CEB Reviews

Updated 27 October 2014
Updated 27 October 2014
525 Reviews
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CEB Chairman and CEO Thomas L. Monahan III
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great place to start after university with an excellent work life balance (in 48 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 41 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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Sydney
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Sydney

    I worked at CEB full-time (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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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Sydney
    Former Employee - Associate in Sydney

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than an 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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Sydney
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Sydney

    I have been working at CEB full-time (more than an 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Young, Multicultural, Dynamic Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at CEB full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great team. You have the advantage of working with some of the smartest people out in the market place right now.
    Good social scene.
    Salary is ok based on current market trends.
    Opportunity to work with C-suite execs from some of the largest global companies.

    Cons

    Do not expect work-life balance, this is an all absorbing place of work. The company operates a very lean approach so be prepared for a heavy work load.
    Very American company: the performance reviews can be violent if there is so much as a hint in under performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The approach is very rigid, siloed and "one size fits all". Understand that european markets are different from the US and therefore the go to market approach needs to be differentiated due to more limited scaleability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    You're in great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart colleagues and clients, lots to learn

    Cons

    Not sure if you are making any difference in the larger scheme of things

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nil

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Associate

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Associate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I have been working at CEB full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good compensation in accordance with industry standards.

    Cons

    Not much room to be creative, not a lot of onsite opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for learning and exposure to executives in the world's best companies. Bad for career progression and meritocracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CEB (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learning what the best companies do and teaching it to CXO level execs and their teams
    Friendly culture with a collaborative environment
    Hours of work are long but can be flexible

    Cons

    You won't progress in your career unless you're in the boys club: the inner circle of those who have been at CEB for 10+years and know how to influence those who subjectively decide who gets promoted. By simply working smart and hard you will not get recognition in the form of career progression -even if you ask or even fight for it.
    Expect workload to be added to you without consideration of current capacity, and having to constantly defend the boundaries of how much you can achieve effectively and how much you can learn in a short space of time -without eating into your weekends and evenings.
    Pay is not great for the hours worked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer career progression based on merit, client impact and enterprise contribution, don't wait until someone is so fed up with trying to get a promotion that they are ready to walk to finally recognize them
    Offer more opportunities for research staff to get involved in client conversations, sometimes more effectively than advisory depending on the subject and type of issue being discussed
    Better guidance could be provided to new hires on how to navigate CEB - not doing this puts new joiners at a disadvantage compared to others who have acquired this through time at CEB but could have simply learned about through effective onboarding

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good for Early Career, Not a Place You Stay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Arlington, VA (US)

    I have been working at CEB full-time

    Pros

    I've gotten what I wanted out of my experience at CEB, which when I first started, was essentially to learn more about business/strategy. I really love the people I work with-- everyone is smart, and comes from really diverse backgrounds which makes for great conversation. Also, early on in my career I had a couple of great managers but of course a con is that you get moved around a lot and I think good managers are rare at this company.

    Cons

    - Low pay. If you're in research, which is supposedly the "backbone" of the company don't expect to be rewarded for this. Compared to industry standards, CEB pays its employees very poorly. This is simply part of its strategy-- it can hire cheap, inexperienced college students any time for research positions and training costs are low. So, they don't really care at all.
    - Research experience is not "creative" as they describe. The research process at CEB can be taxing. As a researcher you're told to go think "out of the box" but ultimately decisions on research are made by the advisory side or your research manager. If your ideas don't mesh with the ideas of senior leadership in the company, you won't move up in the company.
    - No recognition. There's hardly any recognition of people in research roles. You pretty much have to move into advisory for people to notice you, otherwise you leave the company.
    - Limited Opportunity. There are three career paths at CEB-- sales, research and advisory. Again, research is limited-- they can't have too many senior managers in research positions because it's not profitable enough. While advisory okay, it's definitely not everyone's thing. In advisory, you eventually have to go on roadshows, present research, etc.
    - No brand image: CEB never branded itself in early years! For some reason the CEO didn't believe it was important. It's never going to the get the recognition that companies like Deloitte, Accenture, etc. get so don't be surprised when people ask you if it's a made-up company.
    - Limited resources: Sure, CEB might have a gym but there are basic things the company fails to provide its employees, which in turn, makes it harder for them to do their jobs. For instance, more experienced professionals don't have access to a laptop. Also, many calls rooms have been transformed into offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people. High turnover has a really negative impact on the people that stay at CEB.

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

    Gurgaon Office- Kicked off as a wonderful experience till politics poured in and made the pristine water, a dirty swamp.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Specialist in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Web Specialist in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Salary, Transparency, Recognition, Company Values, Location, Employee Engagement Outings, Learning Experience, Knowledge boost sessions.

    Cons

    India Office: Poor Leadership in DPI, Manager busy polluting work ethics, Politics, Competing with subordinates, Biased leadership, Believe in divide and rule than team effort, Leadership not bothered about your growth but rather pulls you down so that they don't loose any asset, Don't allow time off's easily and always have illogical excuses to cancel it, whole team are run by hypocrites who have no knowledge or business oriented approach, managers steal your achievements and portray as their own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage staff's growth and value leadership feedback's more often. Also, please increase the TMT departments strength from 4-5 to at least 15-20 for the 300+ staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    CEB is the frat you never joined

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CEB (more than an year)

    Pros

    Ok work life balance, products are reputable.

    Cons

    Pervasive frat culture, poor leadership, poor career development, salary is not competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay good talent more, and do more to develop them. Otherwise, if they are good talent, they will quickly discover how much more they can make elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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