Mission: We deliver research, analysis, insight and strategy for leaders in healthcare policy and business.
Avalere Health, an Inovalon company, is a strategic advisory company whose core purpose is to create innovative solutions to complex healthcare problems. Based in Washington, D.C., the firm delivers actionable insights, business intelligence tools and custom analytics for leaders in healthcare business and policy. Avalere's experts span 230 staff drawn from Fortune 500 healthcare companies, the federal government (e.g., CMS, OMB, CBO and the Congress), top consultancies and nonprofits. The firm offers deep substance on the full range of healthcare business issues affecting the Fortune 500 healthcare companies. Avalere’s focus on strategy is supported by a rigorous, in-house analytic research group that uses public and private data to generate quantitative insight. Through events, publications and interactive programs, Avalere insights are accessible to a broad range of customers.
We are a values-driven organization. Our values, though aspirational, touch everything that we do as individuals, teams, and as an organization.
We set a high bar by offering substantive, high quality services and products to help our clients accomplish their missions in a world filled with change. Our depth of talent from business and government is unmatched, as are our data and analytics. Avalere’s work informs strategic decision making with cutting edge research so that our clients have the confidence that comes with understanding the facts.
Our clients get actionable answers built on our experience as industry executives, quality experts, academic researchers, financial analysts, and government officials. For each engagement, we build a multi-disciplinary team that draws on the right set of expertise to solve our clients’ most complex challenges. We pride ourselves on maintaining valuable long term relationships with leading healthcare organizations, and many of our relationships extend back to the firm’s beginning.
We solve problems, convene dialogue, analyze data, anticipate the future, improve communication, and position our clients to lead. We don't advocate, lobby, or play politics. We have strict ethical standards. When you see us in the press, expect neutrality and facts. Integrity in our work also extends to our aspirational vision: to be "the essential voice improving healthcare."
We innovate to create ideas that improve our customers’ positioning. We anticipate change in the healthcare system to make sure that our partners stay ahead of the curve. We deploy our ideas in innovative ways - through digital media, application development and creative collateral.
Avalere is a great place to work. The work is intellectually challenging, as being close to health system change can be intense. Our community is supportive, with a strong bench of staff. We’re also dedicated to helping the community outside of our office, and provide financial and in-kind support to a range of charitable groups including Bread for the City in DC.
Make your mark. Avalere’s culture is one of close collaboration, candid and constructive feedback, and assignment of responsibilities on ability and availability, without undue emphasis on rank. We prize curiosity, resilience, a positive attitude, and a willingness to embrace new challenges. Join us and get ready to make your mark on healthcare.
"Working at Avalere means continually raising the bar on excellence. We take pride in our work and our ability to deliver the very best content to our clients through innovative products."
"Believe it or not, meetings are my favorite part of working at Avalere. They're always so energizing-- a group of really smart people coming together, sharing ideas freely, discussing how we can bring our collective knowledge, expertise, skills and perspectives to bear on a client’s needs."
Avalere has a close-knit group of people that enjoy close collaboration, candid and constructive feedback, and assignment of responsibilities on ability and availability, without undue emphasis on rank.
"What sets Avalere apart is a balanced approach to solving clients’ problems and a 360 degree view of the healthcare industry. Our comprehensive perspective brings cutting-edge thinking to our clients and challenges us to stay ahead of the latest industry trends."
In 2005, inspired by the Latin word "valere," which means "strong and of good health," we renamed the firm Avalere. Our logo is inspired by the migration of birds that travel long distances in a “V” formation. The special concept of leadership reflects our approach to teamwork and the promise of collaboration.
“Avalere’s culture encourages independent curiosity and outside-the-box thinking. This environment has helped me to develop a new perspective on the healthcare space and become a subject matter expert across a wide variety of topics. Senior leadership’s willingness to share their knowledge and insights from their years of hands on industry and government experience further solidifies an Avalere culture of continuous learning and mentorship.”
We are deep in content, bringing a diverse perspective to the marketplace. Integrity in our work extends to our aspirational vision.
"Our community extends past our walls into the greater D.C. community. Avalere has a philanthropic relationship with Bread for the City, an organization whose mission is to provide vulnerable residents of D.C. with comprehensive services. It has been a privilege to volunteer alongside my colleagues to support this cause."
