Education Advisory Board

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Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Great work/life balance, but at a cost

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great working environment, young and professional, although growing to be more on the professional side. Great opportunities to own parts of business not given to college / 5 years and less experienced folks.

    Cons

    Underpaid - similar work can often go for at least 10-20k more than your salary here. New and inexperienced managers do not lead to productive career pathing.

    Advice to Management

    Provide training for your managers, and pay to the national compensation scale.


  2. Good People, but They Leave

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Wonderful, engaged people who care about making education better. Flexible. Many opportunities for personal and professional growth in training and community engagement for entry-level employees. Friendly atmosphere. Great team building that doesn't feel like a chore. Good work-life balance. Good perks, but they often aren't very relevant to employee needs. Opportunities to work in different areas of the company from where you originally found a position. Lots of young, social colleagues who care about each other. Opportunities to advance.

    Cons

    People tend to leave after a year or two because they aren't given the necessary tools or space to continue to move toward their career goals. We see incredibly promising employees leave every month for jobs that better value their experience and expertise. Career development decisions are opaque at best, leaving people wondering why they were placed in the area they were and largely unable to negotiate properly. Also, there are few (are there any?) women in the highest positions.

    Advice to Management

    Work to keep promising talent. Engage mid-level staff through honest, collaborative career development that allows people to pursue their personal and professional goals, rather than focusing on perks. On the research side, work with analysts and senior analysts to place them in forums that fit with their passions and prior knowledge, which would make the research better and make the researchers more committed to it. Large and lofty events and platitudes do not replace plain and open policies that give employees the power to direct their own career paths and general respect for employee needs.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Business Bootcamp - Then Leave

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Advisory Board

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Lots to learn here - and many incredible people to work with. If you get an offer, take it, try to stick it out for 12 months, learn what you can, then look for something else as you'll start to hate it by then.

    Cons

    Nothing specific to ABC - just normal corporate political drama. The key to success there is finding the right fit for you at the company. I couldn't do that.


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  5. Great Opportunity if You're Willing to Work Hard and Hold Yourself to High Standards

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Education Advisory Board full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    EAB and the Advisory Board as a whole is known for employing a lot of young, recent college-graduates. Of course, there are also tons of people who are external hires, and certainly leadership aren't young anymore. But I wouldn't be surprised if a large number of senior-level folks started their careers early here--and that's fantastic. As someone hired in with a B.A., I've been given far more opportunities for advancement and senior-level exposure than a lot of my friends at other companies. I really do think this place works on merit, but you have to show that you're worthy of investment early on--even showing that you have the potential to learn quickly and execute on seemingly daunting tasks means upper-level staff with take a chance on you and invest in your career. You need that to succeed here, and once you prove that you're committed and can do a good job, I'd say you're in.

    Cons

    There are strong personalities at this company, especially in the research division. Just like in any workplace, in order to move up, you have to be able to navigate these personalities with some finesse--and that's not always easy. That said, I haven't worked or interacted with a single malicious person here--even the kookiest of characters does so because they genuinely care about the quality of work that we produce. And that often translates to what feels like impossibly high standards. I'd say it's a mix of extremely high standards and some curiosity on senior leaders' parts to see what you do when you're wrong or if you fail. That said, at the entry-level and a few clicks above that, it's expected that you don't fail. And that can be really stressful to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    Retain internal talent and help them thrive--make sure they feel appreciated, or they'll jump ship. There may be lines of people waiting outside ABC/EAB to be given jobs, but as a company, focus on retaining internal talent.


  6. Overall a good place to start your career.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I found the work very interesting and felt like I was making a difference. I felt like we almost had too many days off. Overall, you get good training for future career paths and ample opportunities for professional development/exploring new roles. The office culture is generally friendly, intellectual, and fun.

    Cons

    While at the time I thought I was paid well, I definitely made less than peers doing similar work at other firms. Retention is a problem with many people staying less than two years. The company is also facing some growing pains that causes management to be stretched thin; you quickly learn the value of being able to navigate internal politics.

    Advice to Management

    Higher salaries and financial support for graduate school would definitely improve staff retention.


  7. Helpful (1)

    An incredible place to develop a career and learn about higher education

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    --The role offers more autonomy, access to high-level thinkers and doers, responsibility, and intellection than I ever thought I would have at this point in my career. With some of my projects, I really feel like I've made an impact on the colleges and universities I've worked for. -- The people are just incredible. I moved to DC not knowing anyone and have made some close friends among the rest of the team. All my peers are intelligent, friendly, went to great schools, and have interesting experiences to share. -- Another pro is the typical promotion timetable (12-18 months) for RAs to other roles both in the higher education division as well as the firm as a whole.

    Cons

    --The first 3-4 months of the role can be pretty tough, as you're expected to come onboard very quickly. I had a lot of late nights for a while until I got into the groove of the process, adopted the writing style, became comfortable with the vocabulary, etc. The managers and team are there to support you for the most part, but you really have to seize the mantle. --If you conceive of the RA role as management consulting, then it's below-market compensation (but I make more than other roles I considered in policy shops or think tanks).

    Advice to Management

    Build in more opportunities to collaborate with other departments - EAB is too small an organization to have silos


  8. Helpful (2)

    Look elsewhere if you value mentorship

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

    I worked at Education Advisory Board full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very smart, committed people; Good health insurance; Excellent place to hone business writing skills and interviewing skills; For those that want to remain in higher education, an opportunity to learn about a wide range of higher education administration issues; Great corporate culture that puts "members first"; Members see value in the work that research associates do, which is very rewarding; The firm enjoys a stellar reputation in the DC region, so employees are well-positioned to seek external positions

    Cons

    Although EAB is very small, EAB management does not invest in or interact with employees in the custom research division (where all the RAs work)-- EAB is not a good place for people who value or are motivated by mentorship; Lack of work-life balance in the RA role; Because all managers in the custom research division began as RAs, pretty inside-the-box thinking about the research approach; Low pay for workload and by industry/geographic standards; Performance evaluation process in need of an overhaul (pay increases within the RA role are very small even for high-performing employees and changes take effect very slowly)

    Advice to Management

    A few small changes at the senior management level could make EAB a great place to work. Most importantly, hire externally from the higher ed world for senior management positions within the custom division as opposed to promoting young employees to the roles from within. Hiring externally for those positions would not only contribute a fresh set of ideas about how to deliver to members/ get out in front of key higher ed issues, but would also help correct some internal politics problems and expand opportunities for mentorship.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great place to get experience in the professional world, but be aware that this is a sales position!

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Gained great skills from working with a top-performing Marketer at the firm, have great support from marketer and have thus, made great connections with the Executives in the Marketing department.

    Cons

    Very low pay and frankly, it is questionable how much they value the work that the Marketing Associates do. You are evaluated based on your ability to hit your monthly goal and if you struggle to do so, your Chief of Staff will put you on "the plan" and ultimately push you out if you do not meet the criteria outlined by the plan.

    Advice to Management

    Consider giving Marketing Associates a pay raise, it will make them feel more appreciated (which they should be, as they are the start of new business ventures!) and design a better plan to help MA's get back on track if they miss their goal for a month or 2 instead of putting unrealistic pressure on them with "the plan"



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