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Updated 12 July 2018
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Pros
  • "Excellent work/life balance as well as great support from colleagues and management" (in 43 reviews)

  • "Casual work environment; brand recognition; location; office design; flexible hours; work from home flexibility" (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay (compared to elsewhere in market), digital developments are slow, can be pressured at times" (in 33 reviews)

  • "Not a very high paying business or industry and sometimes poor work life balance" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly and supportive management and colleagues
    Opportunities for development and further training

    Cons

    After a point it is difficult to find further career opportunities


  2. "Some departments are great, and you'll get plenty of exercise walking round the building!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University Press full-time

    Pros

    - Friendly, knowledgeable colleagues
    - Good pension and other benefits
    - Canteen and shop on site
    - Printing museum
    - Library
    - Nice building
    - Friendly receptionists
    - Nice area of Oxford to be in
    - Good outdoor areas

    Cons

    - Some people have been there 25+ years and are stuck in the world how it was when they joined
    - Building is massive so it can take a while to walk between meetings, and it's easy to get a bit lost
    - Some open plan areas have too many desks and aren't that friendly
    - No parking, and parking nearby is £ high
    - Lots of contractors

    Oxford University Press Response

    19 Jun 2018 – OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    We’re really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time at OUP (though we definitely appreciate how easy it can be to get lost in our HQ!). We’d like to hear more about your experiences – and in... More

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Poor pay, poor leadership"

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    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 business mission, some lovely people, Lovely city

    Cons

    Very low and inequitable pay
    Contractors given the good jobs - little trust and support for employees to grow
    Toxic management
    Overbearing, shouty, 'Tell' leadership style with all departments
    No trust whatsoever - even in successful and committed managers
    No commitment/partnership with 3rd party suppliers

    Advice to Management

    Recognise/develop leadership and trust /develop your teams
    Recruit employees and contractors more carefully and support them to do the job that is required
    Set and agree business and technical strategies and work towards them.

    Oxford University Press Response

    19 Jun 2018 – OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    While it’s great to hear your feedback on our mission and our people – both of which we’re really proud – we’re sorry to see that you aren’t enjoying your time at OUP. Some of the points you raise... More


  4. "Great, sociable friendly people who made it fun to go to work everyday"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great, sociable friendly people who made it fun to go to work everyday

    Cons

    Not the fastest to get up to speed with digital innovation.

    Oxford University Press Response

    8 Jun 2018 – OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, and it’s great to hear you enjoyed your time at OUP. We never tire of hearing positive feedback about our wonderful employees!

    If you’d like to... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time

    Pros

    Nice working environment, good people

    Cons

    The pay is extremely low, even after working there for years.

    Oxford University Press Response

    17 May 2018 – OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    We’re pleased to hear that you’d recommend working here. We always like to hear how people find working at OUP, and would welcome the opportunity to find out more about your experiences. If you’d... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "OUP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University Press full-time

    Pros

    Excellent Products and wonderful staff.

    Cons

    Layers of bureaucracy slow progress.

    Oxford University Press Response

    10 May 2018 – OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    Thanks for posting a review. We’re really pleased you enjoyed your time at OUP and would recommend us as a place to work; we especially appreciate your feedback on our people! We would like to hear... More


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Toxic work environment, senior management (Board) in ELT is driving the division into the ground."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing mission, enthusiastic and devoted colleagues, quality products, customers who are passionate about what they due in education

    Cons

    Unstable and uncertain work environment, constant change creating chaos and confusion rather than enhancements and improvements, senior managers who aren't respected or trusted and don't seem to understand the business, no clear direction or strategy for growth

    Advice to Management

    Time for a refresh on the board, new blood, new energy, new ideas. MD (+ others) has to go - replaced by someone not afraid to have genuine and authentic conversations with people in the business, someone actually willing to meet with customers and understand their reality.

    Oxford University Press Response

    10 May 2018 – OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    Hello, sorry to hear you have not had a positive experience at OUP, but we appreciate your feedback. We’re pleased that the mission, quality of our products, and passion for education were a pro, and... More

  8. "Fun publishing environment"

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    Former Employee - Rights Assistant in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Rights Assistant in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    great team, fun, varied, good canteen, creative,

    Cons

    organisation, department communication, team building

    Oxford University Press Response

    1 May 2018 – OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We’re really pleased to hear that you liked working at OUP and would be keen to hear more about your experiences, so please do get in touch via... More


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Shockingly out-of-touch"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are some of the loveliest, hardest working, and smartest humans you will ever meet, and it's a very social company with various clubs and societies to join. There are ducklings in the quad in the springtime.

    Cons

    The pay is atrocious. Good luck living in Oxford on any salary at OUP unless you're upper management, so look forward to having multiple housemates in order to make rent.
    When inappropriate and bullying behaviour is reported to your manager, it will be swiftly ignored, or you will be blamed.
    In order to have any career progression, the only thing you can do is leave OUP to another company, then come back at a higher level. They do not promote or value their experienced staff. The knowledge gap that happens when people leave for better pay elsewhere is 100% the basis of every other problem. We don't pay enough to keep our most talented staff.
    Workloads are consistently increasing with smaller and smaller teams, not replacing people who leave, so the team that is left have a massive volume of work they can't possibly excel at. They end up spending all their time putting out fires. If they do decide to replace someone who left, it has taken over a year and in some cases longer to get someone in the post. Management has no concern over the stress and workload that comes from vacant posts in a team, and only make placating noises when we raise the issue. Upper management has even told us that vacant posts are good for the company because we save money on salaries.
    The company is a good 10-15 years behind with technology and fail miserably when rolling out any new tools. The main database system is genuinely 1990s technology that has been extensively shoe-horned.
    Author experience is valued over every other consideration, we are forced to bend over backwards to meet every outrageously time-consuming and nonsensical demand, ignoring our years of experience in the field in order to placate miserable academics.
    The only reason this company succeeds is because it has a fancy name and the world thinks our content is superior. If they continue in this fashion without providing the staff and resources we need to ensure the content quality is high, we will have nothing left to offer.
    With staff being over 80% female, it's also disturbing to see that senior management is overwhelmingly male. The staff are also overwhelmingly Caucasian. For being a 'progressive' 'charity', they have a lot of catching up to do.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff and pay them much, much more.

    Oxford University Press Response

    25 May 2018 – OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    We are sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy your time at OUP. We agree with your positive comments about our people – and because of that, it’s important to us that our people feel supported and... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good opportunities, low pay"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, everyone pulls their weight for the best overall result, good opportunities for those willing to work hard, good working hours, nice culture

    Cons

    Low pay (compared to elsewhere in market), digital developments are slow, can be pressured at times

    Advice to Management

    When people leave don't put a recruitment freeze on, instead hire someone new as soon as possible and take the pressure off those who are staying

    Oxford University Press Response

    13 Apr 2018 – OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, and we’re really pleased to see that you’re enjoying your time at OUP. We’re always really proud of our people, and how they collaborate to help us... More


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