Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President & CEO Linda K. Zecher
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. 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.


  2. Great Company

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    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


  3. Great place

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    Former Employee - Manager in Lewisville, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Lewisville, TX

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Low turnover and a good group of people to work with. the tuition reinvestment was great. and the benefits were excellent.

    Cons

    Work load in the summer was massive and there was no time off to spend with family. With longevity there was little opportunity to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the open communication with the staff. Work to balance the summer load better to reduce crisis management. Keep the KPI's and bonuses in balance.


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  5. Per Diem

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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

    Pros

    Work hours are very flexible. Variety of options to use skills to get work.

    Cons

    Hours are inconsistent, due to the nature of being a per diem.

    Advice to Management

    None, they're very supportive


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    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


  7. 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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    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)

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

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work!

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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
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    Current Employee - Tech Group Boston in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Tech Group Boston in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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

    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 Management

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



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