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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Overview

Boston, MA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (HMHC)
K-12 Education
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global education and learning company leading the way with innovative solutions and approaches to the challenges facing education today.

Mission: Changing People's Lives by Fostering Passionate, Curious Learners

It's not just our mission; it's our passion. As one of the world’s longest-established publishing houses and largest providers of ... Read more

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Why Work For Us?

Who We Are

HMH is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, we enable learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging, effective and integrated educational solutions to improve student outcomes. We serve more than 50 million students and three million teachers in over 150 countries worldwide, while our award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.

HMH publishes distinguished authors including Philip Roth, J.R.R. Tolkien, Temple Grandin, Tim O'Brien, and Amos Oz, as well as leading lifestyle properties like Better Homes and Gardens®. We are also home to many iconic children’s book authors, characters, and illustrators, including Curious George®, Kwame Alexander Lois Lowry, and Chris Van Allsburg.

As champions of curiosity, our employees are as much a part of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt brand as the programs we promote, the products we sell, and the services we provide. Based in 23 locations throughout the US and worldwide, we are over 4,000 employees strong, dedicated to lifelong learning — anytime, anywhere.

HMH is an organization rooted in purpose and strengthened by passion. Our values drive our decisions, shape our strategies and shine through in everything we do:

  • Curiosity: We value enabling and promoting the curiosity of others, resulting in remarkable discoveries and new ideas.

  • Commitment: We must always mean what we say and deliver on our commitments to each other and our customers.

  • Effectiveness and Reliability: Our content and our solutions must be more than just innovative – they must be effective and reliable.

  • Learning: We are passionate learners. We are driven by the promise of understanding new ideas. We are committed to improving teaching and learning around the world.

  • Performance: We are driven to overcome obstacles and succeed. We recognize our role in ensuring the success of others, and we are committed to achieving our goals.

  • Best in Class: We are committed to providing our partners, our customers and our communities with services and solutions representing the best our industry can offer.

To read more about what’s happening at HMH, visit our Media Center for latest news and read our blog, The Spark.


Led by President, CEO and Director Jack Lynch, HMH’s executive team brings a unique combination of vision and experience in education, technology and publishing to the Organization. With passion and drive, our leaders are guiding the Company’s transformation from a traditional content publisher into a fully integrated learning company that combines the best in quality educational content with the most effective digital solutions, professional services and more to support all teachers and learners.

 Meet HMH’s Leadership Team here.



Social Impact

At HMH, we believe is it essential to support our employees and local communities, prioritize sustainable business processes and address the social challenges that face our customers around the world. We take a holistic approach to our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives by working with organizational partners that share our goals, making cash and in-kind book donations, and sharing employee talent via volunteerism, allowing for broader impact and deeper community relationships.

In 2016, we donated nearly 1 million books to 244 organizations, volunteered over 9,000 hours in our communities, and supported more than 700 nonprofit organizations through our matching gifts and volunteerism programs.

For detailed information about HMH’s CSR program, read our 2016 Annual Report.

Key initiatives include:

  • Partnerships and In-Kind Contributions: HMH demonstrates its commitment to changing lives through learning by donating funds, best-in-class educational content and award-winning books to communities with limited access to resources. HMH has forged local and national partnerships with nonprofits dedicated to changing educational outcomes in underserved communities. In Boston, our home for more than 180 years, we partner with Boston Public Schools and nonprofit organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs, City Year and more. Nationally, we work with First Book to make donations across the country.

  • Community Investment Councils: Community Investment Councils (CICs) are cross-functional employee groups that engage colleagues in volunteer opportunities and charitable campaigns that improve the communities where they live and work. HMH has CIC chapters 12 major offices and distribution centers across the US and Ireland, each group committed to serving the local community.

  • Volunteerism:  Our Volunteer Time Off (VTO) policy provides benefits-eligible employees with two work days of paid volunteer time per calendar year to serve charitable organizations that matter to them. Many employees choose to use their VTO days during HMH Volunteer Week, a Company-wide campaign to improve the communities where we live and work. Learn more here.

