Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President & CEO 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. Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

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

    Pros

    Supportive management
    Treated like a professional - not micromanaged

    Cons

    So many different levels/divisions that often it's difficult to find the right person

  2. Helpful (1)

    I've been an Account Executive for almost 10 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 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    HMH is a great company to work for. I have a very competitive salary with good benefits, especially since they brought back 401K matching. My immediate team is a pleasure to work with and I have a large amount of autonomy in my schedule. There were some frustrating years a few years ago but I think everything is on the right track. I'm happy with some of the recent tech advancements - Box, Chatter etc.

    Cons

    The merger was rough and we had some major tech bumps with customers in 2014.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes I feel a bit micromanaged on small cost proposals. I feel that under $25K, AEs should have a bit more leeway with the margins. The approval process can take a while.

  3. Owner

    Current Employee - Owner Operator in Wyoming, MI
    Current Employee - Owner Operator in Wyoming, MI

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Can earn very good money!

    Cons

    Must be very self motivated.

    Advice to Management

    None

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  5. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    I can't offer any at this time.

  6. 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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great people, huge potential for products

    Cons

    Inconsistent leadership, legacy ineffective processes

    Advice to Management

    be leaders not bosses

  8. Helpful (1)

    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 Management

    Work on getting employees more involved.

  9. Helpful (1)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  10. 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

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

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

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