CEB Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
501 Reviews
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CEB Chairman and CEO Thomas L. Monahan III
Thomas L. Monahan III
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great place to start after university with an excellent work life balance (in 43 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 37 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great place to start a career

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

    I have been working at CEB full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great culture and great training.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at CEB full-time for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Great job and keep improving the training programs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    low pay, good culture.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA

    I worked at CEB as an intern for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Low pay, lots and lots of work. Stay away if you can.

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

    I have been working at CEB full-time for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Got what I wanted out of it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CEB full-time

    Pros

    Training, work environment, culture, people, company values, benefits, time-off

    Cons

    Personal growth, salary, bonuses, compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It was fine

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at CEB full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It was a good experience

    Cons

    There are no cons. It is a great company to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    great team

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CEB full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    the people -- your co-workers

    Cons

    compensation weak relative to competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no more up or out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company for people new to the work force.

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    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Current Employee - Senior Director

    I have been working at CEB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    In general this is a good comapny to work for. Entry level salaries are above market, and the benefits packages are better then most. The company is active in the communities were they are located. Cowarkers are friendly, cooperative and fully engaged. The company is growing, rapidly, so there are always new and interesting projects to keep the work interesting.

    Cons

    The uppper level management is not people orientated. The company primarily grows by acquisition. But there is no ineterest in nurturing experienced talent they acquire. They prefer to let the mature knowledge level the company and bring in new less exepreinced pedrsonnel. The process models are out of date, and the maturity level is at "Scrambler", time lines are never met, everyone works considerably more then a 40 hour week, and PTO is restricted in order to make up project delays. As a result the company is a revolving door of people, starting new gaining experience and moving on to more mature organizations. Attrition rates are in the mid to upper 20 percentile. Tolerance for errors is non-existant. Mistakes are called "Resume Generating Events"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn the value of your workforce as a company asset. A revolving door of new hires prevents the company from maturing.

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

    Great for people right out of college

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CEB full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. Lots of internal office culture perks

    Cons

    Opportunity to work on interesting challenges is somewhat lacking. Support from upper management is very lacking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in growing the new/younger analysts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Work Hard, Play Hard

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at CEB as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    CEB is a great place to get your foot in the door. It has a great culture with fun people. Everyone is competitive but interested in helping you succeed at the same time. They lay out a clear plan for promotions and growth. Decent pay and benefits compared to other entry-level jobs. Plans to build a new LEED certified building in 2018, should be tallest in the skyline.

    Cons

    They claim its easy to move around to different departments but its not. Day to day job in sales is redundant and boring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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