Health Advances Reviews

Updated May 29, 2015
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  1. Nice Place to Work, Learn and Grow

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Network Administrator in Weston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Network Administrator in Weston, MA

    I worked at Health Advances full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    I worked for Health Advances for a total of 10 years in a support capacity (not an analyst) providing IT services as their Senior Network Administrator. Health Advances was less than 20 people when I started with them and when I left we were nearly 100. I learned a lot in my time with them. Health Advances was really my 1st corporate job and so my learning experience was not just IT related but growing with the company professionally and learning how to deal with colleagues in an office environment. Since I was there for 10 years, I can't say that every minute was roses. It wasn't. There was good and there was bad but when I look at my entire experience, the good far outweighs the bad. The owners are absolutely wonderful people. That's not to say that they aren't tough business people. They are definitely tough and expect much. However they are also fair and would give you the shirt off their backs. All of the employees are thought of and treated as part of the family. You are welcome into their hearts and home literally. I've shared meals and holidays, got to know their children and felt like part of an extended family. Thank You! The staff, analyst and other employees were also a joy to work with. Health Advances does quarterly pro bono events for local charitable organizations and this is a real opportunity to interact with your colleagues in a more relaxed setting, get to know them on a personal basis and these events create esprit de corps within the organization. If you're reading this, you're probably looking at an Analyst role. Since I didn't do this I can't comment too much but I can say that regardless of level, there is always a lot to learn. Health Advances is a stepping stone. I can't tell you how many people I know that put in a few years and then went on to upper management positions at larger prestigious corporations. That being said, a great deal of effort goes into retention and I know just as many people that started as Analysts or Senior Analysts and moved up the company ladder at Health Advances becoming Vice Presidents or higher.

    Cons

    I really don't have anything bad to say or even constructive criticism. I look at the time I spent at Health Advances as a learning experience that grew me professionally in many ways. I'm no longer an IT but I still manage people and use many of the skills that I learned everyday.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management. Just a big thank you to Mark, Paula, Skip, Marie as well as all the VPs and Managers.


  2. Nice Place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Weston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Weston, MA

    I have been working at Health Advances full-time

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Understanding management. Challenging work

    Cons

    Lot of work pressure. Really long hours


  3. Health Advances is good healthcare consulting firm to start a career

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Weston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Weston, MA

    I have been working at Health Advances full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very intelligent coworkers, you learn something from every project. Typically good work life balance

    Cons

    Currently overworked and unwilling to make changes


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  5. Smart people and great culture; great place to learn and grow.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Health Advances full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The people are the best asset: very smart with a good balance of perspectives (science and medical vs. business). Firm fosters a good culture in which its easy to thrive if you apply yourself. Travel is not a killer like at other consulting firms. Hours are reasonably flexible, allowing time to get personal things done.

    Cons

    Consistent with many consulting firms hours can be long - nothing unusual in this regard, but be prepared for a long night here and there if you've never done consulting before. Management is cautious, so decisions can take too long and sometimes decisions aren't always transparent. This is sometimes perceived as patronizing "we [management] know best". Pay is not as competitive as elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace innovative ideas from your employees more readily. Take more risks on your employees' enthusiasm by offering more training and externship opportunities.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Was expecting so much more....

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Health Advances full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Constant work - will not have downtime wondering when the next project will come in

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive for hours expected, unclear training and integration plan for higher level positions, high turnover, people and projects treated as cookie-cutter

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to customize with real value-added insight beyond the standard deliverable


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great first job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Weston, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Weston, MA

    I worked at Health Advances full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, generous pay, interesting work. The firm is a good place to get your feet wet in consulting or consider paths into MBA, med school, or industry work.

    Cons

    Puts too much menial work on entry-level hires and promotes them based on success there, rather than ability to handle more complex and project-essential tasks.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Top Tier Strategy Consulting Experience in Boutique/Industry Specific Organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Weston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Weston, MA

    I have been working at Health Advances

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Senior management is very competent, and well respected by clients. They are also highly involved in the work and professional development of their employees. All strategy- no operations. If you are interested in life sciences/healthcare consulting this Health Advances a great place to be a part of.

    Cons

    Location is in the Massachusetts suburbs.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to foster the small company environment and focus on developing talent.



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