CEB Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
516 Reviews

3.2
516 Reviews
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CEB Chairman and CEO Thomas L. Monahan III
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319 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 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
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    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
  7. 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Great culture, lower pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    The CEB culture is fantastic. For the most part, it's a really fun, smart, enthusiastic group of people. This was my first job out of college and have gained a ton of valuable experience that is definitely transferrable should I move on to another opportunity.

    Cons

    The compensation for more junior roles isn't great. It can also be a very competitive culture which some people are demotivated by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For some roles there needs to be a mid-level opportunity between manager and director.

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

    Academic - Fast Paced - Great People

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at CEB full-time

    Pros

    CLIENTS: Within CEB's Account Management organization you have the opportunity to speak with senior level executives from world-class companies about the challenges they face in their roles. Executives believe CEB can provide them with credible, insightful answers. There are only a few companies in the world where leading executives turn for this kind of advise and as an Account Manager, being the conduit of this perspective is a highly rewarding experience.

    COLLEAGUES: You are surrounded by very intelligent, collaborative colleagues who are equally excited by the challenge of teaching executives at great companies something new. You won't find a nicer, more supportive sales organization.

    SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Within Sales/Account Management you will learn how to: cold-call, communicate exceptionally well (written and verbal), diagnose complex business challenges, and position a solution to C-level executives. This experience is VERY valuable in the market. CEB has a reputation for developing the best talent in these areas.

    Cons

    OPPORTUNITY: There are many leaders who are very tenured and have been in seat for some time. If you work within a regional office, the growth potential can be limited. Some tenured, high-performers have left for organizations with more opportunity for upward mobility.

    PACE: The amount of work required to be a high-performer is not for everyone. There are long days and you sometimes sacrifice going home for the holidays. The "ramp time" (time from hire to when the business expects you to be performing) is very short.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain the culture of curiosity, member impact and generosity. Focus more on understanding the needs of regional offices and local talent markets. Figure out how to open up career paths.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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