Cambridge University Press Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Leading academic publisher with great book and journal lists.

    Cons

    Academic publishing salaries are lower than commercial publishing salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees from around the world.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Need to be able to keep yourself going

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

    I have been working at Cambridge University Press (Less than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The people are very nice and fun and co-workers are very helpful. The work is pretty repetitive so it's quick to learn how to do your job.

    Cons

    There have been a lot of changes over the past few years and it doesn't seem like it's going to stop any time soon - if you're coming in, you have to be ready for lots of changes with little explanation. The restructure has made jobs more difficult to do and solutions don't seem to be forthcoming. It's hard to get support where you need it from higher ups; you can only really rely on people at your level.

    Advice to Management

    It's hard to offer advice because it feels as if the company automatically does the opposite of what is suggested. Employees no longer offer advice because they don't feel that they're being heard.


  3. Lots of change

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Cambridge University Press full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Venerable name and great books. Many good people. For many employees, there is opportunity to learn about many aspects of the business and to contribute their input.

    Cons

    The whole industry is going through big changes, but Cambridge seems to be going through more than its fair share of turmoil just now, with very significant layoffs in the US.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure how long it is going to take for the company to weather this storm. Beware of disappointing authors and customers during this restructure.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Production Editor
    Former Employee - Production Editor

    I worked at Cambridge University Press full-time (More than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Fairly laid-back environment with good people. Good benefits, relatively.

    Cons

    Management (upper-level) and communication between departments, and UK-US offices, are terrible. People are overworked and underpaid (the latter par for the course in academic publishing, unfortunately). No professional development opportunities. No opportunity to move up aside, especially in editorial. Morale low. Holding onto reputation to get by but not keeping up with the times.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Used to be a great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Production Editor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cambridge University Press

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good, although they used to be better. The people who actually work on the books really care about them.

    Cons

    The company is very top-heavy -- too many managers, not enough workers. The company no longer cares about monographs, is becoming almost a vanity press where they are concerned (charging authors for copyediting, American production, indexing, proofreading, etc.).

    Advice to Management

    Remember that the New York office is NOT a British colony and is staffed by smart, professional people.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Exhibits

    Current Employee - Exhibitions Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Exhibitions Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cambridge University Press full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some of the finest talent ever know

    Cons

    incompetent management and incomprehensible business vision

    Advice to Management

    none that would be listened to


  8. Helpful (1)

    Career at Cambridge University Press

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cambridge University Press full-time

    Pros

    People and products are top class

    Cons

    Unfortunately, cutting back at the moment in the NY office.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Great First Impression, But....

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Services in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Services in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cambridge University Press full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compared to other companies, the benefits are outstanding. The pay is comparable and the hours are reasonable. I have yet to hear of another company that provides PTO for doing charity work during the work week.

    Cons

    To be fair, I just started a few weeks ago, so I am still in training. To make a long story very short, on the first day, I was presented with a training schedule. Fast forward to a few weeks later and 65-70% of the project duties have barely been reviewed. The original training schedule was supposed to end this week. As of this point, the schedule is non-existent and it seems that I will expected to learn on my own (and by extension make many more mistakes compared to extensive training which might have prevented those mistakes).

    Advice to Management

    I've been in the workplace long enough to understand that not every employer trains or trains properly. I also know that most of the job is learned after the initial training process. I'm fine with that. My advice to management is if you know that new employees are coming, prepare ahead of time. Make sure that the training is as complete as possible and the person doing the training is prepared to teach what has to be learned.


  10. Co-op/Exhibits Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Co-op/Exhibits Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Co-op/Exhibits Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cambridge University Press (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and relaxed environment

    Cons

    I can't think of anything helpful regarding this question.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Would not recommend

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Cambridge University Press full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The summer hours are very nice and the people are friendly

    Cons

    Not a good company to work for if you are seeking professional growth Management needs a lot of improvement



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