Thread regarding Cengage layoffs

150 McGraw employees let go last week

A friend who works in McGraw's Columbus office told me 150 people in his building were cut last week. Sounds like they are starting to slash the workforces ahead of the merger. Could be a long summer

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"Did this really happen? Can anyone from MGH confirm?"

Yes! It happened...lots of great people let go. They took out a lot of Product Management and Sales, and also cut like 6 VP's in the process. Really flattened orgs.

They claim it had nothing to do with the merger -- between getting destroyed in the TX K-5 ELA adoption, and FL delaying Math and ELA, they say there was just too much staff.

Will be surprised if any of the current MGH K-12 ELT survives the merger except for 1 or 2.

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Farmington Hills is the headquarters of Gale, a library publisher. Back in the day they had so many employees they had to rent space in adjacent buildings. There were about 500 at their peak in 2003. The library market has eroded so much that there are maybe 200 left in the building, if that. It’s always been a problem child for the company, and I can’t imagine the new org will want to continue supporting Gale given they have nothing to do with the core higher ed business. I could see them getting merged with the Professional group at MGH and the Farmington Hills office shuttered.

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IIRC Farmington Hills became a Cengage office when Delmar was merged. Not sure what they do out there these days.

Mason has some key players right now. Maybe they'll get relocated or just be redundant once the merger is complete.

I believe the new Boston space is smaller than what Boston has now. Figure MGH employees moving over there and it means Boston either rents more floors or lets people go.

Low salaries in OH and upstate NY may allow those people to keep their jobs.

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Hard to imagine most of the field offices existing in any form in a year or two - including Mason. Exactly how many satellite offices does a company need? Ohio already has two (CMH and Mason) does it even need one? Two spots are safe: the new Boston office and the large Independence facility in Kentucky. Everything else is on the potential chopping block.

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It really happened. My friend works in the Columbus office, and said that 150 employees were walked out last Thursday. They were told that it had nothing to do with the merger and was due to losing a large statewide adoption. However, the timing seems awfully convenient. Yes, I agree that the smaller offices have a target on their back. I expect Chicago and Farmington Hills to be the first to go. Farmington Hills has always been an oddball to begin with, and I don't see MH wanting to continue to fund the headcount or the fast shrinking library business.

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Did this really happen? Can anyone from MGH confirm? I don’t know enough about their culture to make a call but it seems unlikely related to the merger this early.

OTOH when we took over Houghtin they cut to the bone before the transition. I remember spending days in a conference room over there explaining my department to the transition team.

I’m sure MH already has given Rebecca her orders.

With Cengage if you’re not in Boston or Mason I would be very worried. I don’t see Farmington Hills, et al being more than small field offices at this point.

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Post ID: @ZbgPM0p-dvf

Exact opposite of memo sent to both organizations. Layoffs won't begin until late this year or early next year.

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