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CEB Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
559 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Demoralizing and Tone Deaf

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

    I worked at CEB full-time

    Pros

    Generally, employees adhere to the company's value of "spirit of generosity" and are more than willing to offer help.

    Cons

    CEB is still trying to get its act together; the company has gone through multiple branding schemes and approaches to selling its services and can't seem to settle on one that works. At the same time, certain areas of the company have some "old timers" who remain relatively inflexible when it comes to the CEB research process.

    Opportunities to develop and advance are heavily dependent on which manager you get.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    It was a great place to work.......

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CEB

    Pros

    CEB's SHL's Talent Measurement Solutions are the best in the assessment industry. We have more content than any other provider and have many client success stories to tell.

    Cons

    The company changed for the worst when we were acquired by CEB. Their business model is transaction based which contradicts the consultative environment that is SHL. As a result, they are more concerned with the quantity of sales vs. quality of long-term relationships. This shift in business philosophy has been the root cause for many talented people to leave the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't try to transform the SHL business into the CEB machine. This is not a good fit and our customers are beginning to question if we have moved away from our core selection business.

  3.  

    What it is really like working at CEB

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate-Sales Trainee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate-Sales Trainee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CEB

    Pros

    I really can't think of any. Coming here was a bad move. Most of my coworkers are very nice

    Cons

    Long hours and you are not encouraged to take time off. The sales training program can take up to three years to complete. You are required to make 150 cold calls a day. I don't like that I can't do a full cycle sale. I am setting appointments for another rep to close.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the training program shorter. Give us something else to do besides making cold calls. You are burning us out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Definitely NOT "What the best companies do."

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

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, etc. Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    IT Management is completely off their rocker. No idea what they are doing. Having acquired businesses that were mostly software or service development oriented, CEB has no idea how to develop these types of products. Squandering good platforms that were lucrative. Very sad. Lost many, many excellent IT people of the last 2-3 years. Development is mostly done by shoddy overseas outsourcing firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep all development in-house in Europe or the US. Enhance existing products, instead of trying to start over and replace them. Do whatever you need to, to retain existing people to keep the knowledge base.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Senior Quantitative Analyst

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    Former Employee - Senior Quantitative Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Quantitative Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Generally, a relaxed environment and you can get a lot of freedom if you prove your worth.

    Cons

    > Research is not top-notch
    > Data analytics are not very good and understanding of how to use and implement data is lacking among qualitative roles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't prioritize keeping top talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Develop basic skills here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Research Consultant in Arlington, VA

    I worked at CEB full-time

    Pros

    All staff, even junior employees, start right off working on core products and services, so there is much opportunity to gain skills right off the bat. The research process is fundamentality sound and training does a good job of teaching how to apply academic research within a business context and how to adapt skills for the business world. Managers are generally thoughtful individuals and encourage an intellectual atmosphere.

    Cons

    Most senior managers have been with the company since its rapid growth phase when there was one core product but so much demand for leadership that promotions were fast for anyone willing to put in extra time and effort. The promotion path is reasonably slower now, but managers are mostly biased by their experience of rapid growth and put "up or out" pressure on direct reports. Similarly, they have difficulty evaluating the contributions of staff who work on products that grew out of, but are different from, the traditional offerings because they frame performance in terms of the traditional product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Allow for more consideration of individual talents and contributions in career pathing; make career committee less of a one-size-fits-all or fault-finding experience.
    * Provide content feedback in a more constructive fashion; program leaders should evolve their content role into more of an editor role, or if they want to retain contributions, they should do so in a more collaborative way with their more junior staff.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People, the management at times has no idea what they are doing and is unrealistic.

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, Great training, Free things like happy hours, free computer, great product even though i think the company does a bad job marketing it.

    Cons

    the pay its simply isn't enough to live on. Stop the churn and burn approach when it comes to your entry level employees. the management is terrible and they are disconnected from the ground level employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp middle market and do a much better job marketing your product

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

    Great company, massive workload

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategic Research Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Strategic Research Consultant in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    This review is for a mid-career position in strategic research.
    CEB does great great work. The location, offices are extremely nice. The people who work there are collegial and not competitive. The pay and benefits are very good, and there is time in the calendar to take advantage of paid time off. They have a very sophisticated talent management organization and processes that contribute to employee growth and success. Unlike consulting, there is very little travel.

    Cons

    60 to 70 hour weeks, and the expectation that you will do work over the weekend is the norm. Your success is tied inexorably to the success of your research program, and, unlike consulting, if you have one less than stellar engagement cycle, your program, and your job, may simply be eliminated. Thus, there is the expectation of a considerable amount of sales support and new business development. The culture relies upon highly ambitious people who are motivated by bonuses and career advancement - simply doing good work is not enough.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Culture, Work Environment & Learning Opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AMX in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - AMX in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    -culture -smart, fun, attractive and
    -peer-learning and collaboration
    -networking and career pathing
    -learning & development - everyone is willing to help you get where you want to go
    -promotions
    -member partnerships-speaking and/or meeting with F100 executives daily and gaining insight into the business environment at large, but especially in the functional area that you are focused on.

    Cons

    Direct manager (AM/SE's) sometimes get on "power trips" - well I've only had one who was hard to work with. ... but worth mentioning as this partnerhship is tight knit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    (See Cons).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Some good, some bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    With the right manager and team, a great supportive place to work with plenty of running room to explore your skills

    Cons

    The culture in some functions borders on the amoral

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introduce morals and ethics into all areas of the company - and mean it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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