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Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
570 Reviews
3.2
570 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 48 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.  

    Senior Director

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule (WFH), the people, volunteer day

    Cons

    Lack of career mobility, extremely political organization, salary, benefits, constant turnover, working people until they are burnt out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to listen to individuals at the bottom to solve your problems; Live by the tag line - what the best companies do because it is currently the running joke amongst staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Not for free thinkers..Depressive Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at CEB

    Pros

    Salary structure is good
    Cool environment
    Offsites to keep emploees engaged
    Location itself is an advantage.

    Cons

    These points are strictly related to Technology department:
    The work culture is not good and very stressful at times.
    No respect of employees.
    Managers are partial to there brothers/sisters etc(yes they recruit their whole family into the same project! )
    No Organisation Structure or the hierarchy
    They claim to provide the best solutions to the companies but they dont implement the same within their own organisation.
    No yearly appraisals.
    From lead to manager to Directors, everyone is selfish in their own terms.

    Overall, its not a nice place to work for a career oriented person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strict HR policies should be implemented.
    Background check for Referrals should be done before hiring.
    Should be open to employee suggestions and requests

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Job security, very poor management

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

    I have been working at CEB full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you what to stay in a secure job so you have

    Cons

    Management in this company is very poor, compensation is also poor, little growth is possible. Raises are small. I feel I work in sweat shop. Very disorganized, don't follow their own "best practice, lots of lip service, poor training, poor new hire process (or lack of ) , no work life balance, information doesn't flow very well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management training we be first, no micromanagement, compensation according to productivity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Associate in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Web Associate in New Delhi (India)

    I worked at CEB

    Pros

    Awesome place to work
    Nice people at workplace
    Good work life balance
    Good compensation and benefits
    Overall I recommend working in CEB

    Cons

    As such there is nothing negative about the place. I worked for around an year and I loved it. I had to leave because I was relocating to some other place. If I ever return I would love to work for CEB again.
    The team I worked with was awesome and very helpful. I got lot of appreciation for my good work. and it was highly motivated. Always encouraged to use new ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  6.  

    Current Senior Analyst, Executive Advisor. Previously a Business Development Representative.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CEB full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Young, fun culture
    - Direct interaction with senior executives around the globe
    - Growing company with decent brand name

    Cons

    - Average compensation across company is way below market
    - Unprofessional culture, at times
    - Promotion potential / career pathing is generally limited in most functions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Place to start off

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CEB

    Pros

    Lacks career growth, no place for new ideas.

    Cons

    Good company to start off your career!

  8.  

    So far so good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CEB

    Pros

    Great company smart coworkers I plan on staying here a while

    Cons

    Disconnect between management and employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst Company EVER!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CEB

    Pros

    Free food, lots of events (isn)

    Cons

    Middle management is embarrassing: All ex-graduate of the CEB graduate program, who have no experience selling in the real world. They have no desire to experience anything else than CEB and therefore have no interest in managing and or understanding external experienced hires.

    If you are a graduate and enjoy nights out and being treated as a PA than this is the role for you.
    Experience sales hires - do not go NEAR this place!!!

    This is not a management consultancy it is a SALES organisation selling RESEARCH!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of your middle management team and put some real managers in their place.

  10.  

    Great company, bad sales environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Business Development Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Awesome company culture, a great way to make friends if you are new grad. Opportunities to move laterally if you do not enjoy your current role, as you get to apply internally before jobs are posted to the public. Very clear goals and advancement structure, generally a very organized company. Overall very transparent.

    Cons

    The cons mostly start with the recruitment process. I applied for the Business Development Associate position, and was told it was a sales job, but that I would have a real opportunity to get to know the business and develop my analytic skills. In reality, I had to memorize a bunch of information I didn't understand and regurgitate that to potential clients while cold calling, which gave me very little confidence on the phone. Additionally, your performance in the beginning is very heavily dictated by whom your sales representative is. My sales rep stole opportunities from me and it made it very difficult for me to do well. It was my first job out of college so it wasn't easy for me to stand up to her and I was miserable for the first few months, believing I was a failure, when in reality it was a failure of their sales system. Sales reps should not have so much control over the success of their Associates. Additionally, the Revenue Managers were the worst micromanagers, making me feel more like a pre-schooler than a college educated, responsible adult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your Business Development Associates like adults, and give them more responsibility. If they flounder, than you can fire them. However, they will continue leaving en masse (I know because my entire start class but one is gone) if you continue to micro manage the way you do.

    Be more a cheerleader than an enforcer to your team. Follow through on special incentives and perks, and make sure that when your team does something well you recognize it. If you don't , it feels like management is never happy.

    Be more mindful in those you hire, and be clear on what the expectations are. Its a waste of time for both CEB and the interviewee to accept a position that they are not comfortable doing, or are not right for.

    Put floating holidays in place, and allow more days off in Quarter 4. People do not work well when they're overworked, stressed out, and deprived of time with their families.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I had a great time at this company for a year right out of college.

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

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

    Pros

    -Great managers
    -Great Benefits
    -Good work-life balance (out by 5:30pm/6pm every day)
    -Proximity to senior execs at companies

    Cons

    -Lower starting salary than other consulting firms
    -Many analysts leave the firm after a year or two

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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