Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reviews

Updated May 17, 2022

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3.4
57%
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72%
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President, Chief Executive Officer and Director John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
John “Jack” J. Lynch, Jr.
304 Ratings
Pros
  • "Offers great work - life balance(in 92 reviews)

  • "People stay with HMH because of the great people they work with(in 78 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Lots of meetings about what a great job upper management is doing(in 62 reviews)

  • "find a lifeboat because senior management is always going to put themselves before the people who actually know and understand the work(in 41 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great work, great projects, great people

      Jul 12, 2021 - Audio Engineer and Music Composer in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Encouraged to grow and enhance skills

      Cons

      Mainly hire contract positions, few full-time jobs available

      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Excellent Company to work for

      Mar 3, 2022 - Senior Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The Company values its biggest asset i:e employees

      Cons

      Nothing I can think of.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Company

      Feb 24, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good benefits, great work-life balance, and fair pay.

      Cons

      Could have more perks, and sometimes the amount of red-tape to get things done can be an issue

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Has fallen behind other companies on benefits and salary

      Jan 31, 2022 - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The work is interesting and there are some great people working here...Good work/life balance

      Cons

      In the last few years the company has fallen seriously behind in terms of salary and benefits, vacation time and paternity leave is very poor compared to other companies hiring tech talent. The management are aware but don't seem to care. This has lead to a very high attrition rate, lots of good people have left.

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Plenty more space to grow

      Jan 13, 2022 - Senior Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - good people for the most part - a good place to grow as a junior or regular software engineer or if in general you're in the early stages of your career (3-4 years) - some quite innovative technologies and software dev methodologies used

      Cons

      - overly hierarchical management - operates in an old-fashioned department-style - promotions above senior are almost impossible - senior leadership is slow to change - culture is behind the times - raises are terrible - mindless cost-cutting results in often overly manual processes that waste time

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      4 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      All about the learning

      Nov 11, 2021 - Senior Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great colleagues. Opportunities to learn. The company invests in making it a great place to work.

      Cons

      Good people leaving which means more work on those left while new hires are got and coning on board

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Grand

      Oct 14, 2021 - Technical Support Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      Pros

      They are making educational software working with interesting tech.

      Cons

      It's not bleeding edge stuff.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Work Review

      Aug 8, 2021 - Delivery Lead in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      Pros

      HMH provides virtual classroom features to schools, teachers and students. You work for a cause here, ideas are appreciated and welcomed by this company and flexibility is their plus point. Agile and Kanban methodologies are followed here.

      Cons

      Almost all teams work together to provide functionalities of the same product so the interdependency on Teams is high. That may delay your sprint cycle.

      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Cost cutting and understaffed

      Jun 18, 2021 - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin
      Recommend
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      Pros

      good people, nice office, good location

      Cons

      too much cost cutting causing difficult working environment, understaffing produces too much stress on current employees

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      2 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      good place to work

      May 26, 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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    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has an overall rating of 3.4 out of 5, based on over 1,288 reviews left anonymously by employees. 57% of employees would recommend working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to a friend and 44% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

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