CEB Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
504 Reviews
3.2
504 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.  

    CEB provides best practice research on human capital analytics, but doesn't have a clue about compensation trends

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CEB for less than a year

    Pros

    benefits, location, good for the young and ambitious, spirit of generosity, opportunity to work globally, good development of sales staff

    Cons

    Low compensation, too focused on hiring entry-level sales staff, more like a college campus than a corporation, top heavy with the AD and Directors and bottom heavy with associates and coordinators, brand doesn't compare to competitors (who is CEB?)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay experienced professionals on par with compensation trends, hire program managers that may have more experience than a specialist but less than an associate director

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CEB

    Pros

    Great people and corporate culture

    Cons

    Lack of development opportunities and very top heavy

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great experience, no room to grow and below average salary

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Until 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 ManagementAdvice

    Work 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, great culture, great values, very process oriented.

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

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

    Pros

    Great 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).

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be less process driven and be opened to implementing new ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Rosslyn, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Rosslyn, VA

    I worked at CEB full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, opportunities to contribute, insights valued by others

    Cons

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

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

    Strange place

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at CEB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some good managers and very dedicated staff.

    Cons

    Ridiculously low pay. Atmosphere is not very friendly and managers are certainly not looking out for their staff. Pyramid style work organization means few positions to grow into. Most people spend a year or two and move on. Do the same if you ever want substantial salary increases. Poor work life balance. Management should encourage a more equitable balance or staff will burn out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    -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

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

    Time at CEB

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    Current Employee - Training Manager  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Training Manager in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at CEB for less than a year

    Pros

    Office 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.

    Cons

    Management doesn't value divergent thought. Very little autonomy. Supervisors have a tendency to micromanage. Vacation time is not encouraged.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Last Minute

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Micromanagement 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 ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your staff, and let them do the work you trained them to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work was great, senior managers are bad and vindictive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CEB full-time

    Pros

    Work 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.

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    Fix HR, listen to junior employees and the real smart folks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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