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Oxford University Press Reviews

Updated 10 October 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent work/life balance as well as great support from colleagues and management (in 40 reviews)

  • Great coworkers, great work environment (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 (1)

    "Poor support for mental health"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Assistant Editor in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, large company with many resources available.

    Cons

    Little support, understanding and accommodation of mental health concerns, exacerbated by working environments conducive to stress.

    Advice to Management

    Take mental health more seriously and value your employees more.


  2. "Good Organisation to work for"

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

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours is a positive

    Cons

    Career development is not amongst the best


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic and depressed... but could be amazing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great location
    - Work life balance
    - Brand and prestige,
    - Some wonderful people
    - Some great opportunities... if you make them yourself
    - Organisation is not supportive, certain managers are... despite the organisation
    - Much needed IT organisational changes, hopefully, embedded and going in the right direction
    - Ducks

    Cons

    - CTO - out of his depth and angry
    - Blatant nepotism
    - Brand value and prestige is actually tiny and meaningless
    - Favoring contractors over perms, but then expecting perms to pick up the contractors mess
    - Atrocious salaries - truly awful
    - Career progression non-existant, unless you are mates with hiring manager
    - Bizarre management decisions made with no communication or explanation
    - Scapegoating coal-face staff
    - Difficult, but required, organisational changes handled incredibly poorly. People actually made sick by the process.
    - The organisation is depressed

    Advice to Management

    Most of you need to apologise and leave


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "No longer the force it once was"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University Press full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people; the building; the history; sometimes the content.

    Cons

    Poor wages; poor management; poor leadership; lack of investment in Editorial and Content (way too much emphasis on delivery and its mechanisms).

    Advice to Management

    Way too many layers of 'senior' management. Too many meetings. Too many people employed to count; and not enough to actually 'do' anything.


  6. "Easy-going and flexible"

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

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time

    Pros

    Easy hours, 8 - 4, 9-5, 10-6 etc, whatever suits your schedule, with lots of tea breaks!

    Cons

    Poor pay, tired offices, not the most motivating culture.

    Advice to Management

    Pay increases to boost morale and reduce high turnover


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great for work / life, but that's it"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work / life balance.
    On site gym.
    On site restaurant, shop, and espresso bar.

    Cons

    Salaries are low and it's hard to get these increased due to bureaucracy / red tape.
    Discrepancies between divisions (pay / reward / office standards / IT equipment / travel).
    Difficult to launch ideas or initiate step change.
    Many employees are comfortable with little drive. No accountability for poor performance.
    Management disconnected from "on-the-ground" work.
    Inclination to re-brand/launch old content.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries and reward to retain exceptional staff.
    Ensure accountability for employees who are under-performing.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Flagging"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Support Manager in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Digital Support Manager in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful, historic building.
    On-site catering.
    Interesting and fun people.
    Travel-to-work scheme for bus and rail passes
    Wide variety of after work clubs and social events.
    Impressive name for a CV.

    Cons

    Lack of direction from senior management, with a complete misunderstanding of what digital publishing means.
    Terrible IT service desk that cause more problems than they solve.
    Takes far too long to get an idea off the ground and into market.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Data Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Didcot, England
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Didcot, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford University Press full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good working location in Oxford

    Cons

    very short sighted when it comes to long term investment in employees

    Advice to Management

    dont throw the baby out with the bathwater!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Okay"

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

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

    Pros

    Beautiful building
    Onsite gym
    Good work/life balance - the office is empty after 5pm
    Lots of nice people working there

    Cons

    Difficult to see career path for junior staff
    Low salaries - especially as it is based in one of the most expensive cities to live in in the UK
    Lack of training support
    Discrepancies across Divisions - one division will pay for their staff to do a CIM course and another division won't
    Not very agile - take ages to get projects moving
    Quite hierarchical management structure
    Recruitment freezes and redundancies are rife
    Dreadful IT support - we haven't had a colour printer for months

    Advice to Management

    Pay staff better
    Create more opportunities for junior staff


  11. "Why you should work at OUP"

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

    I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance as well as great support from colleagues and management

    Cons

    Lack of direction going forward with some projects


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