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Updated April 26, 2017
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CEB Chairman and CEO Thomas L. Monahan III
Thomas L. Monahan III
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and opportunities for development (in 139 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. "Getting back to great is difficult...and worth it."

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    Current Employee - Managing Director in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Arlington, VA
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    Pros

    Access to some of the best executives at great companies. Ability to drive member impact at great companies. Quality of the people here is very high and folks are very smart, focused and quant/fact-based . Variety and pace is high, setting the bar compared to other companies at which I've been.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is hard to strike, relentless pace.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on high company values, treating people right, member needs.


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    "The next ten years will be as exciting as the last 10 years..."

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    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    People are among the most intelligent in the world, the pace is exhilirating, the learning opportunities are unmatched and the early in career staff get great responsibility. there is nothing more rewarding than working with the best companies in the world, helping them through their toughest challenges and getting the recognition of very senior business leaders.

    Cons

    rapid growth has it's downsides: processes, technology and people development have not kept pace with growth. as the company ages, this needs to be developed.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more--the good news and the bad--and people will support you.


  3. "Very Happy"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    Career advancement and opportunities for cross-functional exposure. The office is fun and long hours are somewhat mitigated by happy hours, 'Prom' and trips to DC for Corporate events.

    Cons

    Matrix organization, multiple dotted lines to bosses. It's like Office Space sometimes but once you figure out who fits into 'please them', 'delight them', 'ignore them', life is great.

    Advice to Management

    The biggest thing would be to centralize the messaging. Tom's blog isn't very informational and his messaging gets pushed as gospel but never further explained. The "changes" that are coming need to be clear, straight forward and timely. At the end of the day it's too many Generals, not enough soldiers.


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  5. "A smart young company experiencing some growing pains"

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    Current Employee - Account Director in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Account Director in Arlington, VA
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    Pros

    There are always opportunities to work outside of your job description and take on new responsibilities depending on where your interests lie. The educational background of employees is strong, with most of senior leadership from ivy league schools. I have worked there for over 3 years and have always felt the culture of generosity, collaboration, and interest in learning.

    Cons

    There have been too many reorganizations, which lead to little management consistency and decisions made in haste without thinking of long-term implications. Luckily, if you are an employee that manages to fall in a good place after each re-org, you will probably stay. I can easily understand how so much change could cause someone to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Plan a 5-year strategy and think more long-term, anticipate challenges


  6. "Great work, great colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    The people and the work that we do. If you want to be intellectually challenged, and surrounded by kind people, the research positions are a great place to start your career. The CEB offices are pretty incredible as well....the DC office is right on the Potomac River and has views of Washington D.C. and all of the monuments. Great benefits, generous PTO, 401K match, ect. They are really working hard to make CEB a wonderful place to work and there is a lot of opportunity to grow. I have had, for the most part, very positive experiences since working here.

    Cons

    Compensation is low relative to competition just out of school but you can do very well if you grow with the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider more management classes


  7. "You learn a lot"

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    Current Employee - Strategic Research Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Strategic Research Analyst in Arlington, VA
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    Pros

    - get a lot of responsibility in fairly junior roles
    - if you want to try something new, simply ask. odds are you'll be able to give it a go.
    - fun, open atmosphere. co-workers are great, friendly place to be.

    Cons

    - can be many unnecessary management layers that at times cause political tension (although overall red tape is extremely minimal)

    Advice to Management

    personally i think hard tasks such as layoffs were handled quite well. there were small details i would have changed, but the overall process was as smooth as it could have been. i do think that it might have been a good idea to do the voluntary separation plan roll-out before the layoffs instead of after. i feel like we lost a lot of good people from voluntary separation that might have stayed had it been before the layoffs.


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    "Nice workplace overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
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    Pros

    Colleagues respect each other -- the people are the best part of the company. Smart and creative folks coming up with great ideas.

    Cons

    Long hours at times. Can be hard to figure out how to advance. People can sometimes be too passive aggressive.

    Advice to Management

    Better compensation plan and clarity on advancement, with fewer course corrections in strategy. Would like better communication between employees as well.


  9. "Enriching and very collaborative environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
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    Pros

    Culture, learning opportunities, and the ability to speak and work with the most senior executives of the largest companies in the world at a very early stage in your career.

    Cons

    Small company with a niche market, also a lot depends on one's ability to develop logical analysis and deal with abstract thinking concepts.


  10. "CEB provides a collaborative and service oriented enviornment where you're surrounded by exceptional talent."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
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    Pros

    -Continuous learning opportunities
    -As an employee, you're surrounded by smart and talented peers and managers
    -Spirit of generosity is a core value
    -Exceptional office building and work environment
    -Strong career pathing
    -Tons of learning and development

    Cons

    -Challenging work
    -Competive work environment
    -Strong attention to metrics and reporting


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Starting a new job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rosslyn, VA
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at CEB full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    CEB provides a terrific onboarding experience with orientation and extensive training. They want you to be prepared to do your job well and to truly understand the company.

    Cons

    I don't know of any yet!


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