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Fun Place to Work if you have a Second job
Coordinator, Online Strategy and Communications (Current Employee), Washington, DCMarch 26, 2015
Cons: Pay your rmployees more... and turnover would be lower
ABC is a really cool company to work for. However, you will barely make enough to survive in DC. It is not uncommon to see people working a part-time job in addition to working at ABC. They give you a lot of perks but the pay is horrible!
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Productive workplace with supportive and smart colleagues
Research Associate, EAB Strategic Research (Current Employee), Washington, DCFebruary 28, 2015
Rigid career pathing/ advancement structure. Supportive and productive colleagues. Little recognition for work. Excellent research training and the managers a great people to work for.
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Good, but not great
ASSOICATE DIRECTOR (Current Employee), Austin, TXFebruary 2, 2015
Pros: work-life balance, flexible work, benefits
Cons: growth is very limited
Business analyst role was a good role and day to day was pretty routine.

There were often a lot of fire drills due to the shortcomings for the tools.
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Good place to raise kids, not much else
Software Engineer (Current Employee), Austin, TXJanuary 31, 2015
Pros: good health benefits, incredible flexibility
Cons: inept senior management, little actual work
The Advisory Board Company is a great place to work, if you are trying to raise children. They have flexible hours and the work itself is not too difficult.

However, the company suffers from a lack of cohesive vision and forceful senior leadership. They take months to make essential decisions, and probably lack the vision to drive this company forward. They have missed countless opportunities for growth and expansion, partially due to the poor work culture they have created. There is little actual accountability, so people who mess up catastrophically are just reassigned instead of fired or demoted. I cannot count the number of opportunities they have squandered because the wrong people were in charge.

Addtionaly, until recently, they lacked a clear technical track. It's ok, and it pays ok, but it's not market rate. They rely upon you finding some deep satisfaction in solving the healthcare crisis. But if it is such a valuable problem to solve, they should pay accordingly.

The work culture is abysmal. Sure there are happy hours and ping pong tables and several cutesy gimmicks startup-esque companies love to employ to retain talent, but when it comes to getting work done, there doesn't seem to be as heavy an emphasis. Also, the company seems to value politics far more than results. This is not a healthy sign and has caused a lot of unnecessary problems.

Maybe its a gut feeling, but every engineer I have spoken to feels the same.

If you want to check out, have fun, and coast for a few years to raise kids or focus on other stuff, this place would probably be great for you. If you want to work hard, get paid well, and advance your career, this probably is not it.
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Started out as a great vision
Director, Performance technology (Former Employee), Austin, TXJanuary 29, 2015
Things changed after a top level management change at Austin branch and most of the old timers have left.
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Learn a lot, great people, strong culture
Research and Insights Analyst (Former Employee), Washington, DCJanuary 15, 2015
Great way to learn about healthcare and develop professional skills. Pay is lower than competitors but you do have a great work life balance and many benefits.
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Energetic, young place to start a career
Associate Director, Consulting Services (Current Employee), Washington, DCDecember 18, 2014
-Great benefits, competitive salary
-Young, energetic colleagues
-High workloads, not sustainable work/life balance
-Great place to build skills and start a career
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Rather rigid culture, depending on department
Senior Analyst (Former Employee), Washington, DCDecember 10, 2014
There are opportunities to be involved in projects but fewer opportunities to advance. Thus, it's important to know if this is the right culture for you.
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Great Environment
Coordinator (Former Employee), Washington DCOctober 19, 2014
Great company culture and exciting industry.
Lots of enthusiastic young people seeking to learn more.
Fast growing company with many changes taking place.
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Marketing Associate Role is misleading
Marketing Associate (Former Employee), Washington, DCOctober 10, 2014
Pros: free lunch, 2 trips a year
Cons: job security, realistic goals
The Marketing Associate Role is miserable. Success is based on quality of territory and product.
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Young company with strong training and development opportunities
Manager of Operations (Current Employee), Washington, DCSeptember 24, 2014
Pros: open communication with leaders, abundant training opportunities, promotions based on performance, incentives for hard work
Cons: lack of transparency, difficult work life balance, confusing career pathing at times
My time at the Advisory Board has been a fantastic experience growing and learning about healthcare, project management, team management and working with executives. My role oscillates between daily operational tasks (managing my team of entry-level staff, ongoing needs, regular salesforce and updates, and rotating seasonal tasks like bi-annual review periods), and longer term strategic goals (launching a new training program, updating our data systems to align better with executive decision making, promoting a new technology for work life balance, and managing any current campaigns). The hardest part of the job would have to be the rapid change of direction from our executive team, especially with regard to high-tension issues. The most enjoyable part of the job is seeing the positive impact of my work on the team I work with. My goal is to leave the department a little better than how I received it.
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Great Place to work
Director, Member Services Strategy and Operations (Current Employee), Washington, DCAugust 25, 2014
Great place to work. Opportunities to advance. Great people to work with (smart and driven). Not so great work/life balance
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Fun place to work
Associate Director, Marketing (Current Employee), Washington, DCMay 7, 2014
Pros: culture, healthcare, benefits
Cons: job security, compensation
Good Culture
poor work/life balance
Great people

