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CEB Reviews

Updated February 26, 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. "Business Development Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can truly leave work at work. Great benefits package, fun young envrionment

    Cons

    depending on the team and commercial manager, your life can be great or miserable.

    Advice to Management

    Review CSM performance and take BDX input seriously


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Young and fun company to work for with great work/life balance.

    Cons

    With it being such a large company, it is difficult to be able to be "heard."


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  5. "Research Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Great people, everyone really cares about each other
    -Interesting work
    -Good work/life balance

    Cons

    -Lower pay than other consulting jobs


  6. Helpful (4)

    "straight white men, white women, gay white men..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ...that's the pecking order. If you fall in one of those 3 groups, you have a much greater chance of success and moving up the ladder at CEB. So "pro," if that's you!

    Co-workers - CEB has some really great people who work there (as well as some pretty awful people - particularly managers/"leaders" - but that will go in the cons section). In general, though, lots of good people. This does vary by office and department, so ask around/choose wisely, but generally you will find a good group.

    Generous PTO policy: 20 - 24 days, dependent on the position. If you're in the commercial department, there are some restrictions on when you can take days given quarter closes, etc, but overall nice to have the number of days.

    Cons

    over the years, my opinion of CEB has shifted drastically. The cons have become more striking:

    1) Despite claims of diversity and inclusion by "liberal-minded" CEBers, the company is neither diverse nor inclusive - with the exception being the LGBT community. They do a good job of saying all of the typical "bleeding heart liberal" speak, but in practice, CEB doesn't look much different than a GOP convention. In fact, even the Diversity and Inclusion practice (where they give best practices to D&I professionals) was called out for...you guessed it! Lack of diversity and inclusion in the staff! ha! The DC office is definitely better than other offices, but still pretty awful. And of course, there's an office in India, so that helps with the numbers, too.

    2) Senior leadership / management - lots of nepotism and cronyism. Stifling environment.

    3) Professional maturity is lacking at ALL levels in this company.

    4) Varying range in caliber of co-workers. CEB lauds itself on having some of the smartest people from the best schools. This was the case many moons ago, but not so much any longer. There will be quite a widespread range in the caliber of your coworkers and managers.

    5) Ridiculous amounts of turnover: CEB is bleeding employees. Hemorrhaging, actually. Rows of cubicles sitting empty - daily strings of resignations. The commercial department is particularly affected, but still a challenge across the board. Attrition is greater in some offices and departments than in others - ask about the issues before joining. In the Research Department, most groups are overworked and understaffed. Pretty ridiculous.

    6) In the commercial department, entry-level employees are treated like mindless-drones. Lots of references to them as "kids" and " those millenials..." as a way to brush this group off/ discount their feedback. Many are very intelligent and could be contributing so much more to the company, but they are treated like they lack intelligence and the ability to offer anything of substance. So, they are limited to counting the number of phone calls that they make on a daily basis. Exciting, right?!

    7) Best practice insights are not leveraged! The entire company is focused on reporting "what the best companies do," yet, CEB doesn't "do"/"implement any of the things it chronicles! Such a waste of IP.

    Advice to Management

    You know the issues, you know your challenges, your employees have been sharing feedback about them for many, many years, so I doubt anything will change. Hopefully, the new leadership from Gartner will actually take the more critical reviews to heart and bring about real change in the organization.


  7. "Business Development Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Management, learned a ton

    Cons

    There are really none I can think of


  8. "Tremendous Turn Over"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - BDX in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - BDX in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Young workplace. Good office location. Decent pay. That's about it.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? CEB disguises the BDX & AMX roles as consultative roles when in reality this is nothing more than a burn & churn sales job for kids straight out of college with no real-world experience. The job requires non-stop cold-calling under high pressure from management to meet quota. Speaking of management...it's an absolute joke. I've seen plenty of people complain about their managers during my year at CEB and it's totally warranted--leadership is severely lacking. However, the most outstanding negative about CEB is the turn-over. I left CEB in 2015. Fast-forward 2 years later and the vast majority of the entire Chicago office has turned over. I'm talking at least 80% and that's not an exaggeration. Nobody stays at CEB because there are better much jobs out there.


  9. "CEB"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best colleagues I've ever worked with. All of my coworkers exhibit a high level of intelligence and integrity.

    Cons

    May of my coworkers seem to have technology issues.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in improving the company's tech - both internal and client facing.


  10. "Great experience and flexible work-place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CEB full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    flexible work-place; commitment to the community and social responsibility; great experience, e.g., able to have strategic, high-level conversations with client companies; smart co-workers

    Cons

    heavy workloads; focus on meeting sales goals

    Advice to Management

    keep investing in people; invest in manager training and ensure managers have sufficient time for to be managers


  11. "Great first job out of college"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and company culture
    Flexible work hours
    Some travel
    Great PTO

    Cons

    Doesn't practice what they preach
    Doing things the way they have always done them just "because"

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your entry level positions and listen to their concerns and feedback. Develop a new training strategy if you want them to progress and move up to a higher role.



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