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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated December 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Benefits and work life balance are excellent (in 43 reviews)

  • Management is flexible when you need time for your kids' activities or to work from home when you're not feeling well (in 38 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management don't make smart business decisions (in 40 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. Helpful (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!!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  3. "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

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Response

    Nov 6, 2017 – Interim SVP, HR

    Thanks for posting this review of our benefits. The unfortunate reality is we can’t escape the rising costs of health care. While medical insurance premiums increase each year, often by 3 to... More


  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. Helpful (3)

    "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


  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

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Response

    Nov 7, 2017 – President and Chief Executive Officer

    Thank you for writing this review on our Glassdoor page. I’m happy to read that your career with us is off to a good start. We are working hard to continue making HMH a great place to work and a... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Inside Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    busy, friendly people, nice area

    Cons

    training was inadequate as a new employee

    Advice to Management

    better training for new employees

  8. "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!

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Response

    Nov 6, 2017 – Interim SVP, HR

    Thank you for writing this review. I appreciate your positive view of HMH and that you’re thriving in your role with us. We give each functional group the autonomy to design work-from-home guidelines... More


  9. "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.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Response

    Nov 7, 2017 – President and Chief Executive Officer

    Thank you for this review, and for your comments. We are always looking at how we do business. Specifically, we look for things we should stop doing because they no longer make sense; we look for... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Inspiring company with a huge mission"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Vice President in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Executive Vice President in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission-driven culture. Great diversity. New leadership bringing fresh, modern ideas and energy. New technology platform is a promising sign of things to come. Benefits and work life balance are excellent. Wonderful new office space in downtown Boston

    Cons

    Still a lot of modernization to do. IT systems can be frustrating. Bureaucracy of the old guard still evident in places.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


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