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Advisory Board Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Jul 27, 2014
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3.1 133 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

Advisory Board CEO and Director Robert W. Musslewhite

Robert W. Musslewhite

(90 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    It's a good place to get your feet wet in the DC area if you're fresh out of college. I'd work there again.

    Communications (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe staff is highly educated, driven, etc.

    ConsThere isn't much diversity in the staff. Everyone pretty much has the same background. ABC focuses on their bottom line before focusing on their employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Marketing Associate (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsLots and lots and lots

    ConsCouple of things that persistently annoy me

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe realistic with expectations

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Analyst (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThey are good at hiring people who are fun to work with.

    ConsThe pay does not match what is demanded of employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overworked and underpaid

    Research Associate, Higher Education (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGreat colleagues
    Fast promotions
    Lost of responsibility at an early age

    ConsMuch lower salary than similar positions
    Horrible work-life balance and long hours
    Nontransparent promotion opportunities (i.e., a lot of politics involved)
    Managers are very young and often incapable

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Research Analyst (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsI learned a lot from my experiences

    ConsThe pay is a bit low.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible work environment with a 50/50 shot of having success

    Marketing Associate (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    Pros- Young Work Environment
    - In Downtown DC

    Cons- Management is comprised of people who have no industry experience or job experience that are telling subordinates how to work. No freedom, everything is scripted. If you have a good territory you will succeed and make just enough money to live in another state and commute an hour every day for terrible pay. The Marketing Associate role has absolutely nothing to do with Marketing and is strictly Cold Calling.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet people develop their skills and create an identity through positive reinforcement. Eliminate the COS position because they don't do anything except nitpick without any business experience.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hot and Cold

    Business Analyst, Associate Director (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsI enjoy what I do and have had a great opportunity to work in many different facets of my department. Benefits, for the most part, are all pretty good. People are driven here, and I believe what we do is ultimately improving healthcare in the US

    ConsMeritocracy my fannie. ABC likes to call itself a meritocracy, and promotes those that have proven capable. But what really ends up happening, is that ABC promotes those that are the most vocal and scream the loudest. I think the "meritocracy" ultimately promotes an environment of get ahead by all means necessary.

    Work-life balance is definitely skewed towards work rather than life. I try to push it back towards life as much as I can with my staff, but there's only so much you can do with the amount of work we have.

    I also think a company as large and successful as ABC can afford more than $1000/yr in tuition reimbursement and more than a variable 401K match program.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a good place to work

    Director of Marketing (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe Advisory Board has acquired some great technology. Very flexible working hours. Lots of options for part timers.

    ConsMyopic view of how to engage employees. Unprofessional management. Training and development is non-existent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is a disconnect between senior management and the rest of the organization. There needs to be a cultural shift, or change in the way that work is conducted and employees are managed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Only wish salary was better

    Senior Director (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsMiddle management truly cares, my boss is amazing, and the focus on things like wellness and lifestyle are impressive. Also a very vibrant culture - coworkers care.

    ConsPAY! And space/furniture in the DC office. We use desks left over from the 1970s public school system. Mine won't even shut all the way

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't tell the staff about how flush with cash we are, but hold back on basics like furniture and salary!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Your mileage may vary based on how much you fit their mold

    Senior Analyst (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsOverall, the Advisory Board provides a challenging environment where it is expected of you to perform, learn, and try to succeed:
    - The work and responsibilities are often much more than you would expect from similar roles for recent graduates (1-5 years out)
    - Steep learning curve that provides fantastic experience as you climb it
    - Senior leadership are a great collection of people with intelligence, vision, and execution capabilities. If you get a chance to work with them, they will never cease to impress you with how much they care for the company and its growth
    - A plethora of internal opportunities are available in case you want to take your career in a different direction and this is also encouraged internally
    - The company promotes a lot of work/life balance and culture events, e.g. Happy Hours, incentive trips, community service projects, etc
    - The health and wellness benefits package are great and offer flexibility as well
    - You will either come to love or hate some of your coworkers but those that you love will often turn out to be some of your closest friends
    - Name recognition in DC ... ABC has be around for 30+ years and has made a huge commitment to DC

    ConsHowever, the company continues to drag its feet with solving problems that have existing for years:
    - Once you have peaked on the learning curve, you likely will not see any more opportunities unless you move laterally or see promotion
    - Promotion is advertised as linked to "meritocracy" but in reality, it is based on favoritism at the middle-management level and whether or not you have the "All-American" look/persona
    - Senior leadership is busy and distant enough that they often will only see the rosier picture as illustrated by middle-management
    - A plethora of internal opportunities also means that if middle-management does not feel like you are performing at their standards, they will divert you laterally to another team/department
    - Name recognition in DC ... can also be a bad thing when it is associated with labels like "sweatshop"

    A special note about compensation:
    Compensation at the Advisory Board for any who is a Director or lower (non-Sales) is truly pitiful. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, single person households in the DC-VA-MD region and earning below $47,950 are considered Low-Income and below $37,450 are considered Very Low Income. That means, the base salary of all Marketing Associates, Account Management Associates, and Coordinators put them in the Very Low Income bracket and qualify them for Section 8 housing. Even at the Dedicated Advisor / Analyst levels, compensation is still 20% below market for analytical and intensive roles as compared to Deloitte, Booz Allen, and even mid-sized Consulting firms.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImproved compensation, actual growth opportunities, and better middle-management:
    - Compensation ... seriously, what hasn't been said on Glassdoor regarding compensation for ABC? When I speak with colleagues who leave (myself included), this is a huge deciding factor and especially when we know that ABC would never match up to another offer
    - Growth ... this ties in with better middle-management and recognizing employees who need to be on a faster growth path. Egos at the middle-management level consistently drive great performers to leave
    - Middle-management ... promoting from within is great when you give them the management training to succeed or identify those who can be great managers. It would be a huge step to provide that training and stop promoting simply based on prior performance. A good associate / analyst may never be a good manager.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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