CEB Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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  1. Print Designer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Print Designer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Print Designer in Arlington, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great co-workers, decent salary and good place to start a career, work-life balance (you're not allowed to work more than 40 hours a week in my job). Overall, a good job for someone who is young and single.

    Cons

    No career growth or mobility, department-wide micromanagement , a lot of turnover recently

    Advice to Management

    The print design department has an extremely feelings-oriented environment--which is great if you're a people pleaser. If you're more objective-oriented, don't expect management to respect or acknowledge your opinions--even if what you're stating is right.

  2. Very Strange Company & Awful at its own best Practices!

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    Current Employee - Account Management Associate
    Current Employee - Account Management Associate

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pay is okay, benefits are fair, good work life balance if you are entry-level, its in a good location, overall the people are really smart

    Cons

    Try as I might, I just cannot like working CEB. I sort of wish I did but its just such a broken organization. I joined so naive and hopeful, excited about the company and culture I thought I saw. I am so sorry to say I couldn't have been more off. CEB is an old company that refuses to be establish risk tolerance as a key driver to invest in its future – it is process-oriented in the worst of ways, bureaucratic, and stagnating. Nothing is new, nothing is innovative – people are not empowered, they are micromanaged. Nothing is streamlined, nothing is organized, our outreach to the external world and between ourselves is chaotic, inefficient, and establishing the wrong type of culture for the 21st century.
    Perhaps worst of all is the fact that we are supposed to be a best practices company but we don't do anything we tell others to do. It pains me that we have all these suggestions for other companies ....best practice this, actionable insight that, tools and templates blah blah blah and yet we are the most dysfunctional of all. I know at one point CEB was destined for great things so I ask myself every single day-- what happened? How did such an insightful, forward thinking company become a complete dinosaur in the consulting/advisory/thought partnership space? Yes, CEB is an older company. Yes, CEB is a larger company. Yes, there are relatively smart people working here. But still why does it stab itself in the foot on a daily basis?

    Advice to Management

    Invest in regional offices, follow your own research, simplify process, empower your people, increase transparency, be a tiny bit more risk averse in the name of long term growth, be more innovative, be more of a meritocracy, FIX THE COMPANY QUICKLY!

  3. Great Place to start a career

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Really engaging colleagues to work with, that lead to stimulating converations and well thought out research.

    Cons

    No respect for research staff.

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  5. Senior Analyst - Advisory Specialist

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst, Advisory Services in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst, Advisory Services in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance is encouraged by management

    Cons

    It is extremely difficult in certain practice areas to be promoted from Senior Analyst to Associate Director. In fact, it is communicated by management that a lateral move to another function (Revenue, Product Management, Research? There is no clear direction or guidance) is likely needed before a promotion.

  6. Good for starting a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Arlington, VA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is sink or swim at CEB. When you start you will have to learn quickly and deal with lost of responsibility is no time. It is a great place to quickly advance and get exposure to senior executives. You really understand what other companies are doing and the challenges they are facing.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities at CEB slow down considerably at the mid-management level. People in mid management tend to be stuck with little chance to advance and senior management very reluctant to let anyone into the inner circle. The senior management team has been in place for so long there is no innovation or fresh ideas. There are several senior leaders who are narcissistic egotists and enjoy preying on the new hires. The employment experience varies considerably by department and work-life balance is impossible in some roles.

    Advice to Management

    Bring new blood into senior management team. Hire outside expertise. Invest in technology solutions. Get ahead of the next downtown so 2009 is not repeated.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Stability vs. Making an Impact.

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    Former Employee - Revenue Support Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Revenue Support Manager in Arlington, VA

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

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

    Pros

    You're surrounded by very smart people, so your intellectually stimulated more than other companies I've worked at. You also have access a lot of really great information that can help you become a better manager. As a whole it's a good experience, if you're looking to manage entry level sales associates and teach them the basic, but you won't feel like you're really part of the "sales team". You're more handling their day to day output vs. feeling like you're making a real impact to the company.

    Cons

    Unless you started years ago, it's tough to hit goals, and I only see it getting even more difficult. Everyone you're calling knows who CEB is and it's only getting tougher to find those willing to speak. As a top performing associate, you're also at somewhat of a disadvantage to hitting your personal goals, as you'll likely be paired with a top performing sales executive to support, with tough accounts and high demands. Lots of career conversations for Associates, but very few for manager personally ( I don't think I ever was even asked what I wanted to do short and long term). Also extremely low compensation. I took a 50% pay cut for the role, which is what I wanted, but left for a 100% increase in earnings opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in making the product more interesting to prospects vs. just shoving it down their throats, rethink goals, invest more in making sales feel important (even if that means more compensation). Pay people more.

  8. Helpful (2)

    good to start career ; all politics to advance

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    Former Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company culture completely depends on the division you work in - some groups are more professional and others act like a legitimate fraternity - one thing that is common is that all of the divisions are genuinely fun to work in. In my entire tenure at the company, I maybe came across 5 people that were belittling/rude/impossible to work with. Everyone from senior management to support staff is friendly and willing to help. This is a fantastic company for people just moving to locations where they have a branch, and fresh college graduates. You learn so much about business in general and then specializing in the group you work in and have access to all of the best practice research that CEB churns out (and once you leave, you realize how valuable that is).

    Cons

    Compensation is far lower than market average, not just for sales, for most junior to mid level positions. Work-life balance is non-existent, and there is no line between personal and professional life - especially when you finally realize everyone is sleeping with each other. Advancing beyond what you were hired for is incredibly hard, again unless you are close with a higher up. When I was leaving CEB, especially in the DC area, the most common comment I would hear at interviews was "wow, you've been there X years, that's like double at any other company". The reputation that CEB has with staff churn is incredibly accurate and known to companies that have heard of CEB.

    Advice to Management

    Completely revamp your retention strategy; there are yearly surveys "diagnosing" employee engagement which come back consistently with areas of development and an overall rating of disengagement. Why not actually take tangible actions against that and keep your best players? I personally know of Sales staff that were leaving and were offered 2/5k as a retention bonus after it was made clear their new position paid 30+% more. It's incredibly insulting to say the least. Stop preaching about talent when you don't actually invest, grow, and keep your HiPos.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Senior Director

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule (WFH), the people, volunteer day

    Cons

    Lack of career mobility, extremely political organization, salary, benefits, constant turnover, working people until they are burnt out

    Advice to Management

    Try to listen to individuals at the bottom to solve your problems; Live by the tag line - what the best companies do because it is currently the running joke amongst staff

  10. Associate Director

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at CEB full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good work-life balance, flexible hours, great colleagues. It is a good company to start your career with.

    Cons

    Slow career progress, less salaries, changing management on the worse side

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees suggestion. Do not lose your culture which you are in the last 2-3 years.

  11. Great place to start your career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are very smart and genuinely extremely nice people. The people here are by far the best part of this job. If you ever need help or mentoring anyone is willing to lean in and provide support. Work environment is laid back for the most part and management is very fair and approachable. They take great care of their people with 19 PTO days your first year, 401K benefits and health care. They also encourage career development even if that includes leaving your current role and moving to a completely different function.

    Cons

    If you already have sales experience coming into this position they will try to start you at the first level of the development program. Push for the 2nd level, I've seen several people come in with sales experience and start at the 2nd or 3rd level of the development program. There is no process or standard. I feel underpaid for my experience and value. Promotions are based on difficult metrics and goals, it is not as easy as they made it sound in the interview process. The job is much more cold calling than I expected or was told about. Salary is a little lower than the area standard.

    Advice to Management

    Make job responsibilities much more transparent during the interview process and value the people who come in with work experience!

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