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CEB San Francisco Reviews

Updated August 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 155 reviews)

  • CEB provided an amazing stepping stone to build the confidence to speak to C-level Executives at a strategic level (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 70 reviews)

  • Sometimes sclerotic senior management processes (in 44 reviews)

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  1. "Very nice coworkers"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    San Francisco office is filled with terrific, nice, smart people . Great place for an early career. Welcoming team. Opportunity for growth and advancement. Great office location in financial district. Excellent management team that cares about the office and people.

    Cons

    Hard to compete with tech firm salaries.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Commercial Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Commercial Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Commercial Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, good location, travel is all covered for work, lots of choices for office locations

    Cons

    Low pay for industry and area, too much management, you just get lost. I have yet to meet anyone who is happy here, it's not a job you want, it's a job you end up in.

    Advice to Management

    care about your people, no one wants to work at a company that no one else wants to be working for. Make it desirable.

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Sr. Director Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation unless you start straight from college. Comp plan though confusing is very rewarding to over performance. The actual work with customers is invigorating and is legitamitley enjoyable.

    Cons

    Petty, back stabbing political culture that is wreckless and counter productive. Countless people are 'managed out' yet become top producers at other companies. Lack of development - you will not be developed here as management lacks the bandwidth to address development issues and corporate resources are out of touch to actually make a difference.

    Clique oriented political culture dominated by 20 somethings fresh out of school. Those 20 somethings are managed by pious 40 somethings that have never worked anywhere except CEB.

    SF office happens to be the exception to the rule as that office has the best management talent in the company across the board.

    Executive Management is mostly out of touch and lacks leadership strengths that inspire. New Gartner acquisition lends itself to help in this aspect.

    Advice to Management

    To executive management: Quit. Your ineptitude is illustrated in the lack of direction with failed integrations of aquisitions and exodus of talent. San Francisco is home to some of the most capable middle management talent in corporate America. Lean on them to salvage the new company that is now Gartner.

    Metrics management is not leadership.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Flexible and challenging"

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    Current Employee - Associate Client Advisor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Client Advisor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    CEB is a Flexible and challenging to place to work at. I enjoy my management team and their trust in me.

    Cons

    I do not enjoy my below market salary and at times the workload can slide to the heavier side. Their is a lack of communication between practices.


  6. "Nice company, but needs to take its own advice"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice people
    Great professional culture
    Good time off and management encourages you take it
    Decent salary for the workload, especially for the Bay Area.

    Cons

    CEB is about best practice research and they use almost none of those best practices within their own organization so far as I can tell.

    Advice to Management

    Mandate that CEB adopt the best practices that you share with your clients. You don't even train your sales employees with your own Challenger training sessions you sell.


  7. "Account Management Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company culture that is flexible. The people that work there are all very collaborative and fun to be around.

    Cons

    The career paths are not very exciting and are extremely limited. The product is also way overcomplicated and it's hard to explain the value to the clients

  8. "room for improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ceb employs really smart, interesting people. The sales staff get to talk to senior executives every day, and have a TON of opportunities to learn and grow professionally. Great place to start a career.

    Cons

    - the SF office used to feel like a nimble, entrepreneurial, results oriented office that shied away from the big "corporate" feel of the DC offices. That's almost completely disappeared with major leadership departures and new management. The tone of the office is often tired, corporate, and lacks the collaboration, creativity and energy it once had. It doesn't feel like one big San Francisco team anymore. Newer management lacks perspective - things are generally moving in a strange direction.

    -product stickiness. Lack of innovation in the membership products has made it difficult to maintain a strong foothold in the market

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and authentic about company challenges or growing pains to build trust, protect the SF office as a special unique place and stop trying to make it exactly like DC, bring people back to feeling like one team.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great First Job"

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    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CEB is a great place to start a career in sales. They provide a structured environment covering all processes involved in sales and service into large enterprise. Compensation is fair and they hired engaged and bright people.

    Cons

    CEB is not a good fit for anyone who have 5+ years experience. The median age mid 20's. A large majority of the staff has been working at CEB for the bulk of their career and they lack perspective.


  10. Helpful (17)

    "Quite Possibly the Worst Company. Ever."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. Zero. Zilch. There is nothing good about working at CEB. Avoid this company like the plague. Is that twenty words?

    Cons

    CEB is a company that researches and sells best practices. CEB is also a company that follows absolutely NONE of their own best practices. The organization is money hungry and in no way, shape, or form cares about the employee. Mid-level managers are ATROCIOUS - some of the worst I've ever encountered. The San Francisco office is a disaster. Employees are leaving left and right. There are HUNDREDS of better companies to work for in the Bay Area. I'll also echo other comments about diversity. CEB is White. POC need not apply. Every new hire announcement (especially in Sales), is the same person: White, east coast, frat/sorority clone.

    If you're a smart and intelligent human being: Don't bother with CEB. If you're in the Bay Area: Don't bother with CEB. If you're a POC: Don't bother with CEB.

    In sum: Don't bother with CEB.

    You deserve better.


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