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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated July 17, 2018
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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
  • "Company is big on work/life balance" (in 50 reviews)

  • "Management is flexible when you need time for your kids' activities or to work from home when you're not feeling well" (in 42 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management has called for a flatter organization with a more collaborative environment, focused upon development" (in 42 reviews)

  • "Past lack of focus and direction of Senior management left the company a bloated shell with a weak skeleton of infrastructure" (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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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

    Pros

    Great company, great environment, surrounded by great people

    Cons

    can be micro-managed at times


  2. Helpful (24)

    "A mess. Not what it used to be like."

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Individual teams are your support system

    Cons

    Leadership is a mess. Internal battling since Scholastic acquisition.
    Politics, politics, politics.
    Promotions seem to be limited to a select group of people who continue to rise up the ladder.
    Stagnant career path
    Poor benefits
    Lots of great colleagues leaving, even without having other jobs lined up to go to.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the CMO and the CLO- they have created the most toxic, dramatic, political environment the company has seen and everyone is suffering as a result

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Overall Average"

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Operations Analyst in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Operations Analyst in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Outstanding team chemistry, real focus on work vs family time in a positive way

    Cons

    below market value for salaries for most positions. Requires jumping from another company to see a raise over 10%. Given lots of false hope without much action

    Advice to Management

    Clearer growth paths for employees with openess and honesty regarding salary and bonuses.


  4. "Very poor support from Director-SVP level"

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    Former Employee - Client Partner in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Client Partner 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

    Ok salary and benefits were offered.

    Cons

    General support from upper management Director and SVP level very much lacking in knowing what was actually going on with schools and als0 the individual reps. Very disconnected. Under a director/SVP and only spoke with them 1 time during 5 month tenure in that group.

    Advice to Management

    Work and listen to the staff. Know what your staff job involves. Stay connected, meetings emails etc.


  5. "Account Executive at HMH"

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

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

    Pros

    A great place to work.

    Cons

    Salesforce management could use a little work.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "It's OK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, good time off policy

    Cons

    Very political and not fair in many ways


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good leadership team brought in to help improve the company. People are dedicated to the company and it's mission.

    Cons

    Low pay. Health Benefits cost is very high. Lack of consistent processes in many areas.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay and lower benefits costs. Implement a project management methodology/culture to help with process improvement, product development, and affect/manage change going forward.

  8. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Hoping pay could be better


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Associate"

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

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Established company, good flexibility to work from home

    Cons

    Don't pay well, hard to advance

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge the hard work of your employees


  10. "HMH Heinemann is a great place to work"

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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

    Pros

    Heinemann, a division of HMH, stays true to its mission of helping teachers become better teachers. Small, collegial. Amazing top leadership at Heinemann.

    Cons

    Some weaknesses in middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Ask employees to review their managers.


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