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CEB Reviews

Updated 17 August 2014
Updated 17 August 2014
514 Reviews

3.2
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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.  

    Great Product and brand Integrity

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

    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

    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

    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.  

    Great for people right out of college

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  6.  

    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)

    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
  7.  

    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)

    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
  8.  

    Overall positive experience

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    Current Employee - Operations Specialist  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    -A lot of opportunities for development
    -Exposure to a numerous skills

    Cons

    -Often stymied by bureaucracy
    -Experiencing the typical growing pains that any smaller organization would experience from a rapid expansion, often the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great chance to learn the research, but little to no pride in implementation. A very strange focus on short term sales

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    Former Employee - Senior Engagement Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    - research
    - some good people
    - competitive pay

    Cons

    - sexist, macho culture
    - no openness to research outside of CEB
    - very political
    - no real development of staff - huge sales focus, with very little substance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    long term metrics for business and people, and some kind of broader developmental opportunities. Revisit the sales staff culture; a group of young people with no incentive to really understand or serve the companies in the membership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Sole focus on growth and maintaining high margins

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    Pros

    Smart, social and generally talented people you get to work with
    High caliber clients you get to interact with regularly
    Great learning experience, you're on the front lines of what organizations are challenged with
    On the revenue side, strong performance yields more portfolio growth opportunity
    Not as bureaucratic and hierarchical as some organizations

    Cons

    - You're as good as your last set of performance outcomes
    - Drive for growth without much care for the amount of work required to get there and how taxing it might be on employees...set unrealistic targets without analysis of sales opportunities, product ability to generate that level of growth, volume of activities required, staff capability, etc.
    - For more senior people, career growth opportunities are minimal
    - Unequal management capabilities across the organization (some strong, some very weak)
    - Try to squeeze as much as they can from each individual...easy to get burnt out
    - Non-competitive pay (better for those coming in from the outside vs already there)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Normal company with out a vision

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    Current Employee - Web Intern  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Web Intern in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    Pros

    Gives a good salary and less work. Only that's it.

    Cons

    most of the people are satisfied with the salary, so they don't want to change the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please try having a vision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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