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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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Life at ABC
Unix System Administrator (Current Employee), Washington, DCJanuary 14, 2013
Pros: good to the employees - lots of cocktail hours and some nice perks, such as a free ipad.
Cons: work loads can be horrendous, management does not always provide expectations, too many projects have to be redone on the employee's own time.
ABC is a company that does a lot of things for the employees. 60+ hour work weeks is not uncommon, nor is weekend work unusual. This is a good place to work if you are a single person just starting out with your career.
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Boiler room where success is situational
Marketing Associate (Former Employee), Washington, DCDecember 14, 2012
Pros: learn about healthcare industry, network with energetic and motivated young professional
Cons: no job security, limited opportunities for upward mobility due to tough internal competition, low pay for dc area
Most of the people coming into the Advisory Board Company - especially the sales department - are right out of college and looking for work. Unfortunately, the senior management seems to take advantage of the poor job market for recent college grads and strong supply of qualified applicants by showing no concern about the high turnover. Success as a – more... marketing associate (a.k.a. telemarketer) often has little to do with one's sales and marketing skills and more to do with what product you're assigned, what team you're on, and who is your director (a.k.a. traveling sales rep). Metrics are poorly designed and have nothing to do with the product. However, ABC does have one of the most aggressive sales training programs in the DC area. If you're committed to a career in sales, ABC is worth a look.

If you're not interested in sales and are only considering a job with ABC because you're still using your college degree to wait tables and/or are still living with your parents, proceed with caution. If you're not hitting your numbers, you'll be quickly shown the door.

Stressful work environments provide a great bonding atmosphere, and the Advisory Board Company is a great place to meet fellow young professionals, especially if you're new to the DC area. Like you, most are eager to make it in DC. Even after leaving the company some time ago, I still keep in touch with former colleagues. – less
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Burn-out factory with high turnover
Marketing Associate (Former Employee), Washington, DCNovember 27, 2012
Pros: nice downtown dc location in west end/foggy bottom.
Cons: low pay, high turnover, poor reputation in dc area, very stressful.
Culture of organization focuses on style and ignores substance. Sucess as a marketing associate (a.k.a. glorified telemarketer) is too situational due to unreasonable metrics that do not relate to specific product. Due to the difficult job market for recent college grads, the company has no problem finding desperate twenty-somethings to fill its ranks. – more... Training program is aggressive and can provide a good foundation for a sales career, assuming an MA is assigned to a product that doesn't set them up for failure. Pay is also below market rate, especially for the DC area. – less
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Okay in first few years of career
Director (Former Employee), Washington, DCAugust 27, 2012
Cons: almost no training or advancement
Unless your one of the few management considers a shining star, ABC is a short-term stepping stone to better things. They will wring all they can get from you and still not be happy, or give anything meaningful in terms of bonus or advancement (compared to other forms).

ABC is far more about style than substance. While improvong, their technology products – more... are especially problematic since there's little management understanding of this area. – less
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Progressive Company with a Work-Hard, Play-Hard Culture
Director, Product Side Support, Supply Chain (Former Employee), Washington, DCMay 30, 2012
The best part about the Advisory Board was the opportunity to advance based on merit, although that is starting to change some as the company grows. It is a fun culture to work in with a plethora of younger people, happy hours, and company events. The salary is not as competitive as it could be, particularly in the entry level as well as upper levels
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Good Company, Great for Entry level
Associate Director, Human Resources (Current Employee), Washington, DCApril 3, 2012
Great opportunities for entry level candidates. The company focuses on training and skill development, and often promotes more junior positions into managerial roles. However, all things considered, managers are much more junior and therefore struggle with successfully managing employees.

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