Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated 18 Sep 2020

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3.6
61%
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President, Chief Executive Officer and Director John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
165 Ratings
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  • "Upper management is very competitive, cut-throat(in 56 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. "Upper Management Very Cut Throat"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate 
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt part-time

    Pros

    Met lots of nice people, decent products.

    Cons

    Upper management is very competitive, cut-throat.

  2. "Top down approach"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager of Professional Services 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with the educational organizations

    Cons

    No enough diversity in the leadership


  3. "Trade Sales Coordinator"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trade Sales Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly work environment, good company values

    Cons

    little room for movement, low starting salaries

  4. "Was once great!"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Our old team that was laid off.

    Cons

    The company can’t chèvre with the times.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Supportive Coworkers and Meaningful Work in an Unsupportive Environment"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive in Evanston, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Supportive coworkers and customer interaction that creates a positive difference for students and teachers.

    Cons

    Financial instability has leaders asking employees to do more and more, which dilutes the focus from supporting customers.

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Top heavy organization with constant changes"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Enterprise Architect in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No one looking over your shoulder; very little micromanagement good time off (vacation + sick days + holidays)

    Cons

    pay isn't that great for the job that you're doing benefits are ok nearly constant changes not walking the talk with respect to diversity

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  7. "Great company"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Work life balanced, great company

    Cons

    Benefits are mediocre. Many lack of leadership skills

  8. "Ok"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    Education is filled with great people

    Cons

    Limited processes in place hurts

  9. "Great Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Associate 

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance and upper management

    Cons

    not many careers to move up

  10. "Company was ok to work for."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Chain 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, great mission

    Cons

    Benefits are not that good

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