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"Glad I left"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Nice co-workers and made some long-term friendships along the way. Many of these friends have also left. Some remain.

Cons

After the new CEO came on board, things changed quickly and not for the best. They lost sight of their market to compete in the world of technology, when the reality is their technical branch is not agile or responsive to change. I saw clients promised things that could not be delivered and when I saw things were not going to get better, my opinions/expertise were not valued, I simply resigned. Best decision I ever made.

Advice to Management

Concentrate on content and develop it to exist in the new market.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Worst Internship of my Life"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Geneva, IL
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Geneva, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The best thing about this internship was quitting and moving on to a REAL internship.

    Cons

    They totally lied about the internship position and told me it was going to be a "marketing" internship. It was basically a telelmarketing internship. 40hrs a week, all summer long. They were also so stingy about paying us, we got unpaid 30 min lunches so our days were from 7:30am till 4pm. If we were 1 minute late, we had to stay an extra minute at the end of the day. Felt like I was in bootcamp or something. All we had to do was call school districts and ask what tests they offerered their students. Pretty simply and mundane right? I got "fired" (even though actually I had quit first) because I was texting on my phone too much. Pretty sure I can handle reading off a script with a headset on while texting! Anyway, my supervisor had the audacity to tell me to work my last 2 hours unpaid in order to make up for all my time wasted while texting. At that moment, I knew she was on crack and thus I took my talents elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat interns like they're parolees. Lighten up a bit, it won't kill you!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "In a State of Flux"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good variety of product offerings that are widely used and respected in the educational community. Dedicated staff at lower levels.

    Good benefits and salary in keeping with industry averages.

    Cons

    Management doesn't show respect for employee knowledge. Micromanagement and disrespect of employees runs rampant. Incessant restructuring makes it challenging for customers and customer support to know who the territory contact is. Rules change constantly regarding territory assignments and customer focus making it challenging to get accurate sales data.

    Advice to Management

    Put value in employees and their areas of expertise. Value their input. Be honest about company direction. Hire mid-level management that cares about its customers and employees.


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