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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President, Chief Executive Officer and Director John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
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Pros
  • Benefits and work life balance are excellent (in 41 reviews)

  • work from home on non-travel days (for my role as a Content Specialist) (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of upper management has been there 10 to 20 (in 38 reviews)

  • Past lack of focus and direction of Senior management left the company a bloated shell with a weak skeleton of infrastructure (in 37 reviews)

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  1. "love it"

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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 part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work from Home and loving schedule flexibilty

    Cons

    slow seasons are not fun... no income


  2. "Limited Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Various options are available from which to select

    Cons

    Costly. Employee portion is costly

  3. "Sales Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Holidays off, benefits, pay, company car

    Cons

    Very stressful.
    They are always laying people off and especially if you have been there a long time. Once you get to a certain age, watch out because they do not want you anymore. It does not matter if you are making goal and doing an awesome job because they will you off anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees in the field because they are the ones who hear from the customers.
    Fix your customer service and start caring about the people who work for you. It used to be an awesome company to work for but it keeps getting bought out and going down hill fast!!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Wonder to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Employees, Benefits - Great people and terrific benefits. I was laid off earlier this year and would go back to work for them in a heartbeat!

    Cons

    Continuous process changes - you have to learn to roll with the flow!

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep your experienced employees.


  5. "Great people but challenging work-life balance"

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

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Worked with some great people. Smart and dedicated to what they do. The technology roadmap is headed in the right direction.

    Cons

    Strategic vision/direction of the organization seems a bit haphazard. Resources are stretched, so a lot is asked of individual employees. Days can be very long. Work-life balance suffers as a result.


  6. "Publicity Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Publicity Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Publicity Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    Fast-paced learning environment
    Fun events
    Compassionate bosses dedicated to teaching lower level employees the ropes

    Cons

    High-rate of turnover in lower level jobs


  7. "An okay place for mid level career"

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

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, work from home
    Autonomy
    Intellectual work

    Cons

    Ineffective product development
    Weak processes leading to unnecessary interdepartmental strife
    Not room for advancement
    Unstable market for education publishing so constant change creating chaos

  8. Helpful (3)

    ""That's the Way It's Always Been""

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are humane and reasonable. Co-workers are all warm, kind, and helpful, and do honestly want to make a difference in the lives of kids.

    Cons

    --Unbelievably complex org structure
    --Zero career guidance and no clear path for advancement
    --Stuck in the past and resistant to change
    --Low Salaries, especially for those who are required to be tethered to offices in extremely expensive cities

    Advice to Management

    It's no wonder everybody here is old: How in the world can you attract young, tech-savvy, sharp, and innovative talent if you don't pay them a decent wage, don't mentor them, and don't provide a path for advancement? Getting folks who have been here for 20, 30 years (and there are a LOT of them) to learn something new or change their workflow is like pulling teeth. Nobody seems to have any idea what the thriving edtech industry is doing, and HMH is falling further and further behind the curve with every passing month. This could be such an exciting field to work in, but not at HMH. The attitude of "that's not my job" is strong, and complacency is high.

    I left after just a few years for greener, leaner, savvier pastures.


  9. "Working From Home is a Great Benefit"

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The flexibility among many other reasons, is amazing with my home-based position!

    Cons

    Makes for colleague interaction to be a challenge sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Allow more positions to work from home!


  10. "Who?"

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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

    Good benefits
    Good people
    Good time off
    Flexible work hours

    Cons

    "That's the way we've always done it" mindset of some

    Advice to Management

    Think outside the box.


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