Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
314 Reviews

2.6
314 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)

  • There hasn't been any support from upper management (in 22 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Constant changes

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great coworkers and lots of freedom

    Cons

    constant changes and layoffs. Ever changing management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    HMH has grown over the last 10 years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people to work with and great educational products

    Cons

    Company has no existing cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Response

    Jul 15, 2014Social Media Manager

    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us and we're thrilled to hear that you believe in the company and its growth. We are also extremely optimistic about the outlook of HMH!

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    A perplexing company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Following the acquisition of Harcourt by Houghton Mifflin Company in late 2007 the combined company had an opportunity to capitalize on a wealth of print, technology, and service offerings.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, integration was slow, sales divisions were somewhat duplicative, and continual reorganizations hampered productivity and revenue growth. Excessive debt also plagued the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better, but stalled

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    Current Employee - Supply Planner  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Supply Planner in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Good first job out of school
    Great location for commuting and getting errands done
    Generous time off (as long as your boss doesn't black out dates, which many of them do)

    Cons

    Lots of odd cultural issues (see comments)
    Low compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HMH has made progress in the past few years. The days of rampant, obvious nepotism are mostly over. The company's new owners have mostly cleaned out the poor leadership leaving... what, exactly? What's left is a company culture that leans authoritarian and micromanagerial, but there's not really any vision left. There's little appetite for change, growth, or improvement.

    What's left is not so much a publicly-owned corporation, but a confederacy of a thousand little fiefdoms ruled by petty tyrants, each with their own rules. Decisions are made because, "oh, X won't like that," or "we tried that once but X complained." Low-level managers, stranded without precedent or procedures from above, vary widely, from a workaholic who won't let their employees do anything to one who piles the work beyond what an employee is qualified (or compensated) to do. Depending on where their cubicle sits, a person with my job title could be a glorified data entry clerk, or a jack-of-all-trades managing most of the supply chain and a lot of the production aspects as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Ok

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    Current Employee - Director of Sales  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director of Sales in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Good people. Desire to fulfill company mission. Hard working and collaborative environment. Not afraid to challenge the status quo. Familial atmosphere.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional processes need to be aligned to corporate goals. Company grew very fast and is now backtracking to align processes to business needs. Once that is done, the organization should run more effectively and be less reactive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down the silos

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great co-workers and environment!

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot from working at HMH. Great job experience and fantastic co-workers. Good schedule too.

    Cons

    Low pay - no raises in 3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency please!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I love my job!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Simply put I have never worked with better people. I get to work from home and I love it!
    I have never worked anywhere that I have gotten so much recognition for the hard work I do.
    Everyday I am thankful for the people I get to work with and the environment at HMH is very collaborative.

    Cons

    It would be nice to make a little more but hey nothing is perfect!
    There are some people who need a little attitude adjustment.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Response

    Jul 15, 2014Social Media Manager

    Hello and thank you for this great feedback! It's wonderful to hear that employees who work remotely are made to feel deeply valued and supported in their work. We are committed to constant ... More

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Started great until merger.....

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    Former Employee - Executive Administrator  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Executive Administrator in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Great people and some bad people

    Cons

    Politics can get quite feisty and nobody within HR get disciplined!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the liars, sneaks and snakes!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience, but low salaries.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great team and very smart - at all levels.

    Cons

    Salary, some bureaucracy and red tape. Since it's the only major publisher in Boston there is some malaise at higher levels from lifers who have been at the company for decades.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt offers customers a venerable brand in the education industry.

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    Current Employee - Director, Product Management and Marketing  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director, Product Management and Marketing in Boston, MA

    Pros

    HMH is a large company with an excellent reputation and infrastructure. It has deep content and great brands.

    Cons

    HMH is struggling to innovate in a disrupted market (education). In the time I've been here I've seen three different so-called innovation initiatives come and go without achieving any impact in terms of actual innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to focus on one innovation strategy and stick with it until it achieves a meaningful outcome.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Response

    Jul 15, 2014Social Media Manager

    Hello! Thank you for sharing feedback with us. We agree that we have been through some growing pains as we have begun to adapt to a rapidly changing marketplace, but we hope that in the last few ... More

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