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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for Career Development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    I came here for career development, and that's what I got. Like all things in life, you only get out of it what you put in, but there's a lot to get from a career at CEB. I began in the product track. (Not the sales side.)

    Cons

    A bit under market pay for consulting, but it's fair for the work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A fast-paced, highly organized, uniquely cultured, growing organization with plenty of career opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Rosslyn, VA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Rosslyn, VA

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

    Pros

    Great office culture that encourages team outings, learning opportunities (both internal and external offered by your department), and company-wide events to strengthen CEB's brand and organizational family. You won't thrive here if you're not a diligent, hard-working, and growth-seeking person.

    Cons

    The more you grow and move up the ranks in your career path, the more that gets piled (and squeezed) on which means you need to be prepared to draw the line in what is a healthy, realistic work/life balance if that matters to you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Procurement Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Procurement Manager in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Young, entrepreneurial environment. Great location. A company that is known for its intelligent, B-school hires means that you'll be surrounded by the best and brightest.

    Cons

    Limited work/life balance (flexible scheduling) options. Expensive and very limited parking. Elevator wait times can get really tedious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better process consistency across all levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great run so far

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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

    Career flexibility, movement, great culture of service to both clients and the community

    Cons

    salary is not competitive, skills not clearly transferrable to jobs outside CEB

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have a more transparent compensation philosophy and policy

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

    Great Company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Management Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Account Management Specialist in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    The office culture is one of the biggest pros at CEB. The young, fast-paced environment makes CEB a very exciting & fun place to work. Another major pro is that there are a lot of upward and lateral mobility opportunities, allowing its employees to move around the company and try new things.

    Cons

    For the DC area, the entry-level jobs seem a bit lower than the average, but there are many great benefits that help undercut this con.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great work environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Everyone in the practice was very friendly and happy. There was generally a lot of freedom and not too much micromanagement. All of the mangers were very open and easy to talk to making it a very comfortable work environment. There were work parties,events and volunteer opportunities that really brought the company and practices together.

    Cons

    Not a lot of cons but the pay was relatively low for the DC area.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to start a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    CEB has a great office culture and work-life balance. Compared to some of its competitors, CEB employees work better hours and have better work-life balance. The office culture is very flat and not hierarchical: everyone is very tolerant of diverse ideas and junior employees are encouraged to speak up in meetings or to challenge (intellectually) their managers and higher-ups. The typical CEB Research Analyst has often been described as "intellectual and nice" and this is an apt description. As CEB recruits many campus hires, its culture is very young, making it a great place for new grads to start their career. In addition, as a research job, recent graduates with a liberal arts background but interested in business will find CEB's RA position to be very fitting to both their skill set and ambition. CEB acknowledges the relative inexperience of many of its hires and therefore takes care to train its young employees in both job-related and broader professional skills.

    Cons

    For the work that the typical Research Analyst does, compensation could be higher. This seems to be a point of contention among many of my peers and fellow new hires. Partly because of the compensation, but not entirely because of it, CEB sees a LOT of turnover among its recent hires. Many newly hired Research Analysts stay at the company for a year or so, and move on to other firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your research analyst level hires feel more valued (either through pay or other means) and you will probably see less turnover.

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

    CEB is the frat you never joined

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Ok work life balance, products are reputable.

    Cons

    Pervasive frat culture, poor leadership, poor career development, salary is not competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay good talent more, and do more to develop them. Otherwise, if they are good talent, they will quickly discover how much more they can make elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Low pay, lots and lots of work. Stay away if you can.

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

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

    Pros

    This job will teach you how to play the game; how to deal with complex bureaucracies, multiple bosses and managing those bosses. It will teach you sly business etiquette and fake professionalism. Everyone is nice, whether or not that is genuine is a different question.

    Cons

    Worst of all is the pay, which is below the industry standard for similar gigs. If you work in the main Arlington (Waterview) location, which is shared with Deloitte, get ready to live with the daily stigma of getting in elevators with kids the same age as you and knowing they make more than you. This company just does not pay enough, and that is because their business model is based on the fact that there will always be an inexhaustible supply of wide-eyed recent college graduates looking to get their first job and start bolstering their resume.

    The bureaucratic truism that work rolls downhill has never been more true, the senior directors and their bosses do nothing besides delegate tasks down until they eventually reach you. You will be working hard, and if you want to truly stand out, you will be working even harder. This job is not 9 to 5, it's not even 8:30 to 5:30, this job is 8 to 6:30 and some evening and weekends, this means that having you as a salaried position is great for the firm, you get no overtime.

    A final note on the research since I am in a research position. If you come from an academic background prepare to be shocked. CEB will put you through a bunch of training classes which will pretend that their research is sound, but that is far from the case. At the end of the day, you sell your research, which inevitably corrupts it. Data is tailored to appeal to the membership. Your starting point for the research is a) what do they want to hear, and b) what makes for an attention grabbing headline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay market value. The salary does not cut it for the cost of living in DC, factor in student loans if you are a recent graduate and your salary is officially gone. Someone high up in the company once told me CEB doesn't like to get MBAs, rather to diversify from all sorts of backgrounds. My view is that CEB simply can't afford MBAs, who go to the McKinseys or Deloittes where they can be compensated properly, that is why CEB is left with a bunch of PoliSci grads which figured, "meh, this job is not the best, but at least its better than government."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Burn and Churn......

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Director in Rosslyn, VA
    Former Employee - Account Director in Rosslyn, VA

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

    Pros

    Young and enthusiastic workforce, but very sales-heavy. Good volunteer opportunities. Some excellent learning material through best practices. I learned more about human capital management and common HR processes through their research than I could have at a 1 year MBA program. Decent sales training.

    Cons

    SSPD program. They project it to the young, fresh out of college employees as a merit-based test, but it's simply a workforce planning model designed to dishearten those they don't like, and promote those who they'd like to see move through the ranks. It's a very smart turnover model so they can ditch the poor performers without firing them. They leave on their own accord.

    That being said, turnover rate of over 50% in a given year, 75% in two years. Don't get too comfortable with your co-workers; They're likely to leave soon! It's also a gossip metropolis.

    Finally, and this is the most serious of problems too, is that they do not encourage you to get familiar with the best practice research. Once you are successful in one program, they ask you to move to another and replicate the same success, essentially asking you to build a whole new skill set surrounding Finance knowledge, as opposed to HR (or whatever practice you were in previously). Again, it's a very smart model by CEB purposefully designed for the employee to not gain too much knowledge about a particular subject, as one could easily turn into a consultant or executive advisor with that sort of knowledge base. BURN AND CHURN!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in the actual product! Working in the HR practice, I was shocked to find that our 'leading industry benchmarking' had n scores less than 20! It's a good thing many of the HR executives the sales team pitch to are not statisticians, as I'm sure they would be SHOCKED to find that the information presented as a 'best practice' is a reflection of just a few people, scattered across the world. A lot of smoke and mirrors when it comes to the actual research by CEB.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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