I've worked for McGraw-Hill for 5 years, and have enjoyed my time there. For the most part, employees are treated fairly and they care about a work-life balance. They have the best software in the industry. The challenge has been major decreases in sales and average net price over the past few years in the industry. All of the major companies are doing poorly. In the face of it, McGraw-Hill has had a revolving door of leadership that has no idea what they are doing or any experience in the industry. Only until recently have any employees with industry experience been put in C-Level positions. I think this is due to them being temporary until the planned merger with Cengage. Leadership is the primary issue with McGraw-Hill. They have old ideas, and they promote themselves to truly made up position names while cutting valuable front line employees. There are so many high paid "VPs" and "Directors" with interesting titles and nobody reporting to them, while they let go necessary employees and shift their work over to other already stretched thin employees.
It is a decent place to start a career. However, there is little room to advance and training is sparse. Very top down with a "Because we said so" attitude. HR would rather pay settlements than discipline senior managers. Be prepared for 70-80 weeks and dialing in on vacation. Hardly anyone made goal this sales year and we are up for IPO, Lots of Monday morning quarterbacking and backbiting among people above me.
I've worked for McGraw-Hill for almost a year, and so far have had a great time learning, growing and making awesome acquaintances and friends. The working environment is flexible and I'm able to do my work quietly without someone constantly looking over my shoulder. Recent company changes have created an unstable environment, though, and that creates some discomfort for employees. Corporate politics also sometimes play a role in the way work gets done here.