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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated Nov 14, 2019

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3.3
58%
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt CEO John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
129 Ratings
Pros
  • "Generous work from home policy, with great work life balance(in 62 reviews)

  • "Great people, working on leading technology solutions for the education sector(in 55 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management seems to need stronger direction, not to mention people skills(in 51 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 (3)

    "Unstable company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great culture, great benefits, good pay, work from home, intelligent and hard working teams.

    Cons

    Products are super buggy, lots of lay offs, likely going to go bankrupt.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to upper leadership - you're too top heavy, and without folks doing the "work," HMH will continue to go downhill.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-11-15
  2. Helpful (17)

    "Large publishing company on a fairly steep decline."

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Austin, TX
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People who work here are deeply committed to the mission. This also has a downside, in that there isn’t much influx of fresh talent or skills from other industries, and the folks working here don’t raise their heads enough to look outside to pick up transferable skills. It’s one of the few industries where women are well represented.

    Cons

    Since 2007, this company has been plagued with reorgs, deep layoffs, and leadership changes. Strategy is therefore short-lived, and persistent problems to solve have to be raised over and over again. What was once a tight-knit, colocated team is now scattered across multiple sites/time-zones, introducing inefficiencies and communication gaps. A long-standing problem is the tech group in Dublin, but the company can’t... seem to find the cure.

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    Advice to Management

    Staying focused on core programs and competencies is probably the right thing, but you’re going to lose a lot of your best people every time you contract, until you have nothing sustainable left. I’m personally very worried about the fate of HMH, and you haven’t turned it around yet.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-10-30
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Balance"

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    Current Employee - Learning Architect 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work from home policy, work/home balance, friendly work environment, mentorship

    Cons

    late breaking changes, little room for upward movement

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-11-12
  4. Helpful (1)

    "A Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, flexibility, compensation, and investment in employee success.

    Cons

    Restructuring occurs without warning. Great employees have been let go for this reason.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-11-08
  5. "Great Job, Excellent Product"

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    Current Employee - Consultant 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent product, great colleagues, good pay, flexible schedule.

    Cons

    lack of job security, work/life balance

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-11-07
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Life is too short to work at HMH"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company mission of helping teachers and students achieve better learning outcomes is wonderful and there are a number of amazingly passionate people dedicated to that mission

    Cons

    Life is too short to work at HMH, especially within the Engineering division. The CTO seems to lack basic people management, leadership and human interaction skills which trickles down through the Sr. leadership group and results in a hostile work environment with very low morale. Leadership by intimidation and belittlement is the model in HMH Engineering and there is consistent turnover as a result. Key... decisions and strategies are driven more by ego and personal agenda than what is in the best interest of customers. Fancy titles shouldn’t give license to treat people with disrespect. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough people dedicated to the mission of helping teachers and students. The primary focus is on completing tasks by the committed date, regardless of the impact on end user experience, to avoid a lashing from management. Ultimately the customers are the ones that suffer the most as the employees just move on to greener pastures and leave the toxic environment behind. As a whole it is apparent that the Executive Leadership Team doesn’t value their employees as people or developing and retaining talent. They claim to after the results of every employee engagement survey come out but their actions, or lack thereof, prove otherwise. The first step in any recovery is to admit that you have a problem. It doesn’t seem that HMH has yet admitted that constant turnover of staff and losing talented people due to a toxic work environment and lack of real leadership is a problem. Until they do HMH will continue to be a company that people don’t want to work for.

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    Advice to Management

    Do unto others as you would have done to you. Take a long look in the mirror and ask yourselves if you would be at happy and at your best in an environment where you were treated the way you are treating your most valuable assets, your employees.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-11-13
  7. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Products Decent Pay Home based Career Growth opportunities

    Cons

    Lack of Training Weak IT customer support Manager Turnover

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-11-06
  8. "Great place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of great engineers (full time and contractor), and in general very friendly atmosphere Span of knowledge across teams with a range of experience levels Great location (Dublin city centre) Good work-life balance Clued in managers

    Cons

    The usual corporate red tape and box checking in some areas, although this is minimal and standard

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-10-29
  9. "A good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Most people are friendly, hard-working and genuinely care about customers, learning and education.

    Cons

    Lots of organizational changes.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-10-28
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not a place I would recommend for advancing your career"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance , different locations

    Cons

    Mgmt talk about change but don't do anything about it, no growth opportunities

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-10-31
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