Avalere Health

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Avalere Health Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
20 Reviews
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20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great learning experience

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

    I have been working at Avalere Health as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Accounting team is very close-knit. Each person's contribution in the team is greatly recognized. Knowledge gained here can definitely transfer and prepare you to work in large firms.

    Cons

    A lot of workaholics. Vague criteria for promotions. Quality of management and employees can indeed be inconsistent. Too much emphasis on hiring MBA's and Ivy League candidates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Mundane at best...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Avalere Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hard to pick one here but the company definitely pays for everything you need in order to work the long hours that are required of you. They are open to reimbursing you for anything that you might use from phones to parking.

    Cons

    Senior staff and upper management promote their own friends from within and the CEO has a tendency to bring in his own friends to run the company. The company appears to be a state of preparation for sale. Required to work long hours without much recognition or pay increase during year review time. HR's primary concern is to take care of their senior staff and it's almost impossible to get any real help from them if you are low on the organization chart. Further more, one of the most painful aspects of working here is how fake and helpful the office management and operations staff is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to gain expertise and build skills ... then move on

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

    I worked at Avalere Health full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a great place to learn a lot, both in terms of content and skills that will be applicable in future positions. While the organization has been becoming more hierarchical over time, there is still opportunity for staff to get a lot of responsibility even early on, and quickly.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is terrible (most staff members are workaholics), staff can be very competitive with other, HUGE range / discrepancy in salaries for staff with the same title, quality of management / senior leadership is inconsistent (some are fantastic, others are not so good).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on fostering a less competitive environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Collaborative environment; growing a better firm

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

    I have been working at Avalere Health full-time

    Pros

    -People are friendly, and very driven by their work. You often work across practices, so it's great exposure to a variety of projects/clients.
    -A lot of room for growth, especially as the company continues to expand its practices.

    Cons

    The client deadlines can lead to long hours, but you're in it as a team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent about what's ahead as a firm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of room for growth - for both employees and for Avalere

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

    I have been working at Avalere Health full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Fast-paced, energetic office. Avalere does very interesting work for a variety of clients, and is well diversified in its portfolio.
    -With a supportive manager, you can work on a breadth of topics and types of projects.

    Cons

    -Lots of reorganization and perhaps expanding faster than the company can reasonably absorb staff and new areas of expertise
    -Lots of turn over
    -Your experience depends a lot on your individual manager and team. Some managers are stronger than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Administer an annual anonymous employee feedback survey to solicit staff input about how to improve the company.
    -Staff should have their own office! It's really challenging to conduct complex analyses when you have to listen to your office-mate's teleconferences and meetings all day. It's also challenging to have one-on-one management meetings (like giving feedback) when there aren't enough conference rooms and most staff have to share offices.

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

    Work you to death without respect

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avalere Health (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great location in Dupont Circle

    Cons

    Not great pay
    Awful management and even worse/non-existent senior management that are only worried about their egos
    Expected to work on weekends and late nights
    May never give you advice or instruction, but will certainly never compliment/thank you for a job well done.

    I personally won back two multi-million dollar accounts and they acted as if it didn't matter and continue to act destructive toward the client

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember who is doing the work and why it matters. Those individual can make or break your business since it's client-facing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for a Short, Targeted Experience to Establish/Expand Health Care Policy Understanding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avalere Health full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many, many opportunities and resources (including some very smart colleagues) to learn a lot about health care policy; relaxed and casual office environment

    Cons

    Complete lack of talent management at all levels (obvious favoritism; no consequences for botched projects; unclear standards for promotion); demoralizing work culture (passive aggressive and vindictive senior leaders; lack of transparency and regular blindsiding of junior staff with sudden, unilateral, and unpopular decisions; gossiping rather than providing direct feedback); lack of integrity--willingness to trade quality and accuracy for speed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great people who work hard and help you become a better employee/analyst/writer/etc. Loved working here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avalere Health full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Really smart people work here, are really supportive, and motivate you to "up your game." The upper management I was exposed to were pleasures to work with and for, and have been helpful references for subsequent positions. The company has solid values. And the work product the company produces is impeccable.

    Cons

    Meetings can drag on. Heavy focus on hiring MBAs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The people are the best thing about this place"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate

    I have been working at Avalere Health full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People-work is fun!
    Work- the work is meaningful and interesting; you will learn so much
    Flexibility- Opportunity to work from home when needed

    Cons

    No consistency in promotions
    No professional development
    Junior level staff is not valued
    Too many politics
    Terrible pay

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company is going through growing pains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee
    Current Employee - Employee

    I have been working at Avalere Health full-time

    Pros

    Supportive team members
    Challenging work
    Good location

    Cons

    Lack of senior leadership
    Lack of a clear career path or advancement opportunities
    Low employee retention rate
    No work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your good employees and set realistic expectations. Be firm in your decisions to build processes. New processes are worthless without senior leaders' support in implementing them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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