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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated October 23, 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 51 reviews)

  • "Upper management is increasing work from home opportunities and this has been a huge morale boost" (in 43 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 (5)

    "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. Helpful (1)

    "Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers and customers, great marketing support to aid the sales process. Upper management is increasing work from home opportunities and this has been a huge morale boost

    Cons

    poor human resource support, no clear career path and future is determined by an initial HR assessment

    Advice to Management

    HR policies limit growth for current employees and it is very frustrating and demoralizing. However the increased opportunities to work from home are amazing.


  4. "HMH"

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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

    Pros

    Great company and team environment

    Cons

    Not enough options for growth


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Vice President of Finance"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, work life balance,

    Cons

    Weak financial performance, organizational turnover


  6. "Inside Account Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent programs to sell.

    Cons

    Limited ability to move to different positions in the company. Unable to seek promotion or positions that may utilize your skill sets. Company relies on a critical thinking assessment to be able to get to the interview process, so if you run out of time on that assessment, or do not do well on it, you cannot advance to an interview.

    Advice to Management

    Help your employees find their niche in the company and re-evaluate the HR protocol for hiring talent.


  7. "Associate Editor"

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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

    It's been pretty darn good.

    Cons

    Very few. Publishing is a lower paying industry. Wonderful work and people.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "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.


  10. "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


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