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Updated March 6, 2019
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Advisory Board CEO and Director Robert W. Musslewhite
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Pros
  • "Good diversity and respect for work/life balance" (in 140 reviews)

  • "Great benefits including 21 days off" (in 55 reviews)

Cons
  • "The work/life balance is the trade off" (in 71 reviews)

  • "Pay has gotten a bit better in the last couple years but was extremely low especially for entry-level employee" (in 35 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Sorry to see it go"

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    Former Employee - Senior Lead Data Scientist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Lead Data Scientist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The best part about ABC was the people. I worked alongside the best and brightest I had ever worked with in 30+ years in IT. The Austin office was really beautiful and well located.

    Cons

    The company was acquired by United Healthcare in mid-2017 and my division was axed. Otherwise, the worst thing about ABC (at least the Austin office) was the coffee, which was mediocre at best.

    Advice to Management

    I really, truly wish you had stayed independent. I have looked at the job listings at the company that acquired you, and nothing seems as compelling as the position I had when it was ABC.


  2. "Great Place for a first job"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits / flexibility / work/life balance

    Cons

    Sales is king. Poor salaries

  3. "Good opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Dedicated Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Dedicated Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Give young professionals a surprising level of exposure to client executives and end users on a regular basis

    Cons

    Salary and compensation isn't the most competitive, but this gap narrows and even exceeds that of similar companies at the associate director and director levels.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging time for the company"

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, interesting work; high level of client trust and access;

    Cons

    Company went through a very rough period leading up to the sale to Optum


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time (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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Dysfunctional & unethical environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Value Advisor
    Former Employee - Senior Value Advisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - able to take on a huge amount of responsibility early in one's career
    - benefits/perks were good prior to the Optum acquisition
    - young company & fun coworkers
    - model of being paired with a pool of clients can keep the work interesting (vs. having 1 client for an extended period of time at other consulting firms)

    Cons

    - many people were in management roles for the first time with no management training. some of my experiences with past managers (my manager seemed to change every 6 months) were shocking
    - significant disconnect between different functional areas and no clear "decision maker" within a given team. basically a verticals structure to an extreme. this means you sometimes have to beg people just to do their job and accountability within certain teams was lacking, making it hard to get things done efficiently
    - i personally witnessed unethical sales tactics, such as promising features that had not been built and then claiming the prospects "would forget" what ABC told them we offered. i never saw/heard of any of the leaders i interacted with over a two year period try to crack down on this
    - acquisition by Optum was handled poorly

    Advice to Management

    - hold all leaders accountable for serving clients
    - don't let sales people run wild and lie to hit targets
    - ensure there's a single decision-maker on each team/department that manages all functional areas (e.g., product, implementation services, sales, etc.) so that there is alignment


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Always looking for young talent"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Young, fast paced working environment.

    Cons

    Most managers were a little overbearing.

  8. "Great Environment, job itself is very tedious."

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    Current Employee - Coordinator
    Current Employee - Coordinator

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Environment is great, a lot of recent grads, great place for development and getting a food through the door.

    Cons

    -Pretty tedious work, feel like an intern.
    -Pay is low for cost of living.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Flexible work environment but growth potential depends on your manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance
    Passionate, intelligent coworkers

    Cons

    Too much focus on expediency rather than quality
    Low salary
    Growing pains leading to disorganization
    Management is a mixed bag, partially due to high turnover


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Homogenous, Disrespectful Leadership, and Underpaid"

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

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The research division somehow baits really smart young folk who are trying to improve healthcare. There's a huge learning curve when you start--and there's a demand to work harder than you ever have, with no guidance--but you'll learn a ton in a short amount of time.

    Cons

    The research division analysts are bright and overqualified for their roles/pay. They work harder than any of leadership--and are treated terribly, with little access to mentorship and insights into team/vertical strategy. If you don't look and sound like the cookie cutter consultant and outshine an analyst class of exclusively top tier graduates--you'll have 0 luck here.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of terrible research managers