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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Overview

Boston, MA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (HMHC)
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global education & learning company leading the way with innovative solutions & 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. We specialize in engaging and effective pre-K-12 education content, services and cutting-edge technology solutions which enable learning in a changing landscape. Serving more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, our dynamic solutions are designed for a variety of media across three key focus areas: K-12; early learning; and beyond the classroom.

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 22 locations throughout the US and worldwide, we are over 3300 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, check out our Media Center for latest news, blog posts, and resources.


Led by President, CEO and Director Linda Zecher, HMH’s executive team brings a unique combination of vision and experience in education, technology and media. With backgrounds in digital innovation at global technology leaders such as Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Thomson Reuters, Monster, and CBS, our leadership team brings passion and drive to the transformation of our company and our industry.

HMH's Executive Team for more information on HMH's executive team



Social Impact

We recognize the importance of supporting our employees and local communities, prioritizing sustainable business processes, and addressing the social challenges that face our customers around the world. To help drive our social impact, our Corporate Social Responsibility work is aligned to three guiding pillars—Giving Voice to a variety of education stakeholders, Promoting Access to Ideas and nourishing curiosity, and Removing Barriers to learning.

Key initiatives include:

  • Financial and In-Kind Contributions: HMH demonstrates its commitment to changing lives through learning by investing our funds and best-in-class content in communities with limited access to resources.  Our partnerships are about more than a simple donation, rather we seek opportunities where a combination of HMH funds, products, and thought leadership can help facilitate change and help close the opportunity gap.  In Boston, our HQ location, we continue to grow our long-term partnership with the Boston Celtics to inspire learning and increase student achievement locally, and we also work in tandem with the Boston Children’s Museum to highlight the challenges and opportunities of early learning and parenting in the digital age. 
  • Community Investment Councils: HMH is proud to support Community Investment Councils (CICs) in 12 major offices and distribution centers across the US and Ireland. CICs are cross-functional employee groups that engage colleagues in volunteer opportunities and charitable campaigns that improve the communities where they live and work.
  • 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.
  • Matching Gifts: Through the Matching Gifts Program, HMH demonstrates support for the causes and organizations that are meaningful to our employees. Each time an employee contributes at least $25 to an eligible charitable organization, HMH will double his or her impact by making an equal contribution to that organization (up to $1,000 per employee annually).
  • Sustainability: Rainforest Action Network ranked HMH second in its list of the 10 most environmentally responsible global publishing companies.Our Paper Procurement and Usage Policy outlines a series of goals and actions related to how we source and utilize the materials that go into our best-in-class offerings. Currently, 61 percent of all the paper we purchase is recycled, and 60 percent of the paper we procure domestically for use in Consumer and Trade products is FSC certified.


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 and 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 Reviews

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    "VPs not always connected to their teams in a positive way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Itasca, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Itasca, IL
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    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (More than 5 years)


    There are some talented people with good hearts who collaborate well. With the new CEO in place, HMH seems to be trying to correct mistakes of the past.

    Most products and services are very good in schools with strong customer service.

    While getting the right people in place and cutting costs, Profit FIT was just plain ugly - poorly executed, random, and demoralizing.

    While I would not recommend HMH now, in a year the culture might have returned to a better place to work.


    I found HMH to have great people at the mid level ranges. At the VP level, sometimes people would be so out of touch with product launches and platform issues, they would not have any idea if a product was not going to be ready on time. Dublin would not give accurate updates and there was no accountability when products had to be delayed.

    A number of outstanding colleagues left HMH because of the lack of processes, support, and planning on the part of upper management.

    In the last layoffs, some weak employees were kept and strong employees were cut. It did not seem to make any sense.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the people you have and maximize their contributions, don't hold lay-offs over people's heads like "behave or else you are next", and be aware of your negative people in management who undermine plans by playing favorites. Keep the people who perform - not the ones who always agree with you.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Photos

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt photo of: Volunteer Week 2014 - HMH Austin Employees at the Ronald McDonald House
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt photo of: Volunteer Week 2014 - HMH Austin Employees at Urban Roots
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt photo of: 2013 IPO at Nasdaq - HMH Executive Leadership
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt photo of: Curious George rings the bell with HMH CEO Linda Zecher and Executive Leadership
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt photo of: Volunteer Week 2014 - HMH Austin Employees at the Ronald McDonald House
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt photo of: Volunteer Week 2014 - HMH Indianapolis Employees at Gleaner’s Food Bank of Indiana
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Interviews



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Getting an Interview





    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Austin, TX).


    Screening call from HR, then a videoconference call, then a site visit meeting several team people. I was brought in by an interviewer, and my first serious videoconference review was with hiring manager and VP.

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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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