Advisory Board Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great Life Balance for Some, Not All

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.


  3. Great co to start your career-- you've just got to survive in marketing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Amazing culture, lack of professionalism/respect

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Research Analyst in Research and Insights, 9th floor.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits, young people. Plenty of happy hours. Definitely recommend this employer as long as you don't work in research as an analyst.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance during "crunch," no individual thinking, company churns through new grads.


  7. Great work environment, with strong focus on quality work-life-balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic focus on work life balance

    Cons

    Lower than average compensation for DC employment


  8. 4+ years and counting

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very strong culture A lot of drive and energy

    Cons

    Very little work life balance Lower pay at entry level


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great first job, amazing culture and work/life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time (Less than a 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


  10. Helpful (4)

    Meh

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.



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