The Conference Board Employee Reviews about "senior management"

Updated Jan 15, 2019

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The Conference Board President and CEO Steve Odland
Steve Odland
48 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work life balance is a must for most of us(in 42 reviews)

  • "Great access to member professionals; flexible work environment; upgraded technology(in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • "It is a non-profit as such the pay is at the middle range of the pay scale for many positions(in 12 reviews)

  • "Senior Management has been in place for quite sometime with little or no changes(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "An opportunity for unique experiences"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Conference Board full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility Autonomy Learning and Development New Strategy The Conference Board is indeed a unique place. It is a smaller company which makes it easier to be exposed to most employees in the organization regardless of level. If you are an employee who is willing to participate in your own development and attempt to be engaged, there are many opportunities and possibilities at TCB. They aren't always promotions but so many rewarding projects that are directly or indirectly related to your day to day job. It is definitely a learning environment. There are collaborate and intelligent people throughout the organization and some of the brightest minds in the business.

    Cons

    Low Pay Constant Change This is not the place to get rich. It is a non-profit so the pay is often on the lower end. The flexibility makes up for some of that if you are a person who values that more. Senior Management has been in place for quite sometime with little or no changes. So while the outlook is bright with the new strategy and new CEO in place, there is sometimes a lack of accountability and effective decision making by leadership as they rarely seem to be on the same page.

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    "The Conference Board Review"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Conference Board full-time

    Pros

    For a smaller organization, The Conference Board works with the vast majority of the F500, providing great learning opportunities. The smaller size also allows employees to have a great deal of ownership over their work, and employees who go the extra mile are rewarded. Given the research focus of the organization, it's a great place to work for those interested in continuous learning. Flexible work schedules and remote work options provide great work-life balance.

    Cons

    I would like to see senior management be more open to innovative approaches to helping our customers solve their challenges.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Starting out in non-profit"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Conference Board full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Small non-profit, intellectually stimulating environment, decent benefits, flexible

    Cons

    Dysfunctional senior management, publishes research product and organizes many conferences on management practices but do not practice what they preach.

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    "Current employee"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The Conference Board full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Intellectual freedom, not micro-managed. Opportunity to work on interesting, important issues.

    Cons

    Senior management is of mixed quality

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  5. Helpful (17)

    "Mismanaged Company Best Avoided"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Conference Board for more than 8 years

    Pros

    What many other people have said here is entirely true: TCB offers terrific work/life balance. (And believe me, you'll want to take advantage of this by staying away from some of the tyrannical and incompetent senior people who work here.)

    Cons

    What many other people have said about the problems associated with TCB is also entirely true: Senior management is largely inept. It is plainly obvious that they struggle with developing a coherent, effective vision and strategy -- managing TCB is akin to throwing 100 darts in the hopes that one hits the bullseye. Unfortunately, most wind up missing the dartboard altogether. TCB does a poor job of predicting change, let alone its own finances, and consequently frequently finds itself forced to make quick changes, without giving enough thought to whether such changes are best. Now, there's nothing wrong with change when it stems from solid research and an effective decision-making process. However, TCB is a very reactive company, swaying in whichever way the wind blows. While the enterprise has many good, talented people, they work largely out of fear. The CEO is, quite plainly, a bully, a reputation he's aware of - and yet his response to this is usually along the lines of, "Employees just don't understand." They do understand the problem. It's common knowledge that he and the HR head have taken to posting unusually glowing reviews on Glassdoor -- most employees can spot those reviews easily (and if you choose to scroll a bit, you'll undoubtedly be able to decipher which read more like marketing copy or strangely worded defenses of the Board). In fact, the CEO and HR head are extremely perturbed by the reviews here, fearing that they are causing good job candidates to shun the organization. They've even met with Glassdoor to explore how to fix "the problem." The problem, of course, is obvious. It's really a shame that senior management seeks to point fingers at everyone but themselves for creating a demoralized workforce. Additionally, while no company can every be realistically entirely egalitarian, TCB has turned unfairness into an organizational best practice. This was clearly evident not long ago when the company eliminated 10% of its NYC workforce, curiously leaving all of senior management intact. Yet another example involved an executive who was caught acting highly unethically (involving hotel rooms, a corporate card, Craigslist solicitations -- enough said). Having put the organization at risk, he got a slap on the wrist, whereas employees lower down were let for infractions far less egregious. The bottom line: If you are a candidate, I urge you to consider other employers before contemplating working at TCB.

