Advisory Board Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
264 Reviews
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264 Reviews
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Advisory Board CEO and Director Robert W. Musslewhite
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Pros
  • I never had a problem with work-life balance, although I know a lot of my co-workers did (in 26 reviews)

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


Cons
  • The current managers just need to keep in mind the work/life balance of their employees (in 28 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  

    Great benefits, youthful culture, nearly competitive pay

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

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

    Pros

    Best benefits for a large company: 5 weeks paid vacation after 2 years, great health benefits, 10 hours of community service per month, telework program , up to 20% bonus yearly, great LEED-certified office spaces, jeans casual attire every day. Lots of free food available if you know where to look.

    Cons

    Depending on your department, there may be a lot of upward movement or none at all (my case). I haven't been promoted in the three years I've been in this department despite getting stellar reviews each year. Lots of young, trendy people working here, but you wonder where they get the money to pay for all their nice clothes. Compensation is fine, but oftentimes doesn't match up with your title (e.g., a "Director" is just someone that's been working here for 3 years and really isn't in charge of much).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand the office spaces because some floors are getting too crowded.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great career pathing opportunities, great atmosphere, good work/life balance, lots of responsibility/management at young tenure

    Cons

    Compensation, linear management structure, leadership too linear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great atmosphere, improve compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great mission and people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work flexibility, powerful mission and guiding principles, smart people and the caliber of hires only improves each year, lots of opportunity for rapid advancement if you work hard up to the Senior Director level, engaging work

    Cons

    Some bad managers can ruin the experience (that said there are many good managers), lots of politics, siloed organization, too heavy on upper and middle management in some areas, limited advancement opportunity above the SD level, bad pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to how well managers manage others, use engagement drivers beyond promotion (salary increases, stock options, etc), change org and incentive structure to promote collaboration

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company, hard to move up

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

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

    Pros

    The company has a great culture--everyone is young, fun and hardworking. They also definitely try and emphasize a work-life balance

    Cons

    There's a huge pool of entry level workers and not enough desired "mid-level" roles. As such, while they hook you in with the promise of internal promotion and growth, it's much more competitive than it seems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make the internal interview process so competitive and difficult. We shouldn't have to jump through hoops to get a job at a company we already work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good

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

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots and lots and lots

    Cons

    Couple of things that persistently annoy me

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be realistic with expectations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hot and Cold

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

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

    Pros

    I enjoy what I do and have had a great opportunity to work in many different facets of my department. Benefits, for the most part, are all pretty good. People are driven here, and I believe what we do is ultimately improving healthcare in the US

    Cons

    Meritocracy my fannie. ABC likes to call itself a meritocracy, and promotes those that have proven capable. But what really ends up happening, is that ABC promotes those that are the most vocal and scream the loudest. I think the "meritocracy" ultimately promotes an environment of get ahead by all means necessary.

    Work-life balance is definitely skewed towards work rather than life. I try to push it back towards life as much as I can with my staff, but there's only so much you can do with the amount of work we have.

    I also think a company as large and successful as ABC can afford more than $1000/yr in tuition reimbursement and more than a variable 401K match program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great work environment, but low pay

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

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers are all smart, ambitious, and fun people to work with
    Many happy hours and activities/events taking place in the office
    My managers have been very supportive of my growth within the company, want to see me succeed
    Good time off policy, benefits

    Cons

    Pay is very uncompetitive with the market if you are not in the executive level
    Depending on your position, you don't get much recognition for your hard work
    Pretty difficult to get promoted

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Energetic, positive culture

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

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Very positive, energetic, and fun culture. Lots of upward mobility and opportunities for exposure to upper management

    Cons

    Salary is not impressive. Numbers-driven review process can be frustrating, because people in vastly different situations are evaluated the same way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible with quantitative goals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to launch a career.

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity, great support structure, fast promotion, meritocracy.

    Cons

    Underpaid, lack of transparency, overworked.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Work Environment, be ready for low pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, great incentive plans and rewards (happy hours, trips, etc), lots of planning for career pathing and internal stretch role opportunities.

    Focus on the clients, rapidly growing and pushing the envelope with innovation.

    Cons

    Associates are treated like secretaries, hard to advance, lots of talk but no action internally regarding promotions.

    LOW salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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