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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. Helpful (1)

    "Managing Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great culture, flexible, remote option, no email after hours or weekends, smart and innovative people and firm

    Cons

    Constantly innovating on business which is great but would value a bit more time to test new innovations before shifting.


  2. "Great place to start a career"

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    Current Employee - Dedicated Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Dedicated Advisor 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

    Great place to grow a career

    Cons

    Can get lost in the shuffle and pay is a little less than market rate


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Nice, but lots of chaos"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Analyst in Hyattsville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Product Analyst in Hyattsville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great. The PTO is outstanding. People are helpful and kind and they really want to make health care and higher education better. The technology world is full of smart people innovating as best they can. I genuinely enjoyed working here.

    Cons

    It can be a little "groupthink" sometimes, and management has a hard time pivoting when there's a problem. Information is power and a lot of people like to hoard that power. There are so many levels of management!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Still an industry leader"

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

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

    Pros

    Rsearch and consulting are cutting edge

    Cons

    Technology is still looking for a place to mature

    Advice to Management

    Consider new blood in senior leadership - new perspectives create new opportunities


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great company and people, poor coordination"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Advisory Board has a great culture with a great set of coworkers. I have yet to meet anyone working here that I have not liked.

    Cons

    For several positions, the salary is below market average. There is also high employee churn in specific roles.

    There is a persistent issue of poor interdepartmental communication which causes problems to compound. This get exemplified with the oftentimes present lack of technical knowledge in some managerial roles. Sharing data and insights tends to become an arduous process and too much time is resultantly spent on explaining simple technical concepts or helping to perform simple pivot table transformations.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Company at a Crossroads"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Advisory Board Company full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, benefits and flexibility. Strong, supportive environment. Good professional growth opportunities when the company is growing. Sales/marketing culture very strong.

    Cons

    Health technology space becoming very competitive. Technology products sometimes seen as inferior to others in the market. Key will be for company to leverage expertise in research and translate to technology opportunities but these departments are currently very siloed. Unclear who the decision makers/leaders are of key initiatives at senior levels. Tendency to promote leaders in the research department who are good researchers but lack leadership capabilities.

    Advice to Management

    Organizational issues should be solved sooner rather than later to remain competitive.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Director"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has a culture that will attract anyone. Intellectually curious, motivated, and social. Hey do a great job at providing opportunities to grow, but there is an element to buying into their ideas/way of doing things that is apparent.

    Cons

    There is a lot of discussion about willingness to change, but at the end of the day, an incredible resistance to actually do so. The company is very 'fat' they are over managed and as a result, the ability to move in an agile way has been completely lost.

    Advice to Management

    Management is very insular. The tight knit social groups among management resemble high school cliques. There needs to be a willingness to act in innovation rather than just give lip service to it.


  9. "Dedicated Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director of Performance Technologies in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Director of Performance Technologies in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great organization with strong learning environment. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Large company, easy to get lost in the crowd.

    Advice to Management

    Use your staff's experience in meaningful and value-added ways.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company to Grow With"

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    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super smart people with a deep customer focus and a collegial corporate culture. Great training opportunities and upward mobility (to a certain point.)

    Cons

    Inorganic growth (through M&A) has created a too-dispersed organization that has a hard time moving quickly. No true technology or product execs.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more senior leadership from outside the company. Disband Policy Committee.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "General Review of Company Pros and Cons"

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, opportunities for advancement within, smart and friendly employees. Interesting work and mission-driven organization.

    Cons

    Pay is on lower-end competitively. Higher turnover in certain departments.While there is advancement within it can be difficult to craft roles that align to skillsets,

    Advice to Management

    it's important to communicate internal changes before mixed communications trickle down to employees.



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