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Oxford University Press Reviews in Oxford, England

Updated May 13, 2014
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2.5 4 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Oxford University Press CEO Nigel Portwood

Nigel Portwood

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Nice place to work, but structure suppresses innovation

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Oxford, England (UK)

    ProsWork-life balance is good: no expectation of working long hours in my experience. Atmosphere is good and people are generally friendly. Facilities are good. The educational mission of OUP is taken seriously, and is part of the culture.

    ConsNew ideas are hard to get off the ground, and innovation tends to be suppressed under layers of management. Getting things done is not the culture: the culture is more about getting sign off from all possible stakeholders and avoiding risk. Behind the times in terms of technology.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting work but stressful

    Development Editor (Current Employee) Oxford, England (UK)

    ProsWork is interesting with opportunities to contribute to the development of products and work with authors. Department is made up of small subject based teams which mean that you are treated as an individual and your talents are recognised. Lots of opportunities for young editors to gain experience and progress.
    Friendly company. Flexible working.

    ConsPay is not great. Unspoken expectation for editors to work longer hours to get projects finished with no compensation. Lots of layers of management and "strategic" publishers who drive concepts through without mapping out how thing will actually be implemented. Not forward thinking when it comes to technology - everything is outsourced, so very little in-house expertise.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore in-house digital specialists
    Less management mumbo-jumbo

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrific, the worst place I have ever worked bar none!

    IT Customer Services (Current Employee) Oxford, England (UK)

    ProsStaff benefits
    Great atmosphere outside the department
    Superb location

    ConsMicromanaged on a daily basis
    Incompetant managers
    Demotivated on a daily basis
    Blame culture
    No respect
    One rule for one, a very different for another
    Bullying on a daily basis

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the management team so that those hard working individuals who provide such a good service to the business can thrive.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Big ideas but moving to action could be faster

    IT Role (Current Employee) Oxford, England (UK)

    ProsMajority of employees nice. Secure profitable environment even in econmic troubling times.

    ConsStuffy atiquated management that operates in a very command an control manner. A lot of rules and often an active culture of seeking to blame.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the senior managers to enliven and stimulate more modern supportive, developmental and engaging environent. Engender more action and involvement of staff, treat mistakes as a vehicel for learning not punishment. Improve the morale and invest to create a less stressful environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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