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Oxford University Press Reviews

Updated 22 Jan 2020

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3.0
56%
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56%
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Oxford University Press CEO Nigel Portwood (no image)
Nigel Portwood
63 Ratings
Pros
  • "Holiday car pay Work life balance(in 59 reviews)

  • "A nascent focus on change and digital transformation is going to make OUP an exciting (and career-defining) place to work for many people(in 56 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not OUP related but traffic is constant thorn in everyone's side(in 60 reviews)

  • "Low pay and slow career progression(in 47 reviews)

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  1. "Supportive employer with good chances for development"

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    Current Employee - Senior Production Editor in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Career development opportunities, societies/clubs, nice office environment

    Cons

    location, high living and travel costs

    Oxford University Press2019-07-30
  2. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chichester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Holiday car pay Work life balance

    Cons

    Territory size, commission, job progression

    Oxford University Press2020-01-07
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good in some areas but bad in others"

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    Current Employee - Designer in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People who work 'on the ground' are mostly friendly and supporting, especially my team Some good perks such as discount benefits

    Cons

    Higher management are all out for themselves and don't understand what groundwork happens. Constant strategy changes to keep themselves in a job and little incentive for everyone to stick about

    Oxford University Press2019-12-13
  4. "Outdated Useless Prince2. Extremely Lacking Technologically."

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University Press full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some brilliant & talented staff, although the higher they were the less competent they tended to be. Nice gym, ok canteen.

    Cons

    Bullying was endemic and entrenched. There were some good managers but real leadership was rare, so bullying was the standard way to "get things done". Some departments had so much churn they could have started a dairy. Everyone knew it and everyone saw it but rather than actually tackle it HR sent everyone on "awareness training" and washed their hands of it all. Generally there was an overwhelming bureaucracy that smothered any spark of originality and stifled any attempt at progress. Those that learnt management-speak and kept their heads down seemed to fit in. In terms of digital the company was years behind, using outdated methodology and deprecated technology. Luckily it seemed that you could stick the Oxford brand on anything and customers would buy it. As a company they have built a big enough userbase to be able to get away with mediocrity.

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    Advice to Management

    None. They wouldn't listen anyway.

    Oxford University Press2020-01-19
  5. "Not the worst place to work"

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    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Colleagues are generally very good people, the atmosphere on the ground is always friendly and collegiate.

    Cons

    Very little room for upward development, terrible pay, senior leaders are out of touch.

    Advice to Management

    Get better at listening to employees!

    Oxford University Press2019-12-13
  6. "Meaningful mission with wonderful, cash-strapped colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Commissioning Editor in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Strong mission, great colleagues, good work-life balance, brilliant location

    Cons

    Salaries do not reflect cost of living

    Oxford University Press2019-11-20
  7. Helpful (2)

    "It's ok..."

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    Current Employee - Release Manager in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good location, good people. in fact it's the people that make the it a nice place to work

    Cons

    fragmented business setup where divisions act as individual companies. too much duplication of effort. lack of direction.

    Advice to Management

    look after your people.

    Oxford University Press2019-11-14
  8. Helpful (8)

    "Avoid"

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    Former Employee - Development Editor in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University Press full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice offices. Some nice colleagues.

    Cons

    No training whatsoever. Any "training session" was basically, "go on Lynda.com and get ready for if a spot above you does open up" and then the remaining hour was spent listening to senior members of staff complaining about how there are no opportunities for even lateral movement. The CEOs are idiots that don't understand OUPs place in the market and blunder from one disaster to another. They are bailed out by their association with the University. If this were any other company, it would have gone bust ages ago. There is also a culture of bullying and HR couldn't give a toss. When I confronted them with evidence of constructive dismissal, they just shrugged their shoulders and did nothing. Lower pay than elsewhere in the sector.

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    Oxford University Press2019-11-26
  9. Helpful (12)

    "Low growth makes for shady dealings"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University Press full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, canteen, beautiful building

    Cons

    Constant IT problems, re-structuring which usually means people suddenly leave and you know nothing for days until a faux positive email is sent. Overall terrible communication. Knows they can always fill vacancies so don’t bother with current employees.

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers to actually manage people, be honest with employees (don’t just say you’re honest, actually be honest), take better care of your support workers as most of them are completely miserable and underpaid.

    Oxford University Press2019-10-23
  10. "OUP"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University Press full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Staff, Environment and transfer Opportunities

    Cons

    IT has now been outsourced

    Oxford University Press2019-10-16
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