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CEB Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
545 Reviews
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CEB Chairman and CEO Thomas L. Monahan III
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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.  

    great company to work for

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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 (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
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, massive workload

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    Current Employee - Strategic Research Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Strategic Research Consultant in Arlington, VA

    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
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  3.  

    Great first job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Great team, great commission opportunity. I learned a lot and the young culture really appealed to me and continues to.

    Cons

    Not a ton of room for growth given the practice I was in and there was a lack of structure at the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work hard to maintain today's culture as the business grows in the future

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Mostly positive, could pay more for what we do

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Management Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Account Management Associate in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Not really told how to do my job, but given support when needed. Management are friendly and low key. All management is highly accessible and approachable.

    Cons

    Probably the worst hiring process I have ever seen. Long delays, terrible job of explaining what the day to day will look like, no interaction with people in seat for the role, and a lot of confusion over amx vs bdx. HR people were friendly, but I had much better interviews with every other company i interviewed with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay your new hires better. allow flexibility to promote out of SSPD levels without necessarily hitting the exact metric each quarter. This policy takes advantage of new hires and traps them in low paying jobs. 40,000 base for DC is very very low. 55,000 would be more consistent with the nature of the role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Some good, some bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    With the right manager and team, a great supportive place to work with plenty of running room to explore your skills

    Cons

    The culture in some functions borders on the amoral

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introduce morals and ethics into all areas of the company - and mean it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Long career with great learning

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    CEB is simultaneously the world's best business classroom and a business itself, so it provides wonderful opportunities to study great businesses and run a business at the same time. The opportunity to do and think about business simultaneously is an incredible experience, and there is no shortage of really hard working, really smart people around who set a high bar for you to meet.

    Cons

    The higher you get in the company, the more stifling the egos are and it can become depressing. The company advertises itself as a meritocracy but judgment of a person's merits becomes more and more subjective as responsibilities grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to bring back some of the graciousness and humility that's been lost since the days of DvB. It helps keep people engaged and inspired even while going through the grinder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A fast-paced, highly organized, uniquely cultured, growing organization with plenty of career opportunities

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Rosslyn, VA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Rosslyn, VA

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

    Pros

    Great office culture that encourages team outings, learning opportunities (both internal and external offered by your department), and company-wide events to strengthen CEB's brand and organizational family. You won't thrive here if you're not a diligent, hard-working, and growth-seeking person.

    Cons

    The more you grow and move up the ranks in your career path, the more that gets piled (and squeezed) on which means you need to be prepared to draw the line in what is a healthy, realistic work/life balance if that matters to you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Management Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Account Management Specialist in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    The office culture is one of the biggest pros at CEB. The young, fast-paced environment makes CEB a very exciting & fun place to work. Another major pro is that there are a lot of upward and lateral mobility opportunities, allowing its employees to move around the company and try new things.

    Cons

    For the DC area, the entry-level jobs seem a bit lower than the average, but there are many great benefits that help undercut this con.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great work environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Everyone in the practice was very friendly and happy. There was generally a lot of freedom and not too much micromanagement. All of the mangers were very open and easy to talk to making it a very comfortable work environment. There were work parties,events and volunteer opportunities that really brought the company and practices together.

    Cons

    Not a lot of cons but the pay was relatively low for the DC area.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to start a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    CEB has a great office culture and work-life balance. Compared to some of its competitors, CEB employees work better hours and have better work-life balance. The office culture is very flat and not hierarchical: everyone is very tolerant of diverse ideas and junior employees are encouraged to speak up in meetings or to challenge (intellectually) their managers and higher-ups. The typical CEB Research Analyst has often been described as "intellectual and nice" and this is an apt description. As CEB recruits many campus hires, its culture is very young, making it a great place for new grads to start their career. In addition, as a research job, recent graduates with a liberal arts background but interested in business will find CEB's RA position to be very fitting to both their skill set and ambition. CEB acknowledges the relative inexperience of many of its hires and therefore takes care to train its young employees in both job-related and broader professional skills.

    Cons

    For the work that the typical Research Analyst does, compensation could be higher. This seems to be a point of contention among many of my peers and fellow new hires. Partly because of the compensation, but not entirely because of it, CEB sees a LOT of turnover among its recent hires. Many newly hired Research Analysts stay at the company for a year or so, and move on to other firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your research analyst level hires feel more valued (either through pay or other means) and you will probably see less turnover.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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