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Advisory Board Director Reviews

Updated 7 Sep 2019

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Advisory Board CEO Robert W. Musslewhite
Robert W. Musslewhite
63 Ratings
  1. "Managing Director"

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    Current Employee - Managing Director 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great culture with lots of opportunity for advancement. Managers care about their employees and advocate on their behalf. Most importantly, the work is both challenging and rewarding.

    Cons

    Expect high standards of excellence and a lot of constructive criticism. Employees who can't adapt to that management style don't last long.

    Advisory Board2017-07-01
  2. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Director 

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    great work life balance all around

    Cons

    opportunity for better salary for dedicated advisor role

    Advisory Board2019-08-30
  3. "Good skill building. Low morale."

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of smart people. Good opportunity to build business experience and management skills that can be applied anywhere. Company has strong reputation.

    Cons

    New managers get minimal coaching and training. Thus, some managers are really terrible. Morale after Optum purchase and subsequent layoffs was very low.

    Advisory Board2019-09-07
  4. "Great Colleagues, Poor Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    incredibly smart, hardworking, passionate coworkers

    Cons

    leadership all grew up at the company, are very wedded to outdated ways of running the business, have very little experience in actual business strategy, and are unwilling to make the tough decisions

    Advisory Board2019-04-17
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Director 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Highly professional firm, high expectations, will push you but will also reward you. Lots of young people given lots of responsibility pretty quickly. A meritocracy which rewards high performing individuals.

    Cons

    Recent Optum acquisition has made career pathing in Advisory Research a lot murkier.

    Advisory Board2019-01-25
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good launchpad for learning but super cliquey"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director, Business Development in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You'll learn how a large company works, how to do public speaking, how to speak with executives, how to negotiate through a huge company. I learned so much about how to professionally hold myself.

    Cons

    Unless you're a (very) high performer, you won't be invited into the clique. You survive as a normal performer, but you won't be handpicked to be given the best sales territories, and therefore you'll stay a normal performer. It's all a popularity contest, really. Super disappointing.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making this place such a fraternity/sorority. Work someplace else, even for a year, to get exposure to different (better?) work cultures.

    Advisory Board2018-12-06
  7. Helpful (1)

    "finding it's way with new ownership"

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    still a great group of smart people, experience varies depending on BU

    Cons

    research division in need of service offering changes/updates

    Advisory Board2018-09-04
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Terrific people, committed to mission - ZERO investment in talent development"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    At the Advisory Board, I have worked with the smartest, kindest, most humble and mission-committed people I have known.

    Cons

    The Advisory Board invests little in the development of its people. In particular, the firm does not send its leaders outside the firm for development. The result is lower engagement and complete tunnel vision. There is extreme myopia among senior leaders who live in an echo chamber of ideas. In addition, there is extreme upward mobility for the most junior employees but near paralysis as you reach the... middle-upper ranks.

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    Advice to Management

    Get outside the firm. Send leaders outside the firm for training and development. Think differently. Access outside perspectives and try new ideas.

    Advisory Board2018-07-11
  9. Helpful (5)

    "All That Glitters Isn't Gold."

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    Former Employee - Managing Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very intelligent, polished individuals as a whole; nice office facilities and amenities. You will become an excellent communicator and presenter.

    Cons

    Ageism insidiously embedded throughout the culture - in hiring, evaluations, activities, promotions, etc. Many senior level executives and management staff in positions way too soon in their career with little practical experience pertinent to the role or business in general. Toxic personalities who would be terminated for abhorrent workplace behavior at other firms are allowed to flourish (and promoted).... Outsourcing more and more functions overseas to Chennai office.

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    Advice to Management

    Too late to fix healthcare and technology, hopefully you'll address the issues with EAB.

    Advisory Board2018-04-06
  10. "Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and fun enviroment

    Cons

    Praise NEW ideas even if they are bad or wrong .

    Advisory Board2018-01-17
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