Advisory Board Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
250 Reviews

3.5
250 Reviews
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Advisory Board CEO and Director Robert W. Musslewhite
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165 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Promotes a health work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • Happy Hours, incentive trips, community service projects, etc (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is definitely skewed towards work rather than life (in 25 reviews)

  • Horrible work-life balance and long hours (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great mission and people

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    • 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 for 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
  2.  

    Excellent. Great place to work that takes care of it's employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Consultant in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    -Benefits
    -respect for time off
    -Cool offices
    -Smart and nice colleagues

    Cons

    -deadlines can be too tight
    -saying yes to everything for clients
    -underpayed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't promote young people too quickly. They can't always help with career development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Values are the key to this company's success. I enjoy the people I work with and the culture.

    Cons

    The current managers just need to keep in mind the work/life balance of their employees. This concept can get lost with the high expectations of work they ask of you to get ahead. A lot of managers are fairly young and could use some training and mentor ship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wish I could go back

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Plymouth Meeting, PA

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture where employees are valued and generosity is encouraged. Benefits are good as well.

    Cons

    No company is perfect but ABC came as close as a large size company can get. ABC had acquired a company where I was employed for 7 years. Unfortunately, they were unable to place me in a position within my field. I worked for ABC for over a year in a position that they created for me, however, the functions of this new position were very different than my previous functions and what I was trained to do. Although I very much appreciated their efforts to keep me, I left ABC to pursue working in a position within my field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to drive the importance of culture and community. Happy employees will drive the numbers to desired results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to launch a career!

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

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    This is a fabulous place to work - great culture, tons of opportunity for those that are motivated to take it. Support of career growth and ability to move around to get different experiences over time.

    Cons

    Many of the roles require significant travel - can be difficult to maintain a career trajectory if you are not willing to travel 3-4 days a week. There is also a clear "mold" - if you don't fit it, opportunities will be limited, but probably not that different that cultural fit at most organizations.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company, hard to move up

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    STAY AWAY FROM MARKETING

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate (Senior)  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate (Senior) in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Benefits are OK. Opportunities for career growth after 1 - 1.5 years as an associate.

    Cons

    Marketing is full of terrible management. Compensation is not competitive to retain top talent -- or cover living expenses in DC. Cliques define the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Chief of Staff role is a waste of resources and money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low comp/boring work/high schoolish

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    -awesome (mostly) people that are young, energetic, fun, and very social
    -door opener for exit opps
    -PTO policy

    Cons

    #1: huge turnover. Think about why the turnover is so high...

    Low pay, dysfunctional management, misleading/inaccurate communication, awful work life balance. Your work is often robotic.

    Join if you feel like it, because you really are free to leave at any time. Most people do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) stop making twenty-somethings 'directors' and 'managers'...
    2) value your employees to reduce your absurd turnover
    3) try to be slightly less opaque
    4) try to quell the over promising and consequential fatal under delivery

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Happily Associate Director of Consulting here

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

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

    Pros

    A true meritocracy, with fast promotions for those who are willing to really put in the time and over-deliver. Time-off policies are very flexible; everyone has "PTO" rather than strict sick days vs. vacation days and they give you 25 paid days off per year, not including the generous vacation day 'give-aways': 1/2 day Fridays for all of July, July 3rd off as a thank you for completing surveys for Modern Healthcare's best places to work, January 2nd off as a firm-wide congrats for passing 2,000 employees.

    Cons

    compensation is middle-of-the-road--not what you'd get in other consulting firms, but the firm is actively working on it firm-wide.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to start your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst, Senior Associate  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst, Senior Associate in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial flexible work culture. Great focus on work life balance. The business analyst role is a good stepping stone for a project manager role. Great time off.

    Cons

    Understaffed teams, average pay. Marketing department is too aggressive to sell the products whereas technology is not well developed for few products.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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