Advisory Board Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
253 Reviews
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Advisory Board CEO and Director Robert W. Musslewhite
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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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  1.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

    Lots and lots and lots

    Cons

    Couple of things that persistently annoy me

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be realistic with expectations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Pros and Cons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The pay does not match what is demanded of employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Overworked and underpaid

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate, Higher Education  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Associate, Higher Education in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues
    Fast promotions
    Lost of responsibility at an early age

    Cons

    Much 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Only wish salary was better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 8 years

    Pros

    Middle 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.

    Cons

    PAY! 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hot and Cold

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst, Associate Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Analyst, Associate Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    I 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

    Cons

    Meritocracy 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 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
  8.  

    Great work environment, but low pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are all smart, ambitious, and fun people to work with
    Many happy hours and activities/events taking place in the office
    My managers have been very supportive of my growth within the company, want to see me succeed
    Good time off policy, benefits

    Cons

    Pay is very uncompetitive with the market if you are not in the executive level
    Depending on your position, you don't get much recognition for your hard work
    Pretty difficult to get promoted

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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.

  10.  

    Not a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Marketing  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director of Marketing in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Overall, 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

    Cons

    However, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Improved 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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