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Avalere Health Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Jul 9, 2014

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75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Collaborative environment; growing a better firm

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more transparent about what's ahead as a firm.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Manager (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsIt'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.

    ConsWork-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 Senior ManagementWork on fostering a less competitive environment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    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 Senior Management-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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall, a great place to work. Organization is currently going through some change.

    Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsPeople, Type of work, Culture.

    ConsNumber of Hours per week, transparency, lack of direction

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompensate and reward the people that you currently have on staff rather than hiring higher level people to fill positions that are not needed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fast-paced, marketing and sales oriented view of healthcare

    Manager (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsOpportunity to work in numerous therapeutic areas and numerous clients. Numerous practice areas for collaboration

    ConsNot a nurturing environment depending on immediate management, makes assumptions about prior experiences, expectations regarding time to reach a certain level of expertise with position are not made clear at the outset but changes are being made to help with on-boarding for new employees.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Each day, you know you are helping improve the healthcare system

    Consultant (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsFellow staff – You get to work with the best of the best each and every day
    Senior management – Senior staff comes from a greatly diverse set of backgrounds and really helps push discourse forward
    Culture – Avalere just feels right, everyone is excited to work

    ConsWhile not low, Avalere salaries tend to be "middle of the pack" for the field
    Like most consulting organizations, work-life balance is what you make of it

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Enriching

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsTalented created team
    well connected

    ConsInconsistent promotion and lack of transparency in salary bands

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    A sprint, not a marathon.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsVery vibrant culture, good launching pad to strong careers elsewhere. Decent benefits, pleasant coworkers. Great company parties and some fun perks, such as gift cards and tchotchkes occasionally.

    ConsNo reasonable way to balance work life and home life. General expectation to work long hours, and then evenings and weekends from home. So many people do this that everyone has to do it to keep up. Fast burnout. Very uneven management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake a sincere effort to insist that your employees have a life outside of the office and lead by example. Stop setting the standard of being on call 24 hours. Care more about keeping your good employees so that they stay, rather than pushing so hard to keep bringing in more and more new employees when the good ones leave. Solve the problem of the Avalere revolving door.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Going through growing pains

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsOpportunity to become an expert on a range of healthcare issues, senior leadership is approachable, organizational structure is relatively flat although becoming more hierarchical

    ConsCriteria for promotions applied inconsistently, senior leaders historically are policy experts not business/management experts, benefits package not as generous as other similarly sized firms

    Advice to Senior ManagementDemonstrate recognition of issues that employees raise and that you are taking action.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    Prosgood location, broad range of clients, variety of works

    Consimproper management, lack of proper compansation and random promotions

    Advice to Senior ManagementI believe they are aware of these issues but not acting...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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