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Updated September 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent work/life balance as well as great support from colleagues and management (in 40 reviews)

  • In the past, some individuals in senior management contributed to a toxic work environment through bullying and nepotism (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay and need better infrastructure (in 26 reviews)

  • Lack of direction from senior management, with a complete misunderstanding of what digital publishing means (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Good people, okay pay, bad technology"

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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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package, wonderful people, fun office environment, stellar work/life balance

    Cons

    Terrible internal systems, out-of-date technology, awful IT service, very high turnover rate

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade everything!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!!!!"

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

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

    Pros

    Some absolutely wonderful people met at the entry-level, supportive and caring of one another

    Cons

    Where to begin...
    -TOXIC Editor--completely self-absorbed and narcissistic , casting blame on assistants at the drop of a hat even when it was his mistake, pinning assistants to compete against each other, declared "winner" and would humiliate other assistant in group email chain-notorious in the industry for horrible business practices, yet tolerated for completely unexplained reasons
    -HR department couldn't care less about the well-being of the employees, only care about preserving toxic work practices that account for extremely high turnover (my editor went through 6 assistants in a year and a half, and was lauded for his "management skills")
    -Unwilling to take ideas from entry-level employees, even if it would increase the productivity of the department
    -CONSTANT miscommunication from management team that led to daily tension between managers and assistants
    -Completely inappropriate practices "excused"--one editor who made sexual harassment comments to assistants allowed to remain at job
    -unproductive review assessments--inappropriate character assassination rather than overview of skills/helpful feedback for job improvement
    -constant job security threatened because of insecurity of manager
    -offensively low starting salary, even for competing nonprofit organizations--starting salary of 28k

    Advice to Management

    Complete turnover necessary for any productive headway to occur

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Anon"

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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

    Great toilet paper and vending machines

    Cons

    No encouragement. Lack of positivity.constantly critical of your work. STRESS LEVEL HIGH

    Advice to Management

    Shut the door and turn it into barnes and noble or bowling alley


  4. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, great coworkers, good experience, learned alot

    Cons

    managers to not micromanager, doesn't let internal workers get promoted


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Lawsuit waiting to happen..."

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Super smart colleagues who work hard;

    Cons

    Indifferent HR dept who ignore upper management's bad behavior, Executive's busy with enriching their own careers and indifferent to realities re pay/compensation and workloads junior staff endure.

    Advice to Management

    2% raises for executives is still a significant raise, but 2% of junior staff salaries does not even cover transportation increases annually...what happened to meritocracy?


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Marketing Coordinator"

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

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

    Pros

    Terrible and boring work life, however great and smart people, good 9-5 hours, easy comfortable attire

    Cons

    Terrible pay, bad managers, take advantage of employees, do not let you submit real hours due to pay cuts

    Advice to Management

    Some managers take advantage of their employees with workloads and hours


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Don't Bother"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Editor in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The job looks great on paper. You can use it to leverage a new position with a better company

    Cons

    -Uptight management
    -They pay a comically low rate and then say you should be grateful for it
    -Senior management isn't open to ideas
    -I was originally hired as an assistant. Then my boss quit. Then I was given her job. No replacement was found for my role. Then my salary was cut to half of what she made. Then I was told they weren't so sure my position was even worthy of full time status (for math's sake--that's 2 positions that were then cut down to not even one full time role)
    -Odd and vocal Pro Trump stance
    - Inconsistent tone from managers. You can get chastised by a manager who will then laugh at the fact that your name may possibly rhyme with theirs. (This joke was repeated for several months)
    -Repeatedly interviewed to keep my job for 3 years

    Advice to Management

    Don't joke about your name rhyming with another. It's not funny when you put someone's job in your hands in the same conversation. It's odd.

  8. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great work culture and professionalism

    Cons

    Upgrade technology and have digital products


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, Sucky Pay"

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

    I worked at Oxford University Press full-time

    Pros

    Caters to the growth of its employees and has great perks

    Cons

    Uses the fact that they are a non-profit as an excuse to pay super low wages

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they are worth


  10. Helpful (5)

    "So close, yet so far..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    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 :(


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