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Advisory Board Reviews

Updated January 19, 2018
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  • Work life balance in the Consulting business does not exist, this is not true of all divisions (in 68 reviews)

  • Pay is well below industry average, at least for entry level roles (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "A combination of research and sales"

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very enthusiastic, bright people work at the Advisory Board.

    Cons

    Researchers spend much of their time supporting sales teams (including making marketing brochures on their behalf). Managers not very good at recognising limitations of resources--there is a lot of short-termism--and job security can change in a flash.

    Advice to Management

    Better resource research teams and give researchers head space to do their jobs well.


  2. "Senior Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative, innovative, career development

    Cons

    Unpredictable with Optum acquisition

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Marketing Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible time off
    A few genuine and great people
    Nice office location

    Cons

    Everything else. First off they lie to you about the position. It is sales not marketing. Second they lie about advancement, it will take at least 1 1/2 years minimum. Third they pay almost 20% below market value for the salaries of anyone in entry and mid level positions. Fourth almost everyone is a frat bro. Fifth upper management has very little oversight and can be quite abusive, this includes mid level management. Sixth extremely racist. I cannot tell you how many times many of my coworkers had to put up with both blatant and subtle racism only for HR to tell them that there is not enough evidence. I can name names if I really wanted too.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie, don't let people get away with being awful, pay your employees like you want them to have enough to eat.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Product"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, amazing PTO policy, super smart people, offices are in a great location, some opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Salary bands have little transparency, pay below market value, short on resources, difficult to get ahead at times, take too much time to make decisions, and struggles to make the right investments.


  5. "Sales and Marketing Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    Nice, young work environment. Great sales training

    Cons

    Lacks professionalism. Bad Pay. Lack of creativity.

    Advice to Management

    Better training


  6. "Long time employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    People, culture, challenging work and an absolutely wonderful environment

    Cons

    Recent news of acquisition has caused a lot of angst, causes worry that the things that make this place so wonderful may go away

    Advice to Management

    Over-invest in ensuring culture is maintained in the transition to come.


  7. "Great Place To Launch a Career"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, smart and committed colleagues, nice offices

    Cons

    None that I remember 5 years on.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "You get what you're paid for"

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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

    Great work-life balance, good upward mobility

    Cons

    Salaries are pretty low. DC is expensive

    Advice to Management

    You keep talking about "our people make us who we are" and "we want good people". Well, if you'd pay more you'd get good people.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Entry level workers are underpaid, overqualified, and have limited growth potential."

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    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic company culture in terms of volunteerism/giving back to the community and benefits are stellar. They are working towards increasing diversity initiatives (currently not a diverse workforce), which is a step in the right direction. Large LGBTQ+ population.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency in terms of job descriptions and with regards to movement within the company (I.e. Management says you can move positions after 8-12 months but then keep you from applying internally and once you finally can apply, getting in seat takes an additional 6 months so your "8 month" grunt job just took 2 years of you life). Pay is well below industry average, at least for entry level roles. And you are paid less if you are promoted internally, as compared with external hires. Get your experience elsewhere and THEN apply for a non entry level job.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring over qualified candidates to entry-level positions at $41k/year and certainly stop promising them the ability to move within the company after a certain number of months. Or just start paying MAs more to keep up with the industry.


  10. "ABC"

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

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

    Pros

    Young workforce, flexible hours, relaxed work environment

    Cons

    Must be in seat for a year min to move into another (most likely lateral) position


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