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Updated October 15, 2018
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Pros
  • "Excellent work/life balance as well as great support from colleagues and management" (in 46 reviews)

  • "Casual work environment; brand recognition; location; office design; flexible hours; work from home flexibility" (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay with high demand workflow" (in 35 reviews)

  • "Senior management are now corporate bores who care about one thing and one thing only: keeping their jobs" (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, wonderful place to get experience first job out of college

    Cons

    Low salary compared to trade publishing companies


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Underpaid and undervalued"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people at OUP are amazingly smart, talented, and professional. It's a great place and trusted name to have on your resume. I honestly enjoyed the work and my time there.

    Cons

    However, leaving was the best thing I ever did for my career. Please know you are underpaid and undervalued at OUP. I'm in the position to double my salary in a year since leaving OUP after being passed up for a promotion because someone whined their way to the top.

    Advice to Management

    Please value hard work instead of fearing losing people who complain all the time. Let them leave and keep people who work hard and prove themselves. Expose marketers to more analytics

    Oxford University Press Response

    Sep 18, 2018 – OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    Thank you for your review. We’re so pleased you enjoyed your time here, but it’s concerning to us that you felt you were underpaid and undervalued. We know that OUP is only as successful as it is... More

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Last resort"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time

    Pros

    Great work life/balance, friendly people, and really do care about "ethics"

    Cons

    Low pay, and if you're not in the UK side of things, forget having any say in things. They care maybe a little TOO much about ethics, and not enough about valuing employees, and rewarding/recognizing them. Very little chance for upward mobility.

    Lousy vacation time, and managers are way too corporate. The company itself seems to be more about "ethics and doing the right thing" than ever thinking about actually investing in growing the company/making money.

    The IT department is a JOKE. They outsourced things to India, and it takes forever to get anything actually accomplished. I have to restart outlook 5-6 times a day, and nobody can tell me why/how to fix it.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people more to attract talent. You're a non profit, I get it, but we're way underpaid, and undervalued.

    Oxford University Press Response

    Oct 11, 2018 – OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    We’re glad to hear that you benefited from our people and our flexibility – and that you recognized our commitment to operating ethically. However we’re concerned about some of the challenges you... More


  4. Helpful (5)

    "A good place to start, but not to stay"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time

    Pros

    Good managers
    Good benefits
    Good use of tools

    Cons

    Bad overall work structure
    Extremely high turnover
    Unable to make real change within the company
    Low pay with high demand workflow

    Oxford University Press Response

    Sep 18, 2018 – OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    Thanks for leaving us a review. We’re pleased to see your feedback on our managers, benefits and resources, but are concerned by some of the challenges you mention, such as our structure, being... More


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Value yourself and your time by staying away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University Press full-time

    Pros

    Most colleagues are nice (at least superficially; there are at least a few genuine people), lunch n learns, bagel Fridays, random social events. Health insurance is okay, but a huge chunks comes from employees. From working here, I've learned what red flags to look out for in a toxic environment. Since leaving, my quality of life has improved greatly.

    Cons

    Pretty much everything else is terrible. I've literally gotten sick because of my time at OUP, so if you value your health, I'd recommend working at another company. There are serious organizational issues - at least on the books side of the business. Management is really bad, and strategy/direction changes quite often. This leads to those below to scramble to try to make sense of new processes, directions, etc - all without proper training and resources. Many people have no work/life balance, most systems are very outdated. I've also witnessed blatant racism and microaggressions at this job. HR has honestly been the worst experience of any company that I've ever worked for.

    Advice to Management

    READ the employee surveys! There are serious work load, manager, and system issues that need to be rectified.I honestly think there needs to be an audit on how ethical the various departments (especially HR) operate.

    Oxford University Press Response

    Sep 18, 2018 – OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    We would like to know more about your time at OUP and how you feel it impacted your health, as well as the racist, aggressive, and unethical behavior that you claim to have witnessed. We act... More


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Run, Just Run"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time

    Pros

    It's a job; benefits are great; friendly coworkers (on the surface); flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Below par pay rate, grade, and market value compared to cost of living; oppressive amount of work; incompetent managers with no training or experience; high turnover so you do multiple jobs at once without compensation, which is illegal; zero job growth; higher management pretends to care but doesnt really.

    this job is the worst thing that has ever happened to me.

    run, just run

    Advice to Management

    none. they don't care

    Oxford University Press Response

    Aug 28, 2018 – OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    We’re sorry to hear you are not enjoying your time at OUP, although we appreciate the feedback. We particularly note your thoughts on workload, management, and job growth and would like to understand... More


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Intellectual Snobbery & Low Pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comfortable
    Nice Location
    Good Dress Code
    Close to Public Transportation

    Cons

    Intellectual Snobbery run amok
    Low Salaries
    No Support
    No Job Security
    No Room for Advancement
    Poor Moral
    High Turn-Over

    Oxford University Press Response

    Aug 28, 2018 – OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    Hi, thank you for leaving a review, though we’re sorry to see you didn’t enjoy your time at OUP. All feedback is valuable to us, both the good and the bad, as it helps us better understand where we... More

  8. Helpful (17)

    "Level of dysfunction is unreal"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Editorial in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Editorial in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time

    Pros

    The prestige of the name. The camaraderie with other coworkers at your level (tends to happen when you’ve seen most of them in tears at least once).

    Cons

    Terrible pay, terrible morale, terrible technology, terrible workload. Blame is heaped upon lower-level employees as a way for management to carry on in the face of the disastrous demise they know deep-down is completely and totally deserved. “The name” can only take you so far.

    Advice to Management

    If you’re intent on continuing to fail the majority of your employees in one way or another, at least invest in a bigger rug to sweep all of the systemic problems and raging dysfunction under.

    Oxford University Press Response

    Aug 16, 2018 – OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    We’re sorry to hear that you are having such a bad experience at OUP. It’s our aim to ensure that our people feel supported and rewarded for their work, and we would really like to understand more... More


  9. "Global company with the power of a world renowned University"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time

    Pros

    I have been able to work with many talented people in all parts of the world. The ability to have all the knowledge and experiences of all these people is certainly unique.

    Cons

    The tendency toward staying with old systems can be a hindrance at time.

    Oxford University Press Response

    Jul 16, 2018 – OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    We’re really pleased to hear that you’d recommend working at OUP to others. We continue to be proud of our amazing people and the skills they bring to our organization. If you’d like to tell us any... More


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Aggressively Hostile"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - News Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - News Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    This name has been a big boost to my resumé since leaving my position

    Cons

    My boss told me that I was lucky to be making $50,000 in my 5th year as an editor. Let's remember that this is in NYC for a second. They then told me that I was on the high end of the pay scale. Also, there was a very odd Pro Trump stance during the 2016 election year.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better. Keep your political beliefs to yourself

    Oxford University Press Response

    Jul 30, 2018 – OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    Thanks for leaving a review. We’re surprised to see your comments about OUP as a hostile environment, and as somewhere which supports specific political leanings. This is not the sort of working... More


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