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At least I have a job...

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Current Employee - Senior Editor in Orlando, FL
Current Employee - Senior Editor in Orlando, FL

I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Pros

Love the people.
Love the opportunity to be creative.
Like that we still have health care option (though they aren't very good).

Cons

Wish our HR would do more... something... anything.
Hate getting weekly announcements of new senior VPs (I think it's a one-to-one ratio between core staff and VPs now).
The bottom line is all that is important, not a quality product.
Don't always feel like I'm thought of as an adult or a working professional.
Most of us work overtime or on tasks that are not part of our official jobs.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Resign and allow individuals with publishing experience to take over.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
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  1. A formerly great publisher that has lost its way due to staggering debt.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Pros

    Excellent people at the middle management level; high degree of professionalism in the product development areas.

    Cons

    Less than competitive compensation; poor HR interface; lack of leadership at the executive levels of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the employee base with competitive salaries and benefits; eliminate waste and inefficiency especially in the operations areas; better communication of core values and corporate initiatives; commit to a publishing program based on quality and service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Once a really great company to work for...

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Pros

    The people who work at HMH are devoted to providing effective educational solutions. Most individuals care deeply about working collaboratively and are interested in supporting each others efforts. Middle management and staff care about people as people and treat each other with respect.

    Cons

    Over managed - under led. Senior management cares about the bottom line period and decency is seen as a luxury they cannot afford. People are called to work at any hour of the day with no regard for personal issues. If you do not respond to the call, then you jeopardize your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you don't care about people don't manage them. Leadership will always be about service and preserving/protecting people's dignity, regardless of the situation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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