Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated 11 Jun 2021

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President, Chief Executive Officer and Director John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
237 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work / life balance is exceptional(in 77 reviews)

  • "People stay with HMH because of the great people they work with(in 69 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "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. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Okay. No big issues

      11 Jun 2021 - Data Analyst 
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      Pros

      Easy and mature company. For the most part higher tiers of leadership knew what they were doing

      Cons

      Keeps laying people off. Doesn't understand the market and how to survive.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Good people, need process control and project management

      17 May 2021 - Marketing 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Really good, well-intentioned staff. Generally decent pay and benefits.

      Cons

      The company is lacking in process control and could benefit from formal project management for product launches, campaigns etc. Leadership often places a higher value/priority on arbitrary deadlines over quality output.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Good Benefits

      6 Jun 2021 - Administrative Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible hours and decent work life balance

      Cons

      Very low pay and too top heavy. I didnt get a raise for three years because I was at the top tier of my pay scale. I asked if I could be considered to move to another level up which could easily been done amd my boss laughed and said not happening and would need a different to find another job within the company.

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Run away!!

      11 Jun 2021 - Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I enjoyed the work I did and the people on my team.

      Cons

      They literally over work you. They’re just another giant corporation who doesn’t care about anyone or anything but making money.

      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good company, not great senior management.

      22 May 2021 - Senior Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      Pros

      There is a team-friendly environment, managers are relaxed about work-life balance.

      Cons

      The project's priority changes so frequently that teams can not finish anything. Salaries are not increased every year. The most interesting projects are assigned to US teams.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great place to work!

      25 May 2021 - Director 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Fantastic boss/mentor, genuine drive for equity (for customers, for employees), flexibility, great co-workers

      Cons

      Development schedules can be challenging

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      good place to work

      26 May 2021 - Senior Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      Pros

      very friedly work environment and people of knowledgeble

      Cons

      nothing serious, career pression may be slow.

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    8. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Management are in denial, toxic environment and no clear sense of direction

      26 May 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Teammates are excellent, supportive and willing to collaborate to get the job done right.

      Cons

      Top-heavy hierarchy. All levels of management turn a blind eye at the chaos and toxic environment that is a part of every day life within the organization, there’s no clear sense of direction and an unwillingness to make things right from the ground up. Not enough people to do the work and lots of people at the top calling all the shots without a clear sense for what’s happening on the ground.

      2 people found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Transformation

      6 Mar 2021 - Senior User Experience Designer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Worthwhile mission- K-12 education for US public schools Values-driven - CEO chose to reduce everyone to a 4 day week to minimize layoffs, and mgmt took substantial paycuts Smart, kind, engaged coworkers Modern tech-stack, Agile practice followed Mac-computers The Design department rocks - awesome VP of Design. Work-from-home will be 50% of time post-vaccine, and is 100% remote for now Diversity in age, race, gender, sexuality Decent benefits

      Cons

      Design is understaffed and over-worked. Although Design is actively hiring, the HR process is slow (6 weeks or more) and followup with candidates is sub-optimal.

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      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Response

      Talent Acquisition Manager

      Thank you for your service and feedback. We continue to seek ways to improve our hiring process and understand the importance of a high touch candidate experience.

    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good

      17 May 2021 - Content Specialist in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Really Great People to work with.

      Cons

      It is a massive company and can often take a lot to get an answer to something.

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