I worked at Oxera full-time (More than a year)
Oxera is a vibrant company that's growing fast and this can be exciting. The office is friendly and the people are nice. Even if you are entry level, you don't feel you can't talk to people who are very senior. Good atmosphere and a sense of cameraderie.
Unfortunately the transparency of Oxera highlights the problems of working in business support here. If you are a consultant it's probably fantastic. It's not so great when you are told how well the business is doing and know how much the consultants make, but you as business support are not paid well. This is a corporation that can afford to pay even its junior analysts £40k starting salary, but salaries for admin and business support roles are lower than in non-profits in the area, like the University. This is not very motivational. As business support you are very aware of the huge discrepancy. Also, people in the London office doing the same role are usually paid more, sometimes lots more, even though Oxford is just as expensive. Admin and support staff know the higher ups are millionnaires and are very conscious that we're not.
I would have loved to stay at Oxera for many reasons to do with its atmosphere, but struggled to live on their salary. This was particularly sad because they're so transparent and make so much money as a corporation and you know they could afford to pay you enough to live on in Oxford.
Advice to Management
Being transparent is great and your atmosphere is encouraging, but pay more attention to your business support staff if you want to keep them. Working for a corporation like Oxera should not mean people have to move to non-profits for better pay for similar jobs.
I applied online. I interviewed at Oxera in June 2016.
The application process had some tests and 3 interview rounds. Tests are a Watson Glaser and an economic assessment.
First interview is conducted by two senior consultants. Only very few motivational questions, but they asked a lot about my previous experiences. Then questions about competition economics, regulation and econometrics. After this a 40 minute written case study, you can pick from 5 questions and have to explain in a way a client would also understand without economic knowledge.
Second round is conducted by 2 partners. Involved competition economics, corporate finance and some econometrics.
Third round was facilitated by a partner and a senior partner. They were interested in whether I fit into a specific team, so questions were related to that, plus the usual 'how would you explain XY to a client'.
Overall, very nice and accomodating, but challenging experience.
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