CEB Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
518 Reviews

3.2
518 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 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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    Good place to start

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at CEB full-time

    Pros

    Great place for a young professional or recent graduate to learn and grow. Supervisors and management are approachable and interested in your development. Great team environment

    Cons

    Growth for CEB is limited due to current economy. There is a considerable amount of change-over, but work life balance is good.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  6.  

    Great Place for a first job and to build a network or dynamic professionals

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    Current Employee - Account Management Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Management Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to work with Senior level executives
    Young culture and A list personalities make the work exciting and dynamic

    Cons

    The pay isn't that great for the amount of work and hours put in
    The development path is changing constantly and has many biases that can ruin the opportunity for promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Structure the advancement and training to be more streamlined and transparent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    positive - been here 5 years - decent opportunities internally, but not great payers!

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at CEB full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    the people; opportunities to try new roles or locations

    Cons

    the pay; not great formal training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Mixed bag

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    Current Employee - Director of Sales  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director of Sales in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Meritocracy - you can rise quickly if you excel
    Work form home - At least partial work from home is possible
    Comp/Ben - Great base salary, benefits and commission structure

    Cons

    Territory - If you don't have a good territory it can be impossible to hit sales targets
    Resources - Given to those who excel (the rich get richer / coffee is for closers)
    Boiler room - Too much emphasis on metrics / hitting the number over quality of service

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder to develop your new talent or else you will continue to lose quality people before they ever have an opportunity to shine

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Young and friendly environment, but very high turnover in employees.

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    Current Employee - Business Development Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Office culture, benefits, peers, management

    Cons

    do not allow enough time to develop professionally, unrealistic expectations, high pressure environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Best place to jumpstart a consulting career

    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    CEB has a superior client base. You will be advising and serving senior executives at the largest companies across the world. The company offers a lot of important responsibilities for ambitious individuals. It has a very energetic and fun culture, which keeps its staff at high spirit during crunch times. Staff can generally expect high inter-team and inter-office mobility. Performance management system is very detailed and serious.

    Cons

    While frontline staff generally performs at high efficiency and effectiveness, the sub-par back office support infrastructure will need to catch up for this fast-growing company, which is now truly global.

  11.  

    Great Culture, Great CEO

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at CEB full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Young, entrepreneurial, intelligent people, well run organization, based on solid business principles, great culture to learn and absorb

    Cons

    You go to learn, not to get paid

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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