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20 days ago

Assoc Learning Architect Humanities Social Studies

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Orlando, FL

• Works cooperatively and effectively with other members of cross-functional project teams, other Learning… Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

10 days ago

Sales Strategist

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Chicago, IL

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY: The Sales Strategist is responsible for working with the Director Sales Strategy, RVP and Dir Sales to create and execute an… Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

17 days ago

Dir, Product Marketing

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt New York, NY

Product Development: The Director of Marketing plays a significant role on the product development team with counterparts from technology, editorial… Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

15 days ago

Account Executive - Inside Sales

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Austin, TX +2 locations

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY: Through effective relationships, the Inside Account Executive is responsible for achieving sales and profit objectives for… Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

12 days ago

Process Improvement Anaklyst

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Evanston, IL

The Education Services group within HMH provides implementation services for sophisticated client-facing solutions that include both our traditional… Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

12 days ago

Per Diem Literacy Consultant (home-based in Minneapolis, MN)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Minneapolis, MN

Overall Responsibility: The primary responsibility for this position is to provide part-time support to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Intervention… Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

12 days ago

Associate Account Executive (home-based NY)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Syracuse, NY

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY: The Associate AEs report to the Director of Sales, directing them on the collaboration with partner Field-Based Account… Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

12 days ago

Associate Account Executive (home-based South FL)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt West Palm Beach, FL

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY: The Associate AEs report to the Director of Sales, directing them on the collaboration with partner Field-Based Account… Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

12 days ago

Per Diem Early Literacy Consultant (home-based

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt San Francisco, CA

We are looking for excellent consultant candidates with Early Literacy background to provide professional learning opportunities for programs focused… Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

10 days ago

Creative Director (UX)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt New York, NY

The Creative Director position offers an ambitious, creative individual a leadership role in the evolution of Intervention Solutions suite of… Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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    Former Employee - Learning Architect in Orlando, FL
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    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (More than 10 years)


    Wonderful co-workers, flexible schedule, and good benefits. The people in my department really did some incredible things for me during a very difficult life event.


    The learning architects -- editors -- try to meet impossible deadlines that are enforced by people ignorant of both the process and the content. Impossible deadlines are made even more impossible by VP-heavy departments promising silly perks for customers, or by having to fix broken products that are rushed to market because of the impossible deadlines. The company operates on the trickle-down theory of management. There are too many EVPs and VPs sucking up to the C-suiters. Most are self-congratulatory about content that they don't understand and had no part in creating. Lots of obligatory "Yay teams!" and "We're proud of our content!", with no real appreciating for the people who DO create the content. The editors doing the grunt work make LESS than a teacher with the same number of years experience, and unfortunately, that is a very low bar. Promotions in the learning studios are given only in the event that a spot is abandoned because of death, retirement, or the inevitable fleeing that occurs when a workplace becomes toxic. Even then, only half of the new spots are given to internal employees. Loyalty, knowledge, and expertise are rewarded with slap after slap of bad management: 2% raises, thoughtless perks (hooray, a cup!), and stack rankings, an archaic procedure steeped in politics and dishonesty, which, unknown to management, make everyone hate each and kills morale. Really. If you Google "stack rankings" and any major business authority, such as the Harvard Business Review or the WSJ, you might understand why your employees don't enjoy working for you.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of at least half of yourselves and use the extra money to hire more editors. Deadlines would be met and editors will whistle happily as they create great content that doesn't embarrass them, ultimately becoming more productive, engaged, and grateful. Believe it or not, the editors creating the content are experts at content and you are not. The thought process should trickle up, not down. Another piece of advice: once the content that was created under a different regime becomes stale and outdated, most of your in-house experts will be gone and all you'll have left are the editors that couldn't get jobs elsewhere.

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