Advisory Board Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Advisory Board CEO and Director Robert W. Musslewhite
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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. Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for growth and to move around the company to different positions.

    Cons

    Pay is a little lower than other companies for similar positions
    new positions can be a little fuzzy as to what is expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize employee strengths and weaknesses
    Start offering tuition reimbursement for qualified select individuals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Nice place to work

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Advisory Board as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Wants employees to improve, constantly looking to make the next great leap, but was a very young, fun place to work

    Cons

    Pay seems below competitors, areas of company seemed isolated from one another, attrition seemed relatively high (though acceptable to UM).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep workers there, encouraging growth within company rather than allowing attrition to remove people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Young Company with great work life balance

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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

    Pros

    Strong career development, young coworkers

    Cons

    low compensation, managers are often only 1-2years older than you and lack major experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more competitive compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. The advisory board is an amazing, laid back company.

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Advisory Board as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I was an intern so everyone was pretty lenient toward me. I probably learned the most I ever have here. I was mentored very well.

    Cons

    An extremely fast paced work environment. It forces you to be on your game 100% of the time, which may not be a bad thing for some people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was an intern so I didn't necessarily have to deal with management too much. Office culture was fine in my opinion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Great company culture

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    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Mount Washing, OH
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Mount Washing, OH

    I have been working at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Work hard, play hard mentality

    Cons

    Transient - nobody sticks around for more than a few years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Formerly great company past its prime...

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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

    Strong entry-level talent, especially in the Research & Insights and NPD divisions. This is the rare company where the most impressive employees are the most junior ones.

    Cons

    Company is facing slowing growth and this had led to declining morale and a sense that that the organization's best days are behind it. Recent layoffs have led to a spike in turnover. Employee compensation also remains far below market, causing the best analysts to be poached by competing firms or industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show employees you care about their growht and development by investing more into training and compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Good company overall

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    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
  9. Smart people. Good client reputation. Limited experience.

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    You work with mostly intelligent people. The team in Austin was well knit but that was probably a function of the city's culture more than anything else. Generally good benefits and time off policies. Good growth potential (you basically get a promotion every other year as there are so many levels).

    Cons

    Like most technology companies, good technical resources get promoted who have limited management experience. Work-life balance could be better. They hire mostly young people, who can get carried away with the competition. Some hires also ended up being unnecessarily aggressive and escalate without reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a bit more attention to personnel development and offer advice for professional development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. ABC is a wonderful place to start your career. Demanding workloads, but you'll learn a ton of really valuable skills.

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

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    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

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