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I worked at Cambridge University Press full-time (More than 5 years)
The gym, on-site restaurant, the support/services teams, the on-site parking, and definitely the people - the people are genuinely fantastic. You'll miss all of these if you leave.
I was lucky to have a lot of input into my career development.
- The HiPPO culture: fear of mid-managers to make their own decisions because senior managers can be outspoken and bullish, or just don't allow them to make them.
- Legacy systems - innovation has been thwarted at times by having to incorporate old foundational technology that's not sexy enough to get budget to update/replace.. resulting in vast swathes of work-arounds and old tech exceptions.
Advice to Management
Buy a start-up that has had to innovate to survive, keep it separate rather than absorb the life out of it, and let it innovate for you, rather than trying to do re-hashed stuff yourself.
I applied online. I interviewed at Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, East of England, England).
Unreasonable amount of pre-interview preparation requested at short notice.
I also felt that the interviewer made a wrong assumption about me early on in the interview and then all of his questions related to confirming this assumption. Despite giving clear comments that would refute this assumption, interview feedback was indeed that he had made this wrong assumption. This was therefore a biased interview in my opinion.
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