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CEB Reviews

Updated 19 November, 2014
Updated 19 November, 2014
530 Reviews
3.2
530 Reviews
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CEB Chairman and CEO Thomas L. Monahan III
Thomas L. Monahan III
318 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great place to start after university with an excellent work life balance (in 48 reviews)

  • Gained experience selling to C-Level executives (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Micromanagement and very poor work life balance due to intentional under-staffing (in 41 reviews)

  • Senior management has a hawk eye on metrics; yes, they're important, but still (in 37 reviews)

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  1.  

    Interesting work, week top level management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People, learning, exposure to high level decision making, travel.
    Get in, learn and get out!

    Cons

    Very sales heavy organization
    Poorly organized decision making process
    CEO rated one of the worst in the US

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read your own research and instil the best practices you preach....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Culture, Work Environment & Learning Opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AMX in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - AMX in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at CEB full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -culture -smart, fun, attractive and
    -peer-learning and collaboration
    -networking and career pathing
    -learning & development - everyone is willing to help you get where you want to go
    -promotions
    -member partnerships-speaking and/or meeting with F100 executives daily and gaining insight into the business environment at large, but especially in the functional area that you are focused on.

    Cons

    Direct manager (AM/SE's) sometimes get on "power trips" - well I've only had one who was hard to work with. ... but worth mentioning as this partnerhship is tight knit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    (See Cons).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Some good, some bad

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA (US)

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    With the right manager and team, a great supportive place to work with plenty of running room to explore your skills

    Cons

    The culture in some functions borders on the amoral

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introduce morals and ethics into all areas of the company - and mean it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great first job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA (US)

    I have been working at CEB full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great team, great commission opportunity. I learned a lot and the young culture really appealed to me and continues to.

    Cons

    Not a ton of room for growth given the practice I was in and there was a lack of structure at the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work hard to maintain today's culture as the business grows in the future

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Mostly positive, could pay more for what we do

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Management Associate in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Account Management Associate in Arlington, VA (US)

    I have been working at CEB full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Not really told how to do my job, but given support when needed. Management are friendly and low key. All management is highly accessible and approachable.

    Cons

    Probably the worst hiring process I have ever seen. Long delays, terrible job of explaining what the day to day will look like, no interaction with people in seat for the role, and a lot of confusion over amx vs bdx. HR people were friendly, but I had much better interviews with every other company i interviewed with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay your new hires better. allow flexibility to promote out of SSPD levels without necessarily hitting the exact metric each quarter. This policy takes advantage of new hires and traps them in low paying jobs. 40,000 base for DC is very very low. 55,000 would be more consistent with the nature of the role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ups and Downs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Sales/AM
    Former Employee - Sales/AM

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and friendly colleagues.
    Depth of experience in the industry
    Reputation of being the leader

    Cons

    Top heavy with leadership. After years of mergers and acquisitions the final holder of the prize CEB does not have the passion that former leaders had about the services and technology. As with any publicly traded company the focus is all on revenue regardless of how you get there. Was once a company with passion and a belief in people and results.
    Constant restructuring of sales team/territories/comp plans yearly. Doesn't foster great success in underdeveloped territories. If you are in the clique you are good if you aren't well your are just another cog.
    People who are promoted to management typically do not fit, I have seen many passed over that would have been great leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be passionate on what the company was founded for and the values, people before profit. Be honest and straightforward and HR needs to get a backbone and voice for the employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was alright, not ideal

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was a great place for a self motivated individual. The training was excellent and there were lots of people to mentor you.

    Cons

    I didn't like the sales quotas. They were unrealistic, I tripled my required dial outs for the day and didn't even hit a third of my sales quotas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people and invest in them properly. You have all this best practices data you should use it to better your own company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    You will essentially be working at a call centre as a BDX

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at CEB full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The office is in a great location. Very little overtime expected.

    Cons

    The London office is basically just one big sales floor, except you don't have very much idea about what you're selling at all. Apparently things are very different in overseas offices. Pay is terrible and rises slowly. Almost all of the sales staff you meet are vastly overqualified for their roles. Some regional teams are cleeky and HR aren't particularly nice people to deal with either

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Associate

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Associate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I have been working at CEB full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good compensation in accordance with industry standards.

    Cons

    Not much room to be creative, not a lot of onsite opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Long career with great learning

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    CEB is simultaneously the world's best business classroom and a business itself, so it provides wonderful opportunities to study great businesses and run a business at the same time. The opportunity to do and think about business simultaneously is an incredible experience, and there is no shortage of really hard working, really smart people around who set a high bar for you to meet.

    Cons

    The higher you get in the company, the more stifling the egos are and it can become depressing. The company advertises itself as a meritocracy but judgment of a person's merits becomes more and more subjective as responsibilities grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to bring back some of the graciousness and humility that's been lost since the days of DvB. It helps keep people engaged and inspired even while going through the grinder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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