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Updated Jan 26, 2023

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President, Chief Executive Officer and Director John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Great Company!

    Jan 26, 2023 - Area Sales Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Remote, Flexible, Compensation, People, Leadership

    Cons

    Demanding, Large company feel, Hard to advance, High pressure

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    Great People

    Dec 19, 2022 - Director, Sales in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Great people and excellent title list.

    Cons

    Management ill-trained. Lack opportunities to advance.

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Working at HMH is fine.

    Aug 8, 2022 - Director, Marketing 
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    Pros

    Manageable workload; a lot of good people; leaders at company generally seem to care about employees of color, employees with disabilities, etc. You feel like you're doing work that ultimately helps children.

    Cons

    Heavy bureaucracy, some toxicity especially at higher levels, relatively low pay, some roles are extremely demanding, frequent major changes (acquisitions, sell-offs, layoffs, etc.) never making me feel 100% secure in my job.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  4. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Great place to work

    Aug 1, 2022 - Sr. Director 
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    Pros

    Established Process driven Respectful Long-term Collaborative

    Cons

    Decision processing Agility Large - can be just a number Inequality in compensation

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  5. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Good People, Confused Management

    Sep 7, 2021 - Director, IT Technical in Orlando, FL
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    Pros

    The "movers & shakers" in the company were quite good (helpful and supportive). Management was lost in the "publishing forest" desperately search for a way to increase revenue. Acquired technology without doing proper due diligence thereby resulting in unforeseen consequences.

    Cons

    The "dead wood" in the company were in survival mode. There had been significant friction between the business units and the IT group. This put the IT department in survival mode often too afraid to explain simplistic IT strategies proposed by upper management (i.e., CTO, CIO). Politics often overruled solid technical recommendations.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  6. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Too much instability

    Mar 12, 2022 - Director in Boston, MA
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    Pros

    Amazing coworkers. Good pay. Flexible work conditions

    Cons

    Too much change, oftentimes without systems and procedures in place ready to handle. Employees live in constant fear of layoffs which strike often and without any relationship to job performance or contribution to bottom line

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    5 people found this review helpful
  7. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Good values

    Feb 22, 2022 - Director in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    worthwhile mission smart and kind colleagues flexibility

    Cons

    compensation could be better limited mobility bureaucratic

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  8. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Changing Values

    Jan 26, 2022 - Senior Director Production Operations in Boston, MA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Creating products for students and teachers is fulfilling, but the systems in place make for inefficiencies.

    Cons

    Since sale of trade division and focus on technology, the heart and soul has left. They say all the right things, but don't properly reward the people who do the work. Very complicated systems for manufacturing and production makes employees inefficent.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Great Company

    Dec 7, 2021 - Area Sales Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good benefits and perks. Remote

    Cons

    Company constantly changing policies, protocols, and resources. Growth struggles.

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  10. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Was a great independent trade publisher

    Nov 1, 2021 - Editorial Director in New York, NY
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    Pros

    All employees are responsive and professional

    Cons

    was too small to compete at some levels

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