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Advisory Board Managing Director Reviews

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Advisory Board CEO Robert W. Musslewhite
Robert W. Musslewhite
4 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. 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
  3. Helpful (10)

    "Used to be an amazing place to work, but..."

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

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company used to be amazing - wonderful culture, flexibility, smart people, interesting work. It was truly a best place to work. The employees embodied the values of the firm - not just words on the wall but lived out every day: the power of language, the force of ideas, the spirit of generosity, and running to criticism. They were making progress on some of the areas which they admitted were lacking, such as... compensation.

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    Cons

    With the pending split and acquisition by Optum everything is falling apart. The greed of upper management has become apparent, people are leaving in droves, and the company has done very little to try to retain the key staff who remain.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up - you cannot get this company through the split and the integration without key staff, whom you have overlooked while you line your own pockets with bonuses and equity awards

    Advisory Board2017-11-10
  4. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great mission and very smart teams.

    Cons

    Sales have been slow and the company is merging with a larger health care company.

    Advisory Board2017-10-31
  5. Helpful (26)

    "Muda, Muri, Mura"

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

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

    Pros

    auto flush toilet, sensory water faucets, rotating door entrance

    Cons

    Regurgitated material sold to members con-job, nepotism-oriented promotion cycle, elitist ivy league boys' club, fake kumbaya morals of Career Management, MRS Degree type A minded girls only in it to bag a husband up-talking wenches, sad and tragic technology platform that lacks direction and any so-called expertise, insulting pay, ridiculous review criteria, back-to-back meetings w no time left for work, managers... who need to be managed, stuck in a bubble grandfathered-in-gilded-caged inexperienced in real-world business acumen executive team that care only about money

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    Advice to Management

    Stop with the self congratulatory bs, learn how to make good decisions

    Advisory Board2017-02-24
  6. Helpful (8)

    "Great place to start career, but challenges emerge at senior levels"

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    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Advisory Board has an uncanny ability to attract sharp, well-spoken, kind, and curious employees. Every department has a slightly different culture, but most teams offer a supportive environment for entry- and mid-level staff with lots of room to grow. The poorly-reviewed marketing associate and coordinator positions are typically held for no more than a year before you're able to take on more engaging and... better paid positions. While the culture isn't a perfect meritocracy, sustained hard work doesn't go unnoticed and it's relatively easy to move up quickly. Flexible work options are outstanding and in most roles quality of work is far more important than facetime. This is a fantastic place to spend the first 3-5 years of your career.

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    Cons

    There's currently a deep cognitive dissonance within firm leadership. On the one hand, leadership has been pushing an agenda of innovation, out-of-the-box thinking, and running to criticism. In practice, senior external hires have an incredibly hard time finding their way, new ideas are often harshly rejected without consideration, and those who push change are often sidelined. Deep change is needed to sustainably... grow our technology business, and as a senior leader within that department it was challenging to attract the type of ideas and talent needed to succeed while accommodating senior leadership (senior team largely comes from healthcare research). As a female in leadership be prepared to face an environment that is still learning to work with and develop female leadership. For example, in a room of peers the female will always be asked to take notes (I watched this happen to a female Executive Director in a room of male directors) and male colleagues are often taken out golfing/drinking while female colleagues are excluded. Board and C-level execs are all male with the exception of our head of HR.

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    Advice to Management

    Diversify your senior-level talent, especially by bringing in more female talent, technology-experienced executives, and topic area experts. This means not only hiring this talent but also creating a structure where they can succeed (e.g., proper onboarding). Policy committee only enhances the feeling that external hires and outsiders are not real idea contributors.

    Advisory Board2016-10-27
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company to Grow With"

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    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super smart people with a deep customer focus and a collegial corporate culture. Great training opportunities and upward mobility (to a certain point.)

    Cons

    Inorganic growth (through M&A) has created a too-dispersed organization that has a hard time moving quickly. No true technology or product execs.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more senior leadership from outside the company. Disband Policy Committee.

    Advisory Board2016-10-13
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Significant deadweight at the top"

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    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    some very smart individuals work at the company great sales company - lots to be learned from the process + execution very articulate + visionary sales strategy

    Cons

    culture - core of executive leadership that has risen through the ranks for the past 2 decades and is very inward looking lack of accountability for business outcomes - complete separation from business and client realities - have stopped engaging and working refusal to listen to any opinions or engage in any substantive work

    Advice to Management

    hold leadership accountable to results on a yearly basis

    Advisory Board2016-09-09
  9. Helpful (12)

    "Good company that's past its prime"

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    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    - You'll be surrounded by talented people who work hard in mission-driven industries - There's a very strong company culture - There tend to be lots of job openings and opportunities to move up

    Cons

    - The company has made terrible bets on several acquisitions, growth has stalled, and the stock price is falling as a result - The company also is constantly belt-tightening, too. Staff positions have been repeatedly frozen or cut in recent years. - For all the lip service, staff are not really valued. Salaries are low and churn is constant. - Paralysis and bureaucracy are constantly creeping up, and innovation... is increasingly less prized. - The focus on selling is outpacing the focus on value. - There's a major focus on "scripting" to members and co-workers too, rather than confronting tough realities.

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    Advice to Management

    Add accountability. Senior leaders have made some bad investments and capital allocations in recent years, and there seem to be no consequences.

    Advisory Board2016-03-07
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Current employee"

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    Current Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people who work hard but also play hard. Genuine focus by management to make an impact on the markets and communities they serve. Tremendous focus on the people and maintaining the historical culture of individualism (unique career paths, etc.) and meritocracy.

    Cons

    Struggling to reconcile its research roots with its new business in technology. Slower to acknowledge the need of outside expertise. Communication as the company has grown in size less effective.

    Advisory Board2015-10-23
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