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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated 25 Feb 2020

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3.4
59%
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75%
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President, Chief Executive Officer and Director John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
141 Ratings
Pros
  • "Generous work from home policy, with great work life balance(in 65 reviews)

  • "Great people, working on leading technology solutions for the education sector(in 60 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management seems to need stronger direction, not to mention people skills(in 55 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. "Rewarding place to work"

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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 3 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues Ambitious, forward looking tech company. Autonomous, self empowered teams Interesting engineering challenges to serve millions of students and teachers in the US school system. Internal "Edge" program to facilitate employee development, growth, and experience Great location in Dublin city center

    Cons

    Can be tricky working with colleagues from engineering teams across geographies, this is improving.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2020-02-25
  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people/atmosphere; Great work-life balance; Possibility to work from home; Location Tech stack

    Cons

    Nothing to mention so far

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2020-02-12
  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment with lots of great engineers. Interesting work utilising a modern tech stack. Great work life balance. Learning all the time.

    Cons

    Number of holidays could be better.

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    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2020-02-12
  4. "HMH Dublin - Interesting and fun place to work"

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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

    Great people Interesting technologies Software with a positive mission Empowered teams Location Working from home policy Flex summer hours

    Cons

    Like most organizations this size there can be red tape, thankfully this is limited in the engineering area.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2020-02-11
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Questionable and unfair performance processes"

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

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

    Pros

    Remote/work from home Major school holidays off

    Cons

    Intense micromanaging of employees When they decide they want to let someone go, they are determined to make your work life hell. They will put employees on a PIP/coaching plan without previous discussion and HR backs this. The employee can have absolute proof of no wrong doing but it does not matter. Management is reactive rather than proactive No true leadership or empowering of employees Management holds each employee to a different set of standards, depending on if they like you or not.

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    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2020-02-14
  6. "Changing"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Executive team is starting to focus on what can be done well rather than focusing on just delivering more than is practical. Focus on the customer and creating solutions.

    Cons

    Need to build teams back up and focus on employee growth

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2020-02-07
  7. "Love this Company"

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    Current Employee - Supply Planner in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    great team work, look after the employees

    Cons

    nothing to say bad about HMH

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2020-01-15
  8. "Talented Leadership Team Working to Transform the Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Great Executive Leadership Team focused on growth as well as employee engagement

    Cons

    Fast paced environment with all the typical challenges one would expect from a company undergoing a significant transformation

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2020-01-14
  9. "Wonderful company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Lead Delivery Specialist 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many people working hard every day to make a difference in the lives of teachers and children everywhere.

    Cons

    Nothing to report here about HMH.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2020-01-10
  10. "Good employer"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant 

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, management was encouraging about developing us and our careers

    Cons

    I have no cons to report

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2020-01-05

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