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The Advisory Board Company Washington DC Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is very good, which i highly appreciate (in 102 reviews)

  • Great benefits including 21 days off (in 45 reviews)

Cons
  • Not good work life balance, you might end up working weekends a couple of times (in 62 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Dedicated Advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Great place to start career, but challenges emerge at senior levels"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Advisory Board has an uncanny ability to attract sharp, well-spoken, kind, and curious employees. Every department has a slightly different culture, but most teams offer a supportive environment for entry- and mid-level staff with lots of room to grow. The poorly-reviewed marketing associate and coordinator positions are typically held for no more than a year before you're able to take on more engaging and better paid positions. While the culture isn't a perfect meritocracy, sustained hard work doesn't go unnoticed and it's relatively easy to move up quickly. Flexible work options are outstanding and in most roles quality of work is far more important than facetime. This is a fantastic place to spend the first 3-5 years of your career.

    Cons

    There's currently a deep cognitive dissonance within firm leadership. On the one hand, leadership has been pushing an agenda of innovation, out-of-the-box thinking, and running to criticism. In practice, senior external hires have an incredibly hard time finding their way, new ideas are often harshly rejected without consideration, and those who push change are often sidelined. Deep change is needed to sustainably grow our technology business, and as a senior leader within that department it was challenging to attract the type of ideas and talent needed to succeed while accommodating senior leadership (senior team largely comes from healthcare research).

    As a female in leadership be prepared to face an environment that is still learning to work with and develop female leadership. For example, in a room of peers the female will always be asked to take notes (I watched this happen to a female Executive Director in a room of male directors) and male colleagues are often taken out golfing/drinking while female colleagues are excluded. Board and C-level execs are all male with the exception of our head of HR.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify your senior-level talent, especially by bringing in more female talent, technology-experienced executives, and topic area experts. This means not only hiring this talent but also creating a structure where they can succeed (e.g., proper onboarding). Policy committee only enhances the feeling that external hires and outsiders are not real idea contributors.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, but growing pains"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Dedicated Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Dedicated Advisor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Excellent, smart people to work with - best part of the job and can't emphasize that enough. Benefits and work life balance are for the most part great - especially big 25 day PTO policy. It's great to work with hospitals every day, you know that you are making an impact, no matter how small.

    Cons

    Though we have a great, healthcare mission, we're still a for profit company at the end of the day and cannot support all hospitals with forward-thinking solutions yet because they are not ready. Lack of trust in company's leadership to make the hard decisions. Growing pains. Not all products are workflow tools, could be put lower in priority because of all of the regulatory pressures on hospitals today.


  6. "Great Benefits, Ability to Move"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company offers great benefits, pretty decent pay, and provides the ability to move up

    Cons

    some institutions don't agree with tactics


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company to Grow With"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "Research analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company. Great people. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Lower pay. Hard to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries.


  9. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong culture and dedicated senior leadership team driven to make a difference in health care and higher education.

    Cons

    Lack of competitive compensation, but leaders and management have acknowledged this disconnect.


  10. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quick advancement
    Lots of options for learning outside of your role
    Collaborative environment
    Young co-workers
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Very young management - which is not always a bad thing, just less experience
    Lower compensation for the DC area


  11. Helpful (1)

    "General Review of Company Pros and Cons"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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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