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The Advisory Board Company Washington DC Reviews

Updated June 20, 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 110 reviews)

  • Great benefits including 21 days off (in 49 reviews)

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

  • Numbers focused for the entry level position (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Communicate!"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Advisory Board Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work independently and focus on interesting projects

    Cons

    Company does little to establish and encourage information sharing across its silo'd programs --- each operates in a vacuum

    Advice to Management

    Reward knowledge sharing and alignment across the research programs


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Associate"

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

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

    Pros

    Some managers have incredibly strong skills, are great at team building and management and willing to offer extra support to make you successful in your role.

    Cons

    Compensation is a nightmare, and there is no room for creativity. And diversity at this firm is non-existent. You will be reminded of it every singe day.

    Advice to Management

    ABC offers 'best practices' to others... why don't you take the time to implement them at home? Promotion based on friendship is disgusting. Lastly, I never understood why there was such a high turnover rate until I began working here. I see it now... no effort in retaining talent.

  3. "Good introduction to higher education and technology service delivery."

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Advisory Board Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a mid-size company so you get exposure to many parts of the business. The employees are young. The work environment is fun.

    Cons

    Compensation is weak and promotions are mostly based on time in seat and less about performance. The role can become repetitive.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Membership Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Membership Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Membership Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great benefits. Work hard play hard. Good office location, and busy days so you are not bored.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, internal politics. Long hours. Management doesnt always take responsibility for the bad decisions. Recently laid off lots of people.

    Advice to Management

    Accept more responsibility and involve others in the development of the firm. Lots of smart people who work there that are underutilized.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting Times at ABC"

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

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

    Pros

    - Really smart people to work with
    - Challenging work
    - Great place to start your career

    Cons

    - Doesn't appreciate employees
    - Potential for company to be sold
    - Hiring the wrong people

    Advice to Management

    Improve hiring process to vet people more extensively, value your high performers


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Struggling to find direction"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    5 weeks of vacation; generally great coworkers; flexible work arrangement and opportunities to work remotely.

    Cons

    The last year or so has been really rocky as the healthcare business has under-performed. Numerous benefits have been slashed: no more bonuses for employee referrals, no tuition money for professional development; no holiday party; decreased travel between offices. The biggest pain point to date has been around bonuses. Even if you got promoted this year, you didn't receive all of your bonus. Your bonus potential is sold as a really nice perk for working here, and it feels a bit like the rug has been pulled out from under us.

    Advice to Management

    Separate the health care and higher ed businesses into two companies. Fire any senior executive who's been with the company since the 90s, and replace them with people with industry experience.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good Entry-Level Job Not Much Room for Growth"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good first job
     - Good skill building
     - Young environment
     - Great onboarding
     - You can tell that people who have been there a long time are VERY enthusiastic and love what they do
     - Very fun incentive trips and incentives in general

    Cons

    - Not a lot of opportunity for mentorship or executive exposure
     - Not a lot of growth opportunity or opportunity for career development
     - Siloed departments - which makes it pretty hard to explore different opportunities at the firm
     - The role is pretty administrative which is downplayed in the interview process

    Advice to Management

    Because a lot of employees come to this job straight out of college, management tends to feed into that maturity level by treating entry-level employees like they are in college instead creating a structured professional environment in which the associates can rise to the occasion. My advice is to challenge the associates, give recognition to top talent, and while the millennial culture can be alluring to incoming associates, it does nothing help their professional development.

  8. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not a true meritocracy, but achievements are typically recognized
    Great mentors
    Ability to pivot within the firm

    Cons

    Constant reorganizations (no time for anything to stick)

    Advice to Management

    Give business decisions a chance to pan out


  9. "Business Operations Manager"

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    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -great company perks (community service, fitness hours, flexible work schedule)
    -fun culture
    -lots of young people
    -variety of different positions available

    Cons

    -poor management in some departments
    -uncertainty around job security and job growth
    -not very transparent in relaying goals and priorities
    -below market salary

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear and direct with expectations. Provide context and feedback, so employees are able to meet your goals and expectations.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good company overall"

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

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

    Pros

    Many managers care about their employees and truly want the best for them.

    Cons

    The performance technologies division of the company changes it's organizational structure every January, leading to tedious change in an environment where individuals cannot be successful because their performance review metrics are continuously changing.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to one philosophy of management and stop making changes. Forecasting should also be more accurate to eliminate layoffs.


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