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Advisory Board Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated November 14, 2014
Updated November 14, 2014
275 Reviews
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Pros
  • There's a good work/life balance; you're kept to or about to a 40 hour workweek (in 28 reviews)

  • Many happy hours and activities/events taking place in the office (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • The current managers just need to keep in mind the work/life balance of their employees (in 29 reviews)

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

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    Marketing Associate

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

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

    Pros

    Young, energetic culture. Work hard play hard environment, but with great benefits and friends along the way. Fast promotion eligibility and great learning experience.

    Cons

    Very clique-ish. Feels like you're in high school sometimes. Terrible pay for the cost of living in D.C.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People will work an extra hour a day for more pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to be a part off.

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn in a corporate environment. Lots of young people who were all in the same boat as you and leadership who was there to mentor. The company hosted firm wide meetings, company events, and happy hours -- great camaraderie.

    Cons

    Almost too focused on personal growth and where your next step in the company was going to be. For someone who is not super interested in Healthcare it was hard to keep interest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great job right out of college... was ready to leave after a couple years

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    This review is for the analyst/sr analyst/consultant role in Research & Insights. The work itself is (generally) intellectually stimulating and forces you to think strategically about important problems that truly do matter. The benefits were also very good-- great vacation, health benefits, flexible work hours and work-from-home policies, etc. While compensation wasn't on-par with top-tier consulting firms, the work-life balance was infinitely better. I typically worked 50-55 hours/week, some of which was done at home. It's also an exciting time to be working in healthcare and I can only imagine the company will continue to grow, expanding opportunities for advancement in the process.

    Cons

    While the research work can be stimulating it also became a bit redundant over time. You are essentially repeating the same 6 month process over and over again. There was also a tendency to analyze something to death-- I spent hours sitting in conference rooms coming up with the perfect gerund for a slide title. The workload also tends to come and go in waves-- you may have super light weeks where you're struggling to find things to keep you busy for 8 hours a day and then 2 months where you're working 11-12 hour days.

    The culture varies tremendously by department. The culture in research & insights was much more reserved than other departments (read: not a lot of happy hours or team lunches). That said, many of my friends in other departments loved the culture in their areas and had a ton of work friends. Along those lines, Advisory Board also has a very insular, promote-from-within culture (or did when I was there) which can be challenging for external hires who aren't straight out of college. You are also expected to learn the "ABC" way of doing things even if it's inefficient or outdated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great benefits, youthful culture, nearly competitive pay

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    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience.

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    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
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great mission and people

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    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
  8.  

    Great company, hard to move up

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    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
  9.  

    Good

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    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hot and Cold

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    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Energetic, positive culture

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    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

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