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Updated January 12, 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
  • Benefits and work life balance are excellent (in 44 reviews)

  • Management is flexible when you need time for your kids' activities or to work from home when you're not feeling well (in 38 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management don't make smart business decisions (in 39 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. "Great company!"

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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

    Extremely optimistic about relatively new CEO, Jack Lynch, and new Management team.

    Cons

    Spread across multiple offices so face-to-face interaction with the entire team is not always an option


  2. "Solid career-based job with good benefits/company culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Publishing Review Specialist in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Publishing Review Specialist in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, professional teammates, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Many different locations means that some of your teammates will only been seen virtually (through online conferences, etc.)

  3. "Smart People, Great work"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work, excellent products, smart people, fast pace

    Cons

    Lack of cohesive direction, give up on products too quickly

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people more honestly and with greater intent.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Turning Around but needs to get out of the past"

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

    Pros

    Great culture, great people, management moving towards becoming more of a learning services company

    Cons

    Financial budget constraints; reliance on multiple siloed systems; legacy products

    Advice to Management

    Keep embracing change and keep moving towards services


  5. Helpful (3)

    "I was told there would be tea...."

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with smart, talented, and well-meaning folks who genuinely care about the company’s success, as well as its impact on learners

    Cons

    Flat organization with poorly defined boundaries between functional areas, which leads to critical work being hastily completed at the last minute or falling by the wayside altogether; Frequent reorganization of departments and functional areas have lead to toxic culture in which many employees confuse quantity of work with quality of work in order to “justify” their positions; Failure to understand the difference between corporate aspirations and corporate strategy - resulting in different teams and functional areas working at cross purposes and poor financial performance; Broken or, in many cases, no processes in place to govern even the most routine work flows both within and across departments

    Advice to Management

    1. Learn how to tell the difference between a solution that actually creates value for a customer and a hodgepodge of loosely related products and services. Quickly.
    2. Start playing to win. Develop a coherent, market-driven strategy - which is not the same thing as trotting out tired, generic strategic goals shared by the other big K12 publishers. It’s time to discover new sources of competitive advantage. Testing and textbooks are dogs.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Designer"

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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

    Work/Life Balance is good

    Cons

    Career Opportunities not a lot


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Marketing is a mess"

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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

    Pros

    Working with passionate educators, emphasis on volunteering

    Cons

    Toxic culture, poor management in marketing, revolving door of staff

    Advice to Management

    CMO and VP's are horrible people managers - put them through some sort of leadership training. We are losing amazing people left and right because of the horrible culture and management styles. The toxic culture comes from the top down. Everything in marketing feels like a fire drill. Why not plan ahead, get organized, communicate with your employees? Also, stop creating spinning of the wheels work and eliminate needless meetings (for ex. we have 500+ people on our marketing meetings - how productive can these be? they are a waste of time for everyone involved)

  8. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Director in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Caring, committed, knowledgeable team. Wants each employee to be successful. Excellent coaching and support.

    Cons

    Large corporation. Lots of systems.


  9. "Group Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    A mission one can believe in. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not very good.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Proud to be at HMH"

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    Current Employee - Editorial Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Editorial Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues and collaborative environment!

    Cons

    I have too many books


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