Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President & CEO Linda K. Zecher
Linda K. Zecher
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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. Positive Employment Experience

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Pros

    As a production coordinator (in creative) I had access to a budget which was fully adequate, along with the tools, information, resources, and professional support to excel.

    Cons

    Very few. As with any large company there existed a certain amount of depersonalization which I expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can't offer any at this time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. HMH BFYR Design

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Pros

    Fun, challenging, room to grow.

    Cons

    Ugly, tomb-like work environment.

  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Great people, inconsistent leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great people, huge potential for products

    Cons

    Inconsistent leadership, legacy ineffective processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be leaders not bosses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    6+ years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Can be interesting work depending on the project.

    Cons

    Top heavy out of touch with the front line management. inconsistent treatment of employees based on manager discretion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow new insight instead of saying this is the way we've always done it. Focus on obtaining ebook only rights in trade. Start actually implementing all the things corporate encourages for career pathing, if a department isn't structured for that then maybe the structure should be changed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    No organizational structure with company. Don't treat employees well.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Pros

    Decent Pay, reimbursements for all transactions.

    Cons

    Very unorganized. Don't offer incentives. Have to go out of your way to find more work projects. Account executives are not helpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on getting employees more involved.

  7. 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Company To Work For

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    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
  9. Great, growing company with awesome work/life balance

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    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Culture is key at HMH.

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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 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
  11. Great place to work!

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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

    - 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

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