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The Advisory Board Company Washington Reviews

Updated May 10, 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 106 reviews)

  • Great benefits including 21 days off (in 47 reviews)

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

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

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  1. "Membership Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  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


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Struggling to find direction"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. 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.


  6. "Good place to work"

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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 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


  7. "Business Operations Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (7)

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

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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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, but growing pains"

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    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.


  11. "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.


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