The Advisory Board Company Reviews

Updated February 2, 2016
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The Advisory Board Company CEO and Director Robert W. Musslewhite
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Pros
  • Great company culture, work/life balance (in 70 reviews)

  • Great colleagues and great benefits (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be challenging (in 50 reviews)

  • Pay is disappointingly low for entry level (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Work hard, play hard"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive, fast-paced, exciting work environment. Decent work-life balance, great benefits - PTO, holidays, volunteer time, etc. It's a company that values words and customer relationships, and that's nice to see. Company was growing quickly, so there was a lot of opportunity for promotion on the tech side.

    Cons

    Marketing for the technology products did not always match up with the actual product offering - this made some people's jobs very difficult. Some of the managers were great, however others were terrible. Compensation could be more competitive. The entry Marketing Associate role is brutal, but if you make it past that, the opportunities are great.

    Advice to Management

    Hitting a financial goal does not signify that you're ready to be a manager. Moving into the tech realm means you need a reliable product built on a proper foundation.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Advisory Board Company full-time

    Pros

    Smart, creative, motivated people.

    Cons

    In some ways it feels like there is a club and if your not in it its difficult to get promoted. if you are in it and aligned with the right leadership then your path is easy.


  3. "Practice Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Practice Manager in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Practice Manager in Falls Church, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Advisory Board Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, tons of opportunity for innovation.

    Cons

    Teams are lean; high turnover


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  5. "MA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good experience - great career pathing

    Cons

    Tough job for a low salary


  6. "Great Company But Overworked"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company has all of the perks you could ever want - flexibility, opportunity for growth and change, awesome benefits and PTO, support for work/life balance, the chance to bring new ideas to the table.

    Cons

    The amount of work that was expected was a bit unreasonable. Led to being too stressed out and unhappy.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure rate of growth and expansions matches rate of bandwidth of staff.


  7. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture was hands down a lot of fun and I can see why they win the awards for best company to work for.

    Cons

    Back when I was there, the structure and management were still being worked on and the roles were not as well defined.

    Advice to Management

    I think that a lot has been done since I have left with regard to the roles, so I wonder how things are now


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Marketing Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Advisory Board Company full-time

    Pros

    Incredible learning environment, great growth potential if interested in Healthcare sales

    Cons

    Can feel like a cog in the machine.


  9. "principle software engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer/Tech Lead in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer/Tech Lead in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Advisory Board Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good work life balance great speakers amongst executive team

    Cons

    no hard technical problems to solve manager heavy/siloed team structure - although that is slowly changing

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to run a lean software shop


  10. "One of the best"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The Advisory Board Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A great place to work! Having been with 6 companies, both large and small, The Advisory Board surpasses most on all areas as an employer. There is such a strong culture of excellence, and it pervades this large firm and everyone who works there.

    Cons

    Too much travel, and the company has so many products that it tends to exhaust its clients by oversaturating the market.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on relationships and getting to a single point of contact


  11. "Great people and culture for those with a corporate mindset"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Advisory Board Company full-time

    Pros

    - A good environment - Great colleagues - Receive good experience for an entry-level position - Solid growth structure for those looking to stay long term

    Cons

    -Entry-level compensation is not comparable to many other organizations -While the environment and people are great, the corporate mentality is very apparent and drives every move.

    Advice to Management

    Treat associates as individuals as much as possible -- people learn and grow at different rates. While there is a bottom line to meet, there also needs to be a balance of identifying individual strengths and weaknesses and presenting the right opportunities to the right people to allow all (that are willing) to succeed and for a given department to ultimately grow.



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