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Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
23 Reviews
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  1.  

    My work was rewarding

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge University Press full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues, good benefits, non-profit mindset, the work feels purposeful. Creative, interesting. Beautiful building, office and location.

    Cons

    Upper management had a tendency to be unrealistic in sales goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay should be more aggressive to stay competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent Editorial Internship

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    Former Employee - Editorial Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Cambridge University Press as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I did an editorial internship in the ELT department at the New York office of Cambridge University Press and, although it was unpaid, I found it to be almost entirely satisfying. I was treated respectfully and exposed to many different aspects of academic publishing. The editors did an excellent job of building the internship around me and my interests rather than simply handing me tasks to complete.

    Cons

    The internship was unpaid (although there was a very small stipend given out at the end), and there were no job openings while or immediately after I was there. Staff positions at Cambridge seem to take ages to open up because such decisions must be made by the syndics in the UK.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offering pay would make this internship accessible to people from a greater variety of economic backgrounds.

    Recommends
  3.  

    some great people, but management needs improvement!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cambridge University Press full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    some great co-workers, there's always coffee/tea in the kitchen, office is in a nice location, easy to adapt to this environment and the job

    Cons

    very little career advancement, very low pay, systems are out-dated, no training, little support from supervisors/upper management, can be very political (and this is a non-profit!), questionable actions made by upper management, easy to get stuck in a rut here, HR doesn't really support workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in your staff! A lot of smart, creative people here who feel extremely discouraged by upper management. Communicate with your workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dead end job at a nice company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cambridge University Press full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Everyone leaves exactly at 5pm and everyone is nice. The company's values are solid and it has a strong reputation. Occasionally one gets to go to the UK office. The office building is nice and in a good location.

    Cons

    This is not a place to work if you care about publishing or career advancement. Working in the US office means you will never have a say in the company's future, unless you are in management. There is little room for promotion anywhere within the company. There is no way for feedback related to one's work to be influential in any decision making. The technologies are extremely out of date - they were still taking attendance in some kind of spreadsheet system in 2014, for instance. The HR department does not follow up on annual reviews and it is unclear to most how or when they will get feedback on their work, yet alone a raise. While there is a good gender balance at the bottom, there are very few women at the top. The UK office has a typically liberal vacation and family leave policy, while the US office has a bad one, and of course the US office has a horrendous co-pay on its badly-organized tier system of healthcare. The workers who do assistant level jobs are paid so badly (less than $30k) that they ask co-workers for extra money for lunch. Everyone grumbles along because we like one another but it's pretty dire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company that does not look out for its employees

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    Current Employee - Marketing Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cambridge University Press full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Books you can feel good about working on.

    Cons

    Outdated strategies. Too much middle management. Limited opportunities for advancement. Plenty of managers who say inappropriate, borderline harassing comments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a proper HR department so that there are venues through which behavioral problems in the management can be resolved. Encourage managers to promote employees. Raises for employees who are doing exceptionally well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to start, but not to finish

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cambridge University Press full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Perfect for Interns
    Vacation roll-overs
    Kitchen is stocked with coffee

    Cons

    Cumbersome Upper Staff
    Heavy Workload
    Long Hours
    Low Pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Divide work amongst your team(s) evenly, it'll make them happier. Also, reward hard working staff. A happier staff can only benefit the company as an entirety.

    Get rid of the apparent hierarchy. It's unfair and overall depressing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent Company. ugh.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cambridge University Press full-time

    Pros

    Great company, very international rounded publication. Great work-life balance, clock-in, clock-out. Great individuals.

    Cons

    Very unbalance work. Upper management takes credit for all its subordinates' work. Unjustifiable pay rates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the insight of your employees into consideration. Some do not even know in depth about the work the employee;'s are doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    OK, very traditional but that's publishing

    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Cambridge University Press full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice people but good amount of turnover

    Cons

    Little promotion opportunities. That said, after I left because of economy a lot of people were laid off but then others were promoted, so probably very different.

  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    all they ever do is restructure

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    Current Employee - Editor  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cambridge University Press

    Pros

    pretty good benefits
    opportunities for telecommuting

    Cons

    very little appreciation for a job well done
    political
    poorly organized teams
    constant restructuring
    exceedingly hierarchical
    poor decision making
    never thinks big decisions through properly therefore impacting the entire business structure
    top dogs spend gobs of money while the others are told continually to cut back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making overarching decisions before thinking things through properly. (note: partnership with a high profile company) Stop being so hierarchical. The little guys have some great ideas and they're the worker bees. So listen to them. Stop shuffling the deck chairs on your 400+ year old sinking ship. It's getting old. Sort it all out and get on with the publishing.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Cambridge University Press

    Pros

    Company publishes quality products. Working with like-minded academics was appealing.

    Cons

    Despite being a non-profit, very much run like a for profit. Not a bad thing, just a good thing to know. Not the most transparent company to work for.

    Recommends

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