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.  

    Meh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (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
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    Industry leader, but could benefit from improvements

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5.  

    Great place to start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great first job, amazing culture and work/life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Definitely NOT an IT Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Small company feeling with a few very bright and engaging individuals. This is a great first job to get some experience under your belt, try a few different things and see how a business [tries] to work. There are a lot of professional company ideas being attempted to varying levels of success. This environment will give you exposure to the terms and concepts you'll encounter later in more professional companies without the hard core enforcement you'll find in same other companies.

    Cons

    The companies inexperience in IT is painfully evident. Disruptive infrastructure outages occur with some regularity and last days to weeks. New issues continue to surface due to the constant and unrelenting pressure to move forward with extremely unrealistic deadlines and very poor project planning. Time for research and proactive point of failure mitigation is simply not allowed.

    For this reason, again, a good "out of school" IT job. You will learn to fight fires and how to do / not to do things. You will also be provided room for growth and be given responsibility quickly (often before you are ready for it). Just don't be fooled into thinking this is a long term IT career otherwise there will be disappointment if you move to a larger, truly IT focused company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to learn their products and listen to their people. An environment where deadlines are set in days and constant interruptions with back to back meetings, emergencies and conflicting re-prioritization occur daily is not conducive to talent retention. You will continue to have churn until this is resolved.

    Management needs to remember that even though the average age of the employees in this company is very young, some individuals, particularly in the IT end have been in the field and working on their career advancement for longer than many of the employees. You need to trust in the skills of your technical people and act on their knowledge, not sideline it and keep pushing without regard.

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

    Good name for a resume

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Compensation is way too low

  10.  

    Fun & young team, fascinating research areas, difficult management, unable to live up to "ABC values"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    fun mid-level team
    at the forefront of best practice research in healthcare and education
    additional learning opportunities (if you ever find the time to participate)

    Cons

    work-life balance
    promotion structure
    getting paid less than we all should be for what we're doing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    loosen up, hire more delivery, focus on employee happiness as well as client satisfaction and QA scores

  11.  

    Marketing Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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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