Oxford University Press Senior Production Editor Reviews

Updated Sep 29, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Supportive employer with good chances for development

    Jul 30, 2019 - Senior Production Editor in Oxford, England
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    Pros

    Career development opportunities, societies/clubs, nice office environment

    Cons

    location, high living and travel costs

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    Thanks so much for the positive review. We’re really pleased that you are enjoying working with us. If you want to expand on any of the points you highlight in your review – both good and bad – then please get in touch by emailing glassdoor@oup.com.

  2. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    ELT Editorial

    Jun 23, 2020 - Production Editor in Oxford, England
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    Pros

    Immediate peers are friendly and helpful. The role has a lot of variance. Freedom to work from home. My immediate line manager can't be faulted for the time she puts into her reports.

    Cons

    Salary is too low by industry standards and against Oxford living costs. There is unclear progression from Production Editors to Content Editors in the department, staff are encouraged to apply for Content positions and turned down too often creating a negative feeling for crossover. There is a feeling of superiority of Content Editors against Production Editors. Production are often treated as assistants and kept out of project conversations, making their work much more difficult. Management do not seem to have any idea how products are developed or the time required to create them. Deadlines are most often too tight which results in stressful conditions.

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    5 people found this review helpful

    Oxford University Press Response

    OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. We’re really pleased to hear your feedback on your colleagues, and your work. However we would like to understand more about some of the challenges you are experiencing at OUP around reward, culture, and management. We hope you’ll consider getting in touch by emailing glassdoor@oup.com.

  3. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    People who have escaped this hellscape call themselves "survivors" for a reason

    Mar 29, 2018 - Senior Production Editor in Oxford, England
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    Pros

    There is, indeed, an ok coffee shop. Pat yourself on the back, everything else is collapsing but there's a coffee shop! That picture of the dog saying "it's fine!" in a restaurant that's on fire comes to mind.

    Cons

    Where to start? The fact that some poor person in HR has been replying to all these dire (and accurate) reviews lately, parroting the party line, pretty much exemplifies the core issue. Nobody listens to us. The absolute, number one, cannot be avoided issue at OUP is that the pay is dreadful. It's not "competitive." It's barely a living wage. What really frustrates us as employees is the fact that this is never discussed. Every year there is a survey where we are asked what we'd like to get changed and pay is always the number one point. Management completely ignores this and will not even enter into a discussion about it. Similarly, the HR responses on this page ignore the pressing issue in every review: the low pay. This is exactly what it's like in real life. Art, or Glassdoor, imitates the real world. (Sorry, I know you, the person replying, are probably only an HR assistant doing what you're told, and that you probably agree with all the reviews anyway because at OUP, assistants do all the work for no recognition, no hope or promotion, and barely enough money to afford their groceries. Certainly not enough to live anywhere near Oxford.) If the pay were in line with the University, or indeed any other publisher, we'd be more forgiving about the terrible management, incommunicative seniors, lack of respect, workplace bullying, huge overwork problem and the fact that nobody ever listens to us. But if you pay peanuts and then close your ears whenever this is mentioned as possibly (!) the reason for the huge staff turnover, well...

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    14 people found this review helpful

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    We’re genuinely sorry to hear about your negative experiences at OUP. One of the main reasons for us responding to feedback on Glassdoor is so that we can get a greater understanding of people’s experiences at OUP – what we’re doing well, and where we can make future improvements. It’s so important that our people feel recognized for their work, and that they are respected and listened to, so your feedback is especially concerning. It’s also concerning that you have seen instances of workplace bullying. We have a zero tolerance policy around bullying, and would encourage you to report this confidentially to OUP@expolink.co.uk. We would really welcome the opportunity to speak to you in more detail about your feedback, and understand your specific experiences. Please do get in touch via glassdoor@oup.com.

  4. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Very little diversity, poor promotion opportunities, always playing catch-up with competitors

    Jan 19, 2018 - Production Editor in Oxford, England
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    Pros

    Decent maternity leave offer; good core hours (10-4). On-site gym. Good location (short walk from town centre). Good holiday allowance.

