CEB Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
523 Reviews
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CEB Chairman and CEO Thomas L. Monahan III
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Pros
  • Great place to start after university with an excellent work life balance (in 47 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. 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 (less than an 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
  2. 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 (more than an 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
  3. 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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    Finance Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CEB full-time

    Pros

    Develop great technical skills in terms of using Excel

    Cons

    Can become a bit cyclical

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add new job requirements

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture, very intellectually stimulating (and demanding) work, not easily exportable

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work culture is great as is the quality of people you interact with on a day to day basis. It is ideal for people who consider themselves introverts because besides valuing teamwork and outgoing, gregarious types for client-facing roles, CEB places an equal premium on the quiet ones - the thinkers, inventors, and smart individual contributors for a variety of product development roles.

    Cons

    The skills and roles cultivated here are not directly exportable to other advisory/consulting firms. Also, work life balance is very hard to maintain pretty much round the year. But it seems management wants to retain only folks who can keep up with aggressive expectations and does not mind losing people who burn out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent focus on serving the community

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    Current Employee - Sales Administrator in West Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Administrator in West Chester, PA

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

    Pros

    Each employee is given 40 hours a year to spend in volunteer activity. One day per year the whole company at locations across the globe can be found serving together.

    Cons

    My subsidiary was sold off, so I had to move elsewhere. If not, I'd still be there

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great!!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CEB

    Pros

    There are a lot of really smart people, great environment, good company.

    Cons

    I do no have any cons.

  9.  

    Great place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CEB

    Pros

    Great place to work overall. Culture is very pro-growth and progressive for such a large company. I would recommend the company to anyone serious about consulting

    Cons

    The effectiveness of the behavioral interviewing approach is questionable. The interviewing technique really does force many candidates to make stuff up just to be able to answer the questions that HR force feeds the hiring managers.

  10.  

    Great culture, lower pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    The CEB culture is fantastic. For the most part, it's a really fun, smart, enthusiastic group of people. This was my first job out of college and have gained a ton of valuable experience that is definitely transferrable should I move on to another opportunity.

    Cons

    The compensation for more junior roles isn't great. It can also be a very competitive culture which some people are demotivated by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For some roles there needs to be a mid-level opportunity between manager and director.

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

    Academic - Fast Paced - Great People

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at CEB full-time

    Pros

    CLIENTS: Within CEB's Account Management organization you have the opportunity to speak with senior level executives from world-class companies about the challenges they face in their roles. Executives believe CEB can provide them with credible, insightful answers. There are only a few companies in the world where leading executives turn for this kind of advise and as an Account Manager, being the conduit of this perspective is a highly rewarding experience.

    COLLEAGUES: You are surrounded by very intelligent, collaborative colleagues who are equally excited by the challenge of teaching executives at great companies something new. You won't find a nicer, more supportive sales organization.

    SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Within Sales/Account Management you will learn how to: cold-call, communicate exceptionally well (written and verbal), diagnose complex business challenges, and position a solution to C-level executives. This experience is VERY valuable in the market. CEB has a reputation for developing the best talent in these areas.

    Cons

    OPPORTUNITY: There are many leaders who are very tenured and have been in seat for some time. If you work within a regional office, the growth potential can be limited. Some tenured, high-performers have left for organizations with more opportunity for upward mobility.

    PACE: The amount of work required to be a high-performer is not for everyone. There are long days and you sometimes sacrifice going home for the holidays. The "ramp time" (time from hire to when the business expects you to be performing) is very short.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain the culture of curiosity, member impact and generosity. Focus more on understanding the needs of regional offices and local talent markets. Figure out how to open up career paths.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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