CEB Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great Company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    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.


  2. Great work environment.

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

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  3. Great place to start a career

    • 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 (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Low pay, lots and lots of work. Stay away if you can.

    • 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)

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

    Pros

    This job will teach you how to play the game; how to deal with complex bureaucracies, multiple bosses and managing those bosses. It will teach you sly business etiquette and fake professionalism. Everyone is nice, whether or not that is genuine is a different question.

    Cons

    Worst of all is the pay, which is below the industry standard for similar gigs. If you work in the main Arlington (Waterview) location, which is shared with Deloitte, get ready to live with the daily stigma of getting in elevators with kids the same age as you and knowing they make more than you. This company just does not pay enough, and that is because their business model is based on the fact that there will always be an inexhaustible supply of wide-eyed recent college graduates looking to get their first job and start bolstering their resume. The bureaucratic truism that work rolls downhill has never been more true, the senior directors and their bosses do nothing besides delegate tasks down until they eventually reach you. You will be working hard, and if you want to truly stand out, you will be working even harder. This job is not 9 to 5, it's not even 8:30 to 5:30, this job is 8 to 6:30 and some evening and weekends, this means that having you as a salaried position is great for the firm, you get no overtime. A final note on the research since I am in a research position. If you come from an academic background prepare to be shocked. CEB will put you through a bunch of training classes which will pretend that their research is sound, but that is far from the case. At the end of the day, you sell your research, which inevitably corrupts it. Data is tailored to appeal to the membership. Your starting point for the research is a) what do they want to hear, and b) what makes for an attention grabbing headline.

    Advice to Management

    Pay market value. The salary does not cut it for the cost of living in DC, factor in student loans if you are a recent graduate and your salary is officially gone. Someone high up in the company once told me CEB doesn't like to get MBAs, rather to diversify from all sorts of backgrounds. My view is that CEB simply can't afford MBAs, who go to the McKinseys or Deloittes where they can be compensated properly, that is why CEB is left with a bunch of PoliSci grads which figured, "meh, this job is not the best, but at least its better than government."


  6. Great culture and great training.

    • 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
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    CEB has a great company culture and this permeates everything they do. They research how the best companies in the world are solving business problems then educate other companies on how to apply the solutions back to their own company. As a result, CEB is a company that is run according to best practices. They intentionally hire people who are genuine and smart. Everyone is willing to help out and teach you how to be better. The sales environment is competitive but not against your peers. You try to reach your goal and everyone is excited when you do and willing to help you improve your skills to be even better. They have great benefits and want their employees to stay and succeed. They also promote heavily from within. Their training program is very structured and time tested and managers do a great job coaching.

    Cons

    At the end of the day, selling is hard. Not everyone is good at it. There is definitely pressure to meet you goals, but everyone wants to help you do it. The entry level position is heavily focused on cold calling. It can be tedious at times.

    Advice to Management

    Great job and keep improving the training programs.


  7. low pay, good culture.

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

    I worked at CEB as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (3)

    You better drink their kool-aid, or prepare to be miserable or terminated.

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

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

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

    Pros

    The information they collect through the research was interesting and for the most part pretty accurate. They also threw good parties and provided tons of opportunities to drink.

    Cons

    Extremely management heavy- often hard to tell what exactly these people actually did. Poor training/onboarding. Spent more money on their parties/happy hours then on providing decent salaries (unless you're a top manager!)

    Advice to Management

    READ AND FOLLOW some of the research your company actually does! Provide training and mentoring for your team! Find a way to make it less obvious that there is very clear favoritism and you must literally believe their methodology with no questions or opinions, or else you'll be shunned and fired. With CEB there is only THEIR WAY TO DO IT and everyone else is made to be an idiot or failure. There is so much internal hooking up among staff that its impossible to meet someone new without hearing their entire sexual history- makes it uncomfortable for those that worked there to actually work instead of socialize. It's pretty clear CEB has a "type" to look for in new hires as the staff is 90% attractive, young, and white. Please stop doing business at one of your many happy hours! For those that aren't alcoholics, we'd prefer to do business during business hours... there were constantly missed opportunities to be involved in something if you didn't attend the party it was discussed at! Unfortunately, CEB has received a "Frat House" culture from both the outside looking in and for those that have their eyes open to what's truly going on.


  9. Great people, Great Opportunity, Great $ (if you perform)

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

    CEB is a growing, young, intelligent organization. The sales culture is results driven but is understanding of new, young people that need time time to develop. The Sales Development program is one of the best I have seen. Strengths include: -Brilliant, Ivy league educated research staff -Best in class sales structure -Solid brand in the market place and DC area -Awesome young environment

    Cons

    Not much to say here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring young, brilliant people.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Great entry level opportunity but the SSPD program tends to prevent you from moving up on a reasonable timescale.

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

    plenty of training, opportunity for advancement, great coworkers, ability to structure your own work schedule, happy hours, interesting and high value product, access to senior level executives at fortune 500 companies

    Cons

    management is ineffective, processes in the company prevent you from moving up, salary is low, high turnover, extreme focus on metrics is stressful

    Advice to Management

    focus more on helping employees improve than demanding that they perform.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Great experience, no room to grow and below average salary

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

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

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

    Pros

    I got great experience at CEB and worked with some very intelligent and hardworking individuals. They offered plenty of training and I got a lot of support from my direct managers. The time-off policies were great as well and very flexible, so long as you were not in sales, when you frequently are required to work around Christmas.

    Cons

    Until a certain level, it is almost impossible to move up through the company at an appropriate speed. Although they give you the impression that it's very easy to move up within the company, rather than promoting from within, you have to wait for a job at the next level to open up and then apply to it and maybe get it, or watch as people from outside the company are hired and paid significantly more than those that were able to move up from within. Salary is also significantly below what it should be, especially in the DC area.

    Advice to Management

    Work with the recruiters to make sure they actually understand the job and the benefits for the jobs for which they are running interviews. There seems to be a disconnect between what they say and what the job actually entails. Also, check out the average salaries for some non-revenue jobs in the area and at least try to match them. You are hemorrhaging employees by not paying well or offering ample promotion opportunities.



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