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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. 2 people found this helpful

    Customer- Is the KING. Employees: STFU and get the job done.

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

    I worked at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Good for people who are fresh out of college. Good exposure to healthcare. You can wear shorts to work. Slightly flexible work timings (that means you are expected to work from home late and on weekends).

    Nothing else. NOTHING.

    Cons

    Company :
    They boast themselves of the laid back work culture (wear flip flops, shorts, T shirts to work) which seems to lure the young blood to the company and once in they are made to work literally like bonded laborers for extensive hours.

    Employees:
    If you don't get along with your co-workers you won't survive for long. You can't expect to just get your work done and go home. You need to be a yes-person (they wont let me post the actual word) in order to survive here.

    People get assigned managerial role simply based on favoritism and tenure at the company. They lack basic managerial/leadership skills. They look down upon their subordinates as if they are slaves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give equal importance to employees as you give to your clients.

    Retain talent.

    Improve salary and benefits. I know for sure the leadership gets paid really well while the entry level employees get significantly lesser pay in comparison. The skew in salary between the higher management and lower level employees is too high. Address this and you can retain some good people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    What was a great place to work has turned into a sweatshop, and is going downhill pretty fast.

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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

    Free diet coke. Good locations. Heavy community impact, and paid time for charity work. What were amazing core values and beliefs. Hopefully the company turns itself around.

    Cons

    Right now I don't like how it's trending, and I couldn't in good conscience recommend it to anyone. It feels like they listened to a smooth talking conman, and went down the wrong path about three years ago.

    Very political. Politics get in the way of doing things right. They also appear to be out of money a lot. No paychecks bounced, but it's very hard to get money for basic departmental things. They've been laying great people off to cut costs and it seems based more on their salary than work performance. They've lost a lot of rockstars to local firms. It feels like in the past three years they forgot how to treat their employees.

    For the longest time they couldn't afford to hire anybody new, so work/life balance was horrible. 60-80 hour weeks were common. Despite the fact that they'd know you were working as hard as possible, you'd still get dinged on performance reviews for missing absolutely impossible to hit deadlines due to the lack of resources and understaffing. It has turned into a sweatshop, and it's only getting worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to stop the talent bleed and prevent more, care needs to be taken to get middle management under control. You have some dangerously rogue managers right now. Mostly in the Austin office. I'd suggest a lot more upward reviews. Concentrate in areas where you have entirely too many managers, and redundant departments. You should know what I'm talking about. Put a microscope there and you'll figure out very fast where the problem is. You have too many cooks. You need to fire some cooks and get more lineworkers. Stop hiring folks from AOL. They are ruining your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    urban rat race with low salaries, unique benefits

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Young workforce
    Ability to learn how to work in high volume atmosphere
    Workout hours
    Community Impact Volunteer hours
    company events
    Cool office
    Will become proficient in administrative office tasks
    Will learn Salesforce

    Cons

    Salaries are much lower than the average for D.C. Especially difficult for employees with entry level salaries to afford living in D.C. many associates still live at home with parents , or work multiple jobs as a result. Entry level jobs are sold to applicants citing possibility of promotion within 6 months to a year, which is not commonplace. Turnover is rampant, especially in revenue generating departments (Account Management and Marketing). This creates a culture of peers managing peers, as a manager can very often be the same age or even younger than the associate that they are managing. All of these dynamics combined make it very difficult to move up, whether you are the best individual to take a new position or not. There is a high strung, stressful environment within the office. The real must at ABC is to find someone to advocate for you--or you'll never make it! Career committees are extremely political, though the company prides itself on being 'merit-based'. After a few months at ABC it becomes clear that Associates and other entry level staff are dispensable cogs in a wheel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turnover iS an issue in revenue generating departments, whether it affects the numbers or not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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