Oxford University Press Reviews

Updated April 4, 2015
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Oxford University Press CEO Nigel Portwood
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Pros
  • Work-life balance tends to be very good, including generally good support for working parents (in 3 reviews)

  • The company's reputation and affilation with the University is well known (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • No career development for anyone who is not in senior management (in 3 reviews)

  • Lots of layers of management and "strategic" publishers who drive concepts through without mapping out how thing will actually be implemented (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great people, lousy pay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford University Press

    Pros

    OUP is full of intelligent, kind people who work very hard. There are some nice perks for what's technically a non-profit, such as free coffee, bagels on Fridays, and lots of social events.

    Cons

    The pay is not good unless you have what they consider a "technical" job. There's a lot of turnover as a result. Many late nights required to complete all assigned tasks on time.

  2. Looks good on resume, good first-time exposure to publishing, not so good working conditions

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    Former Employee - Production Editor
    Former Employee - Production Editor

    I worked at Oxford University Press

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

    Pros

    Big company, looks good on a resume. Interesting books. Good place to gain knowledge about the academic and trade publishing industry.

    Cons

    Pay not sufficient. Training not adequate. Production department overburdened and overstressed with outsourcing.

    Advice to Management

    Need better training. Need better communication up the command chain.

  3. Committed, intelligent coworkers

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Oxford University Press as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The team was passionate about the final product; work schedules were flexible and managers were considerate of work-life balance

    Cons

    The day-to-day tasks could be tedious for entry-level employees

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  5. A great stepping stone, but ultimately disappointing

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Cary, NC

    I worked at Oxford University Press full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent hours (for some), and the materials--if you get a chance to work with them. You can get great publishing experience and move on. There are a lot of nice people there, and because it's academic publishing it's not particularly cut-throat.

    Cons

    Low pay in a lot of departments, a lot turnover, and they either don't replace the people who leave or drag their feet. There is a lot of fear of outsourcing, as in any publishing arena. They have terrible workflows and IT infrastructure, which can complicate relatively straightforward work.

  6. It is an excellent place to grow and learn the multiple facets of publishing.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Creative Department in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative Department in New York, NY

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The people are respectful and a pleasure to work with, truly passionate about what they do, the work is interesting and the opportunity to work with global teams provides a unique worldview into publishing at large.

    Cons

    Being that the decisionmakers are based abroad, there often seems to be a bit of a disconnect between the home office processes & the domestic office workflows. Lots of change happening, but very slowly, and a lot of having to reinvent the wheel over & over again in terms of workflows, etc., it gets a bit exhausting.

    Advice to Management

    Don't feel they understand roles of employees in great detail, therefore some choices for change seem ill-informed.

  7. Educational Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford University Press

    Pros

    work from home, flexible hours

    Cons

    not much training, upper management seemed unorganized

  8. OK

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I work with a wonderful team of people who are dedicated to their jobs and this company, who do everything they can to support you and see you succeed. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    The workload is unbearable and unrealistic for one person to complete. That, combined with a shockingly low salary can be a tough pill to swallow.

  9. Revolving Door at OUP

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Good books and great editors make OUP an interesting place to work.

    Cons

    The company is organized in distinct silos with little or no crossover between publishing areas such as academic, medical, and reference. Even shared departments such as marketing and design feel very insular and territorial. This makes opportunities for career advancement extremely rare.

    Advice to Management

    Management expends great effort on employee performance reviews, but these reports seem to have no bearing on job promotion, compensation, or job security. Despite multiple years of excellent reviews, I was lured to a conference room one day under a false pretense and summarily fired due to an unannounced "reorganization" of the department. I was treated like a trespasser from that moment on. It was humiliating and unfair to treat a dedicated employee in that manner. HR should revise its procedures for downsizing.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great mission and high quality product, declining focus on workforce

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC

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

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

    Pros

    A mission-driven organization that publishes the best of the best, an employer to be truly proud of. Work-life balance tends to be very good, including generally good support for working parents. Staff tend to be friendly and team-oriented. Good facilities and benefits.

    Cons

    The company seems to be investing less and less in its workforce, including training. Can be very slow to move with market trends and innovation comes very slowly. Tends to want to be seen as a competitor with major commercial publishers but still expects to pay staff on a not-for-profit scale.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in and cultivate staff.

  11. You'll gain good experience

    Current Employee - Assistant Marketing Manager in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Assistant Marketing Manager in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

    In the marketing department, there is always something to work on so you'll gain good experience in learning how to create and implement campaigns and put on conferences

    Cons

    Because Oxford is a non-profit company, the pay is lower than the industry average

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