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Updated May 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Easy to maintain work/life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • In the past, some individuals in senior management contributed to a toxic work environment through bullying and nepotism (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor career progression, low pay in comparison to the budgets you're working with and money you're bringing in (in 27 reviews)

  • lack of communication from senior management (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will learn a lot
    You are encouraged to share ideas and implement them
    Nice benefits and time-off policies

    Cons

    Salary is low as compared to other publishers
    Constant turnover


  2. Helpful (3)

    "So close, yet so far..."

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

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

    Pros

    The press is engaged in a lot of great work around the work and has a fantastic reputation. Many wonderful people work here.

    Cons

    Where to begin? Terrible internal communication. Extremely low morale related to workload, compensation, and lack of communication. Crazy systems and processes. Management seems most concerned about covering for themselves than the future of the company and people working for them. Ridiculous sums spent on travel for some, acquisitions, training and development, HR modules, etc. while budgets slashed for editorial, design, and production :(


  3. "Good place"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Treated like professional, fun laid back work atmosphere. Management does not micromanage staff and let's them use their talents to help the company. Would definitely recommend this company to a friend.

    Cons

    Sometimes too subjective with performance assessments. Wish that more employee input was given into some of the department decision making as it relates to system updates and managing of IT tickets.

    Advice to Management

    More consistent performance expectations.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Experienced an extraordinary amount of discrimination"

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

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

    Pros

    Experience that led to more publishing jobs at other publishing companies and houses.

    Cons

    Experienced an extraordinary amount of discrimination and was called inappropriate names, harassed, and was sent threatening emails, which HR never addressed. Had some 10+ hour workdays for no additional compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Please take action when there are instances of sexual harassment and racism.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not amazing"

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    Current Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Editor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, no stress, vacation days, happy hours, hands-off management and autonomy in your work

    Cons

    Low pay, procedures and HR stuck in the past, outdated systems, high turnover rate, working remotely should be an option for employees like myself you have no reason to physically be in an office. Also, lots of meetings for meetings sake where very little is accomplished.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being stuck in the past. You can trust your employees to get the job done; after all, you chose to hire them, so I would think you could trust them.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Bad news."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time

    Pros

    This may be conditional to the department or floor, but I really enjoy working with my colleagues. They're great people. We've grown particularly close to one another and that camaraderie has gotten me through quite a lot here. In terms of dress and appearance, OUP is really laid back which I appreciate not having to wear a suit and tie to work every day.

    Cons

    OUP feels like it's being held together by glue and popsicle sticks at this point. Working here leaves you with a crushing feeling of "where are all of the adults in the room?" I don't mean that in an ageist way, but rather it seems like no one (except for very few) in leadership positions have any idea what to do about OUP's role in publishing today. This leaves employees frazzled and confused and stretched beyond thin as every day feels like keeping your head above water. How is anyone supposed to work effectively like this?

    Since the layoffs last year, it has not been the same; in fact, it's gotten progressively worse if that's even possible. And if the recent staff discussions and talks are any indication, it seems as though the vast majority of the U.S. workforce are fed up with ridiculously low wages, astronomical amounts of work, outdated and irrelevant critical systems, and concerns falling on deft ears. It's sad.

    Advice to Management

    Please be prepared for another year of exceptionally high turn-over from staff.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Can It Get Any Worse?"

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

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

    Pros

    The NY office is convenient to most transportation. The lobby has a classic look with some historical items.

    Cons

    It is hard to believe that management never saw the tough times coming that ALL publishers are now facing. Despite being blessed with some pretty darn good people in the building who would do anything for the company, management had led the firm down the tubes. The leaders are all seriously flawed; some are so weak that it's just hard to watch. Some are just poisonous (see a previous review that was so dead-on it was almost scary) and nasty. Others are narcissistic with "visions" that never come to be. Some never leave their office. Some barely come in to work when they are needed most to help us get through this. We don't even know what a couple of them do despite their huge salaries. And almost all of them are so despised that morale is at an all-time 520-year low. It's just so hard to be here.

    Advice to Management

    You need to step up and take the blame and turn over at least 50% of the team. That's just a start but would send a positive message. No one likes you anyway so just go away.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "A good place to start and leave"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Casual work environment; brand recognition; location; office design; flexible hours; work from home flexibility

    Cons

    Extreme silo-ing of different divisions, in particular a hard wall between marketing and editorial; stratification and gender homogeneity at executive level, with little to no communication from on high

    Advice to Management

    Put marketing and editorial under the same umbrella; stop with the "global" efforts.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "We can't live on these wages"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time

    Pros

    Amazing work life balance, you are not expected to work past he 9-5 hours
    Full time is 35 hours
    Great benefit package
    Interesting, but also very quirky, people

    Cons

    Wages are absolutely not livable in NYC. Let alone a lot of cities.
    Higher ups are completely disassociated to any mid to entry level problems

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Exploited"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Editor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent and helpful coworkers, interesting scholarly books

    Cons

    management doesn't value growth potential, little room to grow, absolutely wretched salaries with little-to-no salary negotiation possible, lack of positions creates extra work on current employees with no promise of change, lack of training possible for growth, movement towards fewer scholarly monographs


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