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CEB Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
530 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 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 Culture, Work Environment & Learning Opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AMX in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - AMX in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    -culture -smart, fun, attractive and
    -peer-learning and collaboration
    -networking and career pathing
    -learning & development - everyone is willing to help you get where you want to go
    -promotions
    -member partnerships-speaking and/or meeting with F100 executives daily and gaining insight into the business environment at large, but especially in the functional area that you are focused on.

    Cons

    Direct manager (AM/SE's) sometimes get on "power trips" - well I've only had one who was hard to work with. ... but worth mentioning as this partnerhship is tight knit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    (See Cons).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great first job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Great team, great commission opportunity. I learned a lot and the young culture really appealed to me and continues to.

    Cons

    Not a ton of room for growth given the practice I was in and there was a lack of structure at the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work hard to maintain today's culture as the business grows in the future

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Some good, some bad

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    With the right manager and team, a great supportive place to work with plenty of running room to explore your skills

    Cons

    The culture in some functions borders on the amoral

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introduce morals and ethics into all areas of the company - and mean it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Mostly positive, could pay more for what we do

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Management Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Account Management Associate in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Not really told how to do my job, but given support when needed. Management are friendly and low key. All management is highly accessible and approachable.

    Cons

    Probably the worst hiring process I have ever seen. Long delays, terrible job of explaining what the day to day will look like, no interaction with people in seat for the role, and a lot of confusion over amx vs bdx. HR people were friendly, but I had much better interviews with every other company i interviewed with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay your new hires better. allow flexibility to promote out of SSPD levels without necessarily hitting the exact metric each quarter. This policy takes advantage of new hires and traps them in low paying jobs. 40,000 base for DC is very very low. 55,000 would be more consistent with the nature of the role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Long career with great learning

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    CEB is simultaneously the world's best business classroom and a business itself, so it provides wonderful opportunities to study great businesses and run a business at the same time. The opportunity to do and think about business simultaneously is an incredible experience, and there is no shortage of really hard working, really smart people around who set a high bar for you to meet.

    Cons

    The higher you get in the company, the more stifling the egos are and it can become depressing. The company advertises itself as a meritocracy but judgment of a person's merits becomes more and more subjective as responsibilities grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to bring back some of the graciousness and humility that's been lost since the days of DvB. It helps keep people engaged and inspired even while going through the grinder.

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

    Run as far as you can

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Other young employees in office

    Cons

    If you want to make 150+ phone calls a day and actually only talk to 2 correct contacts then go for it. It's a horrible, degrading Expierence that I hope no one else has to go through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication is needed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good for Early Career, Not a Place You Stay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at CEB full-time

    Pros

    I've gotten what I wanted out of my experience at CEB, which when I first started, was essentially to learn more about business/strategy. I really love the people I work with-- everyone is smart, and comes from really diverse backgrounds which makes for great conversation. Also, early on in my career I had a couple of great managers but of course a con is that you get moved around a lot and I think good managers are rare at this company.

    Cons

    - Low pay. If you're in research, which is supposedly the "backbone" of the company don't expect to be rewarded for this. Compared to industry standards, CEB pays its employees very poorly. This is simply part of its strategy-- it can hire cheap, inexperienced college students any time for research positions and training costs are low. So, they don't really care at all.
    - Research experience is not "creative" as they describe. The research process at CEB can be taxing. As a researcher you're told to go think "out of the box" but ultimately decisions on research are made by the advisory side or your research manager. If your ideas don't mesh with the ideas of senior leadership in the company, you won't move up in the company.
    - No recognition. There's hardly any recognition of people in research roles. You pretty much have to move into advisory for people to notice you, otherwise you leave the company.
    - Limited Opportunity. There are three career paths at CEB-- sales, research and advisory. Again, research is limited-- they can't have too many senior managers in research positions because it's not profitable enough. While advisory okay, it's definitely not everyone's thing. In advisory, you eventually have to go on roadshows, present research, etc.
    - No brand image: CEB never branded itself in early years! For some reason the CEO didn't believe it was important. It's never going to the get the recognition that companies like Deloitte, Accenture, etc. get so don't be surprised when people ask you if it's a made-up company.
    - Limited resources: Sure, CEB might have a gym but there are basic things the company fails to provide its employees, which in turn, makes it harder for them to do their jobs. For instance, more experienced professionals don't have access to a laptop. Also, many calls rooms have been transformed into offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people. High turnover has a really negative impact on the people that stay at CEB.

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

    Great for Career Development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an 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
  10.  

    A great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Procurement Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Procurement Manager in Arlington, VA

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than an 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an 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

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