We’re located in Washington, D.C.’s vibrant Dupont Circle, where we are conscious of being part of a larger community. We’ve made a commitment to that community through financial and in-kind support to a range of charitable groups.
"Last summer we introduced Journal Club as a way to support professional development around critical thinking, public speaking and staff mentorship. Through this process, staff have gained invaluable insight to contemporary policy analysis and health services research that track the evolving health policy landscape."
Our commitment to an intellectually stimulating workplace means regular training and professional development opportunities that enable staff to grow in their expertise and better utilize their tools and talents.
“We have a very fun community feel at Avalere, which only enhances our level of work. Whether we are gathering for staff birthdays or our wonderful all-staff parties, we get to know each other quite well. The vibe around our office is pure energy. With such a great floor plan, it allows us to connect with one another not only in our conference rooms, but also as we bump into each other in the hallway.”
“There is no typical day at Avalere…as our customers evolve to respond to new challenges and opportunities in the market, so do we. We are client centered at our core – it keeps us on our toes and makes every day unique and different.”
Our work, deeply immersed at the nexus of health system change, is intellectually challenging and relevant. With a strong bench of staff who are recognized leaders in their subject areas, we support our clients and each other as we work toward our mission of being the essential voice in healthcare.
“What I like most about Avalere Health is that it has both diversity and depth in almost all the areas that impact health policy as it relates to business strategy. Therefore while I am able to contribute substantively in my area of expertise, I am always awed by what others in the firm know and I have yet to learn from them.”
We are a vibrant community of business and policy analysts working with outstanding healthcare organizations to solve their most pressing and fundamental strategic needs.
We are flexible in our approach to work schedules and work locations. That extends to our benefits package and our approach to work-life balance. We offer a robust benefits package with special programs – TeleHealth, health concierge service, legal services membership – to support staff in their work and private lives. In addition to a well-rounded benefits package, staff appreciate a culture that focuses on team contributions and downplays hierarchy. Junior staff have the opportunity to work closely with seasoned staff in an environment where sharing expertise and developing the next generation of experts is a natural outgrowth of our learning culture. Staff feedback at all levels is prized whether it’s about business or our culture. We seek input so we can make changes that matter.
We know that attracting the best people means meeting them where they are right now in their careers and lives.
Every staff member comes in the door with a 30-60-90-day plan that clearly outlines short-term goals and expectations. This keeps us on our toes to ensure we’re delivering the right training around tools, processes, and the business so that new staff can hit the ground running.
In addition, you’ll have a Peer Ambassador to show you the ropes and lend an ear when you need one. Our onboarding program includes training that will expose you to the information you need right away and the people who will be crucial to your success.
Training and Development
You’ll have an Individual Development Plan that identifies trainings and development opportunities that are tailored to your skills, interests, and career goals. Whether it’s the basics of consulting to building project budgets to communication and negotiation skills, you’ll find training for where you are in your career to help move you to the next level. In addition to leadership development programs, we offer one-on-one professional coaching and support individualized learning through seminars and courses that build your skills.
I have been working at Avalere Health full-time (More than 3 years)
- Positive, vibrant and smart colleagues
- Opportunities for growth in the firm
- Opportunities to develop expertise in almost every facet of the healthcare landscape
- Competitive salaries
- Flexibility in schedule, and work hours (e.g., ability to work from home, which helps with work-life balance)
- Vibrant sense of community, with employee welfare events to show staff appreciation
- High turnover rate, so we oftentimes lose invaluable colleagues and friends
- Vision and direction of the firm is often muddled by competing goals among the varying practices (e.g., sometimes direction, goals, and trust in senior leadership is lost because of so much confusion throughout the practices)
Advice to Management
- Invest in more professional development and training opportunities to increase confidence and skill level among employees
- Try to improve retention. Constantly having to train new employees decreases productivity and personal growth among staff
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Avalere Health in September 2015.
A single day of 4-5 rounds of interviews with various employees. Interviews were content specific but also included questions regarding working style and preferred working environment. One interviewer took me out for coffee to discuss broadly how my personality might fit with in the team. Overall it was a very positive experience and the interview process would ultimately be a good preview of what it's like to work here.
I was able to negotiation my salary
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