  • HMH Cares: HMH Cares, HMH’s matching gifts and volunteerism platform, enables employees to support nonprofit organizations of their choice through both giving and volunteering.

  • Sustainability: Our Paper Procurement and Usage Policy, deemed industry-leading by the Rainforest Action Network, outlines HMH’s commitment to responsible and reduced environmental impact, including specific goals to achieve by 2018.


At HMH, we are proud to have a positive, welcoming workplace. We understand how important it is that our team members feel supported and confident - our employees are at their best when they are healthy, happy and secure. This is why we are pleased to offer a wide range of benefits and perks.

For detailed information about our benefits plan, please see Our Benefits Brochure.



Diversity & Inclusion

Our continued success requires that our company reaches more customers in more languages and countries than ever before. Our customers increasingly demand products and services that are relevant to their information needs and respectful of their cultures. To meet these needs, we must ensure that we are sensitive to—and accepting of—the diverse nature of our customers around the world.

We believe that one way of meeting our customers' needs is through diversity in the workplace. Changing demographics in the US and elsewhere fundamentally affect the make-up of the HMH employee population. We must ensure that our culture, attitude and systems are in alignment with these changes.

We want to develop and encourage the potential contributions that all our people bring to the Company. In order to do this, we must first recognize the value of the broad and rich variety of experiences, ideas, and skills our colleagues offer the business.

We believe that there is an ongoing business benefit to our customers, employees, and communities when the Company is not only free of illegal discrimination but also inclusive with a diverse workplace.

We provide equal employment opportunities to all of its employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, ancestry, religion, creed, disabilities, military status, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, genetic information, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law with regard to any term or condition of employment. 


At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, we value the service and commitment veterans and their families provide to their countries. We encourage returning service members, reservists, and military spouses to search our full-time, temporary and internship positions to become part of the HMH community.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President, Chief Executive Officer and Director John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
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    I have spent 20 years in the publishing industry and have worked at pub houses big and small. I can honestly say that as a marketing professional, this is one of the most dynamic and exciting teams I have ever been part of. We work hard but we are extremely collaborative and there are many opportunities for creativity and growth. My colleagues are talented and team-oriented. There is a lot of mutual respect and support for each other. As for marketing management, I have always believed that good managers will recognize good work and that has been my experience thus far. They reward you with opportunities to showcase your talents and advance your career (in my case, my portfolio). But it is important to note: in order to grow here, you can't be a career wall flower. You have to show up, do great work, contribute ideas and most importantly, bring a positive attitude.


    The company is going through a transition and as with any major organizational change, it is a slow and taxing process. There is a new CEO and several new C level execs. So far they have done a good job communicating through the transition and being transparent with teams. Our CMO holds regular meeting to share upcoming initiatives, news and updates so that we are all aware if what is happening in the organization, and she encourages folks from all areas of marketing to contribute. I am told that other executive leaders do the same with their teams. We cleared some major transitional hurdles these past few months, and it feels like we are on the upswing. Of course, there are a disgruntled few in the office that like to throw rotten tomatoes, but for the most part, the majority of my coworkers are enthusiastic about the progress we are seeing and understand that change requires patience and flexibility.

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    Keep up the dialogue! It is important for all employees to continue to feel like management is truly accessible. We love to know what is going on and it is better to hear it from you than through the grapevine.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Photos

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt photo of: Volunteer Week 2014 - HMH Austin Employees at the Ronald McDonald House
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


    Initial interview with HR, then the hiring manager, and then an in person interview. The whole process took a little over a month, however every department does things a little differently.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Awards & Accolades

  • ISTE 2014 Best of Show Award, Tech and Learning, 2014
  • Best Collaboration Solution for Students, SIIA - Codie Awards, 2014
  • Film/Video Bronze Award (for Channel One News)("China's Economy, Infrastructure, Politics & Relationship with the U.S.”), Telly Awards, 2014
  • Film/Video Bronze Award (for Channel One News)("Oil in the Amazon"), Telly Awards, 2014
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