  6. Helpful (13)

    "Senior management still entrenched, morale still low"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Conference Board

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, attractive office space if you can get past the drawbacks of an open-plan environment, and some really sharp people, though many are looking for work elsewhere. Some decent opportunities to do provocative work. The Conference Board is still a good name to have on your resume - its economics work (the chief economist is excellent) and its reputation left over from the 1980s and 1990s, when the organization did research, mean that people have a vaguely positive impression of TCB.

    Cons

    When TCB purged 10% of its work force (including me) in 2014, no one in senior management was targeted, despite the dubious investments and blatant favoritism that produced the budget crisis in the first place. Sixteen months later, the top team remains intact, and from everything I hear, nothing has changed: The CEO is still an arrogant bully convinced he is the only smart one in the room, and morale is generally low. The CEO's biggest concern: these reviews on Glassdoor, which dissuade good candidates from applying for jobs - understandably! Rather than work to fix the problems he is causing at TCB, though, he is actually lobbying Glassdoor to make negative reviews less prominent. Being happy and successful at TCB partly depends on staying out of his way and pretending to be as contemptuous of tradition as he is. (BTW, I landed well, as did most of us who were laid off, but we largely seem to feel relief rather than resentment.)

  7. Helpful (6)

    "Not applicable"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Not Applicable in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Conference Board

    Pros

    flexibility with work hours working from home vacation package nice office atmosphere

    Cons

    senior management/CEO disconnect from rest of the organization no room for career growth low compensation employee "say" seems to be for show, no outcome high turnover

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  8. Helpful (4)

    "Organization with a good reputation but needs help."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director Associate Services 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Conference Board full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Well respected non profit economics and business services membership organization. Publishes all of the Leading Economic Indicators on a monthly basis. Publishes the Consumer Confidence Index monthly. Councils are recognized as a solid membership opportunity that benefits the people who serve on them. Chief Economist, Bart van Ark, is a respected and recognized professional who does an excellent job. Is available to visit with clients and advise or make presentations.

    Cons

    Not enough support to effectively perform job duties. Requires long hours (60--70 per week). Benefits are OK but should be less costly to employees. Lack of committment by senior management to employees.

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    "So sad to see the demise of what was once a great organization"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Conference Board full-time

    Pros

    Working from home encouraged - which can be a pro, but often times led to a con. I had some amazing co-workers that will be lifelong friends.

    Cons

    This used to be a wonderful organization with great leadership (CEO, department heads, Chief Economist, VP of Research, etc.), good perks (salary increases, bonuses, Christmas bonuses and summer Fridays May-August), and a very happy staff who loved where they worked and loved working with each other. Everything has gone downhill since the arrival of the current CEO (and pal CFO he brought along with him). Given, we were told by CEO that he was hired by the Board to shake things up and bring drastic change to The Conference Board - and that he has done. Million dollar decisions are made by the CEO and CFO at a whim with no discussion with the lower level workers who know more about the details of the operation and why something may or may not work, may or may not be a good idea. Majority of staff doesn't dare challenge CEO because of previous experience of being beaten down or humiliated (some say bullied). CFO's ethics were questioned by many of us who heard of vendors not being paid on time deliberately putting the hardship on them (vendors). This organization used to end the year with contribution (profit) in the tens of millions which were split between employee bonuses and adding to reserves for a rainy day (which was needed in 2001). Since then, contribution has dwindled significantly, and senior management restructures the organization annually and changes strategy like a shell game, with zero accountability. The Board of Trustees are not paid so may not take positions on Board that seriously. At the same time, Manhattan apartments, hotel rooms, flights to Paris, etc. for management keep running up the expenses - so let's lay off some more lower level employees and "restructure". It's a shame to see what was once a proud and purposeful organization become a disorganized mess with horrible employee morale and disastrous leadership.

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  10. Helpful (14)

    "Senior-Level Ineptitude Is Tanking the Company"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Conference Board full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    To its credit, the organization offers terrific work/life benefits, and there are some very talented people working here. Unfortunately, none are atop the organization, where incompetence, cluelessness, and bullying are rampant. Sadly, these values trickle down to numerous -- though by no means all -- middle managers.

    Cons

    Senior management is wildly out of touch with the company's internal problems and the external business landscape. The organization recently laid off one in six employees in its New York office. Notably, no one in top management took any accountability for the Board's financial failings. The company instead restructures itself on an ongoing basis not so much because it is responding well to the pace of change in business but because the CEO and those immediately beneath him have no idea what will actually work to improve the company. And so the main corporate strategy is akin to blindly shooting darts at a bullseye. The darts consistently miss their marks and instead pierce through employee morale, satisfaction, and engagement.

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