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Updated July 19, 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 145 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 67 reviews)

  • Sometimes sclerotic senior management processes (in 44 reviews)

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  1. "Former employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CEB full-time

    Pros

    A lot of flexibility to come up with own research topics

    Cons

    I can't think of any


  2. "Senior Executive Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CEB full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great culture and smart people coming from many different cultures, experiences, and expertise.

    Cons

    Apprehension to change with recent Gartner acquisition.

  3. "Great team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    A bit hectic at times

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus more on its core offering


  4. "Account Management Associate"

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    Former Employee - Account Management Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Management Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Great job out of college to meet new individuals who are your age
    -As you grow in the Account Management path- you travel more which gives little work life balance

    Cons

    -Management tells you what you want to hear. They do not care about your career path or growth
    -You are basically a scheduling assistant for an Account Manager

    Advice to Management

    The San Francisco Office as a whole is basically one big party, there is no sense of a professional company. There are never any management folks in the office because they are always traveling or have their door shut. They have absolutely no pulse check on the happiness of their staff which is why most of their teams are leaving even post acquisition. There are probably only a hand full of folks in the office that are over 30, otherwise everyone is in their 20's, which makes it hard to learn and grow. If you don't want to be in sales, don't come to the west coast office, those are the only jobs out there


  5. "Good starting position"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great training program- 2 weeks in DC

    Cons

    Self managed work- report to multiple people


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fine for introduction to Corporate World"

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -good place to start out in the working world for entry-level employees in terms of learning the ropes of a corporate environment and the way a large firm operates.

    -can be a fun environment depending on your team; although many perks have disappeared since revenue has been stagnant

    -great work/life balance in most areas of the firm; once you leave for the day, you are often not required to check email/respond

    Cons

    -extremely bureaucratic; management is not always transparent, especially regarding impact of the recent acquisition by Gartner

    -difficult to be promoted -- very easy to be stuck in a role for 2+ years (especially entry-level) since they won't promote unless there's a demand for a role (exception being Sales)

    -difficult to give managers feedback since there is no way to do that through the current review structure -- why can't direct reports give feedback on their managers to upper management?

    -compensation is significantly lower than other firms except at upper management levels - don't expect to be compensated at the same standards as other consulting firms

    Advice to Management

    -be more transparent with employees; it makes it hard to come to work every day when rumors are swirling around about what's happening behind closed doors.

    -give lower level employees a better shot at moving up; and better compensation.

    -allow employees to review their managers in current


  7. "Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at CEB full-time

    Pros

    Good office culture. A lot of young smart people who are curious and excited to learn and move up in their career.

    Cons

    Pay is low if you move up internally.

  8. "Ok first time job"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, young culture
    Clear path to promotions
    Lots of free alcohol

    Cons

    You work 9 hour days, but they only pay you for 8
    Promotions are performance based and your performance is dependent on who you're managed by

    Advice to Management

    Get a better system in place where promotions are an equal opportunity for everyone


  9. "Great First Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Tons of training and experience right out of the gate

    Cons

    advancement is possible, but slow. Less about your ability and more about jumping through hoops after certain periods of time with a lot of your peers.

    Advice to Management

    Allow leaders to advance their staff based on capability, not just waiting in line with everyone else for your turn.


  10. "Account Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CEB full-time

    Pros

    sales training is great for new hires.

    Cons

    low salary/ no compensation for associate levels.


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