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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated September 22, 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 does not have a clue what goes on" (in 46 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "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

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Response

    Feb 2, 2018 – President & Chief Executive Officer

    Thank you for your feedback. I’m happy to see that you recommend HMH as a place to work, and that you have a positive outlook on the company. We do too!


  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. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Education is the keystone of the company so they encourage learning at every level.

    Cons

    Used to allow telecommuting and encouraged it to allow for stronger work/life balance but no longer the case.


  4. "Good Place to Work"

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

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Company mission, innovative educational products and dedicated team

    Cons

    Constant change and lack of strong leadership in some key areas

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunity for career growth


  5. "Trade Division"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good products and colleagues.

    Cons

    Too many layers of middle management creates a lot of unnecessary bureaucracy; having upper management across two offices sometimes leads to a lack of oversight. Policies regarding working from home and other work-life balance issues are all over the place and unfair.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Our opinions or suggestions don't seem to count"

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    Current Employee - GSC
    Current Employee - GSC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work week of 37.5 hours is a plus. Immediate manager is very supportive, backs its employees and great to work for.

    Cons

    Where shall we start.....lets start with insulting yearly salary increases. Where are the bonuses??? Managers, Directors,VPs, etc they all get yearly bonus checks. But those that are working to meet the companys numbers get nothing. Granted we appreciate having a job, and we don't expect to get the same bonus amount, but honestly show that you appreciate the non manager employees that are doing the leg work! Other companies give their employees bonuses but HMH can't show their appreciation to the non managerial employees. Yes we were given the opportunity to work from home 2 days a week but so are the managers.

    Cost of Healthcare is way too high.....plus we pay according to the salary bracket we are in!!! What is that???

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what the employees are saying....are they happy? If not reach out and dont just say you are listening and tossing our opinions aside.....explain why you can't do or won't do as we are asking....

    Need a new planning group that is willing to listen to their employees....from top to bottom.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Giant publisher, still changing"

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

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

    Pros

    Hugely resourced, new programs coming out in high volume disciplines. Smart folks, committed to learning.

    Cons

    Adoption states remain, understandably, company favorites and are focused on. Little understanding, or interest in smaller open territory states.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know the entire sales regions and territories.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "AE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    good benefits for the employees

    Cons

    upper management is completely out of touch


  9. "Great Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Planning in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Planning in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent, all major holidays off, plus generous vacation and personal days

    Cons

    Lower level management should do a better job of promoting people.

    Advice to Management

    On the right track, just keep listening to employees and investing in your people.


  10. "Lots of potential, unmet"

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    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I had the ability to work on great books and with great authors, and my immediate manager was wonderful.

    Cons

    Company didn't seem to care about employee growth or retaining employees. There was little to no room to move up, and employees got stuck for years without promotions. Salaries were low compared to other houses.


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