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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President & CEO Linda K. Zecher
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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Rolling Meadows, IL

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as a contractor (Less than a year)

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    Convenient location, easy parking, and a generally comfortable work environment. A nice restaurant on site for breakfast/lunch for this company and others.


    HMH wanted me as a contractor. "To take them to the next level" so said my recruitment company when they learned I was approved. I interviewed 3 times, a background check was run, and my excellent professional references were confirmed. Samples of my work were presented. I have a 20-year background in my field and I've worked in three different regulatory environments. I'm a published author of two books and numerous articles.

    The first day was 5 hours only per my on site "supervisor" who determined my hours were 10-4 that day. I was quickly shown the basics as one would expect on the first day ("and where's the restroom again?"). My supervisor took me lunch and paid. Second day, still learning the new system and the manner in which projects are accomplished. Third day, supervisor working from home (twice a week, btw). Recruiting company calls me at lunch and tells me "I'm just not a good fit for the group." This coming from my "supervisor". What had I done (or what hadn't I done)? No details, just copious apologies from my company. A true precedent in my career. 2 1/2 days built on the whimsy of an unprofessional "supervisor" who blithely dismisses a thoroughly competent worker who truly would have taken the small group to the next level. In the final analysis, it was HMH that lost.

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