CEB Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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CEB Chairman and CEO Thomas L. Monahan III
Thomas L. Monahan III
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Pros
  • There is a good work/life balance (in 48 reviews)

  • Not many roles as a 20 something let you actually talk to and close deals with C-level executives at major companies (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • Limited work/life balance (flexible scheduling) options (in 41 reviews)

  • You get emails from senior management asking you to post positive reviews because they've had some very negative glassdoor press (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Beware, good job market look elsewhere.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Accounts in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Strategic Accounts in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CEB full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    CEB core business (councils) is strong. Good research. Should stick to what they know.

    Cons

    Poor culture, poor comp plan. Will quickly drain your energy and engagement.

    Advice to Management

    Consider your employees. Bottom line shouldn't trump culture. Culture at CEB is brutal.


  2. Creatives BEWARE

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Animator in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Lead Animator in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at CEB full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some quality people work for CEB, the "PROs" end at personality and never meet the professional level when it comes to expertise unfortunately.

    Cons

    Doesn't respect the level of skill and talent is takes to become a Senior level Creative. Employee and empower those who lack in qualification for management.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable when they repeatably violate the Code of Conduct, stop empowering unqualified personnel.


  3. Great fit for some, not so great for others.

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

    I have been working at CEB full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    They offer great flexibility for some positions. A great place to start your career off.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity, very poor management, and not as devoted to community service as they lead on.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training to first-time managers and invest in employing more people from different ethnic backgrounds.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Things keep getting worse

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at CEB full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Better than unemployment. The benefits are decent. There are a lot of good people at CEB, the problem is few are in a position to initiate change.

    Cons

    There are so many, where do I start? The cube farm work environment is hideous. The amount of productivity lost daily is beyond measure. And the cubes are getting smaller so they can squeeze more people in less space. Most people are lucky now to have 4 feet of counter space to work in. The company just went through this phony "title realignment." The supposed reason is to make titles equal across all of the companies they've bought over the past few years. There used to be directors, senior directors, associate directors, managers, etc., titles that are pretty much universal around the business world. All of those titles are gone and people are now "lead" such and such, "consultant", and other titles that are mostly meaningless anywhere else. Morale is in the toilet and people are leaving in droves, including many who have been there for many years. It is pretty much accepted that this was the the reason behind this so-called realignment, to reduce the pay scales and payroll overall. To drive out higher salaried people and hire new people at lower salaries. Someone who is being hired as a director has reasonable salary expectations within a certain range, but who knows what a "team lead" should make? More evidence of this is the lack of internal promotions to replace those leaving. Work-life balance is a joke. When some people leave they are purposely not replacing them, so the remaining people have to "take up the slack." Do more with less. So if you have to work 12 hours a day, who cares? You should be thankful you have a job. It seems the company is in serious financial straits.

    Advice to Management

    They don't want advice. And the only people in a position to give meaningful advice, the average working stiff, isn't going to say the truth because they are afraid of losing their job.


  6. Helpful (7)

    Good Times Are Gone - Now Squeezing Employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Arlington, VA

    I worked at CEB full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to big company executives (though the smart ones dont engage with CEB anymore).

    Cons

    growth days gone. now desperately acquiring & squeezing employees to grow. Focus: numbers not customers. culture is dead. HR is unethical - treats employees like kids. May have been a priviledge to work for CEB in 2000 but today it's a joke - stop fooling yourselves and candidates/employees. There are great companies out there; CEB was a great idea that has run its course/been overcome by changes in the world (LinkedIn, other networks) Recent management changes in old business lines have left unethical and selfcentered so-called leaders to ruining engagement in certain practices

    Advice to Management

    Care about customers Care about employees Do the right thing. Dont just protect your position power and career - its killing the company. Only then will the numbers follow (easily as in the early days - you lost your soul obsessing over on the numbers)


  7. Helpful (2)

    Business development rep

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    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at CEB full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The view from hq is amazing Cafeteria has great food at reasonable prices! Product is cool- some programs are better than others so ask in advance

    Cons

    The people- it's like a backstabbing fraternity- Training isn't great Management is very weak- if you like fake team pull ups where you have to be a cheerleader for pep talks this could be good Massive cliques


  8. Helpful (1)

    Still in developing state; lots to make progress!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CEB

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good place to work for freshers.

