Advisory Board Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Marketing Analyst

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    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
  2. 4 people found this helpful

    What was a great place to work has turned into a sweatshop, and is going downhill pretty fast.

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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

    Free diet coke. Good locations. Heavy community impact, and paid time for charity work. What were amazing core values and beliefs. Hopefully the company turns itself around.

    Cons

    Right now I don't like how it's trending, and I couldn't in good conscience recommend it to anyone. It feels like they listened to a smooth talking conman, and went down the wrong path about three years ago.

    Very political. Politics get in the way of doing things right. They also appear to be out of money a lot. No paychecks bounced, but it's very hard to get money for basic departmental things. They've been laying great people off to cut costs and it seems based more on their salary than work performance. They've lost a lot of rockstars to local firms. It feels like in the past three years they forgot how to treat their employees.

    For the longest time they couldn't afford to hire anybody new, so work/life balance was horrible. 60-80 hour weeks were common. Despite the fact that they'd know you were working as hard as possible, you'd still get dinged on performance reviews for missing absolutely impossible to hit deadlines due to the lack of resources and understaffing. It has turned into a sweatshop, and it's only getting worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to stop the talent bleed and prevent more, care needs to be taken to get middle management under control. You have some dangerously rogue managers right now. Mostly in the Austin office. I'd suggest a lot more upward reviews. Concentrate in areas where you have entirely too many managers, and redundant departments. You should know what I'm talking about. Put a microscope there and you'll figure out very fast where the problem is. You have too many cooks. You need to fire some cooks and get more lineworkers. Stop hiring folks from AOL. They are ruining your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful

    Smart roots; poor technical execution

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

    I have been working at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Exceptionally smart business and consulting people in this company. They know their business inside and out. I am regularly impressed by how much healthcare experience is in the company.

    Cons

    They may know their business inside and out, but they do not know technology and how to cultivate it, manage it, and use it as a competitive advantage. And the upper management can be completely indecisive as a result when it comes to making meaningful changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great company to start out from

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    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is willing to help you if you have any questions, people are young and energetic.

    Cons

    As an intern I got a good salary but it is very common for their salaries to be below market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your employees with training.

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

    Manager of Operations

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    Current Employee - Manager of Operations in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager of Operations in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Great company, great work life balance, great colleagues, many opportunities for advancement, decent salary

    Cons

    There aren't that many cons with this role as you really control everything about your career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Life Balance for Some, Not All

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Smart people, generally pretty nice.

    Cons

    I work in New Product Development/Corporate Strategy. I work with smart, motivated people. However, there is absolutely no work life balance. Some departments are done by 6:00 or 5:30, but not all. Make sure you know what you're signing up for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve work life balance. No one lasts in corporate strategy longer than two years - there is a reason for that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    The Advisory Board is a great place for early-professional corporate work, but not a great place to grow into a career.

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Culture of giving back - good fit for non-profit-minded folks

    Cons

    Long hours without much ownership

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company culture, work/life balance, people. Poor salaries.

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    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, work/life balance

    Cons

    Don't get paid as competitively with other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Great co to start your career-- you've just got to survive in marketing

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    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Amazing culture
    Promotion from within
    Personal enrichment through development activities
    Transparent review processes

    Cons

    Position is grossly underpaid
    Promotion from role is based on timing and potential-- can be a long waiting game
    Little to no control over what product you are placed on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please invest in your talent by promoting less turnover and higher salaries for associates to ensure more strategic sales processes. Consider changing evaluation tools for the MAs based
    On their product

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Amazing culture, lack of professionalism/respect

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    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Advisory Board

    Pros

    Great HR benefits, superfun workforce, big on work/life balance

    Cons

    The culture of management is all about over promise, under deliver. They tell you about all kinds of opportunities within the company but then do everything they can to prevent you from moving. Also, the lack of management training and professionalism makes it a fun workplace, but one that is terrible for mentors/managers you respect/admire.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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