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Oxford University Press Reviews in Oxford, England

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
47 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent experience though slow-moving organisation as a whole

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    Former Employee - Assessment Coordinator in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assessment Coordinator in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxford University Press as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    People, intelligence of colleagues, based in central Oxford so many evening pub sessions, international status as the best global academic publisher, fantastic support for all employees

    Cons

    Salary is a large con. Though if you are worried about salary then DON'T go into academic publishing. The project I worked on ended up collapsing too - obviously not great but I left before it fell apart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay more up-to-date with technology and stop playing catch-up with your online offerings!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A mixed time of pressure, boredom, opportunities and frustration

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    Former Employee - Sales in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxford University Press full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best reasons to work there are likely to be the colleagues you will have and the camaraderie of being part of a global community when working in international sales. OUP tends to attract nice people as employees who genuinely care about what they do and the people they work with. OUPs reputation and quality of publishing itself are a pleasure to work with because you can believe in what you are doing.

    Cons

    The unwieldy structure and management culture at OUP. Whilst the people are nice it can sometimes feel like you are working for a very inflexible political party, with agendas and propaganda, that is afraid of truth, reality and change if this is in conflict with how things have always been done. Getting on in the company requires political astuteness. Being too real and saying things how they are doesn't necessarily serve one. Careers can stagnate at OUP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage a climate of saying things how they are, rather than managers feeling they have to speak company propaganda, which leads to self-deception, lack of clarity and lack of decision-making within the company. Invest in more agile management, training in better decision-making, communication within the company structure and development of employees.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Ridiculous bureaucracy, terrible CEO

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxford University Press as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Decent learning & development courses
    Flexible working schedule
    Friendly IT team
    Library & bookstore
    Good gym, cafeteria, and location
    Regular 1:1 time with manager

    Cons

    CEO is a jerk. Not sure why the ratings are so high here. I've taken notes in his office, and he is abrupt, unfriendly, frequently checks his phone, and will flip out if a meeting runs 5 minutes overtime.
    Pay is lower than average
    Senior management lives in another world
    Decisions take at least 10 meetings with each and every stakeholder

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relate to your employees once in a while. Don't ask visitors who simply want to introduce themselves to schedule a 5-minute meeting with your PA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company that has lost its way

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    Current Employee - Managing Editor in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Managing Editor in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people. Great location. Good to feel you are working on quality products.

    Cons

    Terrible management structure that doesn't know how terrible it is. After a badly engineered restructure in 2013 it hasn't really recovered. Morale is very low and management don't help by bringing in constant changes to try to correct past mistakes. Spending money on lots of 'Change Managers' who come in and do vacuous workshops, while slashing budgets everywhere else doesn't make them look good either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need new upper management. It is that simple.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company overall but they have their issue

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    Former Employee - IT Support in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Support in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at Oxford University Press full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Non profit ethos, overall mission is great
    Company Knowledge, years of experience is publishing in academics
    Great History, felt proud joining a historic organisation

    Cons

    Underpaid when compared to industry, IT jobs are not paid well
    Some Politics, it works well if you have better relations in upper management
    Red Tape, innovation in IT is affected mostly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be good idea to pay a better salary, it would not make a big dent in annual surplus.
    Also a good idea to let employees contribute some time and resources towards research and development

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

    Nice place to work, but structure suppresses innovation

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

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time

    Pros

    Work-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.

    Cons

    New 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting work but stressful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Editor in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Development Editor in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work 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.

    Cons

    Pay 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 ManagementAdvice

    More in-house digital specialists
    Less management mumbo-jumbo

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Staff benefits
    Great atmosphere outside the department
    Superb location

    Cons

    Micromanaged 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Big ideas but moving to action could be faster

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

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Stuffy 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 ManagementAdvice

    Change 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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