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  1. Ok

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Conference Board

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

    Pros

    Work from home, big beautiful office, snacks, coffe, tea

    Cons

    No room for growth, random lay offs

  2. Not applicable

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    Current Employee - Not Applicable in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Not Applicable in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Conference Board

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

    Pros

    flexibility with work hours
    working from home
    vacation package
    nice office atmosphere

    Cons

    senior management/CEO disconnect from rest of the organization
    no room for career growth
    low compensation
    employee "say" seems to be for show, no outcome
    high turnover

    Advice to Management

    start actively trying out ideas from employees rather than staying on the one track mentality that hasn't been working. create opportunities for those who want to move up. create incentives to keep our valuable people.

  3. Helpful (3)

    An organization that needs to seriously rethink its priorities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Conference Board

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

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance; good place for entry-level professionals looking to develop new skills; front line staff is warm and collegial

    Cons

    Organization focused on revenue chasing at the expense of quality, member needs and employees; CEO is more concerned with processes and technology than people; senior leadership cronyism; no career path for mid-level managers

    Advice to Management

    It's now the time to remember the organizational mission and the values that used to make this company great. Focus on the core business and stop getting distracted with "promising" new revenue streams that continue to fail or fizzle out. Build up your support function capacity so that the organization can deliver quality research and programs to its members. Support future leadership that will bring on positive change and have a collaborative mindset. And perhaps, on occasion, read and follow your own research and recommendations for action.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    10 years

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at The Conference Board full-time

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

    Pros

    Flex time I was allowed to grow a dept. But after 10 year was laid off due to the economy.

    Cons

    Unchangeable. The aenior management need to realize that the have real people working there and work on creating the family environment of the past

    Advice to Management

    Be more forward thinking and not just pet projects that come at the whim of the ceo and cfo.

  6. Helpful (1)

    A Company with Interesting Research but Slow Innovation

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Conference Board

    Pros

    Heads of research departments are doing interesting/quality research

    Cons

    Only a few select departments/teams (CCI and Econ indicators teams) generate notable research

  7. A great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Conference Board full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, great co-workers, perks, flexibility to work from home or in the office, beautiful office, free food and drinks, upward mobility.

    Cons

    Some of the people that work here can be a little negative. There are two groups of people at TCB - people that believe in the organization and care about their work, and people that take it easy and enjoy the perks and then complain about a lack of mobility or that nothing is getting done. It's a small organization so you really have to contribute and wear a lot of hats and if you do it pays off.

    Advice to Management

    TCB is afraid to let people go, even for cause. Companies like Zappos, and others, offer their employees money to quit. If someone is willing to leave their organization for a lump sum of money then they clearly don't value their job at the company. TCB does everything they can to keep under-performers around even if it's clear that they don't want to be there. It's backwards and it's hurting the org.

  8. A changing organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Conference Board full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment. Colleagues that care about each other. Increasingly global mindset. Growing as an organization. Exciting times still to come.

    Cons

    Resource constrained (that's not unique to this organization). Highly matrixed, and at times can feel like multiple you have multiple bosses.

    Advice to Management

    Increase direct engagement internally.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Seemingly accessible leadership, strange culture

    Current Intern - Summer Fellow in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Summer Fellow in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Conference Board as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked as a Summer Fellow in a small department. My direct managers, and the leadership of the organization were really accessible to the summer interns. Great opportunity to contribute and the workshops/lunches they put together for summer staff were useful career development.
    Teleworking is big here, which is cool... sort of.

    I ran into someone who worked as a Research Analyst during my time as a fellow about a year after my experience. She told me my entire department had been replaced...

    Cons

    Somewhat strange office culture- everyone is either right of school or has been around for 20+ years. Younger people are very cliquey, and is lacking some real diversity. Human capital practice is clearly their main focus, which is understandable but disappointing.

  10. Helpful (8)

    96 years old and such potential, but lousy results. Will we make it to 100 years?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Conference Board full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Bright, enthusiastic co-workers.
    A chance to get to know Fortune 500 companies and their staff well
    Great technology upgrades allow flex work
    Non profit means you are trying to help the world too

    Cons

    Senior team is disconnected from rest of the organization
    Trustees rubber stamp CEO and CFO plans, but those haven't worked out for the last 3 years
    Hotelling at unassigned desks means you don't get to know what other people are working on, and we all repeat the same mistakes or miss chances to collaborate
    Compensation is fine for an NYC non profit, but they promise bonuses and don't deliver them- stop promising!
    No training that is actually useful or consistent

    Advice to Management

    The senior team needs to stop trying out new things and then not taking responsibility when it fails. They are simply eating into financial reserves. They laid off 10% of the workforce and are too self satisfied and comfortable to take a 10% pay cut! They laid off mid managers, looking for higher financial savings, but it hurt the organization a lot. Members that don't know the inner workings really like the organization, but it needs to step up its game- focus on 3 key businesses; use its own findings internally; modify the seating to have 'neighborhoods' . Have the trustees do a real 360 review- maybe Spector has reached the limit of his abilities and should move on or be moved.

  11. Helpful (4)

    Poor management decisions making skills

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at The Conference Board full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee culture, diversity and team building

    Cons

    Low compensation and no 401 k = a very poor plan for retirement

    Advice to Management

    Train staff, bring in consultants, practice our content sugeggetions

    The Conference Board Response

    Dec 9, 2014Vice President, Human Resources

    Thanks for sharing. We do have a great team. And are constantly striving to be better.
    You might want to check with HR about your retirement planning: TCB does offer a 403(b), which is the nonprofit
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