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Updated February 18, 2017
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Pros
  • work life balance, great coworkers (in 132 reviews)

  • By helping c-level executives, you can have a big impact on the world's best companies - very rewarding (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. "Laid off despite growth and acquisition, DON'T WORK HERE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Doesn't Even Matter Anymore in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Doesn't Even Matter Anymore in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CEB full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Peers are great to work with
    - Flexibility in work schedule and can work from home
    - Work life balance is ok
    - Occasional office events
    - Benefits are ok, not too bad

    Cons

    - Layoffs happening around the company
    - Recent acquisition causing people to leave or plan on it
    - Senior leadership plays a lot of games and keeps things from the individual contributors
    - Company is not doing as well, seems like a bad trend

    Advice to Management

    Stop being dishonest to your staff, we know what's going on and the layoffs around the company is no secret. Trying to make everyone work while you guys cash your large paychecks is not making anyone happy. If we need to cut costs, why didn't you guys take salary or bonus cuts first? Or better yet, lay yourselves off first.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Major departures, lack of transparency in midst of change, avoid at all costs!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CEB has really nice people, the culture is strong.
    Lots of people who put in good hours to make the company succeed.

    Cons

    Upper management cannot be trusted especially during the recent acquisition by Gartner. To start, I am not an unhappy employee but this post is to educate people who are considering on coming to CEB (ahem Gartner soon). No one is feeling safe, the phony transparency layer is not good. Layoffs have already started happening in pockets of the organization. People do not trust the company heads or leaders anymore since they are all trying to keep their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying. Be truthful, you are losing the trust of your employees and people are already planning on bailing.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not a research position, misleading job title"

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

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

    Pros

    Other analysts are very smart and very nice

    Cons

    "Research Analysts" do no research. We are only glorified administrative assistants. When actual Research is done, the conclusions are just thrown out and the researchers are reprimanded because management doesn't think it can sell the research

    Massive amounts of burocracy, spent hours everyday filling out forms. Makes office space look like a documentary.

    Micro managing, down to the font your notes use.

    Turnover is so great it affects your ability to do your job. Not many people make it over a year.

    Extremely Low pay for long hours. Was forced to work holidays and most days well past midnight.

    Advice to Management

    Change the research analyst job title to administrative assistant. stop lying to potential employees by promising them a research position.

    The massive turnover should be a hint you are doing something wrong. Hopefully gartner can fix it.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Mediocre at best - turn the other way"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Edina, MN
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Edina, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Just like any place, you'll meet some pretty amazing people who will all eventually leave after realizing CEB is a life-suck. The PTO package is definitely above average but not worth the below average pay they provide.

    Cons

    CEB says they provide the top organizations strategic advice and yet they themselves don't take their advice - that should be the BIG RED FLAG. Lots of politics, sales is a great place if you're white and male - they say they're a really progressive company that promotes women and diversity - it's all PR and lies. If you're a white woman it might be a little bit easier but not much.

    Advice to Management

    Take your own advice when it comes to best practice. Why do annual performance review if everyone is capped at 2% regardless of how high you score?


  6. Helpful (1)

    "BDX"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    You are basically cold calling all day, upper management really doesn't do anything. Unhelpful managers.

    Advice to Management

    Find a schedule and stick to it. Stop making promises you cant keep.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Business Development Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place for someone to start straight out of college, get valuable training, and leave after 2 years for a better job and an exciting company. If you did not start at CEB out of college, stay far away from here because you will not make much money in sales. When you see some of the top sales reps in the organization far behind goals it tells you a big story on how the value to employees.

    Cons

    Suffocating sales culture, micromanagement stifles creativity and growth, constant backstabbing, Very inexperienced and immature management team, revolving door, sales compensation plans are very uncompetitive compared to their industry lacks energy, sucks the life out of you if you have to go into an office, and find myself constantly competing against other CEB products while in the sales cycle.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach to our customers, hire a new CHRO who can come in with fresh ideas and fix a very poor employee culture.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Disgraceful management and bad business practices"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Sales Effectiveness Solutions in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Director, Sales Effectiveness Solutions in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues that are extremely intelligent and being supported with data and facts.

    Cons

    If you're in need of poor leadership, lies from executives and lack of guidance and direction, this is the place for you. They will take take take and as soon as you run into hurdles, they will fire you for illegitimate reasons. This place should be shut down simply for the fact that no one in charge knows what they're doing. You will be lied to and cheated out of money as well.

    Advice to Management

    Resign, you're pathetic.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Account Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Director in Dillon, CO
    Former Employee - Director in Dillon, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at CEB full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You work with very smart people

    Cons

    The management is the worst. The company does not follow the best practices it sells.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Business Development Representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Lansdowne, VA
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Lansdowne, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CEB (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great training for a young professional.

    Cons

    Poor management. Terrible commission structure


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Go someplace else"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at CEB full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Convenient if you live in Arlington.

    Cons

    Everything else. They care nothing whatsoever about the employees. Every year they take a little more away to try and make up for the falling profits.

    Advice to Management

    Resign.



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