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Advisory Board Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated February 12, 2015
Updated February 12, 2015
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Pros
  • There's a good work/life balance; you're kept to or about to a 40 hour workweek (in 32 reviews)

  • happy hours are very frequent when the weather is nice (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • The current managers just need to keep in mind the work/life balance of their employees (in 30 reviews)

  • The salary is pretty low for the sales and marketing associate role (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Smart roots; poor technical execution

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Exceptionally smart business and consulting people in this company. They know their business inside and out. I am regularly impressed by how much healthcare experience is in the company.

    Cons

    They may know their business inside and out, but they do not know technology and how to cultivate it, manage it, and use it as a competitive advantage. And the upper management can be completely indecisive as a result when it comes to making meaningful changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meh

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Young Crowd. Lost of opportunities to socialize make good contacts. Good opportunities to do community work.

    Cons

    Everybody and their mother is a Director or higher, making titles meaningless. Decision making is fractured. Has a tendency of have people in similar roles and then let them duke it out. Most management is inbred/promoted from within (almost a case study on Peter Principle).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on building people's careers and not provide this false sense of security through meaningless titles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great firm to start a career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Management Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Management Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There's a good work/life balance; you're kept to or about to a 40 hour workweek. There are many supportive people that are dedicated to career pathing, good fringe benefits - 401k, tuition reimbursement, 3 weeks PTO. Culture that tries to foster collaboration and a more unified approach to the members.

    Cons

    Unsustainable income, culture driven by alcohol to a point of being unprofessional, collegiate atmosphere. The career path and "meritocracy" are fake; usually you will be stuck in a bottom-level position for over a year, even though you may be told a different timeline. The teams are usually said to be lateral, though many hierarchies override that. Many Type-As in leadership unwilling to relinquish control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach regarding expected tenure and career path, lateral teams, and a meritocracy. A competitive pay grade at the bottom would keep talent at the firm instead of looking elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Strong culture; lead by a passion to sell

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Incredible learning experience. This is a company that's driven by it's sales division (as opposed to product, or finance, both of which are pretty reactionary/ impotent here) and any employee here learns to "script" really good talking points to walk the firm out of any tough situation. I hear people talk years later about the incredible people- and sales- skills they developed at ABC.

    Cons

    While management says (and often believes) that promotions and bonuses are merit based, the reality is that this is an intensely political culture. In addition to your work you need to be very politically savvy to thrive here. If that's your thing, you'll love it.

    Don't expect work-life balance, especially if you want to be on the fast track to promotion, and don't expect pay raises without fighting for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the culture of meritocracy you talk so much about (if it ever truly existed); make management more flat. Not everyone needs to be a manager (and indeed, not every high performer is capable of being a manager).

    Also, at some point some financial analyst is going to call you out on the excessive stock-based compensation along with share repurchases, so you should probably stop parading stock-based compensation as evidence of meritocracy when the share price is so heavily influenced by the repurchase program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Research is fantastic, but refuses to pay you fairly...and they're well aware.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    These comments apply to the Research division. The Analyst and Consultant roles are excellent. The company offers lots of responsibility and intellectually stimulating work for relatively young professionals. The promotion track is quick assuming you are a high performer and the company does a good job of matching individuals to roles that make use of their potential. A major value add is how much you learn about health care as your research and work.

    Cons

    If it wasn't already clear that the Advisory Board under-compensates its staff, now there is data. Engagement down over the last two years, and only 1/4 of staff feel they are paid competitively. Base salaries have not changed in years and the executives who report back about engagement admit the firm isn't doing anything about it. When some staff threaten to leave, they offer a retention bonus that they claim is tailored to you, but it's the same for everyone.

    What makes this especially bad is how successful the company has been in the last 3-4 years. The company has grown immensely, but only the executive staff, who own large stock packages, reap the benefits of it. Why should staff feel motivated to stick with the company if all the benefits of success go to the executives?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real about compensation. Quit all the rhetoric about "value proposition" as a way to dodge the dollar compensation failings. You have so much to offer as an employer it's sad to see talented people walk as other jobs recognize the rising costs people face in today's world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overworked and underpaid

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate, Higher Education in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Associate, Higher Education in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues
    Fast promotions
    Lost of responsibility at an early age

    Cons

    Much lower salary than similar positions
    Horrible work-life balance and long hours
    Nontransparent promotion opportunities (i.e., a lot of politics involved)
    Managers are very young and often incapable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great for your first job or if your a healthcare industry expert, otherwise you'll be treated as a third class citizen.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - BI Group in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - BI Group in Washington, DC

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's probably best for those as a first job out of school, but don't expect much more out of it as something to put on your resume for the next job. You'll be over qualified for the actual work and want to do more, but the opportunity and the chance to get to do what you can, just isn't there.

    Cons

    The healthcare experts, walk on water within the company and everyone else comes dead last and opportunities are strongly given, almost always, to those who are Ivy league pedigree. This is a company that really only looks as what university you went to, not how hard you work or what you can do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    No prospects for growth. Very Cliquish.

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    Lots of happy hours. Low Stress

    Cons

    Lots of favoritism in play. People who have no business managing anyone other than themselves are promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote growth and avoid playing favorites

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sad that so many individuals at a healthcare consulting firm, have so little experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director Product Management in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Director Product Management in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The organization is a good place to gain an introduction into healthcare and elementary sales
    skills.

    Cons

    Chief marketing officer and senior sales management has no true sales skills or ability to lead in a corporate environment, the count sales calls and meetings as progress. Their Healthcare experience is limited to exposure by association but not by actually ever having done the work.

    Young and incapable management with limited vision, a sad state of affairs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring children and start hiring credential professionals.. your reputation for sending inexperienced individuals who are short sighted and incapable of thinking outside of their limited experience... Also pay better, your compensation is a joke

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great as first job with no experience, bad for long term growth. Used as a launch pad for early career

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    Former Employee - User Support Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - User Support Specialist in Washington, DC

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Great, young, vibrant culture
    -Extraordinary internal career opportunities
    -Opportunity for flex roles and travel

    Cons

    -High turnover, "revolving-door" attitude for entry level positions
    -Very low salaries compared to industry averages
    -Support departments aren't adequately managed and given proper attention/directives, firm focus is strictly on revenue making teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on skill development. Train middle managers in professional management skills, as unqualified low-level positions are promoted in to manager roles prematurely. Offer competitive salary to attract and keep talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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