    Cons

    Very little diversity at all. OUP actively seek Oxbridge alumni or similar educational background and so tend to hire white middle class. As such, political views, when people feel comfortable enough around you to air them, tend to lean towards Tory, and where individuals are claiming Labour I’ve often suspected it’s just to be seen to be a “cool liberal”. Politics aside, as in most large organisations, senior management is most aptly described as “stale, pale and male” - with the large majority of the workforce being female (official statistics show that in fact Publishing is a female dominated industry nationally, at 80-90% female) it shouldn’t take a genius to see the issue here. If you can manage to get past these obviously minor gripes, you’ll have a great time working your fingers to the bone to cover the gap left when your colleagues leave the company or sidestep into other teams and it takes 5-12 months for their position to be filled, if at all, since The Budget must always be reviewed prior to hiring - even when hiring to fill positions made vacant by secondment, maternity, career progression, etc. Having successfully done your job and half of somebody else’s for a year, you’d hope that you’d be an obvious candidate for promotion, but OUP culture is such that you may still be pipped to the post by a bright eyed and bushy tailed boy child who’s been earmarked for success by stale pale male senior management.

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    11 people found this review helpful

    Oxford University Press Response

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    We’re sorry to hear of your negative experiences at OUP. Diversity & inclusion is a major area of focus for us – and indeed the wider publishing industry. We have initiatives in place to help us tackle some of the challenges you raise and are currently developing our broader Diversity and Inclusion strategy. If you’d like to share any further feedback – about this, or the challenges you’ve experienced around workload and recruitment – then please get in touch via glassdoor@oup.com

  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Incompetent Middle Management

    Feb 10, 2017 - Production Editor in Oxford, England
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    Pros

    The cafe, canteen, the location in Oxford, and the beautiful building.

    Cons

    Middle management are not adequately qualified in my view, and this showed through their panicked behaviour and off-loading their mistakes and stresses on editorial staff. The workload is extreme, managing the production process and meeting deadlines for dozens of books at any one time. On a few occasions I saw colleagues storm out of my manager's office in tears, or were sick due to stress. The internal "buddy" system is abused and used to report back to managers, and the in-house support counsellor is more concerned about ticking boxes and protecting the company from litigation than helping staff. I didn't realize until after I left how stressed I was there.

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    7 people found this review helpful
  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good people, no space at the top

    Sep 26, 2015 - Production Editor in Oxford, England
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    Pros

    - Excellent benefits and amenities - Genuinely nice people - good focus on training and skill development - good work/life balance - prestigious company

    Cons

    - middling salary vs cost of living in Oxford - little room for growth into managerial positions - resources can be tight, sometimes due to turnover/staff shortage

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  7. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Too few people for too much work

    Sep 29, 2021 - Senior Production Editor in Sunderland, MA
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    Pros

    Great colleagues and interesting content

    Cons

    Unreasonable deadlines and short staffed departments

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    Oxford University Press Response

    OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    Thanks for your review. While it's great to see that you've enjoyed working with your colleagues, we're saddened to see that you wouldn't recommend working at OUP. We want to ensure that all of our people feel adequately supported in their careers and would welcome the opportunity to discuss this with you further. Please consider emailing glassdoor@oup.com.

  8. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Leadership is lacking, culture can be toxic

    Sep 21, 2019 - Senior Production Editor in New York, NY
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    Pros

    It's a good place to start off; get your foot in the door and add it to the resume, then find employment elsewhere.

    Cons

    The pay is well below market and the culture is quite toxic. If you are looking for career development, management is not interested in your success, despite the rhetoric. The rank and file have zero confidence in the leadership of upper management. The Head of Content Ops does not tolerate being challenged.

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    14 people found this review helpful
  9. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Tight with the purse strings

    Mar 26, 2019 - Senior Production Editor in Sunderland, MA
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    Pros

    Decent employer for the area. Often interesting work.

    Cons

    Let people go whose salaries have grown over the years so they can save money, then let the job remain vacant for as long as possible, only to replace with a junior salaried employee

    11 people found this review helpful

    Oxford University Press Response

    OUP Glassdoor Account Manager

    Hi, thank you for your thoughts - we’re glad you find your work interesting, though we would like to understand more about your comments around recruitment. If you would be happy to explain further, please get in touch at glassdoor@oup.com.

  10. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Get out when you can

    Jul 6, 2016 - Production Editor in Cary, NC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good benefits, many smart colleagues, good learning experience

    Cons

    Low pay, inflexible policies, poor work-life balance, high turnover, impossible workload, ineffective and dishonest management, constant IT-related problems

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    26 people found this review helpful
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