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Oxford Business Group Reviews

Updated September 26, 2018
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Country Director"

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

    I have been working at Oxford Business Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can't beat the job in terms of professional and life experiences. I'm not sure if there is any other job I could have had to propel my career in this way. You learn quickly how give presentations to, work with and network with top CEOs and government leaders.
    As well, you get to live in some of the most interesting countries in the world.

    Cons

    It is a demanding job for sure. There are long working hours, as well targets and deadlines to hit. Also, you have to be ready for the daily frustrations that can come along with living in some of the countries - traffic, poor mobile/wifi connections, power cuts, etc.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good for a year of overseas experience, but don't stick around"

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    Former Employee - Editorial Manager
    Former Employee - Editorial Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford Business Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to live and work in cool countries meeting major players, lots of coworkers are very cool as well

    Cons

    Managed by a married couple who treat it like a family shop!, poor internal HR, low pay

    Advice to Management

    Hire professional managers

  3. "Great experience but too much trouble otherwise"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oxford Business Group full-time

    Pros

    Great international travel. Exposure to many different businesses, sectors, VIPs, CEOs, Ministers etc.

    Cons

    Business model depends on print advertising which is going out of date. Company is having financial issues and employees are not being paid.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Editorial Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford Business Group full-time

    Pros

    No pros to speak of.

    Cons

    Non-payment. Poor communication from management. Unprofessional staff. Deceitful and highly questionable business practices.


  5. "Good 1st experience"

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    Former Employee - Editorial Manager
    Former Employee - Editorial Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford Business Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The major pro is that the company gives a lot of responsibility to young people. Other pros are:
    - travelling
    - meeting with top CEOs, top officials, ministers
    - steep learning curve
    - possibility to specialise in a country/region

    Cons

    The company has a clear gender segregation. Men are editors. Women are sales person. Also:
    - editors are under the supervision of sales person
    - Office is also your house
    - Colleagues are also your roomate
    - Paycheck is ridiculous
    - Management is poor, even though it all depends on the person you work with (like in any other company)
    - the shift to digital content is tough

    Advice to Management

    - The added-value of the company is to have teams on-the-ground 24/7
    - +95% of revenues are made through ad revenues on a paper book
    - the company does not make money through its added-value but instead lies on the distribution coverage of its report
    - the books have a poor digital version and are not even sold. So basically the content is not read despite being interesting
    - the business model is not sustainable overall and the work environment will deteriorate


  6. "Editorial Manager"

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    Former Employee - Editorial Manager
    Former Employee - Editorial Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford Business Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get to travel a lot, see the world, meet with lots of interesting and high level people, learn a lot about the world economy

    Cons

    not usually very nice accomodation, long trainee probationary periods, pay is not good unless you're in a money making project and there not many of them left


  7. Helpful (3)

    "poaching staff from competition"

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    Former Employee - Country Director in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Country Director in Kansas City, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford Business Group full-time

    Pros

    Make good country reports worldwide

    Cons

    Build your own staff. Do not only poach staff from competitors build own comp culture

    Advice to Management

    Start your own recruitment. Training department. Build your own staff

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Developing country economic research"

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

    I have been working at Oxford Business Group full-time

    Pros

    Live and work in fascinating developing countries like Colombia, Myanmar, Kenya, Oman; face-to-face engagement with local cabinet officials and senior executives; build up lots of knowledge of local economy, politics and culture in short period; new postings to different countries (and sometimes different regions) roughly once per year; cool coworkers (usually); basic amenities (car, phone, lodging) provided for by company; ability to take fun weekend trips; for field teams, work lifestyle is also relatively independent and self-starter

    Cons

    Crazy steep learning curve; living and working in challenging conditions (blackouts, slow internet, malaria, police harassment, high prices for non-basic goods); relatively flat hierarchy means limited resources for field teams (don't expect business class tickets or Rolls Royce company car); can be isolating working thousands of kilometres from HQ and support staff; frequent annual moves can be exhausting; living and working in close proximity with other field staff co-workers means minor issues can become big issues if not handled properly

    Advice to Management

    Help ease people into field positions - steep learning curve means support is a must


  9. Helpful (14)

    "Editorial manager"

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    Former Employee - Editorial Manager
    Former Employee - Editorial Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford Business Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Travel, access to important political and business leaders, free housing (albeit sometimes they make you change hotels very frequently)

    Cons

    Non-objective approach to economic research quality that is based on advertising and cuddling up with the relevant government bodies and business organisations in the project country, work life balance is non-existent, lack of basic employee rights (no local holidays, excessive work hours, insurance only covers serious emergencies), lots of under the table and informality within the company (working without a visa, cash payments, using your own resources), lots of lying, defrauding, and exploiting ignorant people in third world countries.

    Advice to Management

    Drop the focus on trying to distance OBG from "the industry." At the end of the day, the content within the reports is just expensive PR for these countries and itdiscredits the brand and anyone that works there.


  10. "Country Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford Business Group full-time

    Pros

    -traveling and living in unexpected countries
    -freedom of managing your portfolio & our time
    -able to contribute to economic insights through face to face interviews
    -learn inside out of the economic situation of the country & new sector
    -great commission
    -no routine
    -meeting influential people and lean their success stories
    -train new staff
    -expenses cover while on assignment

    Cons

    -hard work (long hours)
    -huge turn over due to lack of investment in HR
    -management is overloaded
    -payment delayed


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