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CEB Washington DC Reviews

Updated November 20, 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 164 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 45 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Research Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people and teams.. Great work life balance, depending on the practice.

    Cons

    There can be a lot of hierarchy in the way work gets done and who is "invited to the table".


  2. "Great place if you are starting out"

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    Current Employee - Print Designer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Print Designer in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, cafeteria in building, work from home, lots to learn about different business areas if you are into that

    Cons

    Low pay, low morale, not much opportunity to advance to higher position, Weekend and evening shifts. Sometimes you can be overworked

    Advice to Management

    Motivate employees by offering more to boost morale

  3. "one of the best opportunities to increase horizontal expertise across verticals"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ...thorough and competent onboarding process, intelligent and capable peers, reasonable flexibility in work environment, and good opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    The firm researches, analyzes, models, creates, and sells best-practice platforms; the same should be utilized internally.

    Advice to Management

    Survey employees and analyze data to model top performers, and then create ongoing training to disseminate best practices for each role.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "If you want to grow...not here!!"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great.

    Cons

    1. Money is pitiful
    2. Middle-management struggles to work with senior management and their direct reports
    3. No exposure to clients

    Advice to Management

    Build a more client focused environment.


  5. "Great place to move up and advance your career"

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    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Relationship Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Upward mobility, pay in terms of age & experience, fun and young coworkers, and great benefits.

    Cons

    From an account management perspective, I think that they have made a habit in the past of giving people in their mid-20's too many clients with too much responsibility. Gartner is better about this, but this issue was prevalent in the past.


  6. "Operations Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good work, life balance, telecommuting, variety of work

    Cons

    Burn and churn
    Overworked and underpaid
    No growth opportunity
    Lack of visibility
    Just a number
    If you are a part of the insideclique you are okay, if you are not well good luck


  7. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, interesting work, great members.

    Cons

    Weak Sr Exec team, company is cheap when it comes to daily working life.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in employees and the work environment, work on strategy to elevate company's status to clients so we can charge more (the research and advice deserves it)

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Stay awayyyyyyyy"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Young, start up like culture
    - Opportunities to grow if you're hired onto a team invested in their people
    - Easy to move around within the company
    - Outside of pay, great time off and benefits
    - D&I efforts starting to pay off

    Cons

    - Horrible management practices - lack of effective coaches and managers
    - Illogical decision making at the leadership level
    - Burn and churn culture
    - Pay 23% below industry standard
    - Gartner acquisition has people stressed and uncertain - overachievers are becoming micromanagers from hell while others are completely checked out fearing severance

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff and eat your own dog food - you've hired really talented and smart individuals who analyze and compile best practices. Follow the instructions you give to your clients on how to run a best-in-class organization


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Best company I've ever worked for"

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    Current Employee - Account Management in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Account Management in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Laid back company culture (no dress code, friendly/down-to-earth culture, you end up making some of your greatest friends right at work, team happy hours are common)
    - Arlington is a great location (huge variety of great lunch spots, lots of doctors in the area so you can make appointments during lunch break, close distance to Georgetown & DC - common for colleagues to hit the bars after work)
    - Challenging workload - work hard play hard!
    - Just got acquired by Gartner - this is a good thing as it opens a multitude of career development opportunities

    Cons

    - Disorganization in some Practices of the business


  10. Helpful (1)

    "CEB is a strange company, but here is an honest review from the research side."

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -younger work environment means that you'll always have collaboration with coworkers your own age, CEB does a great job of hiring right out of school so you'll join the company with a start class of about 30-50 coworkers.

    -the nature of CEBs work allows college graduates the chance to write their own research, speak with c-suite executives, and own their own projects end-to-end.

    -the buyout from Gartner was a good step toward building the brand, and will only increase career opportunities down the road.

    Cons

    Management: CEB has two types of managers: outside hires who lack the knowledge of how the company does research, and internal hires who can't coach talent. Many of the managers are either legacy CEB promotions, who are fantastic at research, but not very good at managing and coaching talent, meaning that graduates professional development will stagnate, forcing them to pursue their own opportunities through professional certifications. Many of the managers are outside hires who are fantastic at coaching, but lack the internal knowledge around how CEB does their research, which puts stress on the teams to create products that align with CEB's vision, as well as the managers demands.

    Work: CEB's research model is incredibly hard to understand, and therefore many new hires are left to their own devices to make sense of it, putting their jobs at risk if they don't climb the quick learning curve.

    Branding: 99% of people have never heard of CEB, but this problem was remedied when we were bought by Gartner.

    Talent: Many people at CEB have become comfortable in their current jobs, which discourages new talent from trying to evolve into their roles.

    Advice to Management

    Don't brand yourself as a consulting firm, pay more, and make sure that managers are effectively coaching their talent. The braindrain from the company is far more severe than you think, and the majority of people who leave don't have good things to say about the company.


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