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Helpful (2)

Senior Project Manager

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Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX
Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX

I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (more than 10 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great hard working coworkers. Overall good company benefits and a comfortable work environment. Able to work remotely if necessary.

Cons

Mananagement is top heavy. High expectations with no apparent rewards. No hope of salary increases above 1-2% (if any) no matter how much or hard you or your teams work.

Advice to Management

Show your gratitude to your employees where it counts.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Horrible Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Can work from home 2 days a week. Close to home and attractive building.

    Cons

    Each day all employees are faced with confusing, incorrect, and conflicting project information, schedules, and priorities. Nobody seems to know who is in charge and what needs to be done. Constant layoffs have left everyone in fear for their jobs and thus they all turn on one another to make themselves look good in order to avoid getting axed. Management of employees is non-existent as managers are so overloaded they no longer have time to manage, mentor, or train their staff. Company has extremely high expectations of their employees, but does not reward them in any way. There have been no cost-of-living or merit raises in many years. Much of the day-to-day work is done by contractors and vendors with very few full-time permanent staff to oversee this work. Poor quality abounds due to lax oversight of work done by contractors and vendors. Bottom line with this company is do things as cheaply and quickly as possible and forget about the quality. There's a lot of extremely unhappy employees here, but due to the economy and lack of jobs they have no where else to go.

    Advice to Management

    Fill your management and executive positions with people who know the education business.

  2. Helpful (5)

    Horrible, horrible place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some co-workers are great. That is honestly, the only pro.

    Cons

    1. Benefits are awful (medical, 401(k) match, compensation, work-life balance; just to name a few)
    2. Communication. The company keeps sending out surveys, the feedback from those, again and again, tell upper management that there is a large communication problem between upper management and the employees in the company. Their reactive response? Now everyone in the company needs to have frequent meetings to "communicate". So, we all sit on hour-long calls weekly to have management talk at us about nothing. Stupid and wastes everyone's time.
    3. Un-equal distribution of work load. Some poeple are seriously bored 38 hours out of every week and others don't have enough time to finish daily projects.

    Advice to Management

    Linda Zecher - fire everyone at the President and Vice-President level and start fresh.
    Take a look at all departments (especially those in GSC) and see which ones are redundant or don't contribute to the company over all. Stop setting up committees so that directors and managers can justify their existence. Some people just need to move on to different careers. Ask more specific questions on the employee surveys if you don't know which managers and directors need to be encouraged to find new careers. The employees know!! We have to work with these people daily! Do something to make employees feel empowered and enabled - we are not and have not been either of those for years!

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