Advisory Board Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start

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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 less than a year

    Pros

    The company hires a lot of young people, they have a good firmwide on-boarding system, and the company is expanding all the time.

    Cons

    The pay is not up to par with other companies in the industry. Department-specific training and on-boarding is usually done too quickly and not thoroughly enough, leading to problems down the line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put less time into firmwide orientation and more time into department-specific orientation. Also the high turnover isn't going to change until your pay scales change.

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

    Employees First

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Collaborative atmosphere, great benefits and cultural emphasis on supporting work-life balance

    Cons

    Lots of squeaky wheels and entitled twentysomethings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep looking for ways to improve employee experience - it's been working so far!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great atmosphere, but you'll live paycheck to paycheck

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

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

    Pros

    Great promotion potential, fun work atmosphere, excellent location

    Cons

    Very poor starting salary in comparison to the cost of living. They hire so many recent grads that I feel that the value of each individual is standardized and true talent isn't recognized until about a year down the road.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate the salaries of entry-level positions. $30K a year is not a livable salary when the average rent is $1500 a month.

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

    Sad that so many individuals at a healthcare consulting firm, have so little experience

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    Current Employee - Senior Director Product Management  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Director Product Management in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The organization is a good place to gain an introduction into healthcare and elementary sales
    skills.

    Cons

    Chief marketing officer and senior sales management has no true sales skills or ability to lead in a corporate environment, the count sales calls and meetings as progress. Their Healthcare experience is limited to exposure by association but not by actually ever having done the work.

    Young and incapable management with limited vision, a sad state of affairs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring children and start hiring credential professionals.. your reputation for sending inexperienced individuals who are short sighted and incapable of thinking outside of their limited experience... Also pay better, your compensation is a joke

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A place to get great entry level experience but beware you may find yourself undervalued.

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    Former Employee - Junior Systems Administrator  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Junior Systems Administrator in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Fun place to work. You will make friends. In-house happy hours. You will learn some of the ins and outs of the business world and develop as a professional. You will develop an idea of where you fit and what career you want to pursue somewhere else.

    Cons

    Low pay by industry/geographic standards. If you come in with a low salary you will stay there. Tend to run too lean to keep a status quo and don't build proper staffing levels to improve and modernize infrastructure. Promotions and accolades tend to go to the loudest person in the room so extroverts excel most often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about it this way. If its a job you can't just roll up your sleeves and start doing (successfully) in a month than you probably have an valuable asset in your employ. Now, look at their salary. Are they getting paid a valuable asset's wages? No, you are probably are paying that person at least 10k less then they are worth. People gotta eat and be able to afford reasonable shelter. The company is in DC not Biloxie.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Stepford Wives culture, inexperienced "kids"

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    Former Employee - Senior Management  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Really smart people who are generally clueless about the real world they are reporting on

    Cons

    Little cross pollination, heavy workloads

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the newbies some lessons about the real world

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start your career and get a ton of experience

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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 8 years

    Pros

    Advisory Board is filled with hard-working, young professionals. It's mostly kids right out of college, but if you work hard and prove your value, you can move up in the organization. Advisory Board allows you to take on management roles at a younger age than most companies. The company also promotes professional growth through individual development plans and "stretch roles". If you have a good manager, you can discuss where you want to take your career and that person should be able to scope the work to help you achieve your personal career goals. That may include changing roles within the organization. Once you are in the door, and you prove that you're a strong employee, there is flexibility to move to different departments and take on more responsibilities. One of the biggest pros at The Advisory Board is the people. Employees are really nice, helpful, and personable. Plus, if you are an employee over a certain number of years, you get 25 days PTO and 10 holidays off - that amount of paid vacation is totally unheard of these days. Depending on your manager, work-from-home/remote working is also a possibility, depending on the position.

    Cons

    There's high turnover at the Advisory Board because there is an extremely high performance expectation. This is a pro because kids right out of college are able to learn discipline, work ethic, and understand how a large, for-profit business is so successful. However, I see why employees leave due to burn out. I don't agree with all management styles and decisions (I've had 6 managers during my tenure with the firm) and I think the way the Advisory Board evaluates performance is a bit degrading. There is a ton of overhead at the company, and getting things done in a timely fashion tends to get frustrating due to bottlenecks, multiple competing opinions, and "too many cooks in the kitchen" for decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are going in the right direction with employee appreciation - half days every Friday in July (in addition to massive amounts of PTO), happy hours, and incentives like iPads. I think you should keep this up if you want to retain employees and show them that they are doing great work. Although this would never happen, it would be great to change up some parts of the review process. Career committee might be one of the most difficult things to have to go through - as a manager or as a direct report. It feels like a frat/sorority rush the way performance evaluations take place at the company. I wish there were a way to decrease overhead and allow for more streamlined decision-making, but that's the cost of working at a large company like this.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Director

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

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Young, energetic work force. Recognition on Merit. Washington DC headquarters is located in a desirable part of town. A lot of team events and incentive based activities. Fast career growth

    Cons

    Low salaries compared to other similar firms in DC. Inexperienced managers. Although a technology firm, IT infrastructure has issues regularly. Silo-ed teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee retention as turnover is in the double digits in some verticals/departments. Re-evaluate compensation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great environment, great people--but cut corners with pay for younger staff (i.e., most employees)

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Meritocracy, with much faster promotion projections than other healthcare firms. They definitely understand what it takes to grow a business--innovation is central to the organization, which offers a lot of opportunity for those who are willing to rise to the challenge.

    Cons

    They hire young and unexperienced but capable people. But they pay us based on experience, not on how hard we work. Expect to get 10K less here than you would elsewhere for at least the first 3 years in any comparable business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great culture and place to grow

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, strong culture that informs everything we do, lots of visibility to upper management, big focus on career patching and both personal and professional growth.

    Cons

    You have to learn on the job, and success can be hit or miss depending on how strong your manager is, the overall health of your particular department, and how client pools are assigned.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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