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MBA Program Review
The good, the bad and the ugly
January 26 | 2016
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     By Gmanster 90 9
This review is for: Oxford
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2013

Experience during the program

I thoroughly enjoyed my MBA experience at Oxford and would do it again in a heartbeat.

Honestly, Said is just like any other MBA school. You have the horseshoe shaped classes, similar mix of international students, same cases (Toyota operations case, etc..), and weekend student parties. What makes Said unique is definitely Oxford, being in that city, in that university, and in the college system cannot be overstated. It is such an enriching and wonderful experience to live and walk the halls of such an incredible place and become a part of the culture and persona that is Oxbridge. (Just visit the city and pay the 2 pounds to enter a few colleges, you will know)

My most amazing experiences at Oxford came outside of the business school. Student life away from classmates (but with brilliant Oxford students), rowing, drinking, traveling, debates at the Oxford Union (membership included for all MBAs), and college formal dinners (just like harry potter minus the flying candles).

Now aside from the glories of Oxford, I focus back on Said and the MBA itself.

One of my regrets was that the program was only 1 year long and didn't provide enough time to really enjoy student life (even tho we made the best of it), and it really didn't allow for much self exploration. If you know what you want then a 1 year MBA is good, but if you are looking to explore different career paths and possibly change industries or job function, then it will be quite a struggle to get yourself there within the 12 months.

The school itself is new with a weak but growing alumni network, sadly what is worse is that they have copied the ineffective administration and processes of older institutions making this brand new school horribly managed. (We were once given the list of available courses and descriptions for the next term only 2 days before selection time)

Lecturers are decent and discussions are what you would expect in almost every MBA class. A bonus for Said is that the intake tends to be older (avg ~31) and more experienced than many schools that accept 20-25 year olds which leads to more real life examples from students vs sticking to breaking down a prepared case.

And now the Ugly... Careers... When I was there Derek W was the head of the careers department (I have recently heard rumors he has departed which is a huge +). I cannot begin to describe how disappointed we were with the support and advice received from the careers department at Said. From pushing students towards roles just to get stats up, to making comments in front of visiting employers that made students look bad, to telling others that they were not a good fit for a visiting company (only to be approached later by that company inquiring why they hadn't applied and that the students profile was very desirable to them).

Many students could not count on the careers department for real support in their job hunt. There was a job posting board which was a total joke as the advisers were plucking job leads from indeed and other locations to keep it looking half full.

With a young and smaller alumni network Said struggles to attract recruiters to come all the way to Oxford to meet a handful of MBAs when they can find the same caliber candidates in London and other big city centers.

What all these short comings add upto is one of the worst performing career departments in a top (lets be frank, even an mid tier) MBA school. I would ignore the usual inflated stats that school publish and would guess only about 30% had jobs coming out of the program and perhaps 60% or less had jobs in the first 3 months.

I really hope things can turn around for the careers department as the rest of the school is good, and the University and overall experiences is A++.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Everyone loves professor Mungo (economics) because he is fun & hilarious.

But hands down the most brilliant prof was Richard Barker (accounting). In all 10+ accounting classes i've ever taken, no one has delivered accounting in such a simple and applicable way.

About job placement process

Sorry, you will basically have to do the job hunt on your own. I honestly would recommend you put aside a few $$$$ to pay for a CV/career consultant that will guide you through this process as the team I knew at Said just gave you the ugly standard MBA CV and generic (often contradictory) advice about how to approach job hunting. It went from quality and networking is key... Next day: apply for everything..

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Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Alumni Network

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     By kbenyoung 1 5
This review is for: Oxford
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

The curriculum, classes, and professors are what you would expect out of an MBA program. The professors are experts and very knowledgeable, though not always the greatest at making a topic accessible to everyone. Said has a strong social enterprise brand that will play nicely to your career goals if you are headed that direction. For those interested in Finance, the optional Finance Lab track (additional classes, networking sessions, and competitions) is a must. Last, being located in Oxford University is an unparalleled opportunity, and a great CV boost.
There still are a few growing pains with a massive bureaucracy (5 systems to check to keep up on assignments/class content) and a weak Careers team. Not sure there's much that can be changed about the bureaucracy, but Careers is in the process of turning things around under the new director from LBS. Highly recommend having your own application plans and network for getting in the door. Careers will offer great support post-interview offer, but getting in the door is mostly up to you.

