CEB
2.9 of 5 474 reviews
www.executiveboard.com Arlington, VA 1000 to 5000 Employees

CEB Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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2.9 474 reviews

                             

47% Approve of the CEO

CEB Chairman and CEO Thomas L. Monahan III

Thomas L. Monahan III

(289 ratings)

46% of employees recommend this company to a friend
474 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work-life balance at CEB depends and varies from team to team"
    in 35 reviews
  • "There is tremendous exposure to some top-notch companies and you are a trusted adviser to C-level executives"
    in 25 reviews
Cons:
  • "There is a considerable amount of change-over, but work life balance is good"
    in 33 reviews
  • "Senior management has a hawk eye on metrics; yes, they're important, but still"
    in 35 reviews
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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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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDevelop great technical skills in terms of using Excel

    ConsCan become a bit cyclical

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdd new job requirements

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

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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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    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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    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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    Work was great, senior managers are bad and vindictive

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWork is overall interesting and challenging. Really smart colleagues all around to share ideas and almost all have a helpful attitude. Internal training programs are helpful to learn new skills.

    ConsSome senior managers are very vindictive and retaliatory. HR will not protect you if you complain about a manager against all rules of workplace retaliation. Extremely process driven, so even if you know what you are doing, you will be penalized in your review for not following step x in the process.Senior managers are always protecting their turf against new employees, Retaining employees is never a goal in this firm.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFix HR, listen to junior employees and the real smart folks.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Rosslyn, VA

    ProsSmart people, opportunities to contribute, insights valued by others

    Consrevenue focus sometimes takes precedence over "doing the right thing"

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great culture, very intellectually stimulating (and demanding) work, not easily exportable

    Director (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsWork culture is great as is the quality of people you interact with on a day to day basis. It is ideal for people who consider themselves introverts because besides valuing teamwork and outgoing, gregarious types for client-facing roles, CEB places an equal premium on the quiet ones - the thinkers, inventors, and smart individual contributors for a variety of product development roles.

    ConsThe skills and roles cultivated here are not directly exportable to other advisory/consulting firms. Also, work life balance is very hard to maintain pretty much round the year. But it seems management wants to retain only folks who can keep up with aggressive expectations and does not mind losing people who burn out.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Having been working somewhere else for the last few months I really DONT miss CEB

    Senior Research Analyst (Current Employee)
    Arlington, VA

    Pros-Some teams are awesome and have great sprit
    -Some good people
    -Great opportunity to learn

    Cons-Pay is way too low. I received over a 20% salary increase with my move
    -Theres so much negativity when it comes to performance reviews, which i believe stems from the nature of the job, which is finding faults in companies - management looks and emphasizes your faults - they then make these faults clear to the people you work with so that you'll have the opportunity to 'develop'. Its a bit obscure, because not all of those people care about your work so they latch onto what was said and basically regurgitate this in your next review
    -Turnover is terrible, either everyone leaves or wants to leave, especially at the Analyst to Director level
    -There is some really bad upper management, primarily at the SD and MD level - huge egos
    -Lots of weekend work with no real goals

    Advice to Senior Management-Increase pay rate
    -Its not all about looking for the person that will develop the next big case (really, they're all very similar) instead promote those people who are smart, create a positive work environment and arent so negative. Stop favoring the people that complain and dont make these people managers.
    -Dont make it mandatory to come in on weekends

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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