CEB Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
501 Reviews
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CEB Chairman and CEO Thomas L. Monahan III
Thomas L. Monahan III
302 Ratings

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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.  

    Great place to start a career

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at CEB full-time for more than a 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
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    low pay, good culture.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA

    I worked at CEB as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The firm had great interns and a great team, who was super helpful. The people are all readily willing to offer both career and life advice as well as dedicate time to help others with work. I was surrounded by very intelligent people who are all hardworking but fun.

    Cons

    Certain employees are poor hires. They sat around and played on their phones, and just in general did not do work. Also, the pay is low and non-negotiable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a more competitive wage if you'd like to retain talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great for people right out of college

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. Lots of internal office culture perks

    Cons

    Opportunity to work on interesting challenges is somewhat lacking. Support from upper management is very lacking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in growing the new/younger analysts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Work Hard, Play Hard

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

    I worked at CEB as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    CEB is a great place to get your foot in the door. It has a great culture with fun people. Everyone is competitive but interested in helping you succeed at the same time. They lay out a clear plan for promotions and growth. Decent pay and benefits compared to other entry-level jobs. Plans to build a new LEED certified building in 2018, should be tallest in the skyline.

    Cons

    They claim its easy to move around to different departments but its not. Day to day job in sales is redundant and boring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall positive experience

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    Current Employee - Operations Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    -A lot of opportunities for development
    -Exposure to a numerous skills

    Cons

    -Often stymied by bureaucracy
    -Experiencing the typical growing pains that any smaller organization would experience from a rapid expansion, often the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    VOerall good place to work, but little pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CEB full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and work life balance, hire awesome young people

    Cons

    Difficult to move up quickly, seriously underpaid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your lower level employees more, too sales focused

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great firm to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CEB

    Pros

    Good Management, great learning exp

    Cons

    Some politics in some teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing good

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

    Great company, great culture, great values, very process oriented.

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at CEB full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for especially if you're straight out of college and want to work in consulting. You have exposure to top tier companies as clients and will be regarded as a trusted advisor. Also there is always the opportunity to move around in the company if you're not sure what role best fits you. This is great place to start a career as you'll gain a lot of skills depending on your role. CEB also has a CEB University so you can take classes to up skill yourself as well. People at CEB are very interesting, nice and you will make a lot of friends at this company. Also, there is a good work-life balance for the most part and they are flexible with working options if you've been in the company long enough (2-3 years).

    Cons

    Very process oriented from a succession planning standpoint. Even if you've done everything correctly throughout the year, you may have a negative review just because a step in the "process" wasn't followed which to me seems contradictory if you're serving the client properly and have delivered great value. You will move up fairly easily (again depending on your role) the first few years but after that it seems like you hit a wall and can't move any further.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be less process driven and be opened to implementing new ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Rosslyn, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Rosslyn, VA

    I worked at CEB full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, opportunities to contribute, insights valued by others

    Cons

    revenue focus sometimes takes precedence over "doing the right thing"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent focus on serving the community

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    Current Employee - Sales Administrator  in  West Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Administrator in West Chester, PA

    I have been working at CEB full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Each employee is given 40 hours a year to spend in volunteer activity. One day per year the whole company at locations across the globe can be found serving together.

    Cons

    My subsidiary was sold off, so I had to move elsewhere. If not, I'd still be there

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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