Advisory Board Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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Advisory Board CEO and Director Robert W. Musslewhite
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  1. Nice place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. Young Company with great 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

    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
  3. The advisory board is an amazing, laid back company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 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
  6. Good company overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good benefits, comp is low at entry levels but increases pretty significantly within a few years, lots of growth potential

    Cons

    Hard to work there if you're not passionate about the work you're doing, hard to keep top entry level talent with low salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries to entry level employees, keep the incredible benefits and culture - they're the biggest assets and really what makes the company a great place to work for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. ABC is a wonderful place to start your career. Demanding workloads, but you'll learn a ton of really valuable skills.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dedicated Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Dedicated Advisor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture and managers that care
    Real responsibility from the start
    Good training for sales

    Cons

    Heavy workload - but not challenging work, everything is syndicated
    Over promise to clients, so creates difficulty in delivery

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff teams appropriately
    Know that stretch roles are band aids - pay people for the extra work you are giving them and don't sugar coat it

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    urban rat race with low salaries, unique benefits

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    • 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
  9. Great Experience

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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 (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
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Huge pros and huge cons

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    • 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
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Lay Offs

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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

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