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I worked there a freelance graphic artist. It paid very well for the time.

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Former Contractor - Freelance Graphic Artist in Orlando, FL
Former Contractor - Freelance Graphic Artist in Orlando, FL

I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as a contractor (More than 3 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Well established company, with benefits.

Cons

Company caught in the change of technology, making it very hard to adapt.

Advice to Management

Make sure you have the most updated software for your employees to function with.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Started great until merger.....

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    Former Employee - Executive Administrator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Executive Administrator in Boston, MA

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people and some bad people

    Cons

    Politics can get quite feisty and nobody within HR get disciplined!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the liars, sneaks and snakes!!!


  2. Helpful (4)

    Extremely siloed company with no clear direction. Trying to improve, but long way to go.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work from home. Or in an office. A huge percentage of the company works from home, but there are offices in many major metropolitan areas. So whichever option floats your boat, you will likely be able to achieve it.

    Coworkers. For the most part, many of the coworkers were great.

    Some of the products were interesting in the education market.

    Some managers are advocates for their teams, even if they can't truly affect change.

    Movement within the company. Many employees have worked in many different departments int he company, and the HMH seems open to moving people into different roles/departments.

    Cons

    Feast or famine environment. you may go months with having absolutely NOTHING to do, to months/years of having EVERYTHING to do. There is no clear direction, so employees are just always trying to stay afloat with whatever is the new focus for the day. Or stay engaged with nothing to do.

    Continuous re-organization. Seriously, it's ridiculous. Most employees that you speak to will have had multiple position changes and multiple management changes in the course of 1 or 2 years.

    Lateral movement. Very, very limited opportunities for advancement. And even when positions and responsibilities change, they are only lateral moves with no changes in compensation.

    Very little gets vetted. Not the management - many ineffective managers. Not new ideas - often it appears to be a just a "throw it against the wall and see if it sticks" kind of mentality. Thus, employees are trying to manage against ever changing priorities and expectations without clear direction or insight.

    Internal competition - very odd in how the company competes with itself (similar products sold into the same markets by different sales teams so there is competition).

    Advice to Management

    There is a huge disconnect between the market the management and the employees. ALL managers should go through a thorough evaluation and some should be moved into new positions (non-management), the remainder should go through training.

    Silos should be removed - this is one company... every group/dept should not have their own set of rules, processes, products, etc. This is extremely inefficient and forces employees to spend valuable productivity time trying to hunt answers or re-doing things.

    Efforts to improve are recognized, but thus far, ineffective. Going public creates a level of scrutiny and expectations that I'm not sure the company, as a whole, will be prepared to meet. Too many changes, not enough clear focus, and a workforce that is getting burnt out.


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