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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 – more... 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. – less
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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 – more... 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. – less
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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 – more... 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. – less
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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 – more... 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. – less
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Lack of Mgmt & 'startup' growing pains
QA Engineer (Former Employee), Washington DCSeptember 30, 2013
Pros: pay, free lunches, vacation
Cons: lack of leadership, weak technical infrastructure, dysfunctional teams and nepotism are rampant
This company rapidly grew but didn't first invest in scalable solutions or solid architecture, everything is a hacked or a one-off workaround with bad data, eventually, the technical debt will eat up this company's revenue and a better, faster solution will put them out of business. Every team is a silo and does things their own way, there is no true – more... leadership. This is a diamond shaped company where you can be a 'director' in 2 yrs but you aren't given training or the tools you need to actually own the title. Engineering is heavily favored but there are no processes in place to tame this beast. This place is NOT Agile like they like to claim. Bonus payout seems arbitrary and the 'goals' change 1 month before it is bonus time. Many dysfunctional teams + letting deployment teams manipulate Production data after deployment make this place a nightmare (it takes 3-7 months on average to get a new customer running). There are a lot of 'skaters' who play Foosball all day and snicker in the back of meetings yet do NOTHING for the company. Inexperienced, 20-somethings get promoted to 'director' on whims and without merit. As far as software development, this place is a joke with nothing but a collection of inexperienced half-wits who don't know how to successfully run a software company.
The only plus side is the pay and the vacation, but if that doesn't make you happy, skip this place, if you like to hide out and sit back and collect a paycheck without making a difference, then this is the place for you! There aren't any good career paths setup for all of Engineering either, once you are there, that is it. – less
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Smart people and challenging work with great compensation and work/life balance
Research Analyst (Current Employee), Washington, DCSeptember 6, 2013
I work in a research and consulting role and spend my days interacting with clients through interviews, drawing up slides for presentations, and performing data analysis. I work on a team with a lot of young, recent college grads who are universally smart, friendly, and supportive. Definitely room for upward movement, though it can feel a bit like a – more... revolving door with new hires flooding the department several times each year, and people leaving the company after about a year and a half or two years--so tenure isn't very long. A great first job and a great introduction to health care. – less
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Get healthcare experience and move on
Performance Technology (Current Employee), Washington, DCAugust 12, 2013
Pros: culture, smart coworkers
Cons: expectations too high for compensation
Expectations too high for compensation. Hardest part is the constant changing pace and never being settled.
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Professional Research Company
Director of Product Management (Current Employee), Washington, DCJuly 26, 2013
Company does a great job of pushing progressive research in the healthcare space.
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Very fun place to work, where you are given as much responsibility as you want
Senior Analyst - HR Reporting & Analytics (Current Employee), Washington, DCJuly 24, 2013
Great place to work
Great people
Given a lot of responsibility
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Intelligent workforce and great culture
Business Analyst (Current Employee), Austin, TXMay 5, 2013
Loved the culture here. Great management, and co-workers are all very motivated and intelligent.
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Great place to work
Senior Relationship Manager, Member Services (Current Employee), Washington, DCApril 13, 2013
Overall great place to work. Love my colleagues... great opportunities. Worklife balance is not so good but tons of learning opportunities.
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Great Culture and Growth
SENIOR PLANNER (Current Employee), Washington, DCMarch 28, 2013
Pros: culture
Cons: compensation
The Advisory Board Company is a wonderful place to learn and grow - it has a rich culture of service and allows for lots of upward movement and promotions.
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Great firm to begin career in Healthcare
Director, Business Intelligence Marketing (Former Employee), Washington, DCJanuary 21, 2013
Respected consulting firm in the Healthcare industry. Lots of opportunity for recent college grads. Not a ton of room for career advancement. Most employees work 24/7 with limited compensation.

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