Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President & CEO Linda K. Zecher
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Pros
  • Work Life balance seems pretty good too (in 14 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Senior Management are pretty much clueless (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. Decent Job

    Former Employee - Demand Planner in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Demand Planner in Austin, TX

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good benefits, short hours (37.50)

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement


  2. Excellent Company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Educational Consultant in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Educational Consultant in Orlando, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong market presence.

    Cons

    Travel can be a bit much.


  3. Video Producer

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    Former Employee - Video Producer ­ Principal Camera Operator - Editor in Exeter, NH
    Former Employee - Video Producer ­ Principal Camera Operator - Editor in Exeter, NH

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people who are committed for the long term to the stupendous authors who make up the core wealth of this business. Fantastic products of book/curriculum/journal/PD/video work comes out of this intimate place in Portsmouth.

    Cons

    Management has changed since I've left but no Cons anyway....very smart people investing in helping teachers/classrooms/schools.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people. Everyone works in a very committed way for this group and all it represents for education and students.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Top 3 in educational publishing, company car, expense account, set your own schedule, lots of products

    Cons

    no training, sink or swim, very busy, little free time, lots of travel, mismanaged, low wages compared to other companies

    Advice to Management

    train your employees and managers, get organized


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Specialist
    Current Employee - Content Specialist

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - work from home on non-travel days (for my role as a Content Specialist) - plenty of healthcare options - 401k matching - everyone is a professional - a lot of support - great pay - opportunities for growth and taking on different roles - company continues to grow and acquire other businesses

    Cons

    - ton of accounts and passwords


  7. HMH Internship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This was a great internship. My supervisors were very supportive and invested in my education. They trusted me with meaningful work and made me feel like I was truly part of the company.

    Cons

    There was the occasional menial task, just like in any internship. But not nearly as often as in other places I've worked.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Account Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Pros

    Enjoyed the autonomy of working in the field in the K-12 space.

    Cons

    Not transparent with the merger plans and dealt an unfair decision.


  9. Helpful (2)

    HMH

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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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great team -Flexible schedules -Ability to work remotely

    Cons

    -Too many cooks at times; VPs, execs required to make decisions that teams can make on their own

    Advice to Management

    -Loosen the reins


  10. Helpful (2)

    Education Specialist

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    Current Employee - Educational Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Educational Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fair salary, pleasant staff, excellent company overall

    Cons

    Not enough assignments Problems with getting payment of services Frequent changes in company organization and presenttion

    Advice to Management

    There should be more communication between regional managers so that the understand what each is doing. Employees should be advised of all training requirements when hired. Travel time should be compensated on an hourly basis.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Account Executive

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    HMH has a great reputation and some really good products that resonate well with educators. Good benefits, and robust bonus potential.

    Cons

    Too many products too many problems and not enough hours in the day to get expected "office work" completed and make adequate sales calls.



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