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"Good place to start a career"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Well-recognized name in the industry, so some time here opens up a lot of doors. For the most part the organization is pretty flexible -- if you decide you want to work on another team or in another department, management will help you get there (but it may take some time).

Cons

The job can get monotonous. Projects are relatively long-term, so there's less variety than you might get at a traditional consulting firm. On that note, you'll work with a ton of hospitals for one project -- 99% of interaction with clients is done over the phone, and deliverables are tailored to the entire membership (rather than to one client). What this means is that client relationships are broad, but not deep, so some may find it less satisfying than "boots on the ground" work.

Advice to Management

More interaction with upper management would be helpful. Many direct managers are young and not necessarily experienced. Not to say they aren't bright and talented, but it would be nice to a) have mentors with longer tenure and more influence and b) feel more connected to the leadership and direction of the firm.

Other Employee Reviews for The Advisory Board Company

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Marketing Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is very young, so it is a good transition out of college and to a big city because you will make so many friends just from work.

    Good name recognition in terms of applying to other jobs/grad school.

    Cons

    Pay is very low but you do have a chance for a bonus and they have other little incentives like free happy hours and such

    They don't really care about keeping turnover rate low. They know that if 20 Marketing Associates quit, there will still be about 200 other college graduates that will be clamoring to get get a job.

    Things get a little weird when your manager is only a year older than you and also dating one of your teammates (huge hookup culture between employees).

    It never felt like I had any senior employee to mentor me/stand up for me/etc.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your MAs. I have heard rumors that executive members have stated that they would never let their own children become MAs because they realized how crappy the position was, but that they are never going to change the MA model. Why fix something that brings in millions of dollars with such little cost?


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Very young company, great opportunities and responsibilities but lacking in management oversight"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reputation
    upward mobility
    great experience as leverage for next step

    Cons

    Fratty culture
    poor management training
    disparate departments lead to poor allocation of workload for same position

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time training young managers and transition process

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