Continuing Education of the Bar Reviews | Glassdoor

Continuing Education of the Bar Reviews

Updated July 30, 2017
22 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

2.7
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Kelly Lake
2 Ratings

22 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

  1. "Nice people"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Continuing Education of the Bar full-time

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, good work life balance

    Cons

    Low salary and too much politics


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Unstable and demoralizing"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Continuing Education of the Bar full-time

    Pros

    Hiring outside consultants left and right to advise on IT, marketing and company morale problems. Benefits are good (though not salary) if you can manage to be hired not as a contract or temp employee.

    Cons

    Undergoing a significant reorganization. Just laid off many while others while many others have left voluntarily since the new XO took over, seeing the sad writing on the wall for this once respected legal institution. Compensation was already well below market, but new leadership is asking all employees to literally do twice the workload with no additional compensation, while also "volunteering" for a slew of new tasks outside your day-to-day job if you want to have any hope of maintaining your position. Lip-service given to employee empowerment while committees are "redirected" to revise their proposals behind the scenes per the XO's directives and present such directives as their own to achieve larger employee buy-in. Anyone who respectfully declines or disagrees is quickly thereafter shown the door or relegated to a lesser position. Sad and wasteful uses of resources to feed certain egos.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate that the biggest asset CEB had was its incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated staff, before you squander the one thing that set CEB apart. Be honest, not strategic, with emoloyees and treat them with respect. You have to actually understand and appreciate (dare I say, even like) California attorneys to effectively provide the resources they need.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed Bag With Good Benefits"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Continuing Education of the Bar full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good with CEB being associated with the UC system. Decent work/life balance. Work itself is interesting.

    Cons

    Doesn't pay competitively for Bay Area. A lot of turmoil relative to current direction of company.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the number of meetings in half and empower lower level managers to make decisions


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Challenged by Digital Transformation"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Continuing Education of the Bar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Affiliation with UC provides outstanding benefits, including retirement pension if you stay long enough. The people are nice, intelligent, and passionate. Commute is extremely easy - 3 blocks from BART.

    Cons

    The executive leadership is all new within the last 2 years and seems to be finding digital transformation difficult. As a self-supporting non-profit, expenses are exceeding profits and involuntary layoffs have begun. Salaries are already low by industry standards and there are limited opportunities for advancement without applying for an entirely different position. The bureaucracy of the UC system slows everything down, from recruiting to routine purchasing.

    Advice to Management

    In order to allow agile digital transformation, consider breaking or bending the ties with UC. You can't implement rapid digital change if it takes 2 to 6 months to approve purchasing software.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "A collision of the worst aspects of commerce and academia."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Continuing Education of the Bar full-time

    Pros

    Due to its relationship with Berkeley University, there is a true commitment to diversity, and to creating educational (not just profitable) content.

    Cons

    This organization exemplifies all that can go wrong when an an academic bureaucracy is merged with a commercial monopoly - which is that guidance and culture are polluted with thoughtless and demeaning business culture and business operations are polluted with burdensome and destructive bureaucratic viewpoints. Workers disrespect each other and use PC culture to justify actions and comments inappropriate to a business environment. Sound and reasonable business initiatives are seldom attempted, and when they are, often become economically unfeasible due to staff foot dragging and demands irrelevant to product quality or work place viability. Its solely the financial leverage of a monopoly franchise, and the benign intercession of the UC board, that keeps this place operating.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating this business as a vanity operation and put up a fire wall between the academic parent and its commercial offspring. Silicon Valley with companies such as SRI can show you the way.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Facing intense challenges...."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Continuing Education of the Bar full-time

    Pros

    It's affiliation with the UC system provides for an extensive and wide-ranging benefits package. Good work-life balance, solid and interesting colleagues, straight foreword job duties. Telecommute is allowed in some groups if it fits into the business needs of the department.

    Cons

    Follows an obsolete business model, utilizes antiquated IT databases and delivery systems, offers a below market salary base, dismal management competency, across-the-board.

    Advice to Management

    Model the behavior you would like to see each employee exhibit, as they relate to the CEB values. Engage employees by increasing self development training funding per department, and encourage advancement within the various levels of management. Update how you price, how you package the product, distribute the product, and deliver the service.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, a bit old school"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Continuing Education of the Bar full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are really solid, very interesting to work with. People tend to stick around because of the pension. The company is affiliated with UCLA, so it gets UCLA benefits. The workload is manageable and it is usually easy to take vacation. It's in a happening location and very accessible, close to Lake Merritt.

    Cons

    There is a lot of red tape because of the unions and UCLA. Getting a raise can be difficult. Raises, bonuses, and incentives are not distributed due to merit-- everyone gets step increases. So if someone is doing a lousy job and another person is working hard, they get the same reward. There is not a lot of room for growth, but it isn't impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Fight for the people who work for you, not only for the people you work for. Stop trying to make sure everything is fair. Give harder reviews if necessary.

  8. "Review"

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

    I have been working at Continuing Education of the Bar full-time

    Pros

    Laid back environment with a caring staff. Employees tend to stay at this job for their whole careers. Supervisors are very supportive.

    Cons

    The company dosent promote from within. Not a lot of room for growth. Poor Union.

    Advice to Management

    Give more consideration to employees trying to advance within the company.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Respect, kindness and appreciation will enhance the overall success of the company."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Continuing Education of the Bar full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance.
    Good stepping stone for career

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of employee appreciation. If you aren't friends with management be prepared to carry the brunt of the work with little to no recognition. Poor training, little room for growth. little to no relationship with HR, Review's only benefit senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Promote within, upgrade systems, more customer focus.
    Respect, kindness and appreciation will enhance the overall success of the company.
    Take time to live up to the CEB values. If you care for your staff, your staff will care for the
    growth of the company.
     grow the company.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, terrible IT management, little to no opportunity for personal career growth"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Continuing Education of the Bar full-time

    Pros

    This company is full of the nicest people you'll ever meet (with a couple of exceptions, true to all work places). People are dedicated to their work and kind to one another. Salaries aren't market rate, but that's because this company is public-sector under the auspices of the University of California. What they lack in $ they make up for in benefits.

    Cons

    The company is technically behind the times and lacks basic IT competencies. There is a lot of talk and energy around bringing things into the 21st century but management decisions driven by personal agendas don't foster best practices,improvement or good morale. The competent people stay for the pensions and the incompetent people stay because they can.

    There is hope! Recently announcements suggest there has been a recognition of the need for significant, meaningful change.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house on IT management and start over with people who know how things are done and can execute. Provide real training and job opportunities to those who show initiative and aptitude; support the business initiatives with a cohesive systems architecture and an IT road map to achieve it. Let those who can lead, lead and relieve any ego-driven, self-serving managers of their duties.


Showing 22 of 23 reviews
Reset Filters