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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated 16 Jan 2020

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3.3
58%
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76%
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President, Chief Executive Officer and Director John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
137 Ratings
Pros
  • "Generous work from home policy, with great work life balance(in 63 reviews)

  • "Great people, working on leading technology solutions for the education sector(in 58 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. "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
  2. "Nice place to work but needs improving"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time

    Pros

    Great people, you can see the end product

    Cons

    Management needs a shake up, career progression can be slow

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    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-12-23
  3. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn new tools and technologies

    Cons

    Salary package and holidays can be better

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-12-03
  4. "Excellent place to work and learn"

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

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

    Pros

    - Nice and welcoming people - Collaboration and communication in the team and between teams on a very good level - Orientation to use new technologies - Excellent place to work - Opportunities to improve your knowledge in every aspect - Excellent office location - Excellent work-life balance

    Cons

    In 3 and a half months didn't find any cons which could be worth mentioning

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    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-08-21
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Unbeatable work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Unbeatable work-life balance; flexible hours, working from home is available (albeit see advice to management below), summer hours, working late is extremely rare. Infinitely better than previous roles I've had. - Positive workplace atmosphere: people are friendly, helpful, and relaxed - Great team dynamics: on the teams I've been on, the collaborative spirit makes problem-solving a blast - Interesting technology and industry: Working with the ReactJS framework in the edtech space is challenging and educational (pun not intended) - Office is handily located in city centre with great transport options (by Dublin standards)

    Cons

    - Attempts to harmonize processes and technologies across all engineering teams cause needless friction for questionable gain - Unnecessary meetings...probably universal to all companies

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    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-07-30
  6. "Excellent people, great mission, leading technology"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director 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, working on leading technology solutions for the education sector. Great work-life balance, and an employee-first organisation which prioritises a positive, inclusive culture. I have worked here for 10 years and have seen the company transform over those years, improving all the time. Agile work practices, led from the Dublin site, are well embedded in our teams.

    Cons

    Although we are focused on building an enterprise-standard education platform, we have a legacy of older tech and bad practices which still impacts some aspects of work. Each year sees continuous improvement & innovation, however.

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    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-07-31
  7. "Great Company to learn and grow"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Flexible work from home policy. Incredible group of people working with each to deliver quality products.

    Cons

    Company is not well known in Ireland, specially from a Tech point of view.

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    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-07-29
  8. Helpful (1)

    "This company tests the theory that working somewhere with real impact is worth it!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its all about the kids, 40 million of them and counting use the e-learning platform.

    Cons

    Its just so frustrating to work there. Majority of staff are legacy print people who dont get the e-learning business - which pays the bills

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    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-07-24
  9. Helpful (1)

    "HMH - a good place to work in tech sector in Dublin"

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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

    The people I work with - generally a positive attitude; flexibility (work from home, summer hours program allows for flexitime - would be good to have this formalised at other times of year); the industry we're in is education and learning - which has a feelgood factor. The company has made a good effort to recognize and acknowledge people's contributions, in different ways (public shout-outs, awards, rewards) but could do more of this.

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to affect change (functions spread out across business groups, can take time to identify the right person/team - but mostly positive when have the right people).

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    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-06-27
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, great mission and challenging problems you have a real input in solving."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Dublin based engineering team are very talented, collaborative and forward looking. It's a great team to be part of as there are lots of opportunities to learn and to share your knowledge and work to build communities too. Dublin office location is super too.

    Cons

    Need more great people! And more teams to help deliver on the really meaty roadmap and mission.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt2019-06-11
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