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CEB Reviews

Updated 16 December, 2014
Updated 16 December, 2014
542 Reviews
3.2
542 Reviews
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CEB Chairman and CEO Thomas L. Monahan III
Thomas L. Monahan III
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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 company to work for

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    awesome job right out of college - you get the chance to work with C-level executives and meet great people. also, opportunity to move internally.

    Cons

    salary isn't great, but if you stick around it gets better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Business Development Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Arlington, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great culture, a lot of support from the organization. Great Benefits, PTO etc... and training is excellent with great retention.

    Cons

    There is a large luck factor in the role and if you like to have control over tasks and outcomes, this is not for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be clearer about what the role entails and refrain from using jargony terms during the hiring process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, massive workload

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

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

    Pros

    This review is for a mid-career position in strategic research.
    CEB does great great work. The location, offices are extremely nice. The people who work there are collegial and not competitive. The pay and benefits are very good, and there is time in the calendar to take advantage of paid time off. They have a very sophisticated talent management organization and processes that contribute to employee growth and success. Unlike consulting, there is very little travel.

    Cons

    60 to 70 hour weeks, and the expectation that you will do work over the weekend is the norm. Your success is tied inexorably to the success of your research program, and, unlike consulting, if you have one less than stellar engagement cycle, your program, and your job, may simply be eliminated. Thus, there is the expectation of a considerable amount of sales support and new business development. The culture relies upon highly ambitious people who are motivated by bonuses and career advancement - simply doing good work is not enough.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Demoralizing and Tone Deaf

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at CEB full-time

    Pros

    Generally, employees adhere to the company's value of "spirit of generosity" and are more than willing to offer help.

    Cons

    CEB is still trying to get its act together; the company has gone through multiple branding schemes and approaches to selling its services and can't seem to settle on one that works. At the same time, certain areas of the company have some "old timers" who remain relatively inflexible when it comes to the CEB research process.

    Opportunities to develop and advance are heavily dependent on which manager you get.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Definitely NOT "What the best companies do."

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

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, etc. Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    IT Management is completely off their rocker. No idea what they are doing. Having acquired businesses that were mostly software or service development oriented, CEB has no idea how to develop these types of products. Squandering good platforms that were lucrative. Very sad. Lost many, many excellent IT people of the last 2-3 years. Development is mostly done by shoddy overseas outsourcing firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep all development in-house in Europe or the US. Enhance existing products, instead of trying to start over and replace them. Do whatever you need to, to retain existing people to keep the knowledge base.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Bureaucratic and US centric workplace

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

    I have been working at CEB

    Pros

    The UK office itself is a fun place to work, and the clients that you get to work with are interesting. You also learn a lot from the insights that are produced. Some managers are very flexible. Company doing very well.

    Cons

    The head office is in the US, and everything is dominated by this. There is no thought for other cultures or ways of working. Everything is heavily processed and there is far too much bureaucracy - it takes so long to get anything done. No room for creativity. Communications are long and onerous, even when trying to convey a simple message. Feels like being in school still.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to thinking 'outside of the US'

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

    Senior Quantitative Analyst

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

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generally, a relaxed environment and you can get a lot of freedom if you prove your worth.

    Cons

    > Research is not top-notch
    > Data analytics are not very good and understanding of how to use and implement data is lacking among qualitative roles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't prioritize keeping top talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Develop basic skills here

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

    I worked at CEB full-time

    Pros

    All staff, even junior employees, start right off working on core products and services, so there is much opportunity to gain skills right off the bat. The research process is fundamentality sound and training does a good job of teaching how to apply academic research within a business context and how to adapt skills for the business world. Managers are generally thoughtful individuals and encourage an intellectual atmosphere.

    Cons

    Most senior managers have been with the company since its rapid growth phase when there was one core product but so much demand for leadership that promotions were fast for anyone willing to put in extra time and effort. The promotion path is reasonably slower now, but managers are mostly biased by their experience of rapid growth and put "up or out" pressure on direct reports. Similarly, they have difficulty evaluating the contributions of staff who work on products that grew out of, but are different from, the traditional offerings because they frame performance in terms of the traditional product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Allow for more consideration of individual talents and contributions in career pathing; make career committee less of a one-size-fits-all or fault-finding experience.
    * Provide content feedback in a more constructive fashion; program leaders should evolve their content role into more of an editor role, or if they want to retain contributions, they should do so in a more collaborative way with their more junior staff.

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