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Updated Jan 13, 2020

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71 Ratings
  1. Helpful (6)

    "Good benefits, but lacking growth opportunities"

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    Associate Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible, able to work from home often, given a MacBook Pro and iPhone during onboarding. Good work/life balance and friendly colleagues. Good health insurance, had a nice year-end bonus.

    Cons

    It's not an agile company at all. They're centering the business around digital products and no one can get them to work properly. Frustrating experience for all customers. Feels like working in a silo sometimes, not a lot of cross-functional communication. Also don't see a direct path for growth here.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the students.

    McGraw-Hill2016-05-18
  2. Helpful (9)

    "Well-known brand with internal shortcomings"

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     in New York, NY

    I worked at McGraw-Hill for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and work/life balance. Looks good on a resume. Exciting opportunities if you're in the right role.

    Cons

    Very poor middle management. Siloed, resulting in tons of inefficiencies. Not exactly on the cutting edge of the industry. Many employees without any real drive. Slow pace, although that could be a "pro" depending on your outlook.

    McGraw-Hill2016-03-31
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Best of both worlds"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill full-time

    Pros

    This is a start-up mentality at a well established brand; reliable, strong content paired with innovative technology development in the adaptive learning space

    Cons

    Some of the "we've always done it this way" mentality has to be weaned away if MHE is going to really compete in the space; centralizing the corporate structure in New York is a mistake. Real talent is going to jump ship unless a real work-life balance is possible.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what the company is now, and make sure the entrenched corporate departments that still think you're a publishing company don't squash the INtrepreneurs.

    McGraw-Hill2016-03-18
  4. Helpful (7)

    "Learning Technology Representative"

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    Sales Representative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McGraw-Hill

    Pros

    Good pay, they give you a company car and pay for gas.

    Cons

    Poor management, no work life balance during selling season, no training or support for new hires. It's a dying industry and they are pushing software to compensate.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within instead of hiring managers who are clueless about the industry and how to manage.

    McGraw-Hill2016-04-26
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Westerville, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good work-life balance, strong leadership. We work on products that help teachers teach, and students learn, which is pretty awesome.

    Cons

    The transition from print to digital is a challenge. It's not a marketing organization so most marketing initiatives aren't resourced well. We are not good at identifying "what we are not going to do". Tensions between the technology team and business units are tiring.

    Advice to Management

    Be more market-centric, rather than inside-out in your thinking.

    McGraw-Hill2016-02-23
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good People Moving in the Right Direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dubuque, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The employees here are universally smart, kind people dedicated to improving the world of education. Hard work and mutual respect are standard operating procedure from everyone, and teams often feel like 'family'. The benefits are generous and work-life balance can be quite good (depending upon position and season). The trajectory for the company is good--a focus on embracing high-value digital solutions means the company is slowly but deliberately moving away from its print media roots.

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    Cons

    Old habits are hard to break, and it's a slow process to move a mammoth company like this from a 'print' mentality to a digital one. It can be frustrating at times. The market is very challenging, with discerning customers at multiple levels (instructors, students, and distributors) doing everything possible to avoid spending money in support of what they see as an 'old media' institution attempting to price gouge a captive audience. (Note that is not the truth of the situation, but the perception nonetheless persists and can make being in the industry challenging.) The industry is also in the midst of a major digital disruption, which means that the company's bottom line can swing wildly from year-to-year. It can be worrisome and exhausting to wonder whether you'll have a banner year or one of the worst in recent memory.

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    Advice to Management

    Cultivate a stronger culture of entrepreneurship, and empower your employees to take more risks and try more things. Accelerate your efforts to eradicate 'old media' thinking and methods, and promote efforts to work with the customers who use our products more directly. Accept that despite the money spent to invest in our current stable of products, a leaner and more focused approach may lead the company in an unexpected but very fulfilling and profitable direction.

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    McGraw-Hill2016-01-24
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits, no opportunity to advance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill full-time

    Pros

    good compensation full benefit package from day one good work/life balance

    Cons

    no room for advancement as all roles are very niche

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees and their day to day before spitting out policies.

    McGraw-Hill2015-12-10
  8. Helpful (6)

    "Outside/ Field Sales Representative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McGraw-Hill full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, fair pay, and capable colleagues. Great digital story/ mission/ product.

    Cons

    Unrealistic sales goals for most territories, tough market, very little training, the toughest job I've ever had, lots of turn-over, be prepared to work most nights and many weekends if you want to succeed, poor work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more training, not just on "sales", but on the actual job - maneuvering systems, administrative tasks, where to find what, where to send your customers for what. Spend more time on planning so everyone isn't just running around like chickens with their heads cut off.

    McGraw-Hill2015-12-07
  9. "Great Work-Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at McGraw-Hill full-time

    Pros

    The culture is great. The benefits are great and the work-life balance is really great.

    Cons

    It is hard to move up within the company. There is a definite lack of female upper management in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Promote women more in the workplace and communicate ways to be promoted.

    McGraw-Hill2015-11-21
  10. Helpful (13)

    "Say Goodbye To Your Personal Life"

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    Former Employee - Learning Technology Representative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McGraw-Hill full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Company car with free gas & insurance - Flexible schedule - Not set amount of personal or sick days - Can make a decent amount if you perform well - Summer is mostly free

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance. During the heavy selling seasons in Fall and Spring, expect to get 100+ emails a day. If one falls through the cracks, someone will get on you about it. If you have kids, I don't know how you can perform this job. You'll notice a lot of people working as a sales rep (Learning Technology Representative) have only been with the company for less than a year. There's a reason, this industry burns you out. A lot of the job is roaming around schools and knocking on professor doors. So if that doesn't sound like something you want, this job isn't for you. You can make a decent salary depending on if you hit your goal and get commission on top of that. The problem is a lot of the time factors outside your control can either make or break you. My honest opinion, keep looking. The benefits are decent, but you'll pay with stress, lack of free time, and burdensome management and product managers.

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    Advice to Management

    Every email isn't the most important email to have ever been sent. Things will fall through the cracks when you're juggling multiple balls.

    McGraw-Hill2015-11-02
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