Advisory Board Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Advisory Board CEO and Director 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. Helpful (3)

    great culture for a small cut in pay

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    Current Employee - Senior Data Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Data Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    great culture, youthful, employees are smart and with good work ethics, frequent team events, great benefits and leave policy, and good people around you that can easily become long term friends. retains talent fairly well.

    Cons

    slightly lower pay compared to similar positions elsewhere in washington dc most likely due to the great culture and benefits.


  2. Senior Director

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fair level of professional autonomy

    Cons

    Role requires significant travel schedule


  3. Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Advisory Board (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy work life balance. Nice people.

    Cons

    Low salaries. Management over-hired during their growth years and now there are a ton of middle management people that do not add much value. Very sales oriented, not product focused.


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  5. Great company that's really focused on employee engagement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    Lots of growth, great colleagues, lots of progress made in the past couple years on employee engagement. The recent firmwide meeting was a great opportunity to meet other people from various offices.

    Cons

    Many of the cons of reviews in years past have been aggressively addressed by management. I really don't have any complaints at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Need to continue to focus on building the infrastructure needed to scale the firm organizationally and technologically. Nothing more to add.


  6. Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    Dynamic growth company with lots of opportunity. True meritocracy for intelligent, self-motivated team players who are looking to help drive growth of new business areas. Highly recommended.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is that there was a lot of outbound contacts to institutions for sales and research requests, and that sometimes you would get push back about the volume of communication. However, there are processes in place to minimize this.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to reward people who show a high potential for personal and professional growth by offering new positions to promising internal candidates and giving them the support they need succeed.


  7. OK

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    ABC is a good place to pick up a lot of skills very quickly. It provides a lot of opportunity for young professionals to learn about the healthcare industry and sharpen their presentation and quantitative skills.

    Cons

    Management is often young and inexperienced and thus do not handle delicate situation well. Work can be very repetitive and depending on your team quite stressful. Focus on sales team depresses morale for non-marketing groups.

    Advice to Management

    Look for sustainable business models. The party atmosphere from the Marketing group really is isolating for several people.


  8. Senior Analyst

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Forward thinking company, innovation is put on the spotlight. Leadership doesn't make rash reactions. Company is young, good place to start a career.

    Cons

    Compensation isn't great, could be better. Unless you are in sales, you will work your way up the corporate ladder a lot quicker jumping departments than staying in the same place.

    Advice to Management

    More interaction between senior leadership and employees would be a benefit. Quarterly meetings are great, but company is still small enough where more direct contact could be beneficial.


  9. Incompetent mangers, misaligned priorities

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    ABC provides great healthcare benefits and work-life balance. HR encourages all employees to take their full five weeks PTO. My direct peers in engineering and consulting were smart, friendly, and fun.

    Cons

    The UX team is a disaster. Unprepared managers with no background in managing have been promoted and then created a hostile work environment. I had a Senior Director of UX call one of my peers "dysfunctional" and repeated things in similar vein to other colleagues; things like this happened all the time. In short, it's a gossipy management team. Unfortunately, ABC has not yet transitioned to a true software company - which means working in an agile development cycle is a pipe dream and most product owners don't understand UX design or research. The consequence is that UX-ers will end up writing functional specs for engineers and providing user stories for QA, on top of their regular work. Perhaps the most disconcerting thing is the amount of harassment I witnessed while I was there. I saw several, formal HR reports of one particular senior director go un-noted while another senior product manager who had a track record for being especially aggressive toward women get continually promoted. If you're a UX designer, you're serious about your work, or getting in-house experience, this is not the place. There's a reason that you always see posts for UX designers at ABC - they are constantly losing people to other companies. Compensation is about 20% below market rate.


  10. Good & Bad

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart people. Very dynamic Co. Great learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Highly political. Need to improve corporate trust throughout the ranks.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate trust could be enhanced with better communication.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Lots of Favoritism

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    Former Employee - Career Management in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Career Management in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great healthcare benefits. Idea of PTO is great. If put into the right group, it's a good environment.

    Cons

    A LOT of favoritism. Some teams are horrible to work for.-Elaboration: Working for Career Management was a nightmare. Most of folks in Career Management are grown internally with very little knowledge of proper recruiting practices. Their idea of recruiting is screening in-bound resumes. There is little to no emphasis on outbound recruiting. For example, if you are assigned to "outbound" for candidates on LinkedIn, good luck explaining the value of what you're doing or how you're spending your time. No one at The Advisory Board has ever used LinkedIn for recruiting. Furthermore, there is no room for any process feedback. They take feedback as push-back and view it negatively. As far as PTO goes, you're generally given a substantial amount of time. However, if you have to take a day of vacation during the week, that just means that you have to get 5 days worth of work done in 4 days. There are no adjustments made.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees about your processes. There is a lot of room for outside feedback. Also, look at hiring someone from outside the organization for higher-level positions that can bring in some outside influence.



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