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CEB Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
544 Reviews
3.2
544 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.  

    great team

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CEB full-time (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
  2.  

    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 (more than an 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 The process models are out of date, and the maturity level is at "Scrambler", time lines are never met, everyone works considerably more then a 40 hour week, and PTO is restricted in order to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
  3.  

    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 (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
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  5.  

    Work Hard, Play Hard

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    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at CEB as an intern (less than an 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
  6.  

    Review after 6 months in

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Very easy to talk to higher managemnt

    Cons

    There is a lot of non-communication between different team sections of the company. Communication only happen when there is a need but apart from that, it seems like we are working i9n different companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve relational communication across teams so that we all feel that we are all part of the same thing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great people, Great Opportunity, Great $ (if you perform)

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    CEB is a growing, young, intelligent organization. The sales culture is results driven but is understanding of new, young people that need time time to develop. The Sales Development program is one of the best I have seen.

    Strengths include:

    -Brilliant, Ivy league educated research staff
    -Best in class sales structure
    -Solid brand in the market place and DC area
    -Awesome young environment

    Cons

    Not much to say here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring young, brilliant people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall positive experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    -A lot of opportunities for development
    -Exposure to a numerous skills

    Cons

    -Often stymied by bureaucracy
    -Experiencing the typical growing pains that any smaller organization would experience from a rapid expansion, often the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Sole focus on growth and maintaining high margins

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Smart, social and generally talented people you get to work with
    High caliber clients you get to interact with regularly
    Great learning experience, you're on the front lines of what organizations are challenged with
    On the revenue side, strong performance yields more portfolio growth opportunity
    Not as bureaucratic and hierarchical as some organizations

    Cons

    - You're as good as your last set of performance outcomes
    - Drive for growth without much care for the amount of work required to get there and how taxing it might be on employees...set unrealistic targets without analysis of sales opportunities, product ability to generate that level of growth, volume of activities required, staff capability, etc.
    - For more senior people, career growth opportunities are minimal
    - Unequal management capabilities across the organization (some strong, some very weak)
    - Try to squeeze as much as they can from each individual...easy to get burnt out
    - Non-competitive pay (better for those coming in from the outside vs already there)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It has its perks and pitfalls

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CEB

    Pros

    The company has good pay, good vacation time & benefits. The coworkers are great to work with and are one of the best reasons to work for this company.

    Cons

    There is little room for growth. There are times when the work/life balance does not exist, at times you could work 60+ hours a week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees fairly and based on the work they bring not your personal feelings. Listen more to your employees you would be surprised as to what they have to say and it could just make things better.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    VOerall good place to work, but little pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CEB full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and work life balance, hire awesome young people

    Cons

    Difficult to move up quickly, seriously underpaid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your lower level employees more, too sales focused

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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