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Know what you are committing to before you agree to be employed.

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Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Austin, TX
Current Employee - Associate Director in Austin, TX

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

Pros

From the employee level perspective -
1. Decent Benefits - 25 paid PTO days a year, 10 paid holidays, Health/Dental/Vision (low out-of-pocket expense for employee), 401K, Unlimited Free Soda's/coffee/tea/espresso, Happy hours and lots of extra insurance coverages if you elect them.
2. Working from home - Not everyone has this privilege because of their position but it has been very helpful to be able to work from time to time as needed without feeling punished.
3. Giving back to the community - They "compel" every person to participate in the community events. It is a great idea/concept that they want to give back...but it should not be compelled. They allow up to 8 hours a month off of work to do community work.
4. Casual dress - This does help not having to wear Professional clothes every day.

Cons

To understand the Cons of workings for ABC there is 1 behavior you need to understand - They are in DC for a reason - they communicate/think/act just like the US Federal Government but appear to be prettier on the outside until you work here.

1. They are a SALES driven organization. They over-sell and under-deliver. They sell based on emotion but use logic to justify the expense to the member. Simply put...they use manipulative business practices and blatantly LIE to get the sale. I have seen it and had to clean up the mess.

2. Expect High turn-over!! i have seen my team have a 100% turn-over in staff twice in 2 years. 3/4 quit and the 1/4 left move to another position and then find out that the problems are all the same on every product and they eventually quit. You will not hear that people leave and come back to ABC because they missed it. Out of the 1000's that have left only 1 person I know came back because he could not find a job anywhere else.

3. 65% of ABC employees are "under the age of 30". They mostly hire people straight from college. The smart ones leave by age 30. Most of the people over 30 that have been here over 4 years are the ones who stepped on everybody else to get ahead.

4. It is very cliquish. For various reasons, anyone will find that it feels like you are back in High School days with the drama and cliques. The only difference will be that these are adults and they are stabbing you in the back to get ahead by trying to make you look bad.

5. Be prepared to play politics - this is a political organization. If you do not want to play 100% of the time, then stay away. Watch out what you say, don't say, do, don't do, who your friends are, who you eat lunch with, what time you leave and what time you come in, the projects you are put on and etc. Every move/actions/word/look/activity that you do, you will be judged on. They will say that activities are voluntary but they expect you to participate in all of them and say how great they are. Lots of plastic people.

6. They use the word "prescriptive" instead of being truthful. Just like the federal government takes 15 minutes to say no to something, ABC does the same thing. They will not come out and say the word No. They tailor their message to provide too much useless information and mask the truth. I have seen this from the Executive Partners, GM, Sr. Directors, Directors, Managers and they compel the employee to do the same. We never tell a member the truth but guide them to what we want them to focus on so that they feel you answered the question but never did. (a government tactic).

7. The job has to get done - this means you will work nights/weekends/holidays/lose PTO time because there are always deadlines and they are never realistic. You never get to negotiate the timeline, you are just expected to get it done. And many times you will not have the tools/resources to accomplish the task but you are still required to get it done.

8. Internal tools - One of the biggest joke is our internal Dev team that can not get anything to work right. Every month they are coming out with updates to fix things they break. The current ratio 90% of all updates/upgrades/patches are all fixes for what ABC broke because of poor programming and only 10% is for actual upgrades.

Know what you are getting before you sign up. There is a reason why ABC has a very high turn-over rate.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You are so far disconnected from the actual work being done that your focus is not the reality; your reality is only your perception.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company to start your career with

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Lots of opportunities for growth--and training to help you along the way
    Wonderful people to work with
    Promotes a health work-life balance
    Good incentives (trips & cash)
    Volunteer opportunities

    Cons

    The starting salary is barely enough to survive on in DC.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Associate Director

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, great culture, emphasis on community impact

    Cons

    Wish I could get a better work life balance- short staffing is hard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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