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Oxera Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good perks, poor management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oxera full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good perks such as private health, bonus, parties, flexible working (providing you work within the 'right' area of the business).
    - Generally good, nice people to work with

    Cons

    - poor management; constant short term plugging of holes without the bigger picture or long term plan in mind
    - inequality throughout the business; a one rule for one attitude
    - salary not in line with the market for certain roles
    - no prospect of progression within business support
    - a them and us culture between business support and consultancy staff


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A demanding but fun company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxera (More than a year)

    Pros

    Oxera offer good benefits and rewards, like health care & lavish staff parties.
    There is a good sense of team work among lower level staff.

    Cons

    Oxera are very demanding of high standards, and do not tend take human error into account.
    Although they say otherwise, the company is clearly hierarchical. This is immediately noticeable in the way staff interact, as well as the significant difference in salaries.
    They spend a lot of money on perks such as cake, catering and gifts, when it could go towards better salaries. They do not pay support staff enough to be able to live in the area.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Fun office but doesn't focus on its business support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxera full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.


  4. "Do not waste your time"

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    Former Employee - Consultant, Corporate Finance
    Former Employee - Consultant, Corporate Finance
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxera full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    You will never be valued. The work they will ask you to do will be very boring.

    Advice to Management

    Try to value your employees more.


  5. "Oxera Internship Review"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Oxera as an intern

    Pros

    Interesting work and lots of responsibility, even as an intern

    Cons

    Depending on the project, hours could be long


  6. "Collaborative, innovative, fun - little feedback"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxera full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative culture, intellectually stimulating environment with exciting project and career opportunities. The openness to innovation, new ideas and flat team structures are great in allowing development and impact on projects.

    Cons

    Expectations may be unclear at times, and there is little feedback given, and even less directly, or at a time when that feedback can be acted on.

    Advice to Management

    Greater transparency in compensation, feedback and expectations on specific projects.


  7. "Good place to work"

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

    I have been working at Oxera full-time

    Pros

    Good atmosphere/people, work is interesting, growing business.

    Cons

    At times, need to be prepared to work longer hours

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent.

  8. "Good environment and colleagues"

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

    I have been working at Oxera full-time

    Pros

    + interesting work with variety
    + good and positive culture
    + decent working hours
    + opportunities to learn and grow
    + management cares about individuals

    Cons

    - pay is average
    - sometimes project management is not great

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and reward junior staff more.


  9. "Internship at Oxera"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Intern in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxera as an intern

    Pros

    The work tends to be interesting, diverse and analytically challenging. Great opportunity to hone quantatitive skills. Friendly and helpful colleagues.

    Cons

    ocassionally, tedious tasks such as document review, spell check etc. Very academically orientated approach (+-, depends on type of person). Projects interns gets staffed on depend a lot on internal politics

    Advice to Management

    keep promoting from within. Keep up good communication between different levels of hierachy. find a more systematic approach to staff interns on projects so that learning opportunities are evenly distributed


  10. "Interesting work, collaborative environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oxera full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, interesting work and good attention to personal growth. Junior people have a lot of client exposure early on, the work-life balance is much better than the one at competitors

    Cons

    Salary is at the lower-end of the spectrum for economic consultancy