Hardest part of the job is traveling 90%
Most enjoyable is the people - I have met my best friends working here.
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Ok workplace with some mobility, but low pay
Dedicated Advisor (Current Employee), Washington, DCMay 5, 2014
Pros: lots of happy hours
Cons: low pay, management promises but doesn't deliver, staff overworked
Overall, what ABC does is very interesting and impactful, and depending on your team your experience here will vary greatly. Having been on both a stellar and not so stellar team, I can say that the management seems to receive no training in managing people before being let loose on people. However, my managers have been very nice people, dedicated to my development but confined by ABC's supposed meritocracy and promotion/review cycle.

Pay is very low compared to industry standards and is linear to the step taken but not the time taken to get promoted (e.g. an analyst/associate to an SA can take 1-2 years with a salary increase of $15K. An SA to an AD can take 2-3 years, with the same salary increase!).

It's a young work environment however, so that's nice out of college.
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Fun work environment with inexperienced management
Project Manager (Current Employee), Austin, TXMarch 28, 2014
Pros: great work environment, great benefits
Cons: management inexperienced
This company really knows how to treat its employees. They give you 25 PTO days from day one and health benefits from day one. They also have a great game room to destress or just team build. They really encourage and focus on a great work environment. The negative side of this is that they employ a reactive policy and not a preventative policy. I like to work on initiatives that will save the company pain the the future and their philosophy is to not waste resources until it becomes a big problem.
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Great place to start your career
Account Manager, Member Services (Current Employee), Washington, DCMarch 26, 2014
Pros: people/ culture
Cons: compensation/ work-life balance is lacking
The Advisory Board has been a great place to learn the basic business skills needed to be successful in any role. Additionally, it has given me great exposure to the healthcare industry. I would recommend this as a good starting place for people right out of college.
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Analyst level Research and Insights
Senior Analyst (Current Employee), Washington, DCMarch 3, 2014
Great place to start your career, you'll get promoted quickly if you work hard. Passionate people willing to teach
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Great place to work
Manager (Current Employee), Washington, DCDecember 3, 2013
The culture at Advisory Board is amazing and something your wont find anywhere else in the DC area. Although the pay is low, there are fantastic benefits and always opportunities for advancement.
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Fun workplace - on most days
QA Manager (Current Employee), Washington, DCNovember 26, 2013
Pros: liberal with liquor
There was a time when they were in growth mode but more recently, there seems to be too much of belt tightening and moving some of the IT jobs to offshore
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You will learn a lot
Contract Analyst, Associate 1 (Current Employee), Vernon Hills, ILOctober 10, 2013
This was my first job out of college, and because of that I cannot complain. I learned an immense amount about managed care, business processes and organizational structure in a year here. However, a lot of learning was from failure. The organizational structure is a mess - it doesn't help when turnover is extremely high. You also have a lot of very young managers with little to no experience, my manager had two years of work experience and no managerial experience. The young workforce is great if you are a recent grad like myself. Again however, the downside is that there is a definite lack of professionalism. The Advisory Board is a very successful company, due in large part to the very hardworking employees. This is a great first place to work after undergrad, but do not expect to be compensated market value for the position or the amount of work you are expected to perform.

About The Advisory Board Company

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The Advisory Board Company Salaries

Contract Analyst
$55,000 per year
Marketing Associate
$40,000 per year
Research Analyst
$52,000 per year