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"Good place to get your feet wet"

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Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Washington, DC
No opinion of CEO

Pros

fun to work with like minded young people. the performance review process is quite illuminating and much more developed than at other firms

Cons

Being a mix between consulting and industry work, it is hard to transition to either. Some skills are not taught well that are useful in external positions (e.g., powerpoint).

Advice to Management

Develop techniques to better manage high turnover of millenials. Their expectations are different than other generations of workers. Hire more senior manager with a balance of EQ and IQ vs. just IQ.

Other Employee Reviews for CEB

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Use this company as a professional stepping-stone then quickly get out"

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    Current Employee - Strategic Research Consultant in Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Strategic Research Consultant in Rosslyn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want some great resume bullets, need to change careers, or are otherwise unemployed, CEB is a good bet. It's was like a second MBA in many ways. Pay is good. Your co-workers rock. Maintain as much distance from folks above MD as possible.

    Cons

    Having worked in numerous places including military, finance, consulting, and non-profit, I can confidently say that CEB is the worst run organization I have ever seen. I've worked with C-level execs, diplomats, general officers, and senior elected officials and I have never witnessed a less professional cadre of management. Senior mgt inherited an amazing product which they have thoroughly trashed. Exec committee meetings are embarrassing, literally a joke. The board is clueless, absolutely clueless, about the product. They simply do not know what the company does. No idea where the shareholders are....

    Advice to Management

    ask for help, then actually implement the advise; or do something else


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A company that can become great once again -- provide senior management can truly abandon some long-held principles"

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    Former Employee - Practice Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Practice Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The CEB is certainly very good at its core - producing strategic best practices research of very high quality. Many of its members absolutely love the research, and in the C-level and one level below C-level programs researchers interact a lot with members. The CEB also runs the best speeches/meetings I've ever seen, so its a lot of fun to see your work being appreciated by some very senior and seasoned executives.

    Cons

    Despite a fundamentally strong product and business model, the CEB has been constantly focused on what I'd call "artificial" growth -- churning out one program after another for the sake of growth. Secondly, the output of each program is expected to grow each year despite very little change in the process of producing the output and very limited increase in staffing. As a result, working hours have growth steadily longer over time. As a result hours and deadline pressure is similar to consulting, but the number of checkpoints and hoops are far more for any given deliverable, and the pay is less.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp the product. Abandon the notion of "strategic books" that take ages to develop. Instead build super-practical tools and templates that are usable immediately. Focus on profiling "practices" as opposed to best practices that eventually have to be invented out of thin air. There is a huge appetite for vanilla items -- how did company X do a task Y -- provided it is documented well (which is a CEB strengh). Invest in quantitative research. Build out a consulting arm -- it will provide a steady stream of rich ideas for the product and deep knowledge of corporations. Today the problem is that the CEB has armchair academics who identify cool ideas that are often difficult to implement. Pursue profit and cash flow rather than growth.

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