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Updated Nov 24, 2021

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President, Chief Executive Officer and Director John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
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  1. 5.0
    Current Contractor

    Great manager and company culture

    Nov 24, 2021 - Editor in Las Vegas, NV
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    Pros

    Great manager and company culture

    Cons

    I so far have no complaints other than hiring contractors on a cycle rather than investing in a FT person

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  2. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    A Sinking Ship

    Jul 22, 2021 - Production Editor in Boston, MA
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    Pros

    The people were some of the absolute best I've ever worked with. Nearly everyone is dedicated to excellence and truly believed in what we published. We were all incredibly proud of the work we did.

    Cons

    HMH went from a leader in trade and educational publishing to a sinking ship with no clear strategy other than to reliably lay the meat of the company off once a year and leave the rest of us scrambling to do the equivalent of 2–3 jobs for abysmal pay and benefits. Promotions were rare; you basically had to wait for someone to leave, and so-called "merit" increases barely covered cost of living during a good year. Understandably, there were retention issues, but this was masked by toxic positivity and vague "mission statements" from senior leadership, who were deeply out of touch to the point it was offensive—kind of hard to preach a mission of social justice when you furlough and lay off a fifth of the company during the pandemic but then reward yourself with a nice 7-figure bonus. The nail in the coffin was the sale of trade publishing, which helped HMH stand out as an educational publisher with its strong backlist. To those remaining—find a lifeboat because senior management is always going to put themselves before the people who actually know and understand the work.

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    16 people found this review helpful
  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    A great place to work

    Jun 15, 2021 - Managing Editor in Boston, MA
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    Pros

    I had a very good experience working at HMH.

    Cons

    I did not experience any downsides during my employment.

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  4. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 10 years

    HMH Primarily Digital Now

    Jul 13, 2021 - Editor in Orlando, FL
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    Pros

    Major book publisher with prestigious history; great editorial training and experience

    Cons

    Trade backlist sold to HarperCollins; remaining digital work experience not comparable to book editorial experience; long hours; too many editorial layoffs

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  5. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Good people stuck under secretive upper management

    May 19, 2021 - Associate Production Editor in Boston, MA
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    Pros

    Good people and nice office. Helpful technical services. 401k match and merit increases are great.

    Cons

    Cigna insurance is bad, CEO seems out of touch and overall upper management is secretive.

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  6. 1.0
    Former Freelancer, more than 10 years

    Constant change with huge turn over rate

    Mar 3, 2021 - Senior Editor in Orlando, FL
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    Pros

    Company does allow remote working with pretty decent insurance. The benefits are a little pricey but good.

    Cons

    Change change in direction; whether it be in direction of a project or with personnel. Company moves forward at a fast pace and then redirects because they got something wrong. Management and employees are constantly changing. Can never feel comfortable and relaxes.

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  7. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Used and underappreciated

    Mar 15, 2021 - Editor 
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    Pros

    You'll work a traditional 9-5 job because these folks have families to care for.

    Cons

    they use your expertise and you're not appreciated or credited afterwards

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    3 people found this review helpful
  8. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Very professional

    Jan 18, 2021 - Editor in Bridgeport, CT
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    Pros

    They hire smart, competent people and encourage collaboration

    Cons

    Targets are aggressive and can override product quality concerns

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  9. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Just OK

    Mar 31, 2021 - Managing Editor in Boston, MA
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    Pros

    Good work/life balance most of the time.

    Cons

    Boring; little opportunity for engagement and advancement

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  10. 2.0
    Former Freelancer, less than 1 year

    product development problems

    Jan 22, 2020 - Editor for HMH Packagers in Jersey City, NJ
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    Pros

    impressive sounding intentions and board members for HMH K-12 literature and math textbooks.

    Cons

    Sought by packagers to help patch together HMH textbooks in literature, math, to elucidate state standards addressed after the text had already been written and approved.

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    1 person found this review helpful
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