CEB Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Business development rep

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Arlington, VA

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

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

    Pros

    The view from hq is amazing Cafeteria has great food at reasonable prices! Product is cool- some programs are better than others so ask in advance

    Cons

    The people- it's like a backstabbing fraternity- Training isn't great Management is very weak- if you like fake team pull ups where you have to be a cheerleader for pep talks this could be good Massive cliques


  2. Great Company - Top to Bottom

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Practice Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Practice Manager in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at CEB

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

    Pros

    Great culture, high-level executive product and chance for learning/coaching, and good chance for career development.

    Cons

    CEB serves the world's leading executives so the product demands intelligent, hard working people. Not a company designed for those looking to "coast."

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking for good talent inside and outside the organization to develop


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great place to start but not grow a career

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots to learn, fun culture: work hard play hard, very challenging

    Cons

    promotion is difficult, leadership plays favorites, there is no transparency, fast paced high pressure environment, horrible pay

    Advice to Management

    Value employees for their work not for who your friends with, offer competitive compensation


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Poor Management and No Technical Skill Development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst, Strategic Research in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst, Strategic Research in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at CEB full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees at lower levels are smart and pleasant to work with. Interesting research model for solving corporate management issues - helps to develop problem solving and communication skills. Wide exposure to different functions during work - Sales, Marketing, Graphic Design Lots of exposure to senior executives at Fortune 1000 companies. Helps to polish communication skills and learn about business processes and strategies and the world's most innovative companies.

    Cons

    Management - This varies by group to group, but the mid and senior level managers in my group micromanaged, did not care about helping you develop skills, and were focused solely on why you aren't helping the company sell more (even though that is not my job at all). At times you feel like you are reporting to 5+ managers (direct manager, project manager, program manager, practice manager, plus the account managers have the power to dictate what work you should be doing because the only thing senior management cares about is profit margins and revenue). The highly matrixed structure makes it difficult to spend time on creative problem solving and doing the core part of your job. Skill Development - From an IT and tools perspective, CEB is where most companies where in 2004. Analysts are mainly powerpoint jockeys and get limited exposure to Excel. Any requests to use new software for data analysis (e.g., SPSS, SAS, etc.) are turned down because the company doesn't want to pay for it. The company doesn't understand that most analysts don't intend to build long-term careers at CEB, and people want to develop transferable skills that can be applied to other consulting, analytics, or research companies. In today's work environment, it's not enough to teach people how to learn powerpoint and be able to speak with executives for 30 mins. Managers put together a development plan with you because it is part of their MBOs, but once it is entered into the performance management system they act like it doesn't exist. Talent Management/Attrition - The company loses 15% of its workforce every year, but management acts like that is not a problem. Almost 50% of the analysts in my group have left so far this year because there is no formal talent management and development process in place.

    Advice to Management

    Use your data better - CEB has one of the best data sets on corporate management processes in the world, but it is incredibly disorganized. Analysts are more interested in doing quantitative work and developing data-driven insights than fluffy powerpoint presentations. This will help solve two issues, creating new products and engaging your product talent better. Hold management accountable - Understand that manager quality is a huge issue and a large reason for attrition. Hold managers accountable when staff leave or provide negative feedback instead of continually putting new analysts under the same poor managers.


  6. Account Management Representative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Management Representative in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Account Management Representative in Arlington, VA

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

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

    Pros

    - Great work environment- everyone is young, smart and driven. Most are right out of college or its their second job out of college and subscribe to the work hard, play hard ideology. - Get great opportunities to interact and sell to C level executives as an entry level type employee - Great training along the way as you progress along a career track towards account management, sales or consulting - Fun work events

    Cons

    - Office politics can get very annoying- managers are definitely not always qualified and tend to favor friends - The promotion schedule is very rigid and you have to serve predetermined times in roles before advancing to the next role through a practical exam in front of higher ups

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more individualism. At times I felt as though I had to fit in with the team more than I should work to excel and drive a better performance. Keep the promotion structure but be less rigid in the guidelines and allow other factors to weigh into promotion decisions such as day to day performance.


  7. Collegiate, intelligent employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

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

    Pros

    In my experience so far, people at CEB are generally cut from the same cloth within different business units. On the Leadership Councils side (research and advisory) there are a lot of different types of people from all walks of life, but everyone is across the board 1) intelligent, 2) collegiate and welcoming, and 3) prioritizes work-life balance. On the commercial teams, things are bit more fast-paced and rowdy -- a lot going on on those floors, especially during the end of quarter closes. Can't offer much on the newer parts of the business -- SHL and recent acquisitions, but it's my impression that CEB is putting a lot of resources into actually rolling the brands and businesses into one.

    Cons

    There's a fair amount of turnover here, and internal mobility at the company. So it can be hard to keep pace with what's going on, especially with the constant churn of the research and sales cycle -- on top of changing teams and team members. But the internal mobility piece is also a good one to note -- it's very easy to transfer internally here, if you begin and aren't liking the part of the company you're at.

    Advice to Management

    Although we've been pretty transparent about company direction and have communicated this well, be more transparent about the leadership plans and succession at the organization -- tell your employees what to expect.


  8. Print Designer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    A great place to start out.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Very collegial. -People are kind and understanding -Engaging and exciting business

    Cons

    -Sometimes tough hours -Low Pay -Really when you think about it, there isn't much to complain about. -Im not much of a complainer anyhow


  10. Good for starting a career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Don't waste your time.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA

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

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

    Pros

    There is a young culture, and a very smart group of young professionals. The location is awesome.

    Cons

    Churn and burn culture. Managers cannot accurately develop talent. High turnover, highly stressful environment. The role does not develop you for a career in sales.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the BDX position.



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