Advisory Board Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    urban rat race with low salaries, unique benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. Great experience

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

    I worked at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Offers lots of growth opportunities

    Cons

    Sometimes felt like too big of a company and hard to get responses

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Good experience

    • 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

    Pros

    Benefits and compensation are reasonable. Working as a company to improve work-life balance for employees.

    Cons

    Lacking in company values and growth opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity for people right out of college to learn a lot of skills including communication, project management and strategic thinking

    Cons

    Since the Advisory Board is consistently growing there are a lot of changes so it is often difficult to have one good manager for a long period of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to start career but a lot is changing

    • 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

    Pros

    Smart people, flexible work options, lots of potential for upward career growth if you start at very junior levels, interesting work

    Cons

    Lack of honesty with employees about reality:

    Despite "mom friendly" policies, the culture only rewards long work hours. Anyone who asks for flexibility or a reasonable work load is quickly assigned to projects below their experience level and with no advancement potential.

    Layoffs have occurred but leadership will not discuss it. Instead, executives are saying the company is doing the best it ever has. Many employees are seeing through this and planning to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with yourselves and with employees about how the firm is performing. Focus more on what needs to change and less on what's worked in the past when circumstances were different.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Huge pros and huge cons

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

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company is awesome. Truly! Really great people, phenomenal products, a bet in class sales process and arguably one of the best places to build your skills and develop a long term career path. Sure, some of the managers can be classified as having made it to where they are by sheer persistence however there really are good people working there that are top performers in their industry. Their approach to product development is what really stands out for this company. Focusing on publishing member driven research, consulting to implement the member driven research, technology to compliment it and training to assist - it really does sell itself.
    From an employee perspective: great people, swanky office, a good number of remote opportunities, great vacation package, good healthcare and 401k, decent training and advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Culture. This may surprise some as many write about ABC's culture as one of their pros. Don't get me wrong, the people are extraordinary. But the advisory board breeds a culture of being better than everyone else. Including your own peers. Their interviews are atrocious. They pride themselves on being able to attract top talent however they will barely give you the time of day. It is almost guaranteed that at least one of your interviews will cancel or reschedule. Complete lack of respect for others time. Further, you will not receive a response or feedback if you send a thank you note or even ask for follow up details. Regardless of if they like you/intend to offer you a position or not. Sadly it is just disrespectful and that is the culture they have created. Which is ironic since one of the firms values is "running towards criticism." Indeed, run towards it but don't expect to get it.
    However, once they email you an offer they will expect you to respond IMMEDIATELY! Because again, they think they are better than you.
    Advancement opportunities could use improvement. To advance from one title to another you must hit pre set criteria regardless of the product you work on. So if you happen to be on a smaller value research product expect to stay there longer than perhaps a high demand technology counterpart.
    Finally, if you are a mother who values time with her children at all steer clear. While ABC is certainly praised for their maternity leave policies nearly every position at the company requires extensive travel. And there are no exceptions for working parents. It is also well known that once you have a child you will wear a scarlet letter at the firm. Many will expect that you will no longer be as profitable to the firm and will often pawn you off to less attractive products and position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect all those you encounter. A simple response to an email takes 5 seconds and goes a long way. Whether it's a past client. Past employee, interviewee, current employee, etc. You aren't better than everyone. Even up advancement opportunities. Give equal opportunity to all at the firm, not just the originals that have persisted long enough to see a couple new offices.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Lay Offs

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

    I worked at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Good team, lots of learnings

    Cons

    Financial instability, no job security

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advisory Board just laid off about a 100 people, many of whom were just hired just a few months back. If you know you are struggling with financials, then please don't play around with the lives of people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Intellectually rigorous, perfectionist culture. Always learning. Smart, interesting, ambitious people. Commitment to service.

    Cons

    Very young, very white employee base. Culture is definitely of highly privileged recent college grads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversity--in socioeconomic background, educational background and work history, race, ethnicity, age.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Marketing Analyst

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

    I worked at Advisory Board

    Pros

    office culture, opportunities for growth, office location, office amenities, work/life balance

    Cons

    low pay, boring work, cluttered workspace

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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