Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
343 Reviews
2.8
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President & CEO Linda K. Zecher
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many better options around

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    Former Employee - Finance
    Former Employee - Finance

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Once you get to know the people (non-leadership or senior management) they make HMH worth coming to.

    Cons

    Other than people that you work with, there is nothing worth being an employee at HMH. Employees are undervalued, under-appreciated, and severely under-paid. Little growth potential.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    The worst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Director in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Pros

    Location is great. Salary very good for florida. Facilities are very nice. Company has legacy historical brand in printed textbooks

    Cons

    Executives are awful. Favoritism prevails over experience and talent. Back biting and lack of cohesiveness. Boston execs have no idea the tirade that goes on in global supply chain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk privately to your employees in GSP. This behavior will ruin your company as great talent will not tolerate it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Product Development Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Product Development Manager in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Can work from home for certain positions
    Can get big publisher experience

    Cons

    Compensation is way off base compared to other top publishers. The expectation is to be on call 24/7 with any lack of appreciation. There is a huge divide between those who work 70-80 hours a week and those you are legacy, favored employees who don't contribute. HR staff has significant problems with confidentiality, petty middle school gossip and unethical behavior. Can just search online and see the employee lawsuits against HMH. Senior management is completely out of touch with staff. Most of the company is completely unaware of the large options and bonuses that the small circle of sr execs get, while the rest of the company is told, we really can't do a raise, maybe 2%, bonuses are cut, so sorry.... while they take millions in options and six figure bonuses. Best to keep you head down, go along with the flow. Definitely more important to get along than get your work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the staff you have and share in options and bonus rates that those in Sr. positions benefit from currently. Be more transparent with the company and public on your dealings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Learned a lot in my 10+ years here.

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lenient about working from home depending your manager/department. Most coworkers were good people to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from management, low salary, very low pay raises, if any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Less Work. Growth as developer not much.

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    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Boston, MA
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Friendly culture. Lots of events.

    Cons

    There is quite less to learn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should give out more work and duties to interns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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)

    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
  10.  

    Harcourt was an excellent company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Troy, MO
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Troy, MO

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Pros

    Hands on training, management very relaxed but very attentive to surroundings. Family friendly. Company kept employees very aware of any changes coming up and was great to be a part of it.

    Cons

    The company has very long term full time employees so there really was no possibility of being hired on permanent. I remained a temporary employee the entire two years I was there. I only left because of lay offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To keep better record of employee days off. considering hiring temporary employees based on time there, attendance, and accuracy before hiring from external sources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company To Work For

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    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

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