CEB Reviews

Updated 21 September 2014
Updated 21 September 2014
504 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.  

    Great for Career Development

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    I came here for career development, and that's what I got. Like all things in life, you only get out of it what you put in, but there's a lot to get from a career at CEB. I began in the product track. (Not the sales side.)

    Cons

    A bit under market pay for consulting, but it's fair for the work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    A fast-paced, highly organized, uniquely cultured, growing organization with plenty of career opportunities

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer  in  Rosslyn, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Rosslyn, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great office culture that encourages team outings, learning opportunities (both internal and external offered by your department), and company-wide events to strengthen CEB's brand and organizational family. You won't thrive here if you're not a diligent, hard-working, and growth-seeking person.

    Cons

    The more you grow and move up the ranks in your career path, the more that gets piled (and squeezed) on which means you need to be prepared to draw the line in what is a healthy, realistic work/life balance if that matters to you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great training and stimulating environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great work environment lots of knowledge transferring and professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    Salaries could be better than they currently are.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to start a career

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Arlington, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    CEB has a great office culture and work-life balance. Compared to some of its competitors, CEB employees work better hours and have better work-life balance. The office culture is very flat and not hierarchical: everyone is very tolerant of diverse ideas and junior employees are encouraged to speak up in meetings or to challenge (intellectually) their managers and higher-ups. The typical CEB Research Analyst has often been described as "intellectual and nice" and this is an apt description. As CEB recruits many campus hires, its culture is very young, making it a great place for new grads to start their career. In addition, as a research job, recent graduates with a liberal arts background but interested in business will find CEB's RA position to be very fitting to both their skill set and ambition. CEB acknowledges the relative inexperience of many of its hires and therefore takes care to train its young employees in both job-related and broader professional skills.

    Cons

    For the work that the typical Research Analyst does, compensation could be higher. This seems to be a point of contention among many of my peers and fellow new hires. Partly because of the compensation, but not entirely because of it, CEB sees a LOT of turnover among its recent hires. Many newly hired Research Analysts stay at the company for a year or so, and move on to other firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your research analyst level hires feel more valued (either through pay or other means) and you will probably see less turnover.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Great culture and great training.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate  in  Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Development Associate in Arlington, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    CEB has a great company culture and this permeates everything they do. They research how the best companies in the world are solving business problems then educate other companies on how to apply the solutions back to their own company. As a result, CEB is a company that is run according to best practices.

    They intentionally hire people who are genuine and smart. Everyone is willing to help out and teach you how to be better.

    The sales environment is competitive but not against your peers. You try to reach your goal and everyone is excited when you do and willing to help you improve your skills to be even better.

    They have great benefits and want their employees to stay and succeed. They also promote heavily from within.

    Their training program is very structured and time tested and managers do a great job coaching.

    Cons

    At the end of the day, selling is hard. Not everyone is good at it. There is definitely pressure to meet you goals, but everyone wants to help you do it.

    The entry level position is heavily focused on cold calling. It can be tedious at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job and keep improving the training programs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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

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