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 ...
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:
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
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:
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.
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.
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.