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CEB Arlington Reviews

Updated March 6, 2017
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Pros
  • work life balance, great coworkers (in 135 reviews)

  • The exposure to C level executives so early in your career is unprecedented (in 44 reviews)

Cons
  • Compensation may be slightly low compared to industry standards but work-life balance is much higher compared to industry standards (in 65 reviews)

  • Sometimes sclerotic senior management processes (in 44 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Don't do it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Nice work environment and nice building
    -Causal dress
    -Rosslyn

    Cons

    -Poor management
    -High turnover
    -Low compensation
    -Okay benefits
    - job stability

    Advice to Management

    -Follow your own "best practices"
    -Invest more in employees to prevent high turnover


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good company to start"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really nice and collaborative people considering the size of the company. Good benefit, paternity leave, insurance, gym... Active young people around with innovative culture

    Cons

    Too much thinking/discussing and brainstorming with not so realistic ideas to implement. Lots of ideas got stuck because lack of legal agreement or data sources. Lots of ideas end up like a game of perfect storm in painting beautiful pictures yet plan abortion. High turnover in both sales/junior level and mid-manager/leader level. Research hard to be consistent between the old and new leaders. Again and again, new people come and pushed down all previously built plan and idea... then the new guy again..

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep the mid level leader/managers for a reasonably long time. Do not overpromise the plan/idea that you know are unrealistic


  3. Helpful (1)

    "The best job I have had yet"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Executive Advisor in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Executive Advisor in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart talented individuals who truly embody the company's core values like member impact and spirit of generosity. If you find yourself in the right team with good managers and strong champions you will play to your strengths and have a lot of fun doing it.

    Cons

    Culture and even roles vary dramatically by practice, office (location) and product. Not all strong individual contributors make good managers and so manager quality varies.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire smart people and simply tell them what to do. Ask them what we could be doing differently.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company for recent undergraduates/young professionals"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Management Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Account Management Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Young workforce, mostly recent college graduates. Relatively clear path for professional advancement. Depending on your specific practice, a lot of fun happy hours and outside of work events such as intramural teams and things of that nature. Great company that will only grow in the future. Great work-life balance, again depending on your specific practice.

    Cons

    Typical 9-5 grind. If you're not ok with staring at a computer all day and conducting hot/cold calls then avoid this job. Pay is solid for new hires but the pay raises, albeit often, are not very high.

    Advice to Management

    Management has been amazing to me. I don't think I'll find a better set of managers than the ones I have had here at CEB. They have always open and honest with me in terms of my advancement and what is going on with the company. Management will also work with you to find a new job if need be, which alone is the fact for a good rating.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, but suffers from underlying politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Management Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Management Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CEB does a really good job training young sales professionals from blank slates. Great place to work, especially for recent college grads. Work hard, play hard culture.

    Cons

    CEB, like almost any company, has its fair share of politics. Inconsistent stretch opportunities between practices.

    Advice to Management

    All Account Managers (including external hires) and Commercial Support Managers should be required to complete the SSPD program in its entirety.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Depends"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you have a great manager, the experience could be great. Going in, new hires need to realize the job is a sales job that includes cold calling. However, the experience can be incredibly rewarding if your manager gives you opportunities to learn and grow.

    Cons

    If you have a terrible manager, the experience can be terrible. There is a lack of transparency at the company and a lack of direction. The recruiting process is also not open enough about the AMA/BDA jobs. Many new hires have expressed disappointment that they were told they weren't gong to be making cold calls and/or that the job isn't a sales job.

    The retention rate is also terrible. If you've been in role for more than a year, chances are you're one of the most tenured people on the team. More needs to be done to improve retention so employees aren't left picking up the pieces after 20-40% of the team transitions every year.

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers better. Managers make or break people's experiences. CEB research has said it's the number one reason employees are unsatisfied and/ or leave their jobs. The company needs to take it's own advice.


  8. Helpful (18)

    "A Stepping Stone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    CEB will hire people with non-business backgrounds and give them an introduction to the business world. Employees learn how business functions and begins to learn the language of business.

    Their research framework is genuinely interesting and worth learning.

    Your coworkers will actually be really amazing people - I've heard a lot of recruiters talk about hiring quality people, CEB actually does.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, they don't promote those quality people. Attrition is so high that the people who get promoted are the people who are left. They may or may not be smart and capable researchers but that doesn't mean they know about leading people.

    CEB is a sales organization - the business equivalent to a gym. We sold year long "memberships" in order to help you "get in shape," at the end of the year we couldn't care less whether an organization even used us much less got in shape, so long as they renew and get another year's fees. All of CEB is structured to support sales and renewals, their incentive scheme especially. Every company needs business, I totally get that, but instead of being professionals and letting the quality of our work speak for itself and bring people in, CEB resorts to gym-like tactics. Most employees hate this and it causes a lot of discontent, low morale and departures.

    CEB's pay is pretty terrible. Most of their hires are straight from undergrad or former government/nonprofit workers. So it is a step up, but they drastically undervalue their experienced hires, and as soon as they realize it they leave. CEB isn't in the league of second or third tier consulting firms when it comes to pay and benefits - which is why so many people leave for those firms after a year or two.

    Finally, as noted throughout - CEB has a huge problem retaining talent. Because honestly why would you? You can get paid more, doing more respectable work, under more capable leaders after a few years there. This stretches the whole team even further and causes more people to leave - a textbook example of a self-reinforcing cycle.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people at titles and salaries below their worth just because you can sell them a bill of goods, when they find out - and they always find out - it ruins their desire to do good work for you and creates one more toxic coworkers for everyone else.

    Stop promoting people simply because they are there, you hire quality people who know how to lead, promote them instead!

    Properly staff research teams, give them the time to put out quality research and then use that to generate business. When you try to cut corners on research you get a terrible product and you have a hard time selling it. You're either a research company or a sales company - you can't be both and it is time to choose.

    You have a really cool business model, the most common refrain is disappointment that you don't live up to what you could be. Most of us started really excited about the work and would have stayed that way. Instead I saw 3 teams have 100% turnover in less than a year - mine became the 4th when I left.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Respectable work/life balance, good PTO balance

    Cons

    Salaries are a tier lower than competitors

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees..not by creating ineffective HR-led development programs, but by paying them a bit more!


  10. "Great Company to Work for!"

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

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

    Pros

    Great training and development programs out of CEB University. Fantastic work culture that hires really smart people.

    Cons

    Turnover has been high in some parts of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Invest time in your employees and they'll be loyal!


  11. "Not a terrible place to build a career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great fun place to work. Pretty decent benefits.

    Cons

    The pay is the big downside. Typically until you make the IC roles, you are making about 45k plus bonuses every quarter

    Advice to Management

    They have to pay there employees better if they don't want to lose people that graduate the SSPD program.



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