Advisory Board Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
253 Reviews
3.5
253 Reviews
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Advisory Board CEO and Director Robert W. Musslewhite
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168 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to start a career... But realize when it's time to leave and get out

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Enough paid time off, good coverage, young environment, state of the art technology, innovative, smart executive staff, growing company, amazing at giving back to the community

    Cons

    Inexperienced managers, low starting salaries, promotions come on a schedule not merit-based, external highers valued more than internal, reviews aren't taken seriously enough, lack of maturity from managers can become a problem at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stronger mentorship programs would help both new highers and new managers who need to develop leadership skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Ups and Downs

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    Good place to start a career; decent opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Pays less than similar consultant positions with intensive hours. Very rote work cycles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Birds Eye View of Changing Healthcare System

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    No company is better positioned to observe the challenges facing the healthcare delivery system. ABC has incredible access and the ear of the top decision makers in the industry.

    Cons

    Tough place to join mid-career - virtually all of the senior execs have spent most of their careers at ABC. Good intent to hear new ideas but in reality there is very little appetite for anything but 'the ABC way'.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Strong work/life balance

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    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    great environment, great co-workers, strong office culture and great benefits

    Cons

    the associate salary is not ideal but with the bonuses it can be a solid starting salary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Energetic, positive culture

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    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits. Very positive, energetic, and fun culture. Lots of upward mobility and opportunities for exposure to upper management

    Cons

    Salary is not impressive. Numbers-driven review process can be frustrating, because people in vastly different situations are evaluated the same way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible with quantitative goals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    So happy I came here after college

    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    A pretty big learning curve, but ABC is always happy to provide its employees with opportunities for growth and to take on more responsibility. Love working on the research side of things, especially for a company that is dedicated to driving toward best answer.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be hard at times--tends to move in cycles, with lulls at some points and lots of overtime hours at others.

  8.  

    Incredible people and firm

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

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You will find some of the smartest, most creative, driven, and caring individuals of any firm. The company is growth-oriented, so the pace is fast and there is a lot of movement. This provides a lot of opportunities for new roles and experiences.

    Cons

    Healthcare is changing and the firm is evolving to keep up with the meeting needs of the industry; that comes at a price. Individuals who aren't willing to be flexible will feel frustrated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Makes you work hard

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Great environment and culture - very supportive team

    Cons

    Make you work hard, and the pay could be better

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent place for a new graduate to start, limited opportunities for future growth

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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 3 years

    Pros

    The Advisory Board Company hires talented, young people straight out of college, and they promote from within early, so it's a good place to start a career and get your feet out from under you. Additionally, they have offices around the nation, so there's opportunity if your role allows it to travel or work at different places. The company takes internal development of their revenue divisions seriously and provides training and skills development for associates.

    Cons

    Frankly, the biggest hurdle to growth at the company is after your first one or two promotions, opportunities stagnate pretty quickly. As others have said here, once you reach the middle management/senior associate/analyst level, your options dry up unless you have the voice of someone senior upstairs and can get into a marketing or senior development type position. Additionally, salaries here for the work and environments people are working in are abismal; what they pay associates in the DC market is well below market and industry average, and that seems to be the case across the board. They sell their employees that the company makes up for low salaries with "better than average" bonuses and promotion potential, but after a year or two, that just doesn't cut it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you say that you invest in your employees, think about how to actually do that for the junior associates that do the brunt of the work to keep the company going, not just rewarding senior level people for a "job well done".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good starting point, middle levels stunt growth.

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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 more than 3 years

    Pros

    They offer wonderful development for entry-level employees. Many skill-building and content knowledge courses provide not only a robust healthcare foundation, but also professional aptitudes that are helpful in later roles.

    Cons

    Management to metrics is to the extreme, and most managers (at least in my section of the firm) are just gunning for their next promotion. Middle management is basically a dead end, and promotions don't mean new responsibilities until you're very senior, they just give you a new title.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible in your quantitative reviews, they stifle creativity and applying too many standards for client management doesn't fit across varied client needs. One size doesn't fit all. Give people a reason to want to stay into their late twenties/earlier thirties when career choices can be pivotal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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