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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  • 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)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Make it a last resort"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you stay long enough you can get a degree paid for. Good benefits.

    Cons

    They don't have the right people in senior, strategic positions. They constantly make bad decisions to the point where it just becomes a joke to the rest of the employees. They have a lot of publishing people who don't know how to make the transition to more of an edtech company. And they have a lot of tech people from failing companies. They're all easily threatened by people around them who are more experienced or knowledgeable so they hold them back instead of letting them help them shine. They have a very good K-12 sales team that keeps the company afloat, but that's about it. The trade division is a joke. The consumer division is a bigger joke.

    Advice to Management

    Ask better questions of senior management. They may be saying the right things but they're not producing and are not held accountable.


  2. Helpful (13)

    "Bad Management and no care for employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Saint Charles, IL
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Saint Charles, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    None so far that I have experienced

    Cons

    Really bad management, they do not care about their employees. Employees are extremely overworked, with little encouragement.

    Advice to Management

    They need to get people in charge who know what they are doing and are willing to help employees


  3. "Senior Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a nice company to work for in term of learning new technologies; flexible working environment. They do treat contractors pretty decent.

    Cons

    It's hard to convert from contractor to full time employee. Majority of the software developers are contractors. I can see myself work here for long time if they convert me to a full time employee.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "dysfunctional"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues who have good educational values

    Cons

    upper management team disconnected from team needs makes for a toxic culter

    Advice to Management

    step up and pave the way for your team it will make you more successful then taking the back seat and going along for the ride!


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Painful, blatant mistakes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The market HMH serves - It's inspiring on it's own.
    Other than that, there does not seem to be any pros.

    Cons

    Planning is worst. Technology always seems to have funding issues. Bleeding millions every quarter. Too much 'politics' within the VP level members. Too many contractors who don't understand the product. At the same time, bleeding funds. Should not have bought the ISG group.Paid way too much. No growth. No cash reserves anymore.

    Advice to Management

    You need to hire full time folks and get rid of the 50% technology contractor workforce. This is for technology department. It is a joke that they pay so much money for all the contractor engineers instead of full time.

    Move into suburbs instead of South station - save millions.

    Offer some clarity in purpose or goals for the coming years. And follow those actually. Many VP level folks have their own attitude issues. Resolve those in technology department. It's a joke that someone at that level will still be thinking about themselves instead of the company. You seem to have a habit of putting the wrong guys in these roles.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Pockets of Excellence"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Development Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Product Development Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Heinemann publishing division does some truly inspirational publishing with great authors and tremendous coworkers.

    Cons

    Publishing values are not shared across the company which undermines a truly collaborative environment.

    Advice to Management

    Your strength are your employees. Tap their expertise and creativity.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Manage assessment contracts for school districts using HMH assessments for testing administration."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in Bloomingdale, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in Bloomingdale, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, nice working conditions. Close to home for me. Great insurance benefits. Most co-workers are great to with. Fitness center in the complex.

    Cons

    Needs to work on better management and employee relationships. Salary needs to be appropriate to job responsibilities. Needs to work on helping their employees create better career paths.

    Advice to Management

    Take more time to nurture and empower your employees.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good company terrible management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Return Processor in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Return Processor in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    benefits package, hours, catered lunches

    Cons

    basically have to suck up to management or be retaliated against

    Advice to Management

    Warehouse & loosebook managers need to be demoted or terminated!!!!!


  10. "Company Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Service Representative in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Service Representative in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Invested in the community, lots of room for growth

    Cons

    Does not have a mentoring/job shadowing program

    Advice to Management

    Work on encouraging employee growth in different departments


  11. "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Edmond, OK
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Edmond, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive co-workers, great benefits. This company has good products but need to keep up with the technology demands of schools.

    Cons

    Publishing arena is undergoing changes, school districts budget cuts and no funds to pay for textbooks make it extremely hard to reach sales goal.


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