CEB Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
518 Reviews

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CEB Chairman and CEO 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.  

    low pay, good culture.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA

    I worked at CEB as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The firm had great interns and a great team, who was super helpful. The people are all readily willing to offer both career and life advice as well as dedicate time to help others with work. I was surrounded by very intelligent people who are all hardworking but fun.

    Cons

    Certain employees are poor hires. They sat around and played on their phones, and just in general did not do work. Also, the pay is low and non-negotiable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a more competitive wage if you'd like to retain talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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 for more than a 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
  3.  

    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 for less than a 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
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  5.  

    Overall positive experience

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    Current Employee - Operations Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CEB full-time for more than a 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great entry level opportunity but the SSPD program tends to prevent you from moving up on a reasonable timescale.

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    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    plenty of training, opportunity for advancement, great coworkers, ability to structure your own work schedule, happy hours, interesting and high value product, access to senior level executives at fortune 500 companies

    Cons

    management is ineffective, processes in the company prevent you from moving up, salary is low, high turnover, extreme focus on metrics is stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus more on helping employees improve than demanding that they perform.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8. 2 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
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