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The Advisory Board Company Overview

Washington, DC
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (ABCO)
Business Services
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Since our founding in 1979, we have grown from a small think tank in a single apartment into a global firm spanning 13 offices on three continents. And while our impact on health care and higher education has multiplied over the decades, our commitment to members ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to make health care better, education smarter, and our communities stronger.

At The Advisory Board Company, we believe that we can change the world—in partnership with our members, we transform health care and higher education ... Read more

Company Updates

  • We're thrilled to be featured in the top 20 of Healthcare Informatics "Top 100 Health IT Companies by Revenue" - thanks to our members for letting us have an impact, and to our staff for getting us there!

    | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology

    Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology

  • The Advisory Board Company is proud to #StandForEqualPay, committing to paying equitably for equal work and experience at the firm, as well as striving to close the gender pay gap in our communities. #EqualPayDay

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The Advisory Board Company – Why Work For Us?

There's something that's different about working at the Advisory Board: The challenges. The language. The people. The smarts.

It's the way we obsess over the details. It's how we inspire each other to improve. It's the generous ways we treat others.

It's what drives us. That our insight can save a mother's life, strengthen a community, change the world. Learn more about who we are.

Our mission is to make health care better, education smarter, and our communities stronger.

At The Advisory Board Company, we believe that we can change the world—in partnership with our members, we transform health care and higher education, strengthening communities across the nation and around the globe.

Our culture is distinct and essential to our success, and it begins with our team. We seek out bright, curious, engaging people; by supporting their growth, we nurture dynamic careers and position our employees to make a real difference.

And while the Advisory Board's impact on health care and higher education has grown over the decades, our inherent values haven't changed. Here are the principles that guide us in our work.

We believe in the Force of Insight. Inspired ideas aren’t enough—our team discovers the keys to excellent performance. We craft every aspect of Advisory Board research, software, and implementation guidance to empower our members to solve their most vexing problems.

We understand the Power of Language. Even the best insights will fail if they aren’t communicated effectively. Whether through words, images, or code, we strive for simplicity, clarity, and beauty in our work, with the goal of helping our members focus on the most critical, actionable information.

We Run to Criticism. We aspire to be our members’ trusted advisor and strategic partner. At the same time, we ask members to guide our work and challenge us, which means continually seeking feedback and making improvements.

We approach our work with a Spirit of Generosity. We strive to serve everyone—colleagues, members, community partners, shareholders—beyond expectation, and with appreciation in every encounter.

Our commitment to social responsibility

Every decision we make as a company is focused on using our talent and resources to improve the world—through our member-facing work, our volunteerism, and the ethical way we conduct our business.

It’s why we've created a culture of serving members and volunteer partners beyond expectation, and it’s why in 2013, 100% of our staff participated in service activities. Learn more about our Community Impact program and our commitment to creating an ethically run, diverse, environmentally sustainable, and service-oriented company.

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    I've been with the firm long enough to understand how things actually work internally, but not so long that I'm insulated from the realities of working elsewhere. I've waited to post a review until I felt like I could lay out both the positives and negatives of working here, because both exist.

    No review is going to be comprehensive, but overall the biggest positives of ABC are:

    1. We do genuinely meaningful work in health care and higher education, and the vast majority of employees/leaders are truly bought in to the mission. There's a real sense of purpose among the groups I've been exposed to (which is a lot of them across both businesses and multiple locations), and not the kind of manufactured kool-aid drinking you might see behind a new widget for a banking company. People come (and stay) at ABC because they believe the firm's work has a real and lasting impact on people's lives. And it does.

    2. Generally speaking, the people are incredible. Even negative reviews seem to agree, and while there are young managers in some places, the firm invests heavily in providing growth opportunities and the training to level up in your career. Everyone's mileage will vary, but I've had the best managers of my career at ABC and have been given more autonomy to be creative (while getting my job done) here than anywhere else I've worked.

    3. The culture is authentic. The firm's proud of it and isn't shy about selling it, but the community- and wellness-focused culture is real and goes deep. Employees really do volunteer during the work day. People do, in general, have flexibility in their work schedule to balance it with the demands of personal life. We get an insane amount of PTO which we are actually encouraged to use, and the other benefits support a strong work/life balance.

    4. There's a lot of opportunity to grow and advance. ABC's products and services span a wide range, and charting a path through different departments/positions is encouraged and supported. The firm sells that to potential candidates, and I was skeptical that it would really be something they support, but I've seen it happen regularly at very junior and very senior levels. They can't/won't create dream jobs out of thin air, but both business leaders and HR seem to genuinely believe that helping employees move into new roles aligned with their interests is good for business and good for employees.


    Is it perfect? Of course not. Some downsides and challenges are:

    1. The organizational structure is downright complicated. Some of this seems to be because of the way the company has grown over time, but it's hard (particularly as a new employee) to have a strong grasp of how all the pieces fit together. If your role doesn't require exposure to other parts of the business, you probably won't know much about it unless you go out of your way to learn. That said, in an effort address the org complexity as well as the slow growth on the health care side of the business...

    2. ...the health care side of the business restructured and roles were eliminated. This was hard and kind of scary, and I personally had friends and colleagues who were affected. That said, I think most people could see a strategic shift for health care was long overdue, and senior leadership has been falling all over itself in eagerness to explain the strategy and how it will streamline and focus the business on the path back to growth. In general there's a lot of uncertainty in the health care market post-election (potential repeal of ACA, etc.), so it's a challenging time to be in this business and ABC's going to have to place the right bets in a dynamic environment. The education part of the business seems to growing like crazy.

    3. If you aren't based in DC, your reality is (by default) going to be a little different. You aren't going to have as many executive visits/presentations, and you may be a remote participant in some of the large-scale things that go on at the DC headquarters. Each non-DC office seems to have its own local thing going, and in some ways that uniqueness is fun, but the groups can also feel isolated. That may be more a reality of a geographically dispersed business than something particular to ABC, but it's worth noting.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to (over)communicate the new health care strategy and be transparent on how we're doing against it, continue to invest in career development for employees, continue focusing on work/life balance, and continue to be mission-driven (again, it's why people come and why people stay).

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The Advisory Board Company Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies, Working Mother Magazine, 2015
  • HCI 100, Healthcare Informatics, 2015
  • Best Places to Work in Healthcare, Modern Healthcare, 2015
  • Most Innovative Growth Companies, Forbes, 2014
  • Top Workplaces, The Austin American-Statesman, 2014
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