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Updated October 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 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. "Amazing!"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great environment, great company to get your foot in the door with.

    Cons

    Don't always practice what they preach.


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "Business Development Manager"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Fun workforce that hires a lot of driven sales people. Can make a good amount in bonuses if you have the right support staff.

    Cons

    Support staff is lacking, which can impact your yearly bonuses and success. Much stronger support for internally promoted people than external hires.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you are giving everyone the support they need to hit goal.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Beware of the sexism and racism"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Bright, energetic colleagues doing outstanding work on behalf of the most recognized and leading companies in industry.

    Cons

    Has a "burn and churn" company culture which results in high turnover and over stressed employees. Also has an awful lot of sexism and racism.


  7. "Great place to start a career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good, fun people who work hard.
    - Entry level positions offer great training and experience.

    Cons

    - Can be very competitive internally
    - Salary not great for those below Director levels

  8. "Great place to learn sales"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Excellent training and development program

    Cons

    long hours, especially during closing weeks


  9. Helpful (1)

    "TERRIBLE entry-level job"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company happy hours... not much else.

    Cons

    As a business development associate you will spend 8 hours a day cold calling, getting yelled at for not hitting your numbers when you get absolutely NO training. Management changes all the time. People get fired, quit, etc. so often because no one lasts at this place. Long hours and no overtime pay. Horrible.


  10. "fast paced"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place if you like fast paced information overload and big companies

    Cons

    recently acquired, might be a lot of changes coming


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