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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated May 26, 2017
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John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
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Pros
  • Work/Life balance couldn't be better (in 35 reviews)

  • work from home on non-travel days (for my role as a Content Specialist) (in 28 reviews)

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

  • Upper management haven't a clue what's going on (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Good Company - Hard Times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Venerable company with strong history.

    Cons

    Publishers on hard financial times so things are tougher now. But I think they are not in any serious trouble.


  2. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Itasca, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Itasca, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most HMH employees have a wealth of knowledge and a desire to make a difference.

    Cons

    Too many employees with negative attitudes sap the energy from others.

    Advice to Management

    Keep evolving to meet the needs of students, parents, and teachers!


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good mission, poor management"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits, admirable mission, good-hearted employees, excellent community involvement

    Cons

    Poor HR department, complete lack of processes, lack of "big-picture" leadership, poor decision making rigor, salaried employees expected to work significant overtime without compensation (don't let the 37.5 hour work week fool you)

    Advice to Management

    Get organized-get titles and leadership organization in line with people's functions. Document processes. Treat employees fairly (as opposed to equally-different people want different things)


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  5. "No future here, stay away!"

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

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Employees on the ground talented and the ones who is keeping the company running. You will find that you only have the support of your low level managers and peers.

    Cons

    Anyone at mid management too busy kissing up to executives, making sure that they don't turn in negative reports. Everything has to look and sound rosy. Majority of talented legacy employees have been shown the exit door, resulting in the vast majority of their content experts left struggling to meet impossible and unrealistic deadlines. This place is a revolving door of restructuring.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees deserve the same quality care as that which you demand your customers should reserve. Before you can focus on the customer, focus on the people that create the content that makes your customers happy.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Run for the hills"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I work with great people on my immediate team. HMH still has a decent reputation in education. Vacation policy is great.

    Cons

    Every phone call or meeting in marketing has about 3 vps, 2-3 directors, and one or two people who actually do the work. A lot of grandstanding and bickering and not a lot of work getting done. Very inefficient processes. New "Agency" is bloated and has only added layers of miscommunication and unnecessary work. Inexperienced people managing consolidated resources without depth of knowledge necessary to deploy them well. And somehow there are never resources/time to do what needs to get done. No sign of things improving. So far layoffs are not cutting the fat, only the people who do actual work. Talented people are running for hills. In six months if things don't change, company will be left with office full of complacent "big picture" vps, and uninvested contractors.

    Advice to Management

    Get in tune with what is happening in the company. CEO needs to dig in deeper. Stop being tone deaf to atmosphere. Don't send a welcome email about your boat when people are losing their jobs.


  7. "Great Professional Environment"

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    Current Employee - Director of Professional Learnin
    Current Employee - Director of Professional Learnin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have enjoyed my employment with HMH as the company is committed to ensuring the best practices and services are in place for educators across the country. The work environment is professional, supporting, and collaborative.

    Cons

    This is a highly engaging environment - no concerns at this time.


  8. "Editorial Assistant, College Division"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    The people I worked with were all outstanding.

    Cons

    Would have liked better choices re retirement planing and benefits.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Need to improve company culture"

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    Current Employee - Employee in Tucker Post Office, GA
    Current Employee - Employee in Tucker Post Office, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a job, immediate co-workers are good people, has potential to be a really good company if they would work on cons listed in reviews

    Cons

    Upper Management is completely disconnected, company cultural trends in caring for employees is extremely outdated, More layoffs to come with "Project Fit"; office area is loud due to low cubicle walls and cramped spacing

    Advice to Management

    Study companies who understand that giving employees more FREEDOM in their schedule and work environment keeps them happy, and they will work harder for you in return.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Need for better upper management"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company, good benefits, community oriented

    Cons

    Upper management out of touch. Directors should have the proper training and education to be a Director. Favoritism is rampant in the Finance Department. Now they are not making the number and laying off. Letting go the good workers and keeping the dead wood.

    Advice to Management

    Train your upper management team to be good leaders and how to manage.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Not what it use to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The product and core value of the company (or what it use to be).

    Cons

    Top level bad decisions and 'Not making the numbers' is catching up with them causing layoffs. Environment and thinking within the company has changed. Morale is at an all time low.

    Advice to Management

    Invest and care for your people. They will ultimately determine if you are successful.


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