CEB Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
523 Reviews
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CEB Chairman and CEO Thomas L. Monahan III
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Pros
  • Great place to start after university with an excellent work life balance (in 47 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 41 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long career with great learning

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    CEB is simultaneously the world's best business classroom and a business itself, so it provides wonderful opportunities to study great businesses and run a business at the same time. The opportunity to do and think about business simultaneously is an incredible experience, and there is no shortage of really hard working, really smart people around who set a high bar for you to meet.

    Cons

    The higher you get in the company, the more stifling the egos are and it can become depressing. The company advertises itself as a meritocracy but judgment of a person's merits becomes more and more subjective as responsibilities grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to bring back some of the graciousness and humility that's been lost since the days of DvB. It helps keep people engaged and inspired even while going through the grinder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great run so far

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CEB full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Career flexibility, movement, great culture of service to both clients and the community

    Cons

    salary is not competitive, skills not clearly transferrable to jobs outside CEB

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have a more transparent compensation philosophy and policy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great place to work

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    Former Employee - Procurement Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Procurement Manager in Arlington, VA

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Young, entrepreneurial environment. Great location. A company that is known for its intelligent, B-school hires means that you'll be surrounded by the best and brightest.

    Cons

    Limited work/life balance (flexible scheduling) options. Expensive and very limited parking. Elevator wait times can get really tedious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better process consistency across all levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great work environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at CEB full-time (more than an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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.

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

    Good for learning and exposure to executives in the world's best companies. Bad for career progression and meritocracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CEB (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learning what the best companies do and teaching it to CXO level execs and their teams
    Friendly culture with a collaborative environment
    Hours of work are long but can be flexible

    Cons

    You won't progress in your career unless you're in the boys club: the inner circle of those who have been at CEB for 10+years and know how to influence those who subjectively decide who gets promoted. By simply working smart and hard you will not get recognition in the form of career progression -even if you ask or even fight for it.
    Expect workload to be added to you without consideration of current capacity, and having to constantly defend the boundaries of how much you can achieve effectively and how much you can learn in a short space of time -without eating into your weekends and evenings.
    Pay is not great for the hours worked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer career progression based on merit, client impact and enterprise contribution, don't wait until someone is so fed up with trying to get a promotion that they are ready to walk to finally recognize them
    Offer more opportunities for research staff to get involved in client conversations, sometimes more effectively than advisory depending on the subject and type of issue being discussed
    Better guidance could be provided to new hires on how to navigate CEB - not doing this puts new joiners at a disadvantage compared to others who have acquired this through time at CEB but could have simply learned about through effective onboarding

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good for Early Career, Not a Place You Stay

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

    I have been working at CEB full-time

    Pros

    I've gotten what I wanted out of my experience at CEB, which when I first started, was essentially to learn more about business/strategy. I really love the people I work with-- everyone is smart, and comes from really diverse backgrounds which makes for great conversation. Also, early on in my career I had a couple of great managers but of course a con is that you get moved around a lot and I think good managers are rare at this company.

    Cons

    - Low pay. If you're in research, which is supposedly the "backbone" of the company don't expect to be rewarded for this. Compared to industry standards, CEB pays its employees very poorly. This is simply part of its strategy-- it can hire cheap, inexperienced college students any time for research positions and training costs are low. So, they don't really care at all.
    - Research experience is not "creative" as they describe. The research process at CEB can be taxing. As a researcher you're told to go think "out of the box" but ultimately decisions on research are made by the advisory side or your research manager. If your ideas don't mesh with the ideas of senior leadership in the company, you won't move up in the company.
    - No recognition. There's hardly any recognition of people in research roles. You pretty much have to move into advisory for people to notice you, otherwise you leave the company.
    - Limited Opportunity. There are three career paths at CEB-- sales, research and advisory. Again, research is limited-- they can't have too many senior managers in research positions because it's not profitable enough. While advisory okay, it's definitely not everyone's thing. In advisory, you eventually have to go on roadshows, present research, etc.
    - No brand image: CEB never branded itself in early years! For some reason the CEO didn't believe it was important. It's never going to the get the recognition that companies like Deloitte, Accenture, etc. get so don't be surprised when people ask you if it's a made-up company.
    - Limited resources: Sure, CEB might have a gym but there are basic things the company fails to provide its employees, which in turn, makes it harder for them to do their jobs. For instance, more experienced professionals don't have access to a laptop. Also, many calls rooms have been transformed into offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people. High turnover has a really negative impact on the people that stay at CEB.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    CEB is the frat you never joined

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CEB (more than an year)

    Pros

    Ok work life balance, products are reputable.

    Cons

    Pervasive frat culture, poor leadership, poor career development, salary is not competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay good talent more, and do more to develop them. Otherwise, if they are good talent, they will quickly discover how much more they can make elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Burn and Churn......

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    Former Employee - Account Director in Rosslyn, VA
    Former Employee - Account Director in Rosslyn, VA

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

    Pros

    Young and enthusiastic workforce, but very sales-heavy. Good volunteer opportunities. Some excellent learning material through best practices. I learned more about human capital management and common HR processes through their research than I could have at a 1 year MBA program. Decent sales training.

    Cons

    SSPD program. They project it to the young, fresh out of college employees as a merit-based test, but it's simply a workforce planning model designed to dishearten those they don't like, and promote those who they'd like to see move through the ranks. It's a very smart turnover model so they can ditch the poor performers without firing them. They leave on their own accord.

    That being said, turnover rate of over 50% in a given year, 75% in two years. Don't get too comfortable with your co-workers; They're likely to leave soon! It's also a gossip metropolis.

    Finally, and this is the most serious of problems too, is that they do not encourage you to get familiar with the best practice research. Once you are successful in one program, they ask you to move to another and replicate the same success, essentially asking you to build a whole new skill set surrounding Finance knowledge, as opposed to HR (or whatever practice you were in previously). Again, it's a very smart model by CEB purposefully designed for the employee to not gain too much knowledge about a particular subject, as one could easily turn into a consultant or executive advisor with that sort of knowledge base. BURN AND CHURN!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in the actual product! Working in the HR practice, I was shocked to find that our 'leading industry benchmarking' had n scores less than 20! It's a good thing many of the HR executives the sales team pitch to are not statisticians, as I'm sure they would be SHOCKED to find that the information presented as a 'best practice' is a reflection of just a few people, scattered across the world. A lot of smoke and mirrors when it comes to the actual research by CEB.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to start career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CEB full-time

    Pros

    work-life balance, time-off, promotion potential, good people

    Cons

    the management structure is terrible. ceb is bad about placing people in managerial roles who have no ability to lead.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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