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The Advisory Board Company Engineering Reviews

Updated April 12, 2017
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The Advisory Board Company CEO and Director Robert W. Musslewhite
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is very good, which i highly appreciate (in 107 reviews)

  • Great benefits including 21 days off (in 47 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance in the Consulting business does not exist, this is not true of all divisions (in 64 reviews)

  • A low starting salary and long hours for entry level jobs (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "A company going through growing pains"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Support Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Support Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Advisory Board Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    1. Great culture and cares about community around it
    2. Smart colleagues. Interview process is a tough one, so only high caliber people get in
    3. Lateral moves between departments
    4. Handled my lay off very professionally and paid a genorous severance package

    Cons

    1. Company bought too many companies without much planning for integration and how to profit from the same
    2. Currently it is cutting it's expenses to survive, so don't expect too many perks

    Advice to Management

    Learn to accept the reality about finances before it is too late


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A consultant Company trying Out Software Development"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Advisory Board Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Growth and Opportunity within the Company are plentiful.
    Career Path is a central focus of the Review process.
    The Culture the Company strives for is promising though frequently miss the mark.
    One of the most committed and intelligent group of people I have had the pleasure of working with at every level.

    Cons

    As with any company trying to branch out into new businesses there have been significant growing pains.
    It can be difficult understanding the decisions being made and what the motivating factors for those decisions were.


  3. "The Culture was Rapidly Changing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Advisory Board Company full-time (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.


  4. "ABC is a great place with lots of challenges and learnings"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Advisory Board Company full-time (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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Would do again"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Advisory Board Company as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice People, Good Location, Beautiful Office

    Cons

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


  6. Helpful (22)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Advisory Board Company full-time (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.

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission-driven company, nice benefits (lots of PTO), flexibility to work from home if/when needs be, Macbooks

    Cons

    As the company grew, more and more of the Washington DC types moved to the Austin office causing a bit of a culture clash

    Advice to Management

    Be careful not to lose the Crimson culture completely!


  8. "Great Company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Good team building
    Friendly environment

    Cons

    Coffee could be much better.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Associate software engineer"

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

    I worked at The Advisory Board Company 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.


  10. "Engineer"

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

    I have been working at The Advisory Board Company (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed and easy going atmosphere. Good colleagues and the work load is totally manageable. You get to learn a lot on the job and the colleagues are supportive of your willingness to learn and grow

    Cons

    Not really. Good place to work

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest having an IDP in place as soon an employee is hiring instead of waiting till the end of review. Hard of the employee to come out from behind if the review is poor. So giving an IDP initially so that the employee an work towards it leading up the review can only be good for everyone concerned.