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CEB Reviews

Updated 27 January 2015
Updated 27 January 2015
559 Reviews
3.2
559 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 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Product and brand Integrity

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    • Senior Management
    • 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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Sydney
    Former Employee - Associate in Sydney

    I worked at CEB full-time (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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 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.  

    Good company to start with and build skills for your career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at CEB

    Pros

    Great training
    Young, intellectual team
    Opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    There is a limit to growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less micromanagement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A collection of the smartest, most driven people I've ever worked with.

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

    I have been working at CEB full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I am continually amazed by the intellectual caliber of the colleagues I work with every day. Being surrounded by smart, driven, passionate people makes you feel capable of great things - in your current role or in any other role you wish to pursue at CEB (internal moves are encouraged and supported). I have had so many wonderful mentors - formal and informal - who have contributed to my career success, and I plan to keep on collecting them. CEB is a relatively young company (30 years old), whose culture is still being defined. It is aware of it's history and foundations, but far from being set in stone. Reacting and adapting to change is necessary - and exciting! It's truly a growing company in every sense of the word.

    Cons

    If you can't handle change, this isn't the place for you. As a company that studies the realities of the new work environment, we are also prime examples of it. Growing global presence, acquisitions and integration, finding new gears of productivity, collaboration that is key to survival - it's all part of everyday life at CEB. It means you can't get comfortable or take anything for granted, but it also means that new opportunities are opening up all the time and that you can control your own destiny to a large degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We should continue to push ourselves to be leading edge when it comes to developing, motivating, and retaining talent. Just because we write about how the best do it, doesn't mean we're doing the best job of it that we can. We should strive not to just meet the bar set by the best, but to exceed it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great first job

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

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

    Pros

    Career development opportunities, intellectual culture, challenging work, work-life balance. The actual work is great, and you learn a lot of valuable skills. People are often described as "very smart and very nice".

    Cons

    Compensation, compensation, compensation. They don't pay nearly enough at the entry-level considering what schools they are recruiting from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay analysts more, especially if you're recruiting from the top schools.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Decent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Management Associate in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Account Management Associate in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    At CEB there are great people and supportive leadership; everyone is willing to help and the environment is very collaborative.

    Cons

    Job is simply scheduling-you dont really use your brain as much as you would like..I find that I had a lot of downtime as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use more incentives with staff. Additionally, add some complexity to the job to retain employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    As first job, CEB has been a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CEB

    Pros

    Good Comp
    Great Colleagues and culture

    Cons

    Poor top management
    No strategic vision

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Leaves a lot to be desired

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Service Centre in Thames Ditton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Global Service Centre in Thames Ditton, England (UK)

    I have been working at CEB full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great people to work with in a constantly changing environment
    - New faces every other week
    - Good robust products
    - good legacy research team

    Cons

    - Salaries are slow to rise
    - minimal benefits
    - long hours with few career opportunities
    - exceptionally politically attuned environment
    - personnel development only geared towards certain preferred individuals
    - in a very expensive part of Surrey (very exclusive) not a lot of transport (public) direct links

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - COMMUNICATION is key , if you want to get the best out of the team you have there has to be open and honest communication , we cant support our team and others if we don't have all of the information, facts and we don't know what their objectives are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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