CEB Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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CEB Chairman and CEO Thomas L. Monahan III
Thomas L. Monahan III
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Pros
  • There is a good work/life balance (in 48 reviews)

  • Not many roles as a 20 something let you actually talk to and close deals with C-level executives at major companies (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • Limited work/life balance (flexible scheduling) options (in 41 reviews)

  • You get emails from senior management asking you to post positive reviews because they've had some very negative glassdoor press (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Great place

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is an excellent place to work. Semi laid back policies in regards to dress, but a culture of high growth and development. A very young and energetic environment

    Cons

    There are not many cons to note. I would say that one of the biggest cons have to be the elevators in the waterview office.

    Advice to Management

    There is definitely a strong growth mentality within the company which helps to cultivate younger employees. keep doing what you're doing.


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    Research Analyst

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Rosslyn, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    CEB has a good culture filled with smart young individuals. For the pay it is a relatively easy place to work.

    Cons

    There are many cons to CEB. Most notably an overwhelming majority of managers are terrible. You will go unmanaged unless you force it.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your research staff not just your commercial staff. The high turnover should not be a surprise. Sentiment on the floor is terrible it is obvious. Get it together.


  3. Senior Editor

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    Former Employee - Corporate Executive Board in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Corporate Executive Board in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers Young, innovative vibe Terrific interaction with India office Best manager I've ever had

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement in the Creative Services Group. Low pay Repetitive work


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  5. Nice place

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CEB (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment, friendly people. Lots of dedicated professional colleagues.

    Cons

    Need to build a better internal systems.


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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance does exist

    Cons

    Not the cream of the crop co-workers

    Advice to Management

    Allow innovation instead of training employees to be cogs in a process


  7. Good place to learn, not a long term play

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Services in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Advisory Services in Arlington, VA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Smart People and even smarter clients 2) You'll learn a lot in your first year or two

    Cons

    1) Work is repetitive 2) Upward mobility for more experienced staff is basically non-existent 3) Groupthink

    Advice to Management

    Need some fresh blood in upper management


  8. Good place to start career

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

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

    Pros

    Pretty good pay for new Research Analysts straight out of undergrad. Most new analysts come from top undergraduate institutions and make around 60k + a decent performance bonus. My year also received signing and relocation bonuses. The work can be interesting but is highly dependent on the practice area and managers.

    Cons

    Work and employee satisfaction is very reliant on your manager. Work hours can be long at times but overall the work/life balance is okay. The research staff are all highly educated and well-accomplished so it can be hard to stick out. Long term upward mobility within the organization is also questionable.


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    cps

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Editor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    lots of young people, good place to start out, decent benefits

    Cons

    everything is tracked, all that matters are the metrics and financials, lots of corporate doublespeak and culty "ceb-isms"

    Advice to Management

    treat your employees like real people, not interchangeable cogs. financial model that is built entirely on sales is not sustainable.


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    Relationship Manager

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    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart company and has a great work-life balance. The actual job working with clients is so great. I've learned so much about business working here. You also have access to the top executives in the Fortune 1000 companies. Really valuable experience and the culture can be fun at times.

    Cons

    Crazy sales expectations. CEB cares way too much about generating new business and they only focus on that element of a job that is supposed to revolve around serving members. Not much focus on actual service and delivering value. Every meeting revolves around new business. You are ultimately an Sales Executive but have to deal with managing your portfolio of clients as well. Also - since there are so many people who have been at CEB for so long, they ultimately run the company to favor them. It's very hard to come in as a new person as you are not put in a position to be successful. The favoritism and politics in that is really frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Focus of actually serving members and lower the insane expectations and sales goals put on Account Managers. Stop playing favorites. Change the goaling for new hires - it's completely unfair and turns off new employees from wanting to stay.


  11. Research Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to high level executives early on in your career, potentially impactful work, great brand name (tons of employees leave to go on to other fantastic jobs because of CEB's reputation)

    Cons

    Very sales focused, even on the research side, poor people management, decreasing emphasis on high quality research, (consider an advisory / product role)

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that people in management positions are trained and qualified to be good people managers, clarify boundaries between roles and make sure the right people are hired for the right role



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