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CEB Arlington Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and opportunities for development (in 151 reviews)

  • CEB provided an amazing stepping stone to build the confidence to speak to C-level Executives at a strategic level (in 45 reviews)

Cons
  • Compensation may be slightly low compared to industry standards but work-life balance is much higher compared to industry standards (in 68 reviews)

  • Sometimes sclerotic senior management processes (in 44 reviews)

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  1. "Smart Co-workers, Global Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CEB full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really smart co-workers across departments who are strategic in thinking and hard-working when it comes to execution (not a place for lazy workers) -- you can learn a LOT here

    Global experience will stretch you and give you great resume-building experience

    If you are interested in making friends at work and getting involved, there are lots of opportunities to do so (sports teams, happy hours, employee resource groups, yoga, team outings, etc.)

    Cons

    Recently acquired by Gartner, not sure how this will play out for current employees and/or new hires

    Turnover at all levels

    Work load can be very heavy at times -- have to be able to keep up with a high-producer environment

    Advice to Management

    Consider how you can support and inspire people outside of just the Commercial teams


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Decent career stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Quantitative Research Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Quantitative Research Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CEB full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large company, so pretty good benefits (e.g., health insurance, generous PTO).

    Lots of young people, which makes easy to make friends among peers.

    Well-known name with a lot of alums in the area, which is great for networking.

    Many intelligent, educated, socially-conscious people to work with.

    Exposure to wide range of companies and direct interaction with executives across industries.

    Generally reasonable hours and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Academics will find the rigor, complexity, and ethics of CEB research lacking. Management is reluctant to invest resources in obtaining enough data to develop fresh insights, choosing instead to recycle old case studies and insist that their stats folks twist the data to fit the story they want to tell.

    Little support, and no technical training whatsoever, for quantitative analysts or consultants; MBA types are highly favored, and the traditional management track is the only path to promotion.

    Senior leadership is staunchly resistant to upgrading severely outdated software and technology, compounding the problem.

    The politics can be frustrating and oppressive; the research agenda depends on the idiosyncratic preference of a handful of senior leaders who have been at the company for 10-20 years and refuse to move past the rigid, process-oriented CEB research model, which quickly gets stale to both employees and clients.

    There is no accountability for abusive managerial practices, personal favoritism, or toxic coworker behavior, which makes for wildly variable experiences depending on the team in which you're placed.

    Performance is evaluated based on arbitrary scoring systems and highly subjective meetings among more senior staff.

    Advice to Management

    At one annual research kickoff, senior leadership dismissed startup tech companies as being all about "hoverboards in the office" (i.e., perks); shortsighted atittudes like this will ensure that you lose all competitive edge to companies who respect the rapid advancement of data and technology, because that's the direction in which the business world is headed.

    Back off on the push for extreme volume of content and focus instead of improving the quality of that content.

  3. "Awful management layer, company has no future"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager, Talent Management in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Product Manager, Talent Management in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CEB full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Flexible hours, PTO
    - Easy job, literally just a 40-hour a week job
    - Good location in Virginia, convenient
    - Lots of hiring of young people to replace the old people that have never had a second job

    Cons

    - Super management heavy, the heads and group leads are super corporate. No one has true skill or vision of how to advance, everyone is process oriented. Too many cooks in the kitchen.
    - Don't even take their own advice or research, operate as a large, monolithic company
    - Transparency is BS, after acquisition, you can't trust anyone
    - Attrition is super high, good talent has left and those left behind and have nowhere to go

    Advice to Management

    Resign - let a new generation step up. Your skills are obsolete, stop focusing on process and show your real skills.


  4. "Uninspiring and directionless"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Arlington office provides a few gym.

    Cons

    Analysts turnover is very high, due to non-challenging work, heavy bureaucracy, and lower than average compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your analysts to ensure they deliver the promises made by the sales teams. Challenge them to produce high impact insights, not coast on easily accessible industry data.


  5. "Young culture"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Arlington, VA

    I worked at CEB (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    High energy environment
    Good research
    Great training for straight out of college

    Cons

    Low pay
    Management issues, too many unexperienced leaders
    Not good for work-life balance


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CEB full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Young environment, fair salary for the work

    Cons

    Hard to move within the company


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Business Development Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CEB full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Being able to connect with C-Level Executives

    Cons

    Horrible Commercial Support Managers
    People are too cliquey

  8. "Great if given opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CEB full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, awesome employer, diversity and inclusion friendly, rewarded for excellent work

    Cons

    Staffing model requires lots of effort from employees, do less with more.

    Advice to Management

    Information is leaked, consider being more transparent


  9. "Financial Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CEB full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    CEB had a very relaxed environment and the people are all great. Rossyln is also a great area with many food options. The PTO is also very generous.

    Cons

    The pay could be better and the work flow tends to be very uneven. There will be periods of time with not much to do and then times where you have more on your plate than reasonable.

    Advice to Management

    There is often a disconnect between upper management, which can make delivering the reports they want difficult. Management also tends to throw around buzzwords to make bad situations more appealing.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "You don't want to work here (but it won't kill you)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quantitative Research Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Quantitative Research Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CEB full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly, okay-paying, and centrally located. A good branching-out point for other careers. Better hours than most management consulting firms. Exposure to different industries. The standard 2-year turn-over tenure means you will have inroads into other industries from those who have left before you.

    If you have flexible research ethics, you can expect a reliable, middling-paying job that requires little ingenuity and a little more effort. You can collect a paycheck, focus on your hobbies and skills, and explore how different companies solve their problems.

    Part of the business model, networking people with problems with those who claim to have solved those problems, can be rewarding and value-adding. There is also at least one huge survey whose methodology is approached seriously and ethically.

    There's a gym in the building.

    Cons

    This is a meat grinder straight out of a Dilbert cartoon. The research methodology could be picked apart by a high-school student. The AER/research business model is essentially fortune-telling, where you find out what your audience wants to hear, through informal conversations, set up a survey designed to find the answer you want in 60 different ways, and then build a deck around the inevitable 3 significant results. The stats people know this, and even the program leaders shrug their shoulders and say, "Yes, the business is clueless, but at least that means we have job security."

    The business processes are also helter-skelter. There are no acceptance criteria for research projects, and anyone with any authority can blow the whole thing up at any time. This happens frequently. It's politics, posturing, and power games all the way down.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your experts. Learn on which topics you don't know what you're talking about, and defer to the people you hire to know things for you. Your research is guesswork, your statistics are bunk, and your offerings are all flash and no substance. And it's not because your statisticians don't know better. They do. They just know you won't listen. You use your quants like a drunk uses a lamppost: For support, not illumination.


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