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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated January 15, 2019
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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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Pros
  • "Generous work from home policy, with great work life balance" (in 53 reviews)

  • "Upper management is increasing work from home opportunities and this has been a huge morale boost" (in 44 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management does not have a clue what goes on" (in 46 reviews)

  • "Unclear vision for where the company is going means regular pivots and turnover of senior management" (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Regional Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt part-time

    Pros

    Outstanding work environment and team culture.

    Cons

    Not enough work throughout the year. Busy during BTS


  2. "Transforming takes time and commitment."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, up and down the ranks, care about students and teachers. There is passion toward getting it right and persevering.

    Cons

    Still have resistance to change from old mergers and acquisitions. People may need to just move on instead of trying to impede progress for those who want to grow and morph into a “new” version of HMH.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course, implement the changes, invest in the people and the solutions for education. Help those who don’t want to embrace chance to find an exit.

  3. "Great work / life balance"

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    Former Employee - FIN Ops Analyst in Itasca, IL
    Former Employee - FIN Ops Analyst in Itasca, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Generous work from home policy, with great work life balance.

    Cons

    Lower pay, and they are struggling so the future is uncertain

    Advice to Management

    Consolidate disparate units


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Okay Experience"

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    Former Employee - Digital Product Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Product Manager in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, People are genuinely dedicated to helping children learn, publish some really great books/series.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover at the highest levels of management, leads to instability and an unclear vision for this company's future.


  5. "No honor, no loyalty."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some really nice, hardworking people committed to improving education.

    Cons

    C-suite can only be characterized as dishonorable and way less committed to their employees than they claim.

    Advice to Management

    So the stock price is finally going up a little, but at what cost?!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, except financial security"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team structure
    Fulfilling work

    Cons

    Layoffs/job security
    Raises are scarce

    Advice to Management

    Don't lay off critical people when you have financial trouble


  7. Helpful (5)

    "The company keeps trying to reinvent itself."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Boston office is in a good location.

    Cons

    VIPs constantly come and go.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your talented workforce, less on the VIP level.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Capable"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Insightful learning for student teacher involvement

    Cons

    Unorganized, Lack of focus upon digital learning


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Getting Better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    13 company holidays, great people, remote opportunities (depending on division), work/life balance

    Cons

    job security, merit increases won't keep up with inflation


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great people, company in turmoil"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    HMH's trade publishing arm had great people throughout the departments. People were enthusiastic and kind whenever you brought up new ideas.

    Cons

    There were two downsides, really. One, the people at the top were constantly changing their perception of the work we did on our titles, and never seemed to be quite satisfied with the energy and output--nothing was good enough. That's partly because of the industry and how difficult it is to stand out in publishing. You also couldn't quite rely on anything your superiors said as, again, many things and mandates changed. When I started I was promised many things and few of them were realized. It wears you down after a while.