Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews in Austin, TX

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
318 Reviews
2.7
318 Reviews
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President & CEO Linda K. Zecher
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • GREAT work life balance, if you are looking for a strict 9-5 this is the place (in 13 reviews)

  • I get to work from home and I love it (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior Management are pretty much clueless (in 30 reviews)

  • Upper management has designed a box and expects everyone to fit into the same box - Customer Service is the worst (in 23 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great co-workers and environment!

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot from working at HMH. Great job experience and fantastic co-workers. Good schedule too.

    Cons

    Low pay - no raises in 3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency please!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inside Sales: amazing products and employees, worst manager ever encountered

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    best products, designers, engineers and inside sales team in the K-12 market.

    Cons

    Abusive, overlyl manager who has yelled at employees. Unclear direction and lack of preparation. Lack of communication between outside sales and inside sales. Too much busy work that does not result in sales.
    Management does not accurately report sales. Inside sales team is demoralized and terrified of manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not bring emotions into workplace. Learn how to motivate employees. Hold less meetings, and allow employees a voice in meetings. Do not motivate inside sales with stickers, gift cards and games--no one likes it and team considers it demeaning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Like riding on the Titanic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to help create the future of education, work with a lot of friendly, passionate people, occasional book give-aways.

    Cons

    Continual fear of being laid off is a morale killer, managers moved from walled offices to cubicals, management moving to headquarters leaving remote offices in the dark.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication and follow-up on employee career path initiatives. How about some bonuses to the workers who make it happen?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Constant re-organization as legacy publishing fails to find a future

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    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great people, passionate about making great products that can really have a positive impact on teachers and students.

    Cons

    Struggling to redefine its offerings in a shrinking marketplace, leading to a revolving door of new executives who reorganize structures without any defined path to achieve their lofty goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rip the band-aid off. Stop the slow death spiral of legacy publishing and slash and burn the company down to a smaller educational media producer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Show your gratitude to your employees where it counts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great product, great people, but little room for career growth.

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

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

    Pros

    Smart, professional co-workers, all dedicated to making a great product that they believe in.

    Cons

    After five years of merger turmoil, declining sales, layoffs and now coming out of Chapter 11, the resulting smaller workforce is overqualified with little chance for advancement or career growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I love this place but I am not the right fit for the company

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    Current Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Intern in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people are fantastic and are more than willing to help you anyway that they can. The pay is good but the true value in working here as an intern is the experience.

    Cons

    This is a personal preference but sitting all day is KILLER. It took no time for me to realize that I am not cut out for a desk job. The ergonomics of this job are hard on the wrists and the back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Absolutely nothing! This is a great place to work, as long as you can deal with a sedentary work environment!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent Positive Workplace

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work environment and decent management

    Cons

    Ok pay and benefits are costing more and more for less quality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Progress hindered by lack of forward-thinking leadership.

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    HMH has great content and passionate employees that truly believe in what they do. The products and legacy are valuable.

    Cons

    The company is like a lumbering dinosaur that can't keep up with progress. A large percentage of the time I was there, we didn't have something as simple as a working website. When we did, it was difficult to navigate and missing lots of key information. The company is reactive when it comes to technology at a time when it is vital to be proactive. Even simple internal tasks were mired in unnecessary processes. HMH is stuck in the past and old ways of doing business, and lacks focus, direction, and forward thinking leadership. Technology is forcing publishing to become a quickly changing industry, and they need to be able to keep up with the change if they expect to survive for the remainder of the 21st century.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The world around you is changing. If you don't adapt you will soon be irrelevant. No matter how great your content is, if it's not easily accessible in formats people want, you will become obsolete. Pick a (forward) direction, focus on streamlining processes, and cut down on waste.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Austin, TX is a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Pros

    The best thing about Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is the people that work there. It is very relaxed yet very professional.

    Cons

    Senior management feels the best way to improve profits is to lay off workers and often times their best workers, so there is always an air of instability and job insecurity among those who are still employed.
    Raises are non-existant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find other ways to improve profit other than lay offs. Lay offs effect everyone.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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