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Advisory Board

Headquarters: 2445 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20037
Employees: 2,800
CEO: Robert Musselwhite
Stock Symbol: ABCO


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The Advisory Board is a global research, technology, and consulting firm partnering with 125,000 leaders in 3,700 organizations across health care and higher education.

Through its innovative membership model, the firm collaborates with executives and their teams to elevate performance and solve their most pressing challenges. The company provides strategic guidance, actionable insights, web-based software solutions, and comprehensive implementation and management services.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., The Advisory Board Company has seven regional offices in other parts of the United States, as well as offices in Europe and Asia.

The firm's U.S. members include:

- More than 94% of U.S. News & World Report's 2013 "Best Hospitals"
- More than 94% of U.S. News & World Report's 2013 "Best Children's Hospitals"

In fiscal 2014, th eocmpany reported revenues of $520.6 million, up 16%, and net income of $24.8 million.


The company was founded by David Bradley in 1979 as a small think tank in a single apartment owned by Bradley's mother with five employees. It was named Research Council of Washington.

In 1983, the firm began to specialize in financial services research and changes its name to The Advisory Board Company.

In 1986, the firm creates a health care-focused strategic research division and launches its first membership, the Health Care Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board went public in 2001.


The firm offers a comprehensive benefits package designed to meet the demands of each individual’s life at work, as well as at home.

From the first day on the job, employees are eligible for coverage under most benefit plans, and employees are encouraged to participate in any, or all, of our benefit programs.

Health and Wellness

Medical and Rx plans

Employees can choose between three health coverage options, including two traditional PPO plans as well as a high-deductible health plan with an employer-funded health reimbursement account to help pay for employee and family health care expenses. Eligible covered dependents include spouses, domestic partners and children.

Dental plan

Under our PPO dental plan, employees and their dependents have the freedom to select any dentist who is inside or outside the plan’s network. The comprehensive coverage includes preventive, basic and major restorative dental care as well as orthodontia for children.

Vision plan

The Advisory Board Company offers a vision care benefit plan that covers employee and covered dependents’ eye exams and corrective eye-care needs.

Wellness and healthy lifestyle

To support and encourage health and wellness, The Advisory Board Company sponsors employee wellness programs, a financial incentive program to reward preventive health care, and an onsite flu shot clinic. Employees also enjoy gym discounts and participate in employee-organized running clubs, fitness challenges, and sports leagues.

Finances and Savings

Group life and accidental death and dismemberment coverage

The Advisory Board Company provides group life insurance, as well as accidental death and dismemberment insurance, for our employees.

Disability coverage

In addition, short-term disability and long-term disability insurance are provided.

Flexible spending account

Staff can arrange to pay for health care and dependent care expenses on a pretax basis through flexible spending accounts designed to conveniently and quickly reimburse for qualified expenses throughout the year.

Retirement plan

The Advisory Board Company offers a 401(k) plan designed to help employees save money for retirement. Employees are automatically enrolled upon joining the company with no waiting period. The Company matches employee contributions annually and all contributions and earnings are fully vested within two years.

Employee stock purchase plan

Employees can purchase ABCO stock quarterly at a discounted rate.


The Advisory Board Company offers discounted parking and car rentals, and a commuter benefit program to allow employees to pay for public transportation to and from work on a pretax basis.

Work-Life Balance

Paid time off

The Advisory Board Company encourages employees to find a healthy balance between professional and personal lives. Accordingly, the firm provides ample paid holidays and paid time-off days for vacation, personal and sick time. Additional paid time off is available to employees for maternity/paternity leave, jury duty, military leave, bereavement, and community service.


In addition to paid leave for new parents, The Advisory Board Company supports employees in creating flexible work arrangements including flextime, telecommuting and part time work.

Assistance Services

Health advocate

Staff can take advantage of a personal resource which can help them, their dependents, and immediate family save time and money by researching health care providers and treatments, scheduling appointments, reviewing benefits, resolving insurance claims and explaining eldercare.

Employee assistance program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides free confidential professional counseling services to Advisory Board employees who need assistance with personal, financial, or professional problems. These services include initial consultation, problem assessment, and referrals.

Legal assistance program

The legal assistance program gives employees unlimited in person or telephonic access to a national network of participating attorneys to assist them with a variety of personal legal matters.

Travel assistance

Worldwide emergency assistance services are available to traveling employees and their families.

More Perks

We are always looking for ways we can provide additional benefits our employees will value. We provide a daytime leave policy for community service, onsite blood drives, an employee break room with free drinks, a corporate perks program that features gym, computer, and retail discounts, and extensive internal programs for employee training and development.

Updated July 5, 2014

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