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Updated July 12, 2018
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Advisory Board CEO and Director Robert W. Musslewhite
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Pros
  • "Work-life balance is good for the most part" (in 133 reviews)

  • "Very laid-back work environment; I don't feel like I'm being watched for progress at all and many employees frequently work from home as they desire" (in 25 reviews)

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

  • "Pay is well below industry average, at least for entry level roles" (in 35 reviews)

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  1. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    flexibility and managers are great

    Cons

    little clarity on how to grow career


  2. "Managing Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    Very smart and talented co-workers

    Cons

    Company is in a period of transition

  3. "Good until acquisition took place"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome talent
    Amazing work culture
    Good benefits
    Well known in the industry
    Great PTO

    Cons

    Average pay
    Limited growth opportunities
    Too much work load in some teams

    Advice to Management

    Acquisition of the company could have been handled in a better and much transparent way so that you would not have had such high attrition.


  4. "Too much Change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    co-workers were smart and hard-working

    Cons

    change happening endlessly for years, no stability, so decisiveness and poor communication


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

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

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

    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.


  6. "Former Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing coworkers, good location in D.C.

    Cons

    I have never seen an acquisition handled with such disorganization and utter chaos. Raises and opportunities for growth were given to some, and not others. I was constantly berated by my boss about how I was not accomplishing enough, despite often working 12 hour days (oh, and then you get yelled at for working overtime). I struggled initially in my new job (post-Advisory Board) because I wasn't used to a place that actually valued my opinion and thoughts. Morale was so low among colleagues. Before the acquisition, this was a company I could see going places; now I would just tell all job-seekers to steer as far away as possible.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff, and value their opinions and feedback. Respect and recognize the hard work your employees put into every day, even the ones who are lower down on the food chain. Be transparent with your staff, and don't promise things you won't be able to deliver.


  7. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    People are great. Career opportunities are available for strong performers and those who seek out development. Flexible schedule and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Compensation. It can be political.

  8. "Mostly positive experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -The people you work with, for the most part, are intelligent, driven, and want to do whats right for their members
    -While you have to drive your career, co-workers and managers are supportive of exploring other roles and taking on different projects
    -good work/life balance in terms of vacations, time to volunteer, or work out (this may have shifted with the change in ownership)
    -varied based on department, but mostly a fun work environment

    Cons

    - Lots of changes occurring due to change in ownership, caused confusion and inability to move quickly on decisions
    -market is increasingly competitive in technology space, company seemed to be struggling to maintain competitive edge


  9. "Managing Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Culture. People really took the values seriously. Smart people.

    Cons

    Too much matrix complexity. Often unclear who was making final decisions.


  10. "Good solid company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    Great people, intellectually stimulating work

    Cons

    Unclear future post takeover by Optum


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