Advisory Board Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Advisory Board CEO and Director Robert W. Musslewhite
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Pros
  • Promotes a health work-life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • Many happy hours and activities/events taking place in the office (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is definitely skewed towards work rather than life (in 30 reviews)

  • The Marketing Associate role has absolutely nothing to do with Marketing and is strictly Cold Calling (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Review

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

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

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

    Pros

    -The culture is the biggest pro. It is a very young and fun company
    -You are offered 20 vacation days in an entry level position and gain more as you progress

    Cons

    -They expereince large turn over every summer
    - The pay is very below average
    - If you aren't acusotmed working for a large company, it can be a little overwhelming

    Advice to Management

    They need to focus more on hiring internally for upper level positions. Most of the frustration from entry level staff comes from working with upper level individuals who aren't accustomed to the Advisory Board.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good company, starting to change

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    10 hours a month of healthy life living, 10 hours a month community impact hours and up to 25 days PTO

    Cons

    Company environment is starting to change to large firm mentality.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Recruiting Coordinator

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiting Corodinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Recruiting Corodinator in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Movement within the company seems more based on tenure


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  5. Great place to start career or finish career.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Advisory Board Company is a great company to start your career and finish your career. Young, type-A culture and a great way to build friendships in a new city. Work/Life balance is the biggest selling point. If you have a family and okay with your salary, ABC allows you to work reasonable hours at decent salary.

    Cons

    If you are a few years into your career, I would not recommend working at ABC. ABC is great at developing talent into being great ABC employees..not great healthcare employees. Work/life balances comes at a cost...ABC underpays it's staff. If you are seasoned and willing to work hard, ABC will not reward that effort with an increase in salary. It's waiting in line/turn for promotions. Management is also very weak...you have "lifers" who don't know a lot about the industry yet are MD's and above due to being complacent and "Waiting their turn". Middle management is young and inexperienced...cares more about their promotion and less about developing talent. I would only return if it was a SD level or above...that's when you've "made it"...also beware of layoffs...it has come in waves recently.

    Advice to Management

    Start hiring outside talent to manage key areas of the business. Experienced professionals in the industry will take the company to the next level...not lifers who have never worked a day in the real industry.


  6. Sales&Marketing Associate

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District of Columbia in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - District of Columbia in Washington, DC

    I worked at Advisory Board

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

    Pros

    Young professionals/ modern building/downtown DC/ interactive activities and trips

    Cons

    Too many internal transitions within the organization. The lower level management tends to be biased and close minded with a lack of managerial skills. The organization also has issues within the Education department in which innovative methods are lacking due to the utilization of outdated programs.

    Advice to Management

    Place individuals within management that actually have managerial skills and not simply because you don't have any external candidates to fill the position. The entry-level employees could also benefit from a higher salary in which the current salary doesn't meet living standards for within DC.


  7. Great Starting Company

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of learning opportunities and a lot of room for skill building
    great PTO plan and flexible schedule
    Work out hours during the work day
    great place to start a career and learn the ropes

    Cons

    Managers have no management background which can make the relationship with your manager interesting
    Company grew extremely fast and now they need to learn to function like a large company rather then a small one
    if you don't have the company personality, you won't make it far
    bad compensation


  8. Helpful (3)

    Top-of-Mind But Rarely Best-in-Class

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will never work with colleagues that are as driven, intelligent, and in most cases, as young as you likely are. In the right department, it can be an excellent first job out of college.

    The firm takes work/life balance seriously, and the vacation days and overall benefit package is superior than any you will find in the market.

    Your title will simultaneously impress and bewilder your friends, family, and clients. The holiday parties will be the talk of the town. If either of these things matter to you, ABC will exceed your expectations.

    Cons

    Inconsistent managerial competencies, promotions driven by cultural fit and high attrition rates across most departments have devastated employee morale. Overall, upward mobility has slowed as the company moves away from high-growth infancy towards low-growth maturity.

    Departments are rigidly siloed, and recent reorganizations have done little to break down these barriers (and much to disrupt day-to-day tasks).

    Day-to-day tasks can be tedious at the more junior levels and middle management is overstretched. The value that some senior leadership personnel provide is, at best, debatable.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees rather than strategic acquisitions. Live up to the firm's mission.


  9. Great company/culture that keeps on evolving

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

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time

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

    Pros

    - Fantastic, committed, smart employees that are motivated to make a difference for our members and their patients/students
    - Unique values-oriented culture
    - Constant evolution in the company which leads to new career growth opportunities

    Cons

    - Natural "scaling" challenges: integrating across divisions and silos, clarifying decision-making, continuing to remain nimble

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to attack new/bigger challenges with the same vigor with which you've done so in the past
    - Never lose our unique values


  10. Helpful (6)

    Fantastic Opportunity for young white males

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advisory Board

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

    Pros

    Looks great on a resume, plenty of vacation time, great location and a lot of free booze and food. In short - perfect for a young grad.

    Cons

    One word: misogyny. I have never seen SO MUCH misogyny and nepotism at a company in my entire career. White men who are young and play the part of "yes-men" will do great there as they seem to love promoting them while passing over more senior women. As a result a lot of very good women, particularly on the tech/PT side, have recently left due to incredible frustration and the ever-present glass ceiling (present company included) Really disappointing, especially after 5 years there.

    Advice to Management

    Start promoting your female employees - you have so few at senior levels it's a disgrace.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good place to start your career

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

    I have been working at Advisory Board

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

    Pros

    The Advisory Board gives you lots of opportunities to challenge yourself and grow. Good people to work with and have great benefits.

    Cons

    Although a great reputation of workplace, they don't pay competitively and the review process for promotion is a bit ambiguous. Most managers are very young and thus learning how to be a manager on the job, an area the company should provide more training or hire more experienced managers.

    Advice to Management

    Most managers are very young and thus learning how to be a manager on the job, an area the company should provide more training or hire more experienced managers.



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