CEB Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
518 Reviews

3.2
518 Reviews
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CEB Chairman and CEO Thomas L. Monahan III
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great place to start after university with an excellent work life balance (in 43 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 37 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    It has its perks and pitfalls

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CEB

    Pros

    The company has good pay, good vacation time & benefits. The coworkers are great to work with and are one of the best reasons to work for this company.

    Cons

    There is little room for growth. There are times when the work/life balance does not exist, at times you could work 60+ hours a week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees fairly and based on the work they bring not your personal feelings. Listen more to your employees you would be surprised as to what they have to say and it could just make things better.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Churn & Burn in revenue dept

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CEB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get to interact with senior executives at large companies. A lot of smart people in research. I've seen a few of them use it as a stopping point before law school. Nice focus on community service.

    Cons

    Very cliquey in management and feels like your in a frat or sorority. Sr sales leaders quote Boiler Room and Glengarry Glen Ross in team meetings like it's a good thing. This is 80-90% inside sales, no relationship building. It's a volume game that they micro manage through daily metrics. They've got it down to a science but it is high pressure every month/quarter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great experience, no room to grow and below average salary

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Arlington, VA

    I worked at CEB full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I got great experience at CEB and worked with some very intelligent and hardworking individuals. They offered plenty of training and I got a lot of support from my direct managers. The time-off policies were great as well and very flexible, so long as you were not in sales, when you frequently are required to work around Christmas.

    Cons

    Until a certain level, it is almost impossible to move up through the company at an appropriate speed. Although they give you the impression that it's very easy to move up within the company, rather than promoting from within, you have to wait for a job at the next level to open up and then apply to it and maybe get it, or watch as people from outside the company are hired and paid significantly more than those that were able to move up from within. Salary is also significantly below what it should be, especially in the DC area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with the recruiters to make sure they actually understand the job and the benefits for the jobs for which they are running interviews. There seems to be a disconnect between what they say and what the job actually entails. Also, check out the average salaries for some non-revenue jobs in the area and at least try to match them. You are hemorrhaging employees by not paying well or offering ample promotion opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Time at CEB

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    Current Employee - Training Manager  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Training Manager in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at CEB for less than a year

    Pros

    Office is conveniently located near metro. Young, ambitious colleagues. Opportunity for advancement. The building is new and very high-tech. Great corporate experience. Quality training program for new associates.

    Cons

    Management doesn't value divergent thought. Very little autonomy. Supervisors have a tendency to micromanage. Vacation time is not encouraged.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Last Minute

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at CEB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great environment, great staff, believes in developing staff. Management can respond very positively to good ideas and good quality work, even ideas of junior staff. They have money to throw around, and they know how to run a business.

    Cons

    Micromanagement and very poor work life balance due to intentional under-staffing. Projects are often done VERY last minute, and with little to no long term thought given with even less communication leading to enormous stress for staff. Additionally, if you are not in a sales or executive role, you and your job do not matter, and they will underpay you until you burn out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your staff, and let them do the work you trained them to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work was great, senior managers are bad and vindictive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CEB full-time

    Pros

    Work is overall interesting and challenging. Really smart colleagues all around to share ideas and almost all have a helpful attitude. Internal training programs are helpful to learn new skills.

    Cons

    Some senior managers are very vindictive and retaliatory. HR will not protect you if you complain about a manager against all rules of workplace retaliation. Extremely process driven, so even if you know what you are doing, you will be penalized in your review for not following step x in the process.Senior managers are always protecting their turf against new employees, Retaining employees is never a goal in this firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix HR, listen to junior employees and the real smart folks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Mixed bag

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    Current Employee - Director of Sales  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director of Sales in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CEB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Meritocracy - you can rise quickly if you excel
    Work form home - At least partial work from home is possible
    Comp/Ben - Great base salary, benefits and commission structure

    Cons

    Territory - If you don't have a good territory it can be impossible to hit sales targets
    Resources - Given to those who excel (the rich get richer / coffee is for closers)
    Boiler room - Too much emphasis on metrics / hitting the number over quality of service

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder to develop your new talent or else you will continue to lose quality people before they ever have an opportunity to shine

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

    Young and friendly environment, but very high turnover in employees.

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    Current Employee - Business Development Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CEB full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Office culture, benefits, peers, management

    Cons

    do not allow enough time to develop professionally, unrealistic expectations, high pressure environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    If you have another offer, think twice...

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Rosslyn, VA

    I have been working at CEB full-time

    Pros

    Location in Rosslyn might be a plus for some
    Offices are cubicle farms, but they are pretty modern
    Free food (for those who care about that...I personally don't)

    Cons

    Micro-management (at least on Sales side) and feels like being treated like a child
    Feels like there are more millennials here than any other company in the US, and while some are great, it feels like an unprofessional environment at times. Most people in sales are divas...rude, short, impatient....
    Turnover is very high
    Difficult to find work-life balance - you have decent PTO but they don't want you to use it all and it doesn't roll over
    Mandatory 10-hour days during certain times of the quarter/year, can't really enjoy Thanksgiving and Xmas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide your sales staff with more flexibility since so much is demanded if us. This is an extremely high pressure environment. The firm values look great on paper, but it feels like management has created an environment where people do not truly adhere to them. Too many layers of complexity and inconsistency across he company, though I hear this is improving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A confused company

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    Current Employee - Account Management Associate  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Account Management Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at CEB full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of vacation days: entry-level employees get 15. Not bad. Clients include many top companies. THE place to be if you want to get over fear of cold-calling. Its VA office probably has the best view of DC I've ever seen. Building itself is very nice.

    Cons

    The company serves some good clients--88% of the Fortune 500 and many other, smaller firms just going public--on every corporate function including marketing, IT, operations, strategy, finance, sales, compliance, etc. CEB pioneered the Challenger Sale methodology. If you've never heard of CEB before, that's probably its main claim to fame.

    On the inside, however, all the advisory and best practices it gives to its clients fall apart. Employees aren't trusted (I'm supposed to send a confirmation email when I'm 'up and running' at precisely 830am on a snow day despite the fact that I'm respnding to emails and my IM client is on).

    That might be partly because employees aren't the greatest. I don't mean to be snobby, but it often feels like I'm back in college around the hardcore partiers. That insane bar crawl you did this past weekend? Must have been great, but is it really necessary to go into the gory details in the elevator with the folks from Deloitte?

    I really got a kick out of the CEB-badged dudes hoisting cases of Bud Light down the main road during lunch hour...that will work wonders for your brand.

    There seem to be some good managers, but my experience hasn't been so great. Lots of the lower-level managers seem immature and unready for their role.

    Basically, if you're serious about your career, this isn't the place to be. You want a solid brand with solid people, and CEB doesn't have that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees. Hire better ones if you must, keep them around longer, and care a little about your brand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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