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Avalere Health Employee Reviews about "dupont circle"

Updated 9 de Feb 2019

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3.0
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Matt Brow
8 Ratings
Pros
  • "working in DC, right off Dupont Circle is great;(in 6 reviews)

  • "Smart people, great working environment and career path(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "senior leadership transparency; average salary; constant change(in 11 reviews)

  • "Senior level management takes great strides to remind you of that on a daily basis(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (11)

    "Your mileage will vary, but a company trending down"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Avalere Health full-time

    Pros

    As with all companies, consulting firms more so, your mileage will vary. Your experience and impression of the firm will depend heavily on your team, your manager, and your colleagues. That being said, here are my two cents... The pros are that there are some great colleagues at the firm. Being staffed on projects can be a bit of a rat race, but if you position well, and have some luck, you'll do better for it.... The brand unfortunately isn't what it once was (more on that below), but as far as policy consulting firms go - Avalere is still a known name in the industry. The work from home policy is flexible, and the office is superbly located on Dupont Circle, at least for now. The hours can be on the longer end, but remember it's consulting in DC and not NYC/Boston/SF. Your hours will regularly hover around 45 - 55 hours. Longer, but not the level of a larger mgmt consultancy.

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    Cons

    It's easy to point out grievances around promotions and advancement as a 'con' for any company, but you'll see that anywhere, especially on an anonymous forum such as Glassdoor. As with any company, how quickly you get promoted is a combination of talent, work ethic, and luck. There is a push from HR and management to slow down promotions recently, though, but it appears to be targeted more so for those closer to... entry-level. I've heard there are time-restricted limits ( ~ 2 yrs) set for advancement if you're straight from school. At higher levels, there isn't a set time limit on promotions per se, but they've created new titles that sound a bit more junior than the previous ones. For example, the former title of senior manager largely equates to the now title of Consultant II... There's a general sense in the industry that Avalere as a whole (with the exception of a few practices) is trending downwards. Overall, the firm name doesn't carry the same weight as when Avalere was the go-to firm for Congress officials during the ACA implementation. Pay is appropriate for DC-consulting, it won't match the level of mgmt consulting firms, but it doesn't promise to. Roughly, associate - 55-60K, sr. associate - 65 - 75K, Consultant I - 75-90K, Consultant II - 90K-110K, AP/P/MD/PD has a much wider range.

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    Advice to Management

    Good luck - there's still a lot of potential but retention is a widely known problem within Avalere. Hiring more entry-level colleagues to boost numbers only temporarily hides the overall drain of talent. Senior leadership would do well to more frequently check-in with the well-being of junior and mid-level employees. Also...there's a number of legacy employees (10+ years tenure) who more or less got in early to the... firm but don't pull the weight of their titles. Trust me...employees notice, and the firm suffers. As with all roles, re-evaluate as appropriate.

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    Avalere Health2019-02-10
  2. Helpful (33)

    "Troubling trends"

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    Former Employee - Manager/Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Avalere Health full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The firm is conveniently located in DuPont Circle with easy access to the metro and plenty of food options. Given the smaller size, the responsibilities placed on managers are broad and you have the opportunity to work across different therapeutic areas. The people are great and it seems as though friendships are easily formed and last beyond your time at the firm. The travel requirements are also reasonable for... consulting.

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    Cons

    Leadership at the senior level is severely lacking as the firm struggles to define its identity. As a result, morale is very low across the entire firm. You need only look at the number of recent departures of senior leadership: multiple practice leads (Senior Vice Presidents), multiple sector leads (Executive Vice Presidents), and even the COO and CFO. Critiques about the opaque promotion process are commonplace... but management fails to rectify the situation, leading to continuing and growing frustration. Projects can be repetitive and the firm likes to recycle work instead of bringing a fresh perspective to each client engagement.

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    Advice to Management

    Instead of trying to inflate your ratings with coordinated Glassdoor reviews (see the three glowing June 26 reviews), take a close look at why people are leaving and listen to your employees. Create a plan to address these issues and commit to fixing them. This is the only way to build credibility and improve morale. Otherwise, the situation will continue to deteriorate and it will become harder to recruit new... talent.

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    Avalere Health2015-06-28
  3. Helpful (18)

    "People are not the most valuable asset"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Avalere Health full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting projects; working in DC, right off Dupont Circle is great;

    Cons

    Poor leadership skills by 98% of leadership; Little or no training; Unclear promotion criteria

    Advice to Management

    advice wouldn't fit in the space provided...

    Avalere Health2015-04-28
  4. Helpful (24)

    "Too Much Drama Creates Unproductive Work Environment"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Avalere Health

    Pros

    - Exceptionally smart employees, particularly at the junior staff level - Great location (Dupont Circle) - Free snacks and sodas; lots of Avalere swag - Fun spring semi-formal and fall family picnic

    Cons

    Avalere can be difficult to navigate as a new employee, particularly at a mid or senior level. Despite Avalere's intense and seemingly never-ending efforts to recruit new senior level talent, there is little to no effort to integrate mid and senior level hires. The firm culture is driven by a core group of senior-level staff who have been with Avalere a long time-- most promoted up from junior staff levels over the... years. This group guards their power by being extremely territorial about clients and SME areas and by controlling all promotions within the firm. Unfortunately, backstabbing and petty gossip is rampant at all levels of the company. New ideas and approaches are often mocked (or viewed as a threat) rather than valued and invested in. It is rare for a senior level hire to stay at Avalere for more than three years-- most grow weary of the unprofessional behavior of their colleagues and decide the drama just isn't worth it when they have other employers banging on their door. This leads to a constantly revolving door at the senior manager level and above. At the junior staff level, the work environment is extremely intense. Mistakes are not tolerated, despite a lack of meaningful training opportunities or mentoring. The hourly demands on associates, senior associates, and managers are on par with investment banking or traditional management consulting but the salary and bonus levels are lower. Promotions are largely based on favoritism and unless your direct supervisor is "in" with the right senior-level management, there isn't much they can do to help you navigate the system. Many associates are able to successfully leverage the Avalere experience to get into a top graduate school, but those who do not tend to get "stuck" and can be pretty miserable.

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    Advice to Management

    Until Avalere deals with its dysfunctional culture, I'm skeptical of the firm's ability to deliver on any of its strategic initiatives.

    Avalere Health2015-03-11
  5. Helpful (9)

    "Work you to death without respect"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Avalere Health for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great location in Dupont Circle

    Cons

    Not great pay Awful management and even worse/non-existent senior management that are only worried about their egos Expected to work on weekends and late nights May never give you advice or instruction, but will certainly never compliment/thank you for a job well done. I personally won back two multi-million dollar accounts and they acted as if it didn't matter and continue to act destructive toward the client

    Advice to Management

    Remember who is doing the work and why it matters. Those individual can make or break your business since it's client-facing

    Avalere Health2014-05-18
  6. "It's ok."

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    I have been working at Avalere Health

    Pros

    So far, it's been "ok". I don't have much to comment on at the moment. Location in Dupont Circle is convenient for commuting, eating lunch, and happy hours.

    Cons

    At this point, I don't have much to comment. A lot of meetings that don't seem to have much of a purpose.

    Advice to Management

    Again, at this point, I do not have much to comment. Perhaps, try to divide the workload more fairly so that people have more similar workloads.

    Avalere Health2010-10-24
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