Advisory Board

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Advisory Board Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
282 Reviews
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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. 5 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
  3.  

    Performance Test Engineer

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    Former Employee - Performance Engineer in Chennai (India)
    Former Employee - Performance Engineer in Chennai (India)

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

    Pros

    Awesome Work Culture, Perfect learning experience, Proper Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Sometimes the work becomes a monotonous job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Advisory Board has it's share of politics, but culturally it is top notch.

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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

    Office culture varies geographically. The tech roles and major support organizations (HR, Legal, Finance, etc) are top notch and just down right good jobs.

    Cons

    Sometimes the politics are a bit much. The organizational structure really makes no sense, but somehow it works. The problem is the CEO doesn't get a clear picture because data flows through 3+ people before it hits his ears. I would not be an MA unless it is your only opportunity!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things are great, pay out PTO, create equal maternity/paternity leave programs (reverse discrimination is still not right), and continue breaking down the silos.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The Advisory Board Company has a great work culture, and does great work in the healthcare industry

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    People are very young and there is a fun working environment. Additionally, there is a lot of room for mobility and growth within the company. It is truly a meritocracy.

    Cons

    The salary is pretty low for the sales and marketing associate role.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Overall great place to be

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

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

    Pros

    This is the most employee-centric place I've ever worked. They listen to employees and work to protect things like respect, work/life balance, etc.

    The benefits and PTO packages are awesome, and the company really lives its values. Heavy emphasis on giving back to local communities.

    I've had a great experience here and plan to stay a long time.

    Cons

    Lots of people in senior roles who have only worked one place. They are great people and very smart, but don't always have the perspectives one gains from work experience in more places.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your senior employees who have worked other places. We can help you get there faster so we can change the world even faster!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time (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
  9.  

    Wish I could go back

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    Current Employee - Director in Plymouth Meeting, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Plymouth Meeting, PA

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time (more than an 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
  10.  

    Great place to launch a career!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great mission, great values, great outlook, great opportunities--I hope I never leave

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

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    People--rare to find such driven ambitious and bright people who you like to hang out with. Love the people I work with.
    Meritocracy--they promote 30% of staff every year. If you do well, you get promoted. Not political
    Mission driven--works on trying to figure out how to help hospitals and universities function better. Hard to find outcomes more satisfying than helping those kind of organizations succeed

    Cons

    High standards--if you don't perform well, it is clear quickly. Can be very tough if you can't keep pace.
    Culture not for everyone--if you don't get excited about the people and mission here, probably not the right fit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep promoting from within!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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