Advisory Board Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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Advisory Board CEO and Director Robert W. Musslewhite
Robert W. Musslewhite
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Pros
  • Promotes a health work-life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • Many happy hours and activities/events taking place in the office (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is definitely skewed towards work rather than life (in 30 reviews)

  • The Marketing Associate role has absolutely nothing to do with Marketing and is strictly Cold Calling (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Great Starting Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of learning opportunities and a lot of room for skill building
    great PTO plan and flexible schedule
    Work out hours during the work day
    great place to start a career and learn the ropes

    Cons

    Managers have no management background which can make the relationship with your manager interesting
    Company grew extremely fast and now they need to learn to function like a large company rather then a small one
    if you don't have the company personality, you won't make it far
    bad compensation


  2. good work life balance, not very substance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great PTO, friendly environment, regular reviews of performance

    Cons

    not very substantive, very salesy, not a think-tank environment for more academically minded individuals

    Advice to Management

    be more transparent about career opportunities


  3. Helpful (9)

    Huge pros and huge cons

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company is awesome. Truly! Really great people, phenomenal products, a bet in class sales process and arguably one of the best places to build your skills and develop a long term career path. Sure, some of the managers can be classified as having made it to where they are by sheer persistence however there really are good people working there that are top performers in their industry. Their approach to product development is what really stands out for this company. Focusing on publishing member driven research, consulting to implement the member driven research, technology to compliment it and training to assist - it really does sell itself.
    From an employee perspective: great people, swanky office, a good number of remote opportunities, great vacation package, good healthcare and 401k, decent training and advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Culture. This may surprise some as many write about ABC's culture as one of their pros. Don't get me wrong, the people are extraordinary. But the advisory board breeds a culture of being better than everyone else. Including your own peers. Their interviews are atrocious. They pride themselves on being able to attract top talent however they will barely give you the time of day. It is almost guaranteed that at least one of your interviews will cancel or reschedule. Complete lack of respect for others time. Further, you will not receive a response or feedback if you send a thank you note or even ask for follow up details. Regardless of if they like you/intend to offer you a position or not. Sadly it is just disrespectful and that is the culture they have created. Which is ironic since one of the firms values is "running towards criticism." Indeed, run towards it but don't expect to get it.
    However, once they email you an offer they will expect you to respond IMMEDIATELY! Because again, they think they are better than you.
    Advancement opportunities could use improvement. To advance from one title to another you must hit pre set criteria regardless of the product you work on. So if you happen to be on a smaller value research product expect to stay there longer than perhaps a high demand technology counterpart.
    Finally, if you are a mother who values time with her children at all steer clear. While ABC is certainly praised for their maternity leave policies nearly every position at the company requires extensive travel. And there are no exceptions for working parents. It is also well known that once you have a child you will wear a scarlet letter at the firm. Many will expect that you will no longer be as profitable to the firm and will often pawn you off to less attractive products and position.

    Advice to Management

    Respect all those you encounter. A simple response to an email takes 5 seconds and goes a long way. Whether it's a past client. Past employee, interviewee, current employee, etc. You aren't better than everyone. Even up advancement opportunities. Give equal opportunity to all at the firm, not just the originals that have persisted long enough to see a couple new offices.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Lay Offs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Advisory Board

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good team, lots of learnings

    Cons

    Financial instability, no job security

    Advice to Management

    Advisory Board just laid off about a 100 people, many of whom were just hired just a few months back. If you know you are struggling with financials, then please don't play around with the lives of people.


  6. Helpful (2)

    The Advisory Board is a great place for early-professional corporate work, but not a great place to grow into a career.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Culture of giving back - good fit for non-profit-minded folks

    Cons

    Long hours without much ownership


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Life Balance for Some, Not All

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, generally pretty nice.

    Cons

    I work in New Product Development/Corporate Strategy. I work with smart, motivated people. However, there is absolutely no work life balance. Some departments are done by 6:00 or 5:30, but not all. Make sure you know what you're signing up for.

    Advice to Management

    Improve work life balance. No one lasts in corporate strategy longer than two years - there is a reason for that.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Amazing culture, lack of professionalism/respect

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Advisory Board

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great HR benefits, superfun workforce, big on work/life balance

    Cons

    The culture of management is all about over promise, under deliver. They tell you about all kinds of opportunities within the company but then do everything they can to prevent you from moving. Also, the lack of management training and professionalism makes it a fun workplace, but one that is terrible for mentors/managers you respect/admire.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Research Analyst in Research and Insights, 9th floor.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits, young people. Plenty of happy hours. Definitely recommend this employer as long as you don't work in research as an analyst.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance during "crunch," no individual thinking, company churns through new grads.


  10. 4+ years and counting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very strong culture
    A lot of drive and energy

    Cons

    Very little work life balance
    Lower pay at entry level


  11. Fun & young team, fascinating research areas, difficult management, unable to live up to "ABC values"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    fun mid-level team
    at the forefront of best practice research in healthcare and education
    additional learning opportunities (if you ever find the time to participate)

    Cons

    work-life balance
    promotion structure
    getting paid less than we all should be for what we're doing

    Advice to Management

    loosen up, hire more delivery, focus on employee happiness as well as client satisfaction and QA scores



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