Advisory Board Reviews

Updated May 2, 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. Associate Director

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

    I have been working at Advisory Board

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility and strong culture and values.

    Cons

    Hard to know firm direction if working remotely.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve training and offerings for remote employees.

  2. Great opportunity to advance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    Challenging and fast paced work environment

    Cons

    Young office. Sometimes that can work against you

    Advice to Management

    Great diversity of staff.

  3. Editor

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    Former Employee - Editor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Editor in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Particularly fun and productive work environment for young adults (22-30). A great starting-off point for your career in health care.

    Cons

    Company's priorities sometimes do not align with workers' goals. For example, amid a hiring freeze, the company spends a lot of money on a conference instead of filling needed positions.

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  5. Enjoyable

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Membership Advisor
    Current Employee - Membership Advisor

    I have been working at Advisory Board

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, culture, work-life balance considerations

    Cons

    Every business has cons, regardless of what you do. It really comes down to an employees perception of the work they are doing.

  6. Helpful (13)

    Good experience overall, but company facing some major issues ahead

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advisory Board

    Pros

    This review is from the perspective of an entry-level employee at ABC.
    - Great culture and people. The company is young and coworkers can become good friends.
    - Work can be interesting depending on department.
    - Younger, entry-level employees in many divisions are very accomplished. Smart, driven coworkers.
    - Benefits like PTO are great.
    - Opportunities to move up quickly if you are a fast learner. Promotions seem generally fair.
    - People seem to find good exit opportunities.

    Cons

    - Company doesn't seem to be doing well financially. There was a hiring freeze last year and positions were eliminated this year. Noticeable tensions as a result and budgets seem tight. Tougher time moving roles internally.
    - I wouldn't take a Marketing Associate, Account Management Associate, or Coordinator position unless I had no other job options. Though many of the people in these positions are incredibly capable and have a lot of responsibility, these are roles HORRIBLY underpaid (especially considering the high cost of living in D.C.). It's actually embarrassing to work for a company that underpays some people so much while also arguing that the firm does so much good for the community.
    - While those positions are particularly bad, most entry to mid-level positions are underpaid compared to comparable positions at other companies. They had to send out an email last year to try to convince everyone that they are compensated fairly. Just that that happened should say enough about the compensation.
    - Management is variable. There are some great managers and some that don't have a clue what's going on on their own teams. Turnover is crazy, and some managers seem to be the ones that just stuck around as others left the firm.
    - Regardless of skill, most managers are out of touch with the feelings among entry-level employees.
    - As an entry-level employee you are made to feel entirely replaceable. Leads to a high turnover rate.
    - High turnover makes you feel like you should also be thinking of other options. Most entry-level employees, which is actually a huge portion of the company, leave after a few years.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder on retaining your high-performing employees - turnover hurts everybody. Quit giving people extra days off and pay ALL of your employees a comfortable salary for the D.C. metro area. Make sure that managers are in touch with what's going on on their teams.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Business Intelligence Dedicated Advisor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great way to cut your teeth in health care.

    Cons

    Not family friendly. Poor work/life balance.

  8. Associate Director

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and always open to ideas from the team.

    Cons

    Tools are very lacking and there is a poor relationship between Delivery, Services, and Development.

    Tool road mapping doesn't seem to align with the furture of healthcare IT

    Advice to Management

    Bring on more SMEs or find a way to continue to be an industry leader. Do not rest on your morals as healthcare IT no longer has the benefits of ARRA/Hi-tech act money.

  9. An excellent place to start a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Few other organizations offer opportunities to develop managerial experience to recent college graduates, and the Firm provides ample resources to ensure that managers are supported and in turn focus on supporting their employees. It's an exciting place to work, being surrounded by bright, passionate, and extremely intelligent young people who happily put in long hours to assist clients who provide value greater than commerce (hospitals and universities).

    Cons

    As a quickly growing company, change is a constant. This is both positive and negative in that there are unmatched opportunities for employees to influence the Firm's trajectory and practices, but can also prove exhausting and confusing at times. Recently-modified teams and structures may change again within a few months as the business expands.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to uphold research as the core mission of the Firm, even as it directs us to invest in scalable, higher margin performance technologies. It would understandably be tempting to under-invest in research, but that focus is key to our identity and success.

  10. Great mission-based organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advisory Board

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, tons of opportunity

    Cons

    Remote offices feel less of the culture than HQ

  11. Helpful (2)

    Long time employees squeezed out

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to learn and serve clients in the large (and still highly dysfunctional) health care and higher educational industries. If you are good at researching/speaking you can go pretty far. But you will go further if you're in marketing and can close sales.

    Cons

    Company is still very much an "up or out firm" unless you've gotten to or are on a fast track to Policy Committee level. The company is under pressure now to increase earnings which have flattened over the past two years. Revenues growing but so are costs, which is resulting in layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Try to avoid honoring long time employees with company logo jackets but then lay them off shortly thereafter.

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