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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated 17 Jul 2019

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt CEO John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
106 Ratings
Pros
  • "Generous work from home policy, with great work life balance(in 55 reviews)

  • "Great people and passionate educators across the organization(in 52 reviews)

Cons
  • "The upper management could use some help(in 48 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. Helpful (2)

    "Years of poor management, now improving"

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    Former Employee - Lead Learning Architect in Evanston, IL
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues: smart, professional, really nice people Excellent benefits Decent salary

    Cons

    Years of poor stewardship by revolving door of upper management, including bad financial planning and a complete refusal to acknowledge lessons learned. Decision paralysis. Upper management was truly terrible for a number of years but from what I am now hearing, they are really turning the ship around. People seem much happier than they were a year ago.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-07-09
  2. "Passionate Professionals"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner 
    Recommends

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    -Great team atmosphere -Worked with passionate team members (in and outside my department) -Working for an organization that is contributed to our future/the greater good - our children.

    Cons

    -Experienced lots of change in leadership, which is not unique these days.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-07-08
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Biased, political and confrontational environment at Boston"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great mission with some smart people

    Cons

    Very biased environment. Most of upper/ middle managers and the engineers are from the same country and unless you can get into their circuit and speak their dialects, you are treated differently. Very political and confrontational culture with the line project people confronting on everything instead of collaboration and supporting the team. People were let go without giving reasons and folks are always micro-managed....

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    Advice to Management

    Treat people nicely as they are your most important asset. Be more transparent. Praise people more for job well done instead of confront to show you are the smart one.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-07-17
  4. Helpful (1)

    "HMH - a good place to work in tech sector in Dublin"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The people I work with - generally a positive attitude; flexibility (work from home, summer hours program allows for flexitime - would be good to have this formalised at other times of year); the industry we're in is education and learning - which has a feelgood factor. The company has made a good effort to recognize and acknowledge people's contributions, in different ways (public shout-outs, awards, rewards) but could...

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    Cons

    Sometimes hard to affect change (functions spread out across business groups, can take time to identify the right person/team - but mostly positive when have the right people).

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on the engagement with employees and figuring out good ways to recognize people's achievements and give them reasons to stay. Continue to keep teams informed of strategic decisions and planning for the future. The current HMH Engineering roadmap is giving engineers opportunity to work in current tech in a very agile environment.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-06-27
  5. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They are really great at maintaining a work life balance

    Cons

    management does not want you to become a leader. No opportunity for growth.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-07-15
  6. "Great Company, I have been here over 30 years"

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      Current Employee - Global Supply Chain 

      I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

      Pros

      wonderful people, good benefits, strong products

      Cons

      changes are constant, and not always completed

      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-06-28
    • "Outstanding mission, vision, and passion"

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

      I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      HMH is in the business of driving positive student outcomes, period. Every thing we're doing is focused on that mission. The culture is very positive and motivating

      Cons

      Engineering and IT are inefficient and are a drain on what could otherwise be better, faster ways of getting the work done

      Advice to Management

      Jack Lynch, our CEO is amazing!!! Exec team: Stay focused, continue transparency and continue focusing on employees and students. Great work so far!!

      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-06-22
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great people, great mission and challenging problems you have a real input in solving."

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      Dublin based engineering team are very talented, collaborative and forward looking. It's a great team to be part of as there are lots of opportunities to learn and to share your knowledge and work to build communities too. Dublin office location is super too.

      Cons

      Need more great people! And more teams to help deliver on the really meaty roadmap and mission.

      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-06-11
    • Helpful (5)

      "Solid company, just ignore the morale"

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      Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      Creating good materials for teachers and students is a worthy cause. Steady pay with small yearly increases. Good enough benefits. Great people to work with. Never boring. Autonomy.

      Cons

      Upper management seems to need stronger direction, not to mention people skills. Morale is very low in the company overall. If you keep your head down, but chin up and do a great job for your area, you will be fine. Ignore all the politics.

      Advice to Management

      Get more involved with the people you lead and their work. Most are truly doing their best and care about the work they do and the products and services HMH provides. A few high level managers do not know much about education, marketing, or the products and services HMH creates. Worse, perhaps, is they do not care about the people they lead. Weed those bad apples out. Promote the best from within. It will help morale...

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      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-05-24
    • "Great place to learn"

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      Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      HMH has an ever evolving culture inline with industry best practises. There is an extremely talented pool of individuals at HMH who strive everyday to make great products to improve the lives of over 50 millions users.

      Cons

      The broad technical capabilities on show in HMH is not widely known across the tech sector in Dublin which sometimes leads to a slow ramp up in hiring when needed.

      Advice to Management

      Keep doing what your doing. There has been a shift in strategy of late which has energised the wider Engineering organisation and will facilitate growth in the organisation as a whole.

      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-06-04
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