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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Austin Reviews

Updated February 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/Life balance couldn't be better (in 32 reviews)

  • work from home on non-travel days (for my role as a Content Specialist) (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management is completely out of touch with staff (in 34 reviews)

  • Upper Management believes in being a stressor for other people (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "HMH Review"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are wonderful to work with, and that keeps employees there longer than they perhaps should stay. Benefits are good, including time off.

    Cons

    Low pay is the main issue. Also the work climate would be better if some employees were hired on instead of being dragged along as contract workers. That makes the atmosphere weird at times and doesn't add to a team environment. It also leads to a sort of "survivor's guilt."

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people. It will pay off.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good work life balance - otherwise avoid like the plague!"

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    Former Employee - Technology in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Technology in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work remotely
    Well above average PTO
    Lots of holidays.

    Cons

    Constant upheaval for upheaval sake.
    Unreasonable deadlines and project planning.
    Poor mid-level management.
    Executives leaving or being forced out left and right.
    Technology Group is led by buffoons that are out of touch and 100% reactive.
    Lots of people that have been around for too long and like to make things difficult.
    There's always a bad apple or two on each team, which ruins it for all.
    Office moved out of Austin proper to Round Rock.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously clean house and bring in fresh blood.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Administrator in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Administrator in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Full benefits, wonderful people, and lots of company activities involving the community make HMH a great place to work.

    Cons

    Lots a schedules but they are a part of the publishing process so they are to be expected. We were not always able to make the text as good as we could due to deadlines so some frustration there, but overall, a good place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your older employees that pretty much spent the majority of their life at the company. Although you gave a great layoff package, there is much room for improvement. Too many of the 60 plus become unemployed.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "not recommended"

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    Current Employee - Designer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Designer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and stock participation plan

    Cons

    There are no benefits to seniority other that amount of vacation.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "So much to be optimistic about"

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    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, impactful products and services, culture of communication and collaboration, growing market share and financial soundness, and reputation as a leader in education.

    Cons

    Still some growing pains. Re organizations are not uncommon and make employees somewhat insecure. Transition from traditional book publisher to educational media company meets some resistance from some of the longest tenured staff.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the communication flowing and ensure employees understand the strategy.


  7. "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Extreme flexibility in working hours and location. Genuinely caring managers.

    Cons

    No one really knows what is going on.

    Advice to Management

    Clear lines of communication. Clear processes. Don't change everything for every new project.


  8. Helpful (17)

    "Glad to be gone"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    At one time it was the best company I had ever worked for. And there are still great people there, creating fine products and moving the industry forward.

    Cons

    The merger in 2007 turned the place into a nightmare of endless reorganizations, layoffs, ineffective processes and choking bureaucracy. It never improved again. Life is too short for this.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the consultants and overpaid excess executive staff. Listen to your product development staff and sales force.


  9. "Decent Job"

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    Former Employee - Demand Planner in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Demand Planner in Austin, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good benefits, short hours (37.50)

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement


  10. Helpful (2)

    "HMH"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Great team
    -Flexible schedules
    -Ability to work remotely

    Cons

    -Too many cooks at times; VPs, execs required to make decisions that teams can make on their own

    Advice to Management

    -Loosen the reins


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Culture is key at HMH."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing people, great company culture, creative and collaborative in nature. An innovative company that encourages talent to grow. Overall flexibility in schedule has also been a life saver for me.

    Cons

    Although fairly compensated compared to other publishers, HMH needs to revisit the comp structure in comparison to other digital companies.

    Advice to Management

    Please review compensation against other digital markets vs publishing.



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