Oh, Houghton Mifflin, how much farther do you have to fall?
My old employer just included me on a mass email, asking me generically to apply to its revamped company. The following arrived five minutes after I got off the phone with the only friend left at Houghton who managed to avoid being laid off in the past year (or who read the writing on the wall and jumped to a competitor or freelance work):
You are receiving this e-mail because you have either applied recently, or at some point in the past, for a position with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
At this time, we would like to invite you to view our current job opportunities and re-apply on our NEW Career Center portal . . .
We currently have more than 100 openings across the United States within some of our corporate departments (Finance/Accounting, Fulfillment, Global Supply Chain, Human Resources, IT, and Procurement) and our eight divisions (Greenwood-Heinemann, Holt McDougal, International, Learning Technology, Riverside Publishing, Supplemental, School, and Trade and Reference).
Houghton’s high education publishing is in bad shape—at least that’s my conclusion given they’ve forced out their best mid-level people, who then went to a competitor for a better job with better pay.