Advisory Board Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
250 Reviews

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250 Reviews
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Advisory Board CEO and Director Robert W. Musslewhite
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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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great mission and people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work flexibility, powerful mission and guiding principles, smart people and the caliber of hires only improves each year, lots of opportunity for rapid advancement if you work hard up to the Senior Director level, engaging work

    Cons

    Some bad managers can ruin the experience (that said there are many good managers), lots of politics, siloed organization, too heavy on upper and middle management in some areas, limited advancement opportunity above the SD level, bad pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to how well managers manage others, use engagement drivers beyond promotion (salary increases, stock options, etc), change org and incentive structure to promote collaboration

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to launch a career!

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    • 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 8 years

    Pros

    This is a fabulous place to work - great culture, tons of opportunity for those that are motivated to take it. Support of career growth and ability to move around to get different experiences over time.

    Cons

    Many of the roles require significant travel - can be difficult to maintain a career trajectory if you are not willing to travel 3-4 days a week. There is also a clear "mold" - if you don't fit it, opportunities will be limited, but probably not that different that cultural fit at most organizations.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    STAY AWAY FROM MARKETING

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    Current Employee - Marketing Associate (Senior)  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate (Senior) in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are OK. Opportunities for career growth after 1 - 1.5 years as an associate.

    Cons

    Marketing is full of terrible management. Compensation is not competitive to retain top talent -- or cover living expenses in DC. Cliques define the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Chief of Staff role is a waste of resources and money.

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

    Great company, hard to move up

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company has a great culture--everyone is young, fun and hardworking. They also definitely try and emphasize a work-life balance

    Cons

    There's a huge pool of entry level workers and not enough desired "mid-level" roles. As such, while they hook you in with the promise of internal promotion and growth, it's much more competitive than it seems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make the internal interview process so competitive and difficult. We shouldn't have to jump through hoops to get a job at a company we already work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great mission, great values, great outlook, great opportunities--I hope I never leave

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People--rare to find such driven ambitious and bright people who you like to hang out with. Love the people I work with.
    Meritocracy--they promote 30% of staff every year. If you do well, you get promoted. Not political
    Mission driven--works on trying to figure out how to help hospitals and universities function better. Hard to find outcomes more satisfying than helping those kind of organizations succeed

    Cons

    High standards--if you don't perform well, it is clear quickly. Can be very tough if you can't keep pace.
    Culture not for everyone--if you don't get excited about the people and mission here, probably not the right fit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep promoting from within!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not Worth It

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Lots of young people hired right from college. Good social atmosphere with happy hours. Fun for the first few weeks.

    Cons

    Totally not worth it. Make some friends during orientation and one by one they will be fired or quit within 6 months. Ironic that a company that promotes best practices in leadership cannot produce competent management.

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

    Happily Associate Director of Consulting here

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    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A true meritocracy, with fast promotions for those who are willing to really put in the time and over-deliver. Time-off policies are very flexible; everyone has "PTO" rather than strict sick days vs. vacation days and they give you 25 paid days off per year, not including the generous vacation day 'give-aways': 1/2 day Fridays for all of July, July 3rd off as a thank you for completing surveys for Modern Healthcare's best places to work, January 2nd off as a firm-wide congrats for passing 2,000 employees.

    Cons

    compensation is middle-of-the-road--not what you'd get in other consulting firms, but the firm is actively working on it firm-wide.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best place to work as a young professional

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    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marketing in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance and flexible options, ability to move around to fit your strengths, amazing coworkers, investment from senior leaders, access to professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Salary is below market average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall experience was decent loved the company .

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sales in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    good company to work for if you're right out of college

    Cons

    The company work life balance doesn't have much balance .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
  11.  

    Strong culture; lead by a passion to sell

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Incredible learning experience. This is a company that's driven by it's sales division (as opposed to product, or finance, both of which are pretty reactionary/ impotent here) and any employee here learns to "script" really good talking points to walk the firm out of any tough situation. I hear people talk years later about the incredible people- and sales- skills they developed at ABC.

    Cons

    While management says (and often believes) that promotions and bonuses are merit based, the reality is that this is an intensely political culture. In addition to your work you need to be very politically savvy to thrive here. If that's your thing, you'll love it.

    Don't expect work-life balance, especially if you want to be on the fast track to promotion, and don't expect pay raises without fighting for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the culture of meritocracy you talk so much about (if it ever truly existed); make management more flat. Not everyone needs to be a manager (and indeed, not every high performer is capable of being a manager).

    Also, at some point some financial analyst is going to call you out on the excessive stock-based compensation along with share repurchases, so you should probably stop parading stock-based compensation as evidence of meritocracy when the share price is so heavily influenced by the repurchase program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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