Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Passionate publisher still in transition.

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Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Boston, MA
Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Boston, MA

Pros

Passionate employees and excellent products.

Cons

Continuous change and restructuring without clear communication of vision. Insufficient management of professional development and lack of investment in employees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Greater communication and transparency.

Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Pros

    Actually enjoyed my time at HMH. Good people, good brands, some good products, plenty of potential.

    Cons

    They have no idea whether the people they already have are good at their jobs or not. Decisions seem to be made in a vacuum by people completely detached from the work that's actually being done. They then place an enormous amount of stock on "pedigree", regarding experience at companies like Microsoft as the cure for all ills. But the reality is that they are not building "schools of the future" and the business they're doing now is the business they were doing 5 years ago - selling to schools and school districts that are low on budget, high on class sizes, interested in technology adoption but unwilling or unable to implement drastic change to do it. Replacing highly qualified, experienced people with Microsoft resumes and their own "people" doesn't change that.

    The constant concern about job security, completely independent of job performance, is a distraction that does nothing positive for productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at what you've already got and stop being so naive in thinking that a press release-worthy new hire is going to do anything other make current employees worry about their own job security.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Former Intern in Boston Office

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Flexible hours and fairly casual environment, at least in my department. Excellent office location in downtown Boston.

    Cons

    Very top heavy. Limited access to upper management. Very strong feeling of "just being a number". Chain of command is very very long and it takes a long time for anything productive to be done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your employees and growing their loyalty to the company. They are your greatest asset and you're risking losing them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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