CEB Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
518 Reviews

3.2
518 Reviews
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CEB Chairman and CEO Thomas L. Monahan III
Thomas L. Monahan III
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great place to start after university with an excellent work life balance (in 43 reviews)

  • Gained experience selling to C-Level executives (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Micromanagement and very poor work life balance due to intentional under-staffing (in 37 reviews)

  • Senior management has a hawk eye on metrics; yes, they're important, but still (in 37 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Product and brand Integrity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Sydney

    I worked at CEB full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good industry to work in and the company has more integrity to the customer than any I have worked for before.

    Great product, having worked in sales for many companies it is rare to have such a strong product to work with and one that genuinely effects companies ability to operate.

    Cons

    Not much interest taken in developing individuals who have experience. This job is certainly for trainees and people who have little experience.

    Very strange environment where staff are scared of being themselves or saying anything which might get them in trouble.

    Too much self importance shown in the staff. Very junior members of the team think they are Bill Gates after a few sales. As above peers are scared to tell each other how it is so team members start getting massive egos and instead of constructively criticising their peers they resort to one-upmanship which makes the environment very stale.

    Leadership is very junior and often side with the company over their direct reports which gives the impression they don't really care! Again this speaks to the culture of personal gain rather than teamwork.

    Reviews are also bizarre!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead your team rather than thinking about your own career. Speak to people as their leader rather than school teachers! Don't be fake - most people are not stupid and you lose credibility!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fun, young working atmosphere. Extremely high pressure with little recognition.

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Associate in Sydney

    I worked at CEB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Majority of office was young people with similar interests and mindsets. The social side of things was great and initial training program good.

    Cons

    Very high pressure 'American' attitude to business that did not translate well to Australian economy or leaders. Expect a lot from you for nothing. Slow progression.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a little more flexibility when entering new markets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    They'll promise you the world...

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    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Sydney

    I have been working at CEB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You do get access to C level research and get to speak to senior executives on a daily basis even at entry level

    Cons

    Pay is about 10k below standard
    Job descriptions are inaccurate
    You'll get ALL the blame at entry level when something goes wrong - thing snowball downhill.
    Management will get your hopes up about promotions and incentives but DO NOT DELIVER.
    I was told I was getting a promotion that was then revoked because they overestimated need
    I was told that I was getting a free holiday to Mexico that was then revoked because my manager didn't make goal
    Entry level position turn over rate is about 5 months in Sydney...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be direct and clear about your intentions - don't sugar coat things.
    Take people seriously when they ask for advice/help and don't try to run your own little rock show.
    Don't come to associates and ask 'what's the goss between the associates' or 'who is sleeping with who', it's unprofessional and just plain rude.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    low pay, good culture.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Arlington, VA (US)

    I worked at CEB as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The firm had great interns and a great team, who was super helpful. The people are all readily willing to offer both career and life advice as well as dedicate time to help others with work. I was surrounded by very intelligent people who are all hardworking but fun.

    Cons

    Certain employees are poor hires. They sat around and played on their phones, and just in general did not do work. Also, the pay is low and non-negotiable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a more competitive wage if you'd like to retain talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Web developer

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    Former Employee - Web Developer  in  New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Web Developer in New Delhi (India)

    I worked at CEB as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    great work environment, nice exposure, got to work with some head honchos

    Cons

    salary, could'nt think of anything else much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    salary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great for people right out of college

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CEB full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. Lots of internal office culture perks

    Cons

    Opportunity to work on interesting challenges is somewhat lacking. Support from upper management is very lacking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in growing the new/younger analysts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great people, Great Opportunity, Great $ (if you perform)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Arlington, VA (US)

    I worked at CEB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    CEB is a growing, young, intelligent organization. The sales culture is results driven but is understanding of new, young people that need time time to develop. The Sales Development program is one of the best I have seen.

    Strengths include:

    -Brilliant, Ivy league educated research staff
    -Best in class sales structure
    -Solid brand in the market place and DC area
    -Awesome young environment

    Cons

    Not much to say here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring young, brilliant people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Work Hard, Play Hard

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at CEB as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    CEB is a great place to get your foot in the door. It has a great culture with fun people. Everyone is competitive but interested in helping you succeed at the same time. They lay out a clear plan for promotions and growth. Decent pay and benefits compared to other entry-level jobs. Plans to build a new LEED certified building in 2018, should be tallest in the skyline.

    Cons

    They claim its easy to move around to different departments but its not. Day to day job in sales is redundant and boring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    great team

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CEB full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    the people -- your co-workers

    Cons

    compensation weak relative to competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no more up or out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company for people new to the work force.

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    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Current Employee - Senior Director

    I have been working at CEB full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    In general this is a good comapny to work for. Entry level salaries are above market, and the benefits packages are better then most. The company is active in the communities were they are located. Cowarkers are friendly, cooperative and fully engaged. The company is growing, rapidly, so there are always new and interesting projects to keep the work interesting.

    Cons

    The uppper level management is not people orientated. The company primarily grows by acquisition. But there is no ineterest in nurturing experienced talent they acquire. They prefer to let the mature knowledge level the company and bring in new less exepreinced pedrsonnel. The process models are out of date, and the maturity level is at "Scrambler", time lines are never met, everyone works considerably more then a 40 hour week, and PTO is restricted in order to make up project delays. As a result the company is a revolving door of people, starting new gaining experience and moving on to more mature organizations. Attrition rates are in the mid to upper 20 percentile. Tolerance for errors is non-existant. Mistakes are called "Resume Generating Events"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn the value of your workforce as a company asset. A revolving door of new hires prevents the company from maturing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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