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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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L. Gordon Crovitz
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Pros
  • Work/Life balance couldn't be better (in 32 reviews)

  • work from home on non-travel days (for my role as a Content Specialist) (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management is completely out of touch with staff (in 34 reviews)

  • Upper Management believes in being a stressor for other people (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Culture Trumps!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Partnership Executive in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Inside Partnership Executive in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    HMH is truly a learning culture that inspires curiosity. Questions are a part of all interactions. Support is evident in this well-developed environment. It is truly a supportive and captivating culture.

    Cons

    Rigidity in daily schedules and places rather than flexible work scheduling and environment. More work-at-home options would be helpful in such a high tech company who has capacity for this.

    Advice to Management

    Share the wealth to those behind the scenes who support and make it happen! Salaries are low for inside sales associates compared to their counterparts on the outside with similar work objectives.


  2. "Product Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Need to move quicker on new initiatives.


  3. "Content Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Specialist
    Former Employee - Content Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company was an amazing place to work where hard work and attention to detail is required.

    Cons

    Lots of travel and changes can sometimes take place in an instant.

    Advice to Management

    Management is very thoughtful and I don't have any advice


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Chaotic Mgmt"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Great dedicated people at lower to mid level

    Cons

    Management was constantly turning over


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good work life balance - otherwise avoid like the plague!"

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    Former Employee - Technology in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Technology 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

    Opportunities to work remotely
    Well above average PTO
    Lots of holidays.

    Cons

    Constant upheaval for upheaval sake.
    Unreasonable deadlines and project planning.
    Poor mid-level management.
    Executives leaving or being forced out left and right.
    Technology Group is led by buffoons that are out of touch and 100% reactive.
    Lots of people that have been around for too long and like to make things difficult.
    There's always a bad apple or two on each team, which ruins it for all.
    Office moved out of Austin proper to Round Rock.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously clean house and bring in fresh blood.


  7. "Warehouse worker"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Troy, MO
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    They care for there employees.

    Cons

    Needs to pay better. Needs second shirt in the busy season.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "HMH is one hot mess"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    dedicated staff, lots of opportunity to add value

    Cons

    management changes way too often; company has no learning curve, keeps making the same mistakes over and over again; inconsistent across departments

    Advice to Management

    stop changing priorities every few minutes. figure out a strategy and a business model, then invest in making it happen.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Phenomenal place, but challenged."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting customer-facing products, compelling company mission, great senior execs.

    Cons

    Chaos in the middle ranks.
    Thrashing over product and technical architecture.
    CEO sacked by the board soon after I left.

    Advice to Management

    Don't abandon Linda's vision.


  10. "A great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a real sense of family at HMH. Management listens to what the team has to say and makes sure every voice is heard.

    Cons

    There is nothing that stands out enough to be considered a con.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Channel One News"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Federal Vacation Schedule, Holiday School Schedule, and Summer Hours

    Cons

    Upper Management believes in being a stressor for other people. Most of the stress is caused by people rather than external situations. This includes the concept office favorites, taking sides in office politics, and stirring the pot when there is tension in the air. Hard to avoid when it is a small office environment.

    Advice to Management

    Attempt to establish trust an loyalty and not only by hiring your friends. The higher your position in the workplace the more management needs to be trusted. Trust means that you follow through with your decisions, keep your word, don’t play favorites, and take responsibility for your own missteps rather than blaming others.



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