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A chance to impact the thinking at the best companies

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Current Employee - Team Leader - Research in Arlington, VA
Current Employee - Team Leader - Research in Arlington, VA

I have been working at CEB full-time (More than 5 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Super smart colleagues. Wicked smart.
Company has learned from the 2009 crisis and is growing more sustainably
Diverse portfolio of opportunities that didn't exist in the past - in marketing, data, analytics, web
Manageable travel
Managers in the product function are experienced both in the content as well as in people/staff management
Much more training and development than in years past

Cons

The company is cheap - CEO on down
Politics in some teams
Low brand awareness

Advice to Management

Figure out the growth-margin-investment positioning

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  1. Opportunity to engage with senior leadership at some of the most interesting companies across the world

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

    I worked at CEB full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Even at entry levels you are exposed to senior leadership at top companies.
    Working to solve complex problems on behalf of interesting clients.
    Learn how to break a problem down into its component parts.
    Work with highly intellectually curious colleagues.
    Opportunity to go deep into a cross section of business functions.

    Cons

    Some people will struggle with the consistently intense and demanding work environment. It's hard to stay on top of things without at least some weekend work on a regular basis.


  2. Helpful (8)

    Research role: Some issues & a bit of a churn factory, but all and all a good place for the early stages of your career.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Research Consultant in Rosslyn, VA
    Former Employee - Strategic Research Consultant in Rosslyn, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Note: This review is for a research role. These comments do not reflect the realities of sales, creative, etc.

    - Intelligent people

    - If you work in research, you will get very smart quickly about the strategic nuances of a functional discipline (HR, Finance, Marketing).

    - A lot of exposure to very senior C-level executives, even early in your career. Remember to send a LinkedIn invite when you do a good job with a senior client/member! That will pay off later.

    -Less travel than in standard consulting firms. You won't have to live out of a suitcase.

    Cons

    - Very top-heavy staffing in research, once people stick around long enough they become promoted to more senior positions, where they become somewhat unnecessary and just kick work downstairs, but meanwhile suck up most of the budget dollars for those departments with their higher salaries. CEB is a perfect example of the Peter Principle, i.e. - that the members of an organization will eventually be promoted beyond their level of ability. Or "In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence,"

    - It's frustrating because in theory senior researchers are providing a strategic & editorial role, but really there are too many chefs in the kitchen and not enough cooks - so they are just *creating* rounds of edits and redrafts to justify their own existence. There is way too much day-to-day work (to keep and delight members) that senior staff have decided is below their level of seniority ...but that's the work that needs to get done! CEB needs to restructure to have fewer editors and more smart entry level 'doers' (i.e. - 2-5 years out of school). Won't do it though because the senior people control the narrative that goes upstairs.

    - Many senior people lack training around providing useful feedback. As a result, much management at CEB can be best characterized as "The swoop & poop" - i.e. the manager is totally disengaged from what you're working on, then swoops in, poops all over whatever you're working on - and flies away ...believing that they have added value. They have not actually added value. They have just fooled themselves into thinking they contributed something. This happens a lot.

    - Late hours (in research). During AER season you are living at the office. It's the same thing every year, so it could be avoided if there was even the most basic proj management rigor provided by senior people from research, but there's too much overemphasis on/romanticization of the editing process.

    - CEB likes to think of itself as innovative, but the CEO and the loyal lieutenants (that he hasn't forced out to secure his throne) all come from the old days of research and don't really understand much about innovating outside of the 2001 business model. Nothing new under the sun.

    Advice to Management

    CEB still hasn't re-established its employee value proposition since the 2008 crash. In 2000 it used to have tons of money to throw at problems, so working employees very hard was ok. The model was, work really hard. We're cash flush so we'll create perks and throw a lot of fancy events and if you succeed you can move up very quickly because we're growing so fast.

    Today CEB is much more of a brick and mortar company with traditional plodding career advancement, but they are still operating like it's a high growth company. They need to rethink what they are really offering employees and how to strengthen that social contract.


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