    Cons

    You dont get to work with people having right attitude. Team members look for indivdualistic growth and try to take credit for others' work. So when an inefficient team lead does that, there is nothing much the team members can do, when the managers also ignore that fact. Too much of politics even at places (even where its not required).

    Advice to Management

    Please recruit people with good skills and with good attitude. There are either people with bad attitude or inefficient skills or both. These people neither grow nor allow the rest of the team to grow. Or atleast train them with the right skills when placing them at a lead/manager position.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Poor Management and No Technical Skill Development

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst, Strategic Research in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst, Strategic Research in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at CEB full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees at lower levels are smart and pleasant to work with. Interesting research model for solving corporate management issues - helps to develop problem solving and communication skills. Wide exposure to different functions during work - Sales, Marketing, Graphic Design Lots of exposure to senior executives at Fortune 1000 companies. Helps to polish communication skills and learn about business processes and strategies and the world's most innovative companies.

    Cons

    Management - This varies by group to group, but the mid and senior level managers in my group micromanaged, did not care about helping you develop skills, and were focused solely on why you aren't helping the company sell more (even though that is not my job at all). At times you feel like you are reporting to 5+ managers (direct manager, project manager, program manager, practice manager, plus the account managers have the power to dictate what work you should be doing because the only thing senior management cares about is profit margins and revenue). The highly matrixed structure makes it difficult to spend time on creative problem solving and doing the core part of your job. Skill Development - From an IT and tools perspective, CEB is where most companies where in 2004. Analysts are mainly powerpoint jockeys and get limited exposure to Excel. Any requests to use new software for data analysis (e.g., SPSS, SAS, etc.) are turned down because the company doesn't want to pay for it. The company doesn't understand that most analysts don't intend to build long-term careers at CEB, and people want to develop transferable skills that can be applied to other consulting, analytics, or research companies. In today's work environment, it's not enough to teach people how to learn powerpoint and be able to speak with executives for 30 mins. Managers put together a development plan with you because it is part of their MBOs, but once it is entered into the performance management system they act like it doesn't exist. Talent Management/Attrition - The company loses 15% of its workforce every year, but management acts like that is not a problem. Almost 50% of the analysts in my group have left so far this year because there is no formal talent management and development process in place.

    Advice to Management

    Use your data better - CEB has one of the best data sets on corporate management processes in the world, but it is incredibly disorganized. Analysts are more interested in doing quantitative work and developing data-driven insights than fluffy powerpoint presentations. This will help solve two issues, creating new products and engaging your product talent better. Hold management accountable - Understand that manager quality is a huge issue and a large reason for attrition. Hold managers accountable when staff leave or provide negative feedback instead of continually putting new analysts under the same poor managers.


  10. Helpful (7)

    If you are willing to give up your soul, this is the place for you.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Practice Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Practice Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at CEB

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    if you are under 30, you will find a lot of folks your age and the company events become a party. The company is very solid revenue-wise, so you won't have to worry about losing your job because they fold.

    Cons

    This company is very mechanized. There is little room for creativity or individual initiative. The workforce is pretty young--probably to keep on the straight and narrow to automaton-like production. The salaries are ok if you live well outside their headquarters area or, if, again you are very young.

    Advice to Management

    stop embarrassing yourself with a too-young, too-inexperienced, zombie-like workforce that gets plastered at public events


  11. Helpful (4)

    Don't waste your time.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA

    I worked at CEB full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a young culture, and a very smart group of young professionals. The location is awesome.

    Cons

    Churn and burn culture. Managers cannot accurately develop talent. High turnover, highly stressful environment. The role does not develop you for a career in sales.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the BDX position.



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