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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated March 20, 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Education Consultant
    Current Employee - Education Consultant
    Recommends

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As an educational consultant you have a flexible schedule and work with great people.

    Cons

    There are not always jobs available.


  2. "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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company if you like change"

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have a lot of great products and are well liked by the market.

    Cons

    There are managers who play favorites and overlook behavior that is blatantly against policy for high producers.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent with HR issues


  4. "Great Place, Great Team, Great Mission!"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    We have very strong leadership in place and they are doing a fantastic job at implementing the changes we need to drive us into the future. There are improvements being made across the organization that is enabling individual contributors and executives, improving talent management and professional development, and encouraging cross-function collaboration.

    There is excellent work/life balance, a great feeling of employee participation in all aspects of the business, and a very human-focused leadership team that is intent on fostering a collaborative and engaging company culture.

    Cons

    Honestly, I can't think of a single con. My experience here has been nothing short of fantastic, with a great team that has been a pleasure to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. We may experience some growing pains as we push through 2019 and 2020, but you have all the support you need. I look forward to growing with the company and doing my part to improve educational outcomes for students around the world!


  5. "Unfortunate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive of working moms, work/life balance.

    Cons

    Little training or guidance.


  6. "HMH"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated professionals who care about students

    Cons

    Grueling hours and low pay


  7. "Headed in the Right Direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leadership vision is beginning to become reality

    Cons

    Culture is a little slower to transform but it’s coming.

    Advice to Management

    Continue good efforts with employee engagement.

  8. "Incompetent leaders and stressed out teams"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Mission and legacy
    -Committed people

    Cons

    -Short term budget and revenue goals take priority over people, process, systems, tools
    -Infrastructure consistently not aligned to goals And expectations
    -Overworked and stressed out management and teams
    -Positive work culture messages conflict with reality
    -“Yes” culture

    Advice to Management

    Invest in organizational infrastructure


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Enjoyable experience"

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    Former Employee - Regional Education Consultant
    Former Employee - Regional Education Consultant

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with teachers and school districts as an instructional coach via webinars and as on-site professional development. I felt that HMH prepared me well for my work.

    Cons

    I would have stayed by the work was too inconsistent with busy and not busy periods, which I knew going in. There was quite a bit of travel, which I also knew about when hired. These weren't really negatives about the company, just a negative for me personally.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "The old great publishing houses are gone."

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good products and company legacy.

    Cons

    Too much pressure to focus on salesforce.com, reporting , forecasting rather than serving the customer. Pleasing top management, (and stockholders) is the main focus. The company no longer has loyalty to it's staff. People come and go regardless of tenure or skill. Make your number or your gone.