McGraw Hill Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated 21 Oct 2019

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Alarming Lack of Youth"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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    McGraw Hill Response

    October 25, 2019Talent Acquisition

    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.

  2. Helpful (7)

    "Great people, terrible Management..."

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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

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  3. "Sales Representative"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McGraw Hill full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Value employees - Family atmosphere - Good benefits package

    Cons

    - Upper management changes frequently

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Say good bye to growth and your happiness"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  5. Helpful (22)

    "RUN FOR THE HILLS!"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    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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  6. Helpful (6)

    "Stressful place to work"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    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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  7. "McGraw-Hill Education Marketing Team"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "CTB section of MHE"

    4.0
    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.

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  9. "Just a few impressions..."

    4.0
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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.

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  10. "Great People, Unstable Environment"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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

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