Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Salaries are criminal, environment is anti-social. Cool brands and some nice people.

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

I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (more than an year)

Pros

It is great to work on brands like Curious George and CliffsNotes. It definitely skews older, but everyone is nice. Although I had to pay for my health care, it was great coverage.

Cons

Be prepared to sit in a closed off 6X6 cube, where you whisper to everyone. No sunlight, everything moves very slowly, and don't even think about growth.

OH and salaries are criminal. I can't even believe they get away with them.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try to do something with this company, move forward or you'll be the next blockbuster. Innovate! Also, please take some of the upper money and bring it to the "common folk" there. We shouldn't have to dip into savings just to pay rent.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Editorial - Learning Architect

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    Current Employee - Learning Architect in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Learning Architect in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Some very good people here.

    Cons

    Most of the people making decisions stress that content is important, but do not recognize employees who are actually really good at creating it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While you are looking for the next big product idea, you have people right under your nose making $50,000 a year who could do a better job at finding it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Senior Leadership's Petri Dish

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Pros

    Phenomenal group of co-workers who somehow retain their integrity and sense of humor despite the demoralizing chaos.

    Cons

    Several different leadership changes over the past six years have one thing in common: to put their own mark on the company while disregarding what workers need to help the company succeed. Each regime comes in with some trendy new way to run the place, yet never dips down below senior management to find out what really goes on and what might really work. A staggering amount of work with a shrinking workforce and scant financial resources to accomplish it. The current leadership team has no discernible vision whatsoever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop bloviating about changing the world and just state your strategic vision for the next 1-5 years in clear, concrete, understandable terms. Then rub shoulders with the workers across the organization to discuss ways to set focused, realistic goals and to meet them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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