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Fun, young working atmosphere. Extremely high pressure with little recognition.

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Former Employee - Associate in Sydney (Australia)
Former Employee - Associate in Sydney (Australia)

I worked at CEB full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Majority of office was young people with similar interests and mindsets. The social side of things was great and initial training program good.

Cons

Very high pressure 'American' attitude to business that did not translate well to Australian economy or leaders. Expect a lot from you for nothing. Slow progression.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Have a little more flexibility when entering new markets.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not ever consider working for this company, it is the worst thing you will ever do in your life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The canteen is pretty good in the CEB HQ in Washington.

    Cons

    1.CEB treats internal people better than external candidates. External candidates do not last long at CEB. They last between 6 to 12 months and they leave through frustration.

    2. CEB is very big on feedback, so much so that every single person you interact with from the receptionist, to those who work around you (even those you said hello to in the corridor) will be asked to give feedback about you. Whilst on one hand it can be rewarding, this method of performance review is subject to abuse by colleagues. For example, if your colleagues do not like you, they will constantly give bad feedback about you, which influences your pay and promotion prospects.

    3. Managers are really really bad at this company, they have no interest in developing their staff or teams; they only care about hitting a sales goal to get promoted to the next level. If they don't hit their goal, they are so ruthless, they will make a scapegoat out of those that report to them. They are also major micromanagers. You will never have autonomy in this job as your manager will insist on looking over your work and make you re-do it again like school if something is not written in the CEB way. The company almost has to de-program people when they come to the company as you have English Language Graduates with 1st class honour degrees who are experts in the English Language forced to attend CEB Writing Classes to learn how to write the CEB Way.

    4. The company does not want individuals of diverse backgrounds, which make companies great. They want clones. The company destroys people. Time and time again I saw young talented confident professionals who had accomplished major things in their career elsewhere only to be destroyed by CEB. These once promising individuals are reduced to nothing more than nervous wrecks.

    5 CEB is first and foremost a sales driven company, every other department is cannon fodder. You will see account managers/sales executives treated like gods and managers sucking up to them, as they know if an account manager does not sell their product, the manager in charge of that department won't hit their goal. If you belong to any other department, you don't have a voice and won't be listened to. The sales people (account managers and sales executives) often think they know best and scream loudest, so if you don't do as they say, they will give you bad feedback.

    6. The company is a dedicated research and advisory service and supplies the world's leading C-level executives with best practices on how to solve business problems. Yet the company does not follow it's own advice. Turnover is extremely high, the same person sitting in a pod is not guaranteed to be there a few weeks later. The company knows this and tells managers 'don’t invest too much time with that person; They won't be here in a few months'.

    7. The company has a heavy-handed method for dealing with people they don't like or who they perceive to be low performers. These are called Performance Improvement Plans (PIPS). In any normal company, if your performance is below par, your manager will take you to one side and tell you what is lacking and you will fix it and job done, it will never be mentioned again. At CEB if you are not liked or deemed a low performer, your manager is not concerned with helping you overcome the PIP. They are more concerned about covering their back and creating a paper trail, which will get you fired. Business Development Executives (BDX) and Account Management Executives (AMX) have been put on PIPS for not calling enough people during the day (it's August FFS - people are on holiday!). The PIPS are so vague they are almost impossible to get over; you inevitably end up fired not because you are a performer but they have been designed to push you out of the company.

    8. The company has a dress code where you have to come into work wearing certain attire on certain days of the week, if the company is feeling generous, they may organise a jeans day but these are rare.

    9. The company has a ban on employees taking annual leave during certain times of the year (Sept to December) and at other points as the company wants you chained to your desk so you make calls. During these periods the company will bring in breakfast, lunch and dinner - not because they are being nice, but because they don't want you to leave your desk. They also ban you from taking annual leave on certain days, as they don't want people to miss 'town hall meetings'.

    10. It's a common occurrence to go to the bathroom and hear someone in the next cubicle crying or sobbing their heart out because they can't take it any more, I used to see colleagues come of their managers office with glazed eyes as if they had been crying. Your colleagues can see this happening and know it is wrong but do not want to speak up or make waves as it could be them who is fired next.

    11. You are always looking over your shoulder, creating a culture of paranoia and worried about job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone at Director Level to Board Level should be fired. The company should be broken up and sold off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting work, week top level management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People, learning, exposure to high level decision making, travel.
    Get in, learn and get out!

    Cons

    Very sales heavy organization
    Poorly organized decision making process
    CEO rated one of the worst in the US

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read your own research and instil the best practices you preach....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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