Ability to work remotely as needed. Flexible work hours were great and management pro family time.

    Cons

    Bad decisions from upper management, people with the knowledge not involved in major decisions and recommendations ignored. Work assignments not balanced, causing very long hours for some.

    Advice to Management

    LIsten to the people who do the work.

    McGraw-Hill2016-12-11
  9. "Just a few impressions..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McGraw-Hill full-time

    Pros

    Talented and experienced product team. Great environment and room for lots of creativity. Good flexibility for working at home.

    Cons

    The sales force turns over too quickly. Immediate manager great, huge disconnect between upper management. Despite female president, more women needed in places of power. Not diverse.

    Advice to Management

    Please make McGraw-Hill education a more diverse company. Find ways to better train and retrain salesforce.

    McGraw-Hill2016-12-07
  10. "Great People, Unstable Environment"

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    • Senior Management
     

    I worked at McGraw-Hill for 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

    McGraw-Hill2016-11-18
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