Advisory Board

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Advisory Board Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
282 Reviews
3.5
282 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great first job, amazing culture and work/life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Given a lot of responsibility - ownership over projects and collaboration with healthcare leaders across the country
    if you are interested in healthcare, the work is very interesting
    Culture is great - work/life balance is valued (PTO, benefits, etc.)

    Cons

    Standardized promotion schedule
    No choice as to team assignment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to start your career

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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

    Pros

    Merit driven performance reviews, work life balance, helpful colleagues, senior management listens to junior employees, willing to make changes and be flexible, stable job, fast promotions

    Cons

    Although jobs are stable and theres no hire and fire culture, Pay is not competitive as per industry standards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Massive workloads, not a lot of collaboration among teams

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advisory Board

    Pros

    People, benefits, talented executive team by and large

    Cons

    Massive workload, toxic culture, lack of coordination among departments, "baptism by fire" onboarding approach

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  5.  

    Meh

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

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

    Pros

    Young Crowd. Lost of opportunities to socialize make good contacts. Good opportunities to do community work.

    Cons

    Everybody and their mother is a Director or higher, making titles meaningless. Decision making is fractured. Has a tendency of have people in similar roles and then let them duke it out. Most management is inbred/promoted from within (almost a case study on Peter Principle).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on building people's careers and not provide this false sense of security through meaningless titles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Industry leader, but could benefit from improvements

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Smart people, leading-edge products and research, growth oriented

    Cons

    Must train yourself simultaneous to getting ramped up in position, very little work/life balance, growing too quickly in some areas to meet IT/administrative needs of staff, bonus potential almost entirely based on annual 360 review but peer review components add relatively little weight, powerful/large members are in charge with little change control or expectation setting in order to improve delivery

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More consistent involvement at the Senior Director level might have positive impacts on Managing Directors' ability to effectively lead their teams

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    if you take initiative, you're rewarded

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I've been at the Advisory Board for three years and have been promoted three times. Entry-level salary may be low, but you get promoted quickly into higher salaries, insane benefits, awesome work/life balance, and lots of time off so I feel like it's very fair. People just complain a lot. If you're a strong performer, you will be rewarded. It's easy to double your entry-level salary in 18-24 months if you work for it.

    - lots of promotion opportunities and flexible career paths
    -casual dress code and modern work space
    -40 hour work week, no expectation to email outside of business hours
    -10 paid hours/month for volunteer service
    -10 paid hours/month for fitness
    -20+ paid days off, 10 holidays, 4 quarterly 'firm recesses' (4 day weekends)
    -cafe, gym, rooftop lounge
    -free starbucks coffee, teas, hot chocolate, sodas, occasional meals
    -incredible health care coverage
    -lots of training courses, internal internships, professional development

    Cons

    There have been a few bumps transitioning from a research company to a technology company - lacks technical resources/talent to deliver value

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Key words about experience at ABC - "It Depends"

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Vacation days, PTO, Work from Home, Ability to take on stretch projects

    Cons

    Experience at firm highly dependent on when you join and who your manage is, culture often is too young and inexperienced, low salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Onboarding and overall employee experience completely depends on team and manager. If you join a team at a time there are some organizational changes, and management is figuring out how they are positioning things, your onboarding and career path will absolutely be affected and it will take time to establish yourself and recover. Alternatively, if you join and have a strong manager that has a stable product or client relationship, you'll be on an upward trajectory. Great place for being out of college, but wouldn't recommend for tenured professionals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people 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
  10. 2 people 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
  11.  

    Marketing Associate

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 (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

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