Advisory Board Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
250 Reviews
3.5
250 Reviews
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Advisory Board CEO and Director Robert W. Musslewhite
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165 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Promotes a health work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • Happy Hours, incentive trips, community service projects, etc (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is definitely skewed towards work rather than life (in 25 reviews)

  • Horrible work-life balance and long hours (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start your career but there is a reason there is so much turnover

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

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great coworkers, fun culture, a lot of PTO, opportunity to interact with C-suite at hospitals, easy access to research and best practices, incentives for community service (great part of the culture here)

    Cons

    Compensation isn't competitive especially with DC's rapidly growing cost of living, very heavy in the middle: hard for Senior Associate to move to Mgmt, no delineation between Associate and Senior Associate just a heavier member load, mgmt doesn't necessarily have mgmt experience, external health care experience doesn't get you far here, have to drink the kool aid, lack of collaboration/teamwork: incentives aren't team based which leads to competition between co-workers that doesn't necessarily help the team or members, sales is part of everyone's job: this is explained in the hiring process. The hiring process isn't transparent. I ended up with a different job then I applied for, and do a different job then I was hired for. All this leads to a lot of turnover

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time for 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
  3.  

    Excellent place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Values are the key to this company's success. I enjoy the people I work with and the culture.

    Cons

    The current managers just need to keep in mind the work/life balance of their employees. This concept can get lost with the high expectations of work they ask of you to get ahead. A lot of managers are fairly young and could use some training and mentor ship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not Worth It

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Lots of young people hired right from college. Good social atmosphere with happy hours. Fun for the first few weeks.

    Cons

    Totally not worth it. Make some friends during orientation and one by one they will be fired or quit within 6 months. Ironic that a company that promotes best practices in leadership cannot produce competent management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Wish I could go back

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    • Culture & Values
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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 for more than a 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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great mission and people

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

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

    Pros

    Great work flexibility, powerful mission and guiding principles, smart people and the caliber of hires only improves each year, lots of opportunity for rapid advancement if you work hard up to the Senior Director level, engaging work

    Cons

    Some bad managers can ruin the experience (that said there are many good managers), lots of politics, siloed organization, too heavy on upper and middle management in some areas, limited advancement opportunity above the SD level, bad pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to how well managers manage others, use engagement drivers beyond promotion (salary increases, stock options, etc), change org and incentive structure to promote collaboration

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    STAY AWAY FROM MARKETING

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate (Senior)  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate (Senior) in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are OK. Opportunities for career growth after 1 - 1.5 years as an associate.

    Cons

    Marketing is full of terrible management. Compensation is not competitive to retain top talent -- or cover living expenses in DC. Cliques define the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Chief of Staff role is a waste of resources and money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Advisory Board : India Branch

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst  in  Chennai (India)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Chennai (India)

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Overall culture is care free

    Cons

    In experienced management and very much fixed thought

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be more experienced in handling rresources

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Low comp/boring work/high schoolish

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    -awesome (mostly) people that are young, energetic, fun, and very social
    -door opener for exit opps
    -PTO policy

    Cons

    #1: huge turnover. Think about why the turnover is so high...

    Low pay, dysfunctional management, misleading/inaccurate communication, awful work life balance. Your work is often robotic.

    Join if you feel like it, because you really are free to leave at any time. Most people do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) stop making twenty-somethings 'directors' and 'managers'...
    2) value your employees to reduce your absurd turnover
    3) try to be slightly less opaque
    4) try to quell the over promising and consequential fatal under delivery

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to launch a career!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time for 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

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