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Advisory Board CEO Robert W. Musslewhite
Robert W. Musslewhite
19 Ratings
  1. "Advisory Board"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    Innovative, Great Culture, Great People, Fast Pace

    Cons

    Sold its health care business to Optum so might be on a hiring freeze.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful of any risky acquisitions... Royall was a bad investment which was the catapult of it's demise.

    Advisory Board2017-09-28
  2. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It a happy place to work with a lot of talented people.

    Cons

    The morale is going down these days.

    Advisory Board2017-08-29
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Drama, politics, and inconsistencies abound."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits if you pay attention.

    Cons

    I'm a software engineer. There is a lot of drama, and a ridiculous amount of politics and favoritism going on. Little career movement, abysmal raises (3% for outstanding results and review scores). Titles are inconsistent, best practices are ignored in favor of managements favorite toolsets, and last-minute we-need-this-tomorrow work abounds. We follow a bastardized version of SCRUM.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people "on the floor", you hired us because we're professionals, yet treat us like un-trustable teenagers.

    Advisory Board2017-07-28
  4. "The Culture was Rapidly Changing"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They give you a lot of freedom as a developer, especially in regards to the amount of work that you you commit to.

    Cons

    There was a large lack of communication regarding the companies overall strategy at times - the information given to employees can be delayed and can leave a lot of questions unanswered.

    Advice to Management

    More communication with all employees would be very helpful. It felt at time that many employees not at the senior level would receive updates at a level equal to public press releases, which does not make workers feel like they are being kept in the loop as much as they would like. Also, remember that many people come to this company for the culture, it is important to actively maintain that culture.

    Advisory Board2017-03-19
  5. "ABC is a great place with lots of challenges and learnings"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of health care data makes you realize why hospitals need us more than ever such as for reducing care variation or optimizing revenue and cost. Data First philosophy is big push to build enterprise analytics.

    Cons

    RAPID needs to be quicker. Sometimes it takes long to make decisions with a clear D (decision maker).

    Advice to Management

    Faster decision making. Also PMs need to build clear roadmap for long term goals.

    Advisory Board2017-02-07
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Would do again"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Advisory Board for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice People, Good Location, Beautiful Office

    Cons

    Does not pay industry standard, slow to reply to HR questions

    Advisory Board2017-01-25
  7. Helpful (25)

    "Great work life balance, until you're downsized"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It’s a shame, because there were some great people doing things that they believed in for products that could maybe help people. Too bad management couldn’t get out of the way to let those people excel.

    Cons

    The Advisory Board Company’s development organization is an unfortunate mix of an episode of Silicon Valley and Dilbert. A handful of dedicated employees kept the lights on and their teams motivated while the rest of the employees suffered through frequent pivots, reorgs and the one-day vaporization of half the firm’s market cap. The majority of the other employees were showing up late, leaving early, double... booking meetings and then not showing up to either and skipping out on critical tasks and missing deadlines because of ukulele club. When you talked to that person’s manager (after they got out of ukulele club too) they told you to simply reassign the tasks to another office that didn’t have ukulele club. Trying to find their manager was futile. The company’s strategy followed a predictable path: make an acquisition or build an in-house solution to an off-the-shelf problem, rearrange all the teams to support that initiative, miss the quarterly KPIs (or worse, earnings!), double down on the strategy, miss next quarter's KPI/earnings, pivot, rearrange the teams, and start again. Teams were assigned seemingly randomly and if you got on a decent team of hard workers, you would be lucky to come up with a POC before the next shuffling. The work environment was fairly laid-back though - work/life balance was superior. You could walk through the offices and see more open YouTube videos than IDEs. The employees also looked out for each other - if you asked where someone you were looking for was, an Omerta-style silence fell over the room and suddenly everyone was busy with critical tasks. “He...was...here...should be back soon.” On the plus side, you could usually catch someone or their manager at the foosball table, or in a worse-case scenario, you just had to wait for ukulele club to end.

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    Advice to Management

    If your stock is on a three year slide and you've tried three reorgs…it's not the workers that who need to go.

    Advisory Board2017-01-06
  8. "Great Company to work for"

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    Senior Software Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Advisory Board for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work life balance Good team building Friendly environment

    Cons

    Coffee could be much better.

    Advisory Board2016-07-27
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Associate software engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    The firm is pretty Generous in giving PTOs. The culture is relaxing. The coworkers are friendly and fun to work with. A lot of smart people that are willing to help.

    Cons

    The company is struggling in keeping its engineers. The culture is deteriorating, and many engineers and upper management folks are leaving.

    Advice to Management

    there is a unbalance in team arrangements. Products that are making good profit are allocated with more resources and more experienced engineers. Other products, however, are left with limited resources and man power. Therefore, they are stuck in awkward positions.

    Advisory Board2016-07-21
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    - Several brilliant engineers to work with (especially among the senior cadre) - There are always new technical challenges to solve - Strong emphasis on quality right from the design phase (for most teams though) - Opportunity to work on multiple projects simultaneously - Opportunity to give back to the community and get compensated for doing so

    Cons

    - Often unhealthy competition for recognition (taking credit for other people's work or assigning blame to others) - Some measure of blind follower-ship is expected from some Team Leads - Growth and opportunities are tied to your Manager's opinions about you regardless of work you have to show.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a better way to address "abuse/circumvention of company procedures" especially by Managers who have worked longer at ABC.

    Advisory Board2015-10-04
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