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CEB Director Reviews

Updated November 1, 2017
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CEB Chairman and CEO Thomas L. Monahan III
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and opportunities for development (in 165 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 70 reviews)

  • Sometimes sclerotic senior management processes (in 45 reviews)

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  1. "one of the best opportunities to increase horizontal expertise across verticals"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ...thorough and competent onboarding process, intelligent and capable peers, reasonable flexibility in work environment, and good opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    The firm researches, analyzes, models, creates, and sells best-practice platforms; the same should be utilized internally.

    Advice to Management

    Survey employees and analyze data to model top performers, and then create ongoing training to disseminate best practices for each role.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "If you want to grow...not here!!"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great.

    Cons

    1. Money is pitiful
    2. Middle-management struggles to work with senior management and their direct reports
    3. No exposure to clients

    Advice to Management

    Build a more client focused environment.

  3. "Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Rosslyn, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Rosslyn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CEB (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people and great career path,. Opportunities to start in one department and grow.

    Cons

    You will have to wait your turn in some cases. But this is the nature of working for and established public company vs a emerging private company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep leading by example!


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Sr. Director Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation unless you start straight from college. Comp plan though confusing is very rewarding to over performance. The actual work with customers is invigorating and is legitamitley enjoyable.

    Cons

    Petty, back stabbing political culture that is wreckless and counter productive. Countless people are 'managed out' yet become top producers at other companies. Lack of development - you will not be developed here as management lacks the bandwidth to address development issues and corporate resources are out of touch to actually make a difference.

    Clique oriented political culture dominated by 20 somethings fresh out of school. Those 20 somethings are managed by pious 40 somethings that have never worked anywhere except CEB.

    SF office happens to be the exception to the rule as that office has the best management talent in the company across the board.

    Executive Management is mostly out of touch and lacks leadership strengths that inspire. New Gartner acquisition lends itself to help in this aspect.

    Advice to Management

    To executive management: Quit. Your ineptitude is illustrated in the lack of direction with failed integrations of aquisitions and exodus of talent. San Francisco is home to some of the most capable middle management talent in corporate America. Lean on them to salvage the new company that is now Gartner.

    Metrics management is not leadership.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good fast paced company"

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    Current Employee - IT Director in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - IT Director in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, nice bonus. Location is great just overlooking the river. Moving to new building in 2018.

    Cons

    Merging with Gartner, a little unsteady at the moment. Was released due to budget cuts. They dont give people much notice if let go.

    Advice to Management

    Help people understand when they will be release sooner if possible. Many people were blindsided over the years, including me.


  6. "Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Arlington, VA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work. Progressive company. Smart people.

    Cons

    Not a software company, but a sales company. Terrible IT management.

    Advice to Management

    Start over. Get some people interested in building quality software instead of cheapest.


  7. "Organization makes the best of the broad insights they generate"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director
    Former Employee - Associate Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very strong execution in terms of collecting information and generating insights. Broad Network with opportunity to develop soft skills. Execute their business model really well.

    Cons

    The depth insight and thus learning can be limited.

    Advice to Management

    Not much.

  8. "Nice company, but needs to take its own advice"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice people
    Great professional culture
    Good time off and management encourages you take it
    Decent salary for the workload, especially for the Bay Area.

    Cons

    CEB is about best practice research and they use almost none of those best practices within their own organization so far as I can tell.

    Advice to Management

    Mandate that CEB adopt the best practices that you share with your clients. You don't even train your sales employees with your own Challenger training sessions you sell.


  9. "Great learning experiences --- impactful work..."

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    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CEB full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people I have ever met. Working with CEB-ers is like an on-going graduate degree. Intellectually curious people who want to solve problems.

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of travel.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate!!


  10. "Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director of Product Research in Summit, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Director of Product Research in Summit, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CEB (More than a year)

    Pros

    great culture! great work life balance

    Cons

    sometimes doesn't feel like they do much new product innovation