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Advisory Board Washington DC Reviews

Updated January 12, 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. "Great Place To Launch a Career"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. 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.

  3. "ABC"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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


  4. "This is nerdy work, and I like it."

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart colleagues. My manager is helpful, and open. Also, after half a year I feel like many of my colleagues respect my contributions and effort.

    Cons

    The position includes lots of report writing. The editing process and scripting processes can be mundane and repetitive even when the research is interesting.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to hear more about overall strategy (as opposed to simply trotting out new products to tell us about). Also, associates rarely receive feedback on their work from clients, or hear about feedback. It would be helpful to expand that channel.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good for a little while"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Collaborative, smart, young
    - Respected in the industry for research insights
    - Flexibility to work from home
    - Lots of PTO

    Cons

    - Lack of transparency from the top
    - Difficulty materializing innovative ideas - lack of stable direction
    - High turnover rate, especially among young consultants
    - Compensation not up to market standard

    Advice to Management

    Utilize the smart young people that you have. Let them contribute and shine, without throwing them in over their heads. Maybe they can solve some of the problems you're having re: lack of innovation/direction


  6. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Ana in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical Support Ana in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Management
    Culture

    Cons

    Distance
    Nothing else to add


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Not the worst, but certainly not the best place to work..."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    The work life balance that they claim is actually real, at least for lower level employees. When you leave at 5:30 every day, you leave work behind. There are also healthy life hours and community impact hours, which, if you have a manager who actually lets you utilize these, are nice.

    Cons

    TABC does not learn from its mistakes. It will be dissolved soon enough. It promotes people into roles that are not deserving or fit, and side steps hard workers. The acquisitions this company has made are handled extremely poorly. The pay is terrible starting out, and it is difficult to make more. Entry-level employees are looked down upon and treated poorly. It was a decent job, but I definitely was not unhappy to leave, and I don not recommend joining this organization.

  8. "Sales and Marketing Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Training
    - Vacation, Community Service, Fitness Hours and other benefits
    - Social environment

    Cons

    - Organization in flux, marketing/sales department under complete re-org
    - Pay below market


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Director, Marketing"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Advisory Board full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth, especially early in career. Good people to work with. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency coming from management. Often too focused on short term revenue implications rather than long term performance. Shifting benefits.


  10. "Director- Marketer/ New Business Development"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are the Advisory Board are great. Whether it's entry level staff, managers, or senior leadership, you'll always be working with smart, driven, fun individuals. They really do an exceptional job as it relates to talent acquisition.

    Cons

    The travel expectations for the sales team are intense, and the pressure to hit quarterly revenue metrics are even worse.

    Advice to Management

    While they exceed at talent acquisition, talent retention is a struggle. The Advisory Board has gained the reputation for being a "churn and burn" where folks so to launch their career, but not stay.


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