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The Advisory Board Company Washington DC Reviews

Updated January 15, 2017
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The Advisory Board Company CEO and Director Robert W. Musslewhite
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Pros
  • The company has a good work life balance (in 100 reviews)

  • Great benefits including 21 days off (in 44 reviews)

Cons
  • Not good work life balance, you might end up working weekends a couple of times (in 61 reviews)

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

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  1. "Too Ambitious For Own Good"

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

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

    Pros

    - Great energy and company culture

    Cons

    - Vague in their hiring/interviews, I was hired to be a communications liaison and the position shifted into high level sales and retention, which was never communicated during interview.
    - Company hires ambitiously and then reduces force heavily as their stock prices fluctuate.
    - Little care for work/life balance of their managers / sales managers


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Significant deadweight at the top"

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    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    some very smart individuals work at the company
    great sales company - lots to be learned from the process + execution
    very articulate + visionary sales strategy

    Cons

    culture - core of executive leadership that has risen through the ranks for the past 2 decades and is very inward looking
    lack of accountability for business outcomes -
    complete separation from business and client realities - have stopped engaging and working
    refusal to listen to any opinions or engage in any substantive work

    Advice to Management

    hold leadership accountable to results on a yearly basis


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Perspective"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues for the most part, most with a passion for serving the target industries.

    Cons

    It took leaving ABC and working at a smaller, boutique consulting and public relations firm to realize how strange some of the company's practices were. There's an overwhelming ethos, at least in EAB, that every university should buy all of the company's research memberships, and as a result the marketing is aggressive and generally over-hyped. EAB sells its memberships as consulting, when in reality they are more like subscription services.

    Also, the company will use legal action to force clients to keep their services for the contract period--I saw this happen several times in my two years there. That's just not good business, especially in higher ed where the universe of administrative staff is fairly small.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Good for entry level but company in decline"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart, talented people. Good location in downtown DC. There is a willingness to give young people lots of opportunities. The research and consulting groups seem to deliver a good product.

    Cons

    Obviously the pay is totally uncompetitive. More broadly, The boom years of 2010 to 2015 are over and it shows. Despite the rebranding as a tech company, the honest truth is that very few of the newer tech products are particularly innovative. If you look around, the company is suffering from a severe brain drain among middle managers.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in raising compensation. It's about 20% lower than the competition.

    Focus on innovation in tech. It's difficult to sell and renew a product when you know your tech is behind the competition.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Good people, terrible pay"

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    Former Employee - Dedicated Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Dedicated Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are very nice. Young, educated, willing to work hard. Depending on your department, management can be helpful and supportive. They give generous perks and the work life balance is fine if you know how to use it properly.

    Cons

    -Salary is not competitive with the industry. You can do the same work for more pay in many locations.
    -There is lots of turn over of staff to other organizations who poach aggressively.
    -Many employees consider this
    -The reputation of the organization at hospitals is that it is made of young people who are not knowledgeable about the industry.
    -Their professional development tracks are defined but very subjective.
    -promotions and salary bonus payouts are not transparent. career committees determine your promotion/bonus but tend to be opportunities to gossip about coworkers and have an influence in who does/doesnt get promoted.
    -management has had to schedule meetings to explain bonus pay structure (evidence of non-transparency)
    -CEO has made it an point of investigiting the tremenodus turnover personally.

    Advice to Management

    -alligning payment/salary to current industry standards would reduce employee turn over.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Advisory Board Company full-time

    Pros

    Generous benefits, there are many smart and talented people to learn from, particularly executives if you make an effort to connect with them. Helpful and responsive HR department

    Cons

    Individualism is frowned upon and previous experience and expertise is completely ignored. Everything must be done a certain way or it is wrong. Many people are not qualified for the jobs they are performing. Often very young management with no experience outside the company

    Advice to Management

    Value what people bring to the company. Don't allow young managers to break down new hires and attempt to rebuild replicas of themselves.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Good place to work, but... not for everyone."

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very positive working environment for those in revenue-generating areas of the company. The business is focused on keeping you happy and giving you the tools you need to succeed. This is a great place to build a career in either technology or consulting and then move on.

    Cons

    Very poor place to work for anyone else. I worked in a cost center at ABC for five years and the attitude was very strong that if you weren't in a revenue-generating unit, you were a second-class citizen. All the amenities and perks that the business gets? Congratulations, if they have extra beer you could have some - now get back to work. Not a place to work long term - my five years really ended the period that I'd want to be there. You run out of things to learn very quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Mature. Mature. Mature. The organization as a whole needs to redirect to understand better the world they operate in; senior leadership needs to make technology decisions rather than technology reactions.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to meet and great introduction into sales

    The company is very successful and the work atmosphere is fun during the happy hours (which occur frequently) as alcohol is a major "benefit" in their eyes

    Cons

    Huge turnover at associate level (over 50%). No focus on helping, only focused on bringing in new blood. They underpay, and over-promise. this may as well be the motto.

    Advice to Management

    Try honesty. It is better than faking a personality and dancing around the truth.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    - flexible work schedule
    - autonomy with workstreams
    - young professional culture

    Cons

    - terribly inept leadership as evident by other employee reviews and the company's recent failure in the stock market (in an industry that's rapidly growing)
    - everything is built on scale and doesn't lend itself to deep/critical analysis
    - true talent does not stay for long
    - those who are the loudest and raise their hands the most get the furthest here; work productivity is not a primary driver or leading indicator of upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Re-vamp corporate strategy team to make better acquisition and organic integration decisions, sign up for a true change management engagement to redesign the company structure from the top down (investing more resources into keeping talented people here and addressing the gaping engagement problem that's come up every year in surveys)


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst/Technical Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst/Technical Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible with work start/end time.

    Cons

    No Management support, and no work life balance. The expectation is to work 7 days a week to meet deadlines no exceptions.



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