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Updated December 8, 2017
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Advisory Board CEO and Director Robert W. Musslewhite
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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 33 reviews)

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  1. "supportive community"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at a part of the advisory board that was an acquired company and i enjoyed that the culture of our company was still in tact as they implemented advisory board culture standards. they were very open to helping you find growth in the company and had an open door policy to discuss your successes as well as things that you felt could be better.

    Cons

    can be very siloed and now with the new buyout things are unpredictable.


  2. "Great people, poor mangers"

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

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

    Pros

    Most colleagues are smart, engaged, and like being at work. Well-respected in DC. Capacity to get a solid foundation for entry level staff who have ambition.

    Cons

    Pay. Employees are expected to produce high quality work for below market average compensation. Managers are entitled. Also known in DC as a turn and burn company. Lower, mid level employees are not valued.

    Advice to Management

    The board needs to change the firm culture from the top down. Hopefully Optum’s recent acquisition of ABC will realign the firm.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not well managed"

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

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

    Pros

    The two stars are for the knowledge base people at this company produce. I was in the Marketing associate role for about a year and then moved into consulting delivery. I hated the job, but adored the two directors I worked for as an associate, and learned so much while on the job because the industry knowledge is so vast and deep. I left before the announcements of company being bought out (but knew the rumors and rumblings). Enjoyed the consulting role, for it's exposure and learnings.
    The healthy life and community service hours are nice but not realistic and not really usable.

    Cons

    Very fratty and immature culture (expect things like "weekend stories" where you share your stories about being black-out drunk to your manager); this type of culture results in a lot of nepotism and favoritism.
    Awful compensation at basically every junior and mid level
    Terrible and inefficient management
    Consulting role: training was vastly insufficient. Business is slow, so very few cases to work on.

    Advice to Management

    So many words of advice...
    Advice to HR: at baseline increase salary if you want to retain talent. The salary is offensive to my self worth.
    Advice to general management: be more transparent about changes. ie--when we are getting bought out lol


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Used to be an amazing place to work, but..."

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    Current Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company used to be amazing - wonderful culture, flexibility, smart people, interesting work. It was truly a best place to work. The employees embodied the values of the firm - not just words on the wall but lived out every day: the power of language, the force of ideas, the spirit of generosity, and running to criticism. They were making progress on some of the areas which they admitted were lacking, such as compensation.

    Cons

    With the pending split and acquisition by Optum everything is falling apart. The greed of upper management has become apparent, people are leaving in droves, and the company has done very little to try to retain the key staff who remain.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up - you cannot get this company through the split and the integration without key staff, whom you have overlooked while you line your own pockets with bonuses and equity awards


  5. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great mission and very smart teams.

    Cons

    Sales have been slow and the company is merging with a larger health care company.


  6. "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, young motivated individuals work here

    Cons

    Lack of clear career pathing, constant reorganization

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees career paths, focus on retaining talented staff. Employee engagement is key to the success at this organization. Great company culture and benefits, however


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing company with some big issues"

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

    I worked at Advisory Board full-time

    Pros

    Excellent PTO, Healthy Life hours, flexibility/work from home opportunities with seniority, people are for the most part incredibly smart and fun to work with.

    Cons

    Junior-level employees make pennies in jobs that depending on the department carry quite a bit of responsibility. Culture of favoritism - some people get on the fast track to director by age 25 with promotions once+ a year, others get stuck in near-entry level positions for 4-5 years out of college with no clear correlation of talent/hard work leading to promotions. With the impending sale/split, morale is extremely low and people are dropping like flies.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Old advisory board is dead"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, good people to work with, good benefits

    Cons

    Unorganized, often unprofessional. too many people managing teams who have no business doing so

    Advice to Management

    Don’t make promotions come with the obligation to manage people. It’s not everyone’s forté, which is fine, but it’s extremely terrible for Team dynamics when you get stuck with someone who doesn’t know how to do anything.


  9. "Very middle management heavy and senior management is hardly visible."

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Location
    -great knowledge base that leads to great client deliverables
    -wide range of clients
    -benefits (outside of pto) are great
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    Cons

    -Management can be toxic. Friends move up and it is clear that you either fit in or get left behind. Like-ability is sadly far more important than work product.
    -Not an ideal place for minorities

    Advice to Management

    Dissolve a little bit of the politics behind promotion. Focus on work product


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sales and Marketing Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    Early exposure to hospital-system executives, opportunities for internal mobility, clearly-defined incentive structure, unprecedented access to hospital systems around the country, varied involvement with research, technology, and consulting for provider systems on all ends of the care spectrum

    Cons

    Low salary, siloed experience, tedious and menial tasks that border on secretary or telemarketer, uneven staffing that creates setup for failure. Lack of clarity in focus from a sales and operations perspective. Too many balls trying to be juggled in the air

    Advice to Management

    Pay better attention to your entry-level and compensate better. Attrition through lack of engagement with entry-level staff to create a meritocracy is not a lasting business model. Create more tailored solutions for your member institutions


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