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CEB Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2014
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2.9 481 reviews

48% Approve of the CEO

CEB Chairman and CEO Thomas L. Monahan III

Thomas L. Monahan III

(292 ratings)

46% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great place to start after university with an excellent work life balance(in 42 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 36 reviews)

  • Senior management has a hawk eye on metrics; yes, they're important, but still(in 37 reviews)

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    VOerall good place to work, but little pay

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits and work life balance, hire awesome young people

    ConsDifficult to move up quickly, seriously underpaid

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay your lower level employees more, too sales focused

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    CEB provides best practice research on human capital analytics, but doesn't have a clue about compensation trends

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosbenefits, location, good for the young and ambitious, spirit of generosity, opportunity to work globally, good development of sales staff

    ConsLow compensation, too focused on hiring entry-level sales staff, more like a college campus than a corporation, top heavy with the AD and Directors and bottom heavy with associates and coordinators, brand doesn't compare to competitors (who is CEB?)

    Advice to Senior Managementpay experienced professionals on par with compensation trends, hire program managers that may have more experience than a specialist but less than an associate director

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Great people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people and corporate culture

    ConsLack of development opportunities and very top heavy

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

    Business Development Specialist (Current Employee) Arlington, VA

    Prosplenty 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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementfocus more on helping employees improve than demanding that they perform.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great firm to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Management, great learning exp

    ConsSome politics in some teams

    Advice to Senior ManagementDoing good

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Analyst (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat 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).

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementBe less process driven and be opened to implementing new ideas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Churn & Burn in revenue dept

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsYou get to interact with senior executives at large companies. A lot of smart people in research. I've seen a few of them use it as a stopping point before law school. Nice focus on community service.

    ConsVery cliquey in management and feels like your in a frat or sorority. Sr sales leaders quote Boiler Room and Glengarry Glen Ross in team meetings like it's a good thing. This is 80-90% inside sales, no relationship building. It's a volume game that they micro manage through daily metrics. They've got it down to a science but it is high pressure every month/quarter.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience, no room to grow and below average salary

    Marketing (Former Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsI 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.

    ConsUntil 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 Senior ManagementWork 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Time at CEB

    Training Manager (Current Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsOffice is conveniently located near metro. Young, ambitious colleagues. Opportunity for advancement. The building is new and very high-tech. Great corporate experience. Quality training program for new associates.

    ConsManagement doesn't value divergent thought. Very little autonomy. Supervisors have a tendency to micromanage. Vacation time is not encouraged.

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    Last Minute

    IT Specialist (Current Employee) Arlington, VA

    ProsGreat environment, great staff, believes in developing staff. Management can respond very positively to good ideas and good quality work, even ideas of junior staff. They have money to throw around, and they know how to run a business.

    ConsMicromanagement and very poor work life balance due to intentional under-staffing. Projects are often done VERY last minute, and with little to no long term thought given with even less communication leading to enormous stress for staff. Additionally, if you are not in a sales or executive role, you and your job do not matter, and they will underpay you until you burn out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate with your staff, and let them do the work you trained them to do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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