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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Austin Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President, Chief Executive Officer and Director John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
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Pros
  • Benefits and work life balance are excellent (in 41 reviews)

  • work from home on non-travel days (for my role as a Content Specialist) (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of upper management has been there 10 to 20 (in 39 reviews)

  • Past lack of focus and direction of Senior management left the company a bloated shell with a weak skeleton of infrastructure (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "A Good Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Learning Architect in Round Rock, TX
    Former Employee - Learning Architect in Round Rock, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice offices, good benefits, decent vacation policy, great colleagues, free books sometimes, great flex-time policy, option to work from home, interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    Pay low considering the extra hours that are expected whenever project schedules get intense (which is quite a few months every year).

    Advice to Management

    Be more efficient with decisions so that product development cycles are not so intense.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Sales Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Holidays off, benefits, pay, company car

    Cons

    Very stressful.
    They are always laying people off and especially if you have been there a long time. Once you get to a certain age, watch out because they do not want you anymore. It does not matter if you are making goal and doing an awesome job because they will you off anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees in the field because they are the ones who hear from the customers.
    Fix your customer service and start caring about the people who work for you. It used to be an awesome company to work for but it keeps getting bought out and going down hill fast!!

  3. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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.

  8. "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.


  9. 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.


  10. "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


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