Advisory Board

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Advisory Board Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
282 Reviews
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Advisory Board CEO and Director Robert W. Musslewhite
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Pros
  • There's a good work/life balance; you're kept to or about to a 40 hour workweek (in 32 reviews)

  • happy hours are very frequent when the weather is nice (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • The current managers just need to keep in mind the work/life balance of their employees (in 30 reviews)

  • The salary is pretty low for the sales and marketing associate role (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great first job, amazing culture and work/life balance

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Given a lot of responsibility - ownership over projects and collaboration with healthcare leaders across the country
    if you are interested in healthcare, the work is very interesting
    Culture is great - work/life balance is valued (PTO, benefits, etc.)

    Cons

    Standardized promotion schedule
    No choice as to team assignment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Meh

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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

    Young Crowd. Lost of opportunities to socialize make good contacts. Good opportunities to do community work.

    Cons

    Everybody and their mother is a Director or higher, making titles meaningless. Decision making is fractured. Has a tendency of have people in similar roles and then let them duke it out. Most management is inbred/promoted from within (almost a case study on Peter Principle).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on building people's careers and not provide this false sense of security through meaningless titles.

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

    Great job right out of college... was ready to leave after a couple years

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    This review is for the analyst/sr analyst/consultant role in Research & Insights. The work itself is (generally) intellectually stimulating and forces you to think strategically about important problems that truly do matter. The benefits were also very good-- great vacation, health benefits, flexible work hours and work-from-home policies, etc. While compensation wasn't on-par with top-tier consulting firms, the work-life balance was infinitely better. I typically worked 50-55 hours/week, some of which was done at home. It's also an exciting time to be working in healthcare and I can only imagine the company will continue to grow, expanding opportunities for advancement in the process.

    Cons

    While the research work can be stimulating it also became a bit redundant over time. You are essentially repeating the same 6 month process over and over again. There was also a tendency to analyze something to death-- I spent hours sitting in conference rooms coming up with the perfect gerund for a slide title. The workload also tends to come and go in waves-- you may have super light weeks where you're struggling to find things to keep you busy for 8 hours a day and then 2 months where you're working 11-12 hour days.

    The culture varies tremendously by department. The culture in research & insights was much more reserved than other departments (read: not a lot of happy hours or team lunches). That said, many of my friends in other departments loved the culture in their areas and had a ton of work friends. Along those lines, Advisory Board also has a very insular, promote-from-within culture (or did when I was there) which can be challenging for external hires who aren't straight out of college. You are also expected to learn the "ABC" way of doing things even if it's inefficient or outdated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to be a part off.

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn in a corporate environment. Lots of young people who were all in the same boat as you and leadership who was there to mentor. The company hosted firm wide meetings, company events, and happy hours -- great camaraderie.

    Cons

    Almost too focused on personal growth and where your next step in the company was going to be. For someone who is not super interested in Healthcare it was hard to keep interest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Marketing Associate

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

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

    Pros

    Young, energetic culture. Work hard play hard environment, but with great benefits and friends along the way. Fast promotion eligibility and great learning experience.

    Cons

    Very clique-ish. Feels like you're in high school sometimes. Terrible pay for the cost of living in D.C.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People will work an extra hour a day for more pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun & young team, fascinating research areas, difficult management, unable to live up to "ABC values"

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

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

    Pros

    fun mid-level team
    at the forefront of best practice research in healthcare and education
    additional learning opportunities (if you ever find the time to participate)

    Cons

    work-life balance
    promotion structure
    getting paid less than we all should be for what we're doing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    loosen up, hire more delivery, focus on employee happiness as well as client satisfaction and QA scores

  8.  

    Account Management Associate

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    Current Employee - Account Management Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Management Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good team environment. Easy tasks and happy members.

    Cons

    The pay is ridiculously low.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Some opportunities, hit or miss

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

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    Lots of incentives, young staff, room for growth fairly quickly, held to high standards of performance. If you are willing to put in the work there are some opportunities to learn a lot depending on who you support.

    Cons

    Depending on your team opportunities can be scarce or bountiful. Praise is awarded based on results that are clearly skewed by team not by the work. A bit concerned about the sustainability of the current business model.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge the different obstacles faced by associates in different areas of the company. Work on ACTUAL management training and motivation skills.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great benefits, youthful culture, nearly competitive pay

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    Current Employee - Legal in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Legal in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Best benefits for a large company: 5 weeks paid vacation after 2 years, great health benefits, 10 hours of community service per month, telework program , up to 20% bonus yearly, great LEED-certified office spaces, jeans casual attire every day. Lots of free food available if you know where to look.

    Cons

    Depending on your department, there may be a lot of upward movement or none at all (my case). I haven't been promoted in the three years I've been in this department despite getting stellar reviews each year. Lots of young, trendy people working here, but you wonder where they get the money to pay for all their nice clothes. Compensation is fine, but oftentimes doesn't match up with your title (e.g., a "Director" is just someone that's been working here for 3 years and really isn't in charge of much).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand the office spaces because some floors are getting too crowded.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Advisory Board has it's share of politics, but culturally it is top notch.

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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

    Office culture varies geographically. The tech roles and major support organizations (HR, Legal, Finance, etc) are top notch and just down right good jobs.

    Cons

    Sometimes the politics are a bit much. The organizational structure really makes no sense, but somehow it works. The problem is the CEO doesn't get a clear picture because data flows through 3+ people before it hits his ears. I would not be an MA unless it is your only opportunity!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things are great, pay out PTO, create equal maternity/paternity leave programs (reverse discrimination is still not right), and continue breaking down the silos.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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