Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
320 Reviews
2.7
320 Reviews
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President & CEO Linda K. Zecher
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • GREAT work life balance, if you are looking for a strict 9-5 this is the place (in 13 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Senior Management are pretty much clueless (in 30 reviews)

  • Upper management has designed a box and expects everyone to fit into the same box - Customer Service is the worst (in 23 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Salaries are criminal, environment is anti-social. Cool brands and some nice people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is great to work on brands like Curious George and CliffsNotes. It definitely skews older, but everyone is nice. Although I had to pay for my health care, it was great coverage.

    Cons

    Be prepared to sit in a closed off 6X6 cube, where you whisper to everyone. No sunlight, everything moves very slowly, and don't even think about growth.

    OH and salaries are criminal. I can't even believe they get away with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to do something with this company, move forward or you'll be the next blockbuster. Innovate! Also, please take some of the upper money and bring it to the "common folk" there. We shouldn't have to dip into savings just to pay rent.

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

    Editorial - Learning Architect

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    Current Employee - Learning Architect in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Learning Architect in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Some very good people here.

    Cons

    Most of the people making decisions stress that content is important, but do not recognize employees who are actually really good at creating it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While you are looking for the next big product idea, you have people right under your nose making $50,000 a year who could do a better job at finding it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Senior Leadership's Petri Dish

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Pros

    Phenomenal group of co-workers who somehow retain their integrity and sense of humor despite the demoralizing chaos.

    Cons

    Several different leadership changes over the past six years have one thing in common: to put their own mark on the company while disregarding what workers need to help the company succeed. Each regime comes in with some trendy new way to run the place, yet never dips down below senior management to find out what really goes on and what might really work. A staggering amount of work with a shrinking workforce and scant financial resources to accomplish it. The current leadership team has no discernible vision whatsoever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop bloviating about changing the world and just state your strategic vision for the next 1-5 years in clear, concrete, understandable terms. Then rub shoulders with the workers across the organization to discuss ways to set focused, realistic goals and to meet them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Last of the family publishing houses.

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    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Your colleagues. Publishing houses, in general, have a family feel to them. However, most publishing houses are getting colder, and more impersonal. HMH, on the other hand, still maintains an air of familiar concern.

    Cons

    You really have to jump around to get ahead. There isn't a lot of upward mobility, except for what you make yourself.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Hung in as long as possible

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    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting educational publishing company, if you like working for the Big Three. Has the money to invest in new product development. Is trying to evolve in response to the seismic shifts in the content development and delivery landscape.

    Cons

    Until the US-Dublin dynamic gets worked out, it'll never be one company pulling in a singular direction. No player in the industry has a handle on the conversion to digital.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to embrace new entrants into the ed tech marketplace rather than compete with them. If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    I worked for them for 15 years

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    Current Employee - Manager Solution Architecture in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Manager Solution Architecture in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are the best reason. they cost a little more than some companies, but the health insurance is really good.

    Cons

    There is too much turn over at the top executive level for Operations and Information technology. It is hard to get traction on emerging technology and innovative solution delivery.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to know what people do everyday for their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    There's a reason dinosaurs went extinct

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    Current Employee - Senior Director of Strategy in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Director of Strategy in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get to work with some really bright, intelligent, and people with a passion around education.

    Cons

    The vision is unclear, the gaps between where they want to go and how to get there are too great, and they don't know who they want to be when they grow up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moving from transactional sales to being a real educational leader requires thought leadership, and more aggressive change. The culture is riddled with people with low morals, poor ethics, and weak management leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A definite learning experience in education

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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)

    Pros

    The best reason to work for this company is the ability to work for a company that has taken direction from the ever-changing direction of technology and has made it work for the many different areas in education.

    Cons

    The cons are the constant changes in management and realigning of departments within the company. Constant streamlining often misses the mark.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Customers are last

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, company car, decent salary and opportunity to work with educators. No such thing as work-life balance

    Cons

    Management, greed, poor communication, lousy bonuses,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your customer and trust your good reps, stop promoting mediocre mid level managers who have no people skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working in Publishing is very Stressful

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    Former Employee - Educational Research Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Educational Research Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The location near Union Square was nice during the summer.

    Cons

    At the time there didn't seem to be a clear idea of where the company was headed in the future. It was purchased by a conglomerate and then sold back to the original owners within 5 years leading me to wonder why they had purchased it in the first place. Also many of the people who worked in other departments were unfriendly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retention of employees and worker loyalty should be paramount.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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