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Updated June 21, 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 143 reviews)

  • Being able to connect with C-Level Executives (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 66 reviews)

  • Sometimes sclerotic senior management processes (in 44 reviews)

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  1. "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!


  2. "Lots of Changes"

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    Current Employee - Research Leader in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Research Leader in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people, benefits, the work

    Cons

    Lots of change following acquisition by Gartner. Very poor communication and info sharing right now. Attrition is (predictably) high.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on retaining the CEB talent that is still there.

  3. "Smart Co-workers, Global Experience"

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    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. "3 Years at CEB"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Rosslyn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, kind people, good opportunities to try new roles if you push for them

    Cons

    Excessive bureaucracy, pay is insufficient compared to other companies with similar positions in the area & elsewhere


  6. "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.


  7. "Business Development Manager"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Fun workforce that hires a lot of driven sales people. Can make a good amount in bonuses if you have the right support staff.

    Cons

    Support staff is lacking, which can impact your yearly bonuses and success. Much stronger support for internally promoted people than external hires.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you are giving everyone the support they need to hit goal.

  8. "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


  9. 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


  10. Helpful (4)

    "CEB - High Turnover"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers nice people to work with

    Cons

    Lots of chiefs too much oversight

    Advice to Management

    More transparency to the teams


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