OUP USA – Why Work For Us?

undefinedWith origins dating back to 1478,Oxford University Press is the world's largest university press with the widest global presence. Our Global Academic Publishing program spans the entire academic and higher education spectrum, including a wide array of scholarly and general interest books, journals, and online products.


OUP opened a New York office (now OUP USA) in 1896, primarily as a distribution branch, but by the 1920s began publishing books of its own. Its very first publication, The Life of Sir William Osler, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1926. Since that time, we have been privileged to publish a multitude of award winning books, including 14 more Pulitzer Prize winners.

At OUP, we believe in the power of the written word and the scholarship that stands behind it. Everything we publish relates directly to our mission: to support Oxford University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education. As a press, we take pride in this mission, which allows us to enable, support, and facilitate research and scholarship.

undefinedOur mission is to make the best scholars and research available to as many people as we can. To make this possible, OUP works with world-renowned scholars at the top of their fields. The delegates of each subject serve as stewards over the publishing in their general subject area—history, music, science, philosophy, etc.—and approve each publication with the assistance of professors familiar with the work in question who have read and reviewed it in detail.

What is so exceptional about this process is both how well it works and that it is practically unheard of outside of scholarly publishing. We hold all of our publishing to this standard, so our readers can be assured that they are benefitting from the highest quality content.


OUP publishes authoritative works in many fields of interest. In addition to 15 Pulitzers, we have been honored to publish several National Book Award and National Book Critic Circle-winners and over a dozen Bancroft Prize-winners in American History. We are proud to publish such accomplished authors as James McPherson, Alan Brinkley, Richard Dawkins, William Safire, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Rachel Carson.

Our Higher Education publishing program offers students and professors the highest quality materials for teaching and learning. Our reference group  creates comprehensive resources to support every kind of research need. Our medical and legal teams  publish practical research tailored to the needs of their professional audiences.

Our trade and academic publishing serves the translational purpose of introducing the general public to some of the brightest minds and most relevant research in academia. OUP's Journals  program publishes more than 300 journals in the humanities, social sciences, and medicine that bring high-quality research to the widest possible audience.

Oxford University Press is mission-driven to support scholarshipundefined and education by publishing worldwide. As an employee of the Press, you will play an important role in ensuring the continued success of our organization. We value the unique abilities, experience, and background that you bring.

The mission and values of Oxford University Press are reflected in the culture of our workplace and the integrity of our employees. 

From the sense of community that our employees help build, to the quality, innovation, and high standards we bring to our diverse publishing portfolio, the culture of Oxford University Press is among the top reasons our employees remain committed to the work they do.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in New York, NY
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    You work with some of the nicest, smartest people in the business. Oxford is hard and I do have my grievances (see below), but if you do the time and put in the work, your managers will do everything they can to nurture your skill set and help you grow. Work/life baance is good for the most part. Your work days are laborious and hard, but your managers respect the fact that once you've put in a full day, you're done for the day. You're not shamed or derided for not answering e-mails when you get home at night or not working on projects over the weekends.


    The way that the assistant role (editorial assistant, assistant editor, associate editor) is structured is, frankly, insane and people in those positions aren't recognized for keeping everything running as much as they should be.

    Advice to Management

    There is no such thing as a traditional entry-level job here in editorial. Those lowest on the totem pole are thrust into positions where they are literally responsible for multiple projects, project decisions, and a ton of moving parts and pieces. I have no problem with that aspect as I think it gives employees a serious leg up in this industry, but compensating these editorial-assistant-disguised-as-project-management positions is incredibly unfair and the prime reason why turnover is so high. The way the associate editor position is structured here is an absolute joke. To be responsible for all assistant duties AND to acquire a list of books is laughable. Also, please instill an actual training program for new hires. It's so unfair to expect your assistants--who are already up to their eyeballs in their own work--to take hours out of their work weeks to get new employees up to speed is really unreasonable. Not only that, because assistants are so crazed, you run the risk of new hires receiving poor and rushed training on the most important parts of their job.

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at OUP USA in December 2013.


    I was contacted by email to come in for an interview, about 3 weeks after submitting my resume. I had one interview with the managing editor, and a short interview with HR. The interview was standard, with the typical questions of "what are your strengths and weaknesses?", "tell me a bit about yourself," and "what kind of manager do you prefer?"

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    • I was caught off guard when asked to explain the subject of my college senior thesis, which came up as we discussed my educational background   Answer Question


    Salary wasn't negotiable

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Website www.oup.com
Headquarters New York, NY
Size 501 to 1000 Employees
Founded 1973
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Media
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year

Pick a word, any word. Chances are good you'll find it in some book published by the Oxford University Press, Inc. The publisher, known as OUP USA, is affiliated the world's largest university publisher, UK-based Oxford University Press (OUP UK), itself a department of the University of Oxford. The US publishing unit was launched in 1896 (the UK press traces its roots to the first book printed at Oxford in 1478). OUP USA publishes some 500 titles a year, including scholarly works, reference publications, Bibles, and school texts. Revenues from the not-for-profit ... More

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