Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
307 Reviews
2.7
307 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)

  • There hasn't been any support from upper management (in 22 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Director of Sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Strong commitment to their mission & their employees. Focus on getting the job done and providing solutions to their customers. Love the way they enable to sales force to make it happen.

    Cons

    Need to streamline the technology story, but they are making strides.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace digital and plan for that transition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great products, tense office environment.

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

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Books to be proud of; individual team members with lots of talent and a positive attitude towards innovation; reduced price books and some free books for employees; decent benefits

    Cons

    Distracting sense of competition between departments; high expectations for management without adequate support (sometimes apparently little to no management training at all with promotions); erratic restructuring decisions; constant sense of dread that more layoffs or restructuring will come around; gossip; too much talk about unfair compensation and lack of job security

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage collaboration, not competition, between departments; acknowledge wariness about technology both in the workplace and in the future of the industry, and provide employees with more support; create clearer chains of command and management structure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company is constantly changing because it has no clear direction while competition is growing around them.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits: lots of time off, more holidays than most companies, good health coverage, and flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    Low pay, constant layoffs, no clear direction from the top, and not much investment in employees career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a decision and stick with it.

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

    Great company, unless you're a contractor.

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    Former Employee - Rights Researcher  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Rights Researcher in Boston, MA

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    I liked the geeky atmosphere and how much everyone worked together. I also liked the Monthly Award Meetings, when people were given credit for going above and beyond every month.

    Cons

    While HMH treats its employes well, the same cannot be said for its contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire your contractors. It's better to have employees who know the job and can do it well rather than having to train new temps every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Developer Intern  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Developer Intern in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Huge Technology Stack, Multiple platforms to choose/work on.
    Good people to work with. Extremely helpful and clean work etiquette
    Nice perks, including tickets to Fenway when Boston Redsox is in action
    Commuting is so easy.

    Cons

    Not a typical S/W firm setting

  7.  

    Great company, meeting organizational and market challenges.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Strong commitments to quality education products. Employees are treated well.

    Cons

    Many separate overlapping products trying to integrate into a cohesive whole. Challenging to stay competitive technically in a market that depends on public funds for the majority of revenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep working on engagement but not at the expense of laser focus on the market. Make some internal technology infrastructure investment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    People are only numbers- no investment or value ascribed to people resources

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Great mission and product line to educate our youth, BUT that has been lost over the last few years - still a few bright people left but will senior management listen to them ................?

    Cons

    Very low moral. No training provided. Lots of change without any change management programs. Disruption is desirable at the expense of customers and employees..........!!!????

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Admirable leaders who uses common sense but management needs to listen to employees. Try to learn from the veterans instead of discarding them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Huge Ed Publishing Company--Same Business Faults

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Pros

    Great people in middle managment and below. Dedicated, talented, hard-working people who care about students and improving their education. Nice 50% off publications benefit. Decent benefit package overall. My division was staffed with capable, caring people who demonstrated remarkable abilities. After reorganizing, it was decimated and became demoralizing.

    Cons

    The giants of education publishing have spent a lot of time and dollars acquiring smaller fish. Once part of the fold, the products are no longer nourished and celebrated. The tendency to homogenize everything to meet metrics and processes devalues both the products and the human capital.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on keeping the best of the products you have chosen to acquire. Not every square peg will fit neatly in a column on a corporate spreadsheet.

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lack of Equal Opportunity for minorities to succeed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, flex-time, convenient location, great facility

    Cons

    Management is very prejudiced towards people of minority descent. Outdated manuals and procedures needed to succeed in the role made life difficult. High turnover rate. Company engages in behavior that causes people to get fired or windup quitting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create equal opporturnities and hire more minority leaders in management position. There are no minority leaders in mangement positions. The reputation of one of the worst companies in the United States is real. Do not apply unless you want to get fired for being a minority.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Stuff - Going Digital

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Pros

    Company on cutting edge of education content and technology

    Cons

    Like most companies today, a desire to do more with less

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage employee morale

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Response

    Jul 15, 2014Social Media Manager

    Thanks so much for your feedback. We're extremely excited about the new direction in which HMH is headed as a company and we are fully committed to engaging employee morale in a multitude of ways ... More

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