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Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Brand/Ranking

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Best fit at this program:

Finance

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Social Enterprise

Can be improved:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school


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     By SW1 2 0
This review is for: Oxford
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

I chose Oxford after being admitted to several European MBA programs. As part of my preparation, I had researched the program's finance faculty, and had noted its strength in this department. However, I failed to properly anticipate how strong a finance program the program actually offers. I'll let the results speak for themselves, I came from an engineering background, and after graduation, as a result of the finance lab and the finance focused courses, I was successful in interviewing
for and being awarded a role in private equity—without any investment banking experience. As a part of the PE interview, I was tasked with a case study/modeling exercise, and without having had the opportunity to practice this sort of exercise repeatedly at Oxford, I would never have been successful in landing the job. The finance lab and private equity courses were instrumental in helping me land a job in private equity following my MBA, and I would suggest Oxford for anyone looking to work in finance following their MBA.

About professors, classes and curriculum

In addition, the class was great at Oxford. My fellow students were incredibly generous and helpful in helping me through the program and in searching and preparing for jobs thereafter. There was no overly competitive behavior, the people Oxford attracts seem to be genuinely helpful and kind people,. They were also, unsurprisingly, extremely talented.

Overall BSchool experience
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Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Facilities


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     By farhanc85 293 191
This review is for: Oxford
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

One year at Oxford has helped me challenge myself. It definitely has been a demanding year intellectually.

It's very difficult to not love Oxford (City) and not learn when there is so much happening around you. MBA at Oxford focuses on learning through reflection and discussions. Discussions in the classroom are amazing and the opportunities to learn things besides the normal subjects during MBA are phenomenal.

In terms of goals and expectations, my goal was to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and also to gain a significant international work experience. I was able to achieve the first but the international work experience bit didn't work for me.

I represent majority of the unsuccessful candidates in terms of international placements, that being said there are a few success stories and the whole placement scene is very self-motivated. Contribution from business school and university towards your career plan requires a drastic redo.

Having said that I would still recommend the program as I believe MBA is much more than placements and career opportunities presented by the business school.

Remember the biggest challenge of Said business school is to survive in one of the oldest and top rated universities in the world and be a part of the every dynamic management education.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Some of the best professors. Few areas of curriculum need improvement. One term is loaded with assignments and the other two are relatively free.

About job placement process

This area needs a lot of work and the school is aware about it.
The alumni connect with current class is very insignificant.

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Location

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Entrepreneurship

Social Enterprise

Can be improved:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking


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     By merajc 1 0
This review is for: Oxford
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

Although the University of Oxford Said Business School's MBA isn't in the Top 10 at the moment, I struggle to understand what the course potentially lacks in relation to others.

It features frequently cited and consulted professors who are the authority in their field and are always passionate in their lectures and tutorials. The class is incredibly diverse, bridging continents and industries alike.

The benefit of Said is its integration with the University of Oxford, currently the best in the world. Students are affiliated to colleges, where they meet, dine and play sports with other students from a variety of courses and professions - artists, doctors, teachers and many others that add to the experience. One won't be limited to interacting with fellow MBAs. Even in the business school, classmates bring a latitude of education since the university provides a 1+1 degree combination whereby students can choose a separate master's degree in addition to the MBA.

Sports is a major factor in the experience too, as the university has dozens of different sports available for students with several proficiency categories. Some of the Oxford teams feature Olympic athletes, and my particular MBA class has one too!

The facilities are kept up-to-date, both physical and IT wise, with dedicated apps provided for the MBA course. In terms of infrastructure, students have access to 96 libraries in the city, and the world-famous Bodleian which houses 12 million books.

I wouldn't exchange this MBA experience for any other business school, and my only regret is that it's only one year, which is great for my career, but not so great for my enjoyment of this wonderful school.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Brand/Ranking


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