Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated 14 Jan 2021

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3.3
48%
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President, Chief Executive Officer and Director John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
204 Ratings
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  • "Upper management is very competitive, cut-throat(in 57 reviews)

  • "Senior management and leadership of some groups lack flexibility to seize revenue opportunities(in 40 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "It's a great place to work!!!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Information Security Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Senior Management is great as they value your opinions and contributions. Awesome co-workers, who are outgoing and committed to seeing the company succeed. I enjoy the "Bright Spots" videos that are hosted by our CEO. They are very informative and they give an insight on what is going on within the company.

    Cons

    It would be nice to be able to work from home, more than one day a week.

  2. "Leadership"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are talented individuals in the Company.

    Cons

    Leadership is detached from the market. Scholastic Ed Tech was acquired for $580M only 20 months ago and now yet another round of restructuring. Do markets really change this quickly?

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  3. "Opportunity For Growth"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Saint Charles, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced, good support from management, lots of ongoing training, competitive pay

    Cons

    Busy season is pretty overwhelming, ability to multi-task is essential

  4. "Smart Company"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Product Management 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great leadership. In-depth market insights. Constantly evolving and figuring out the best ways to support education, and always looking to improve the business.

    Cons

    Constantly evolving and improving is hard work.

  5. COVID-19

    "Wonderful Senior Leadership"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful work life balance. Senior Leadership takes the feedback from employee very seriously. Cutting edge technology to work with Training opportunities

    Cons

    Because of covid company was struggling financially and had to layoff few people in Sep.

  6. "Good company to work for if you need a break from working in education"

    4.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    really great time off and flexible schedule

    Cons

    things are constantly changing which can be frustrating

  7. "Good Company"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and Friendly environment

    Cons

    Didn't have much time under new CEO to see changes

  8. "HMH"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Acoount Executive in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Team Pay is good Normal hours Demanding

    Cons

    A lot of layoffs Job security

  9. "Great people to work with"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PRODUCT OWNER/SR BUSINESS ANALYST in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    People stay with HMH because of the great people they work with. HMH addresses employee satisfaction in many aspects.

    Cons

    Was not as competitive with pay, but they are trying to improve on that.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Response

    January 11, 2021Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your feedback and review. We are glad you enjoy the people you work with and wish you much success at HMH.

  10. COVID-19
    Helpful (7)

    "Seeking Stability"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Learning Experience Designer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The current executive leadership is knowledgeable and has a clear strategy for making HMH more innovative and profitable. Their communication with employees is frequent and comprehensive. The company is very committed to design thinking and agile development. The company did a good job responding to the COVID pandemic, shutting offices down quickly and providing regular updates.

    Cons

    HMH has had several rounds of layoffs in recent years, but the layoffs in October 2020 were the largest ever in terms of percentage, and I don't think morale has recovered. The executives place great emphasis on employee engagement, but employees feel pressure—subtle and not-so-subtle—to inflate ratings. The push to use agile development has resulted in so many meetings that it is difficult to get work done. We have outdated equipment and the company doesn't help fund our home offices even though most of us will work remotely even after the pandemic is over.

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