Advisory Board

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Advisory Board Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
314 Reviews
3.6
314 Reviews
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Advisory Board CEO and Director Robert W. Musslewhite
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Good company overall

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

    I have been working at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good benefits, comp is low at entry levels but increases pretty significantly within a few years, lots of growth potential

    Cons

    Hard to work there if you're not passionate about the work you're doing, hard to keep top entry level talent with low salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries to entry level employees, keep the incredible benefits and culture - they're the biggest assets and really what makes the company a great place to work for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to start your career. A lot of career development, and access to top leaders.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Great experience and cool projects that are progressive and necessary,

    Cons

    Pay is disappointingly low for entry level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better entry level pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    ABC is a wonderful place to start your career. Demanding workloads, but you'll learn a ton of really valuable skills.

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture and managers that care
    Real responsibility from the start
    Good training for sales

    Cons

    Heavy workload - but not challenging work, everything is syndicated
    Over promise to clients, so creates difficulty in delivery

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff teams appropriately
    Know that stretch roles are band aids - pay people for the extra work you are giving them and don't sugar coat it

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Offers lots of growth opportunities

    Cons

    Sometimes felt like too big of a company and hard to get responses

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity for people right out of college to learn a lot of skills including communication, project management and strategic thinking

    Cons

    Since the Advisory Board is consistently growing there are a lot of changes so it is often difficult to have one good manager for a long period of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Marketing Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Advisory Board

    Pros

    office culture, opportunities for growth, office location, office amenities, work/life balance

    Cons

    low pay, boring work, cluttered workspace

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting work. Smart people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Great culture. Good CEO. Committed to service and positive culture. Opportunities to move up if you are good.

    Cons

    At the highest levels it's very cliquey and hard to break in. Too homogeneous especially at upper levels (policy committee)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lay Offs

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

    I worked at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Good team, lots of learnings

    Cons

    Financial instability, no job security

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Huge pros and huge cons

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Benefits and compensation are reasonable. Working as a company to improve work-life balance for employees.

    Cons

    Lacking in company values and growth opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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