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Can be a good place to work, but has its down sides like any company

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

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

Pros

- true access to the c-suite (very rare, especially at the levels that CEB allows it) and usually quite solid insight and content
- high performance is recognised and can open doors
- work hard/play hard culture
- very smart and dynamic workforce- some incredible colleagues
- very strong at sales process
- one used to be able to leap-frog within the company if they proved themselves, but today there are many more processes and policies and rules
- some leaders that deserve an immense amount of respect and are very fair

Cons

- sales-oriented and numbers focused to a detriment at times
- comes across as short-sighted in its strategy, despite claiming otherwise
- most senior leaders are old-timers (decade plus tenure in the company) and fresh blood doesn't seem to last very long
- depending on program/role/territory can 'get lucky' or 'not so lucky' and find yourself struggling in an environment where numbers are everything
- limited formal development
- middle management does very little coaching
- political and senior leadership displays signs of 'favoritism'
- fairly flat structure, thus limiting development opportunities and future roles
- depending on manager, some are very micro-managy
- Q4 holiday policy is ridiculous- forbidding employees to take time off in certain months and insisting that they must be in the office between christmas and new year if they have not hit their targets for the year (instead of allowing them to work remotely in those few days, as they do for the employees who are at target)- meanwhile no one is actually allowed to take those days off.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Communication with employees is appalling- much stands to be gained by improving this and especially how it cascades down the organisation. You really must read your own research and try to implement at least half of what you advise to your clients. A bit of fresh blood could bring in new perspectives and help improve the organisation- think about how to retain such talent better.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

    You will not have a social life if you work here..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, and bonuses are ok. not much else really.

    Cons

    Very, very long working hours. feel pressured to work without breaks. Company cares more about profit than employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you need more resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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