Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
343 Reviews
2.8
343 Reviews
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President & CEO Linda K. Zecher
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I have found that HMH really believes in supporting a work-life balance (in 14 reviews)

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


Cons
  • In the past Senior Management failed to communication with the employees (in 31 reviews)

  • Upper management has designed a box and expects everyone to fit into the same box - Customer Service is the worst (in 24 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place, if you're not holding on to what ed publishing used to be...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Pros

    Great people across all divisions and across the country.
    Great products and market penetration
    Good direction

    Cons

    Very challenged market
    Finance struggles to understand ed buy cycle
    Lately, trend to follow market instead of setting the course

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to start to look for one, turnkey solution...too many platforms and not enough collaboration

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company To Work For

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Robust two week paid training program.
    Co-workers are happy to help.
    Great income and bonuses.
    Management team is outstanding and supportive.
    Work/Life balance is incredible.
    You start your day when you want (as long as it is a reasonable start/stop time).
    Requesting time off is easy.

    Cons

    Training program is primarily videos - I wish it was more one on one training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider spending more time with new hires to make sales calls.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture is key at HMH.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing people, great company culture, creative and collaborative in nature. An innovative company that encourages talent to grow. Overall flexibility in schedule has also been a life saver for me.

    Cons

    Although fairly compensated compared to other publishers, HMH needs to revisit the comp structure in comparison to other digital companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please review compensation against other digital markets vs publishing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of opportunities!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Pros

    Company in midst of change, good leadership from outside industry likely to have a positive impact. People have customer's best interests at heart.

    Cons

    Still using archaic business processes, left hand does not know what the right is doing. Customers expectations not always met.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the current course of removing barriers between departments. Invest more it the future technical products.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great, growing company with awesome work/life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    HMH is on a complete upward shift and the company is doing things right. For many positions, like mine, there's an excellent work life balance. On most days I work from home. I work more hours because of it, but ability to have the option to work from home really boosts moral and productivity. I really like my benefits that are offered too. Tons of opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    It's a growing, ever changing company and industry, so if you don't like changes, this isn't the company for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Amazing work/life balance
    - Competitive salary
    - Good health benefits
    - Lots of time off
    - Friendly co-workers/ managers
    - Extra perks

    Overall very happy working here!

    Cons

    - Training videos aren't that great. They give you an idea of what HMH has to offer, but more personal training would be better.
    - When you want something to get done or fixed it usually takes awhile.
    - Some of the products are outdated, but they are getting better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very positive, smart people, good managers and kept included on company business, good benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech Group Boston in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Tech Group Boston in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Pros

    Interesting products I am working on, managers ask my opinion, good team members--we all watched the Patriots parade from our floor together, resources and help from other business groups, foozball table, newer technologies, they gave me an ipad and iphone (iPhone 6!!) and flexibility with working from home during snowstorms is appreciated

    Cons

    none-I'm very happy and wish I had come here years ago

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work, and thank you for making us feel included in company news

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Harcourt was an excellent company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Troy, MO
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Troy, MO

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Pros

    Hands on training, management very relaxed but very attentive to surroundings. Family friendly. Company kept employees very aware of any changes coming up and was great to be a part of it.

    Cons

    The company has very long term full time employees so there really was no possibility of being hired on permanent. I remained a temporary employee the entire two years I was there. I only left because of lay offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To keep better record of employee days off. considering hiring temporary employees based on time there, attendance, and accuracy before hiring from external sources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Learned a lot in my 10+ years here.

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Lenient about working from home depending your manager/department. Most coworkers were good people to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from management, low salary, very low pay raises, if any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Less Work. Growth as developer not much.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Boston, MA
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Friendly culture. Lots of events.

    Cons

    There is quite less to learn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should give out more work and duties to interns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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