CEB Reviews

Updated 13 October 2014
Updated 13 October 2014
523 Reviews
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523 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 47 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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    • 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long career with great learning

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    CEB is simultaneously the world's best business classroom and a business itself, so it provides wonderful opportunities to study great businesses and run a business at the same time. The opportunity to do and think about business simultaneously is an incredible experience, and there is no shortage of really hard working, really smart people around who set a high bar for you to meet.

    Cons

    The higher you get in the company, the more stifling the egos are and it can become depressing. The company advertises itself as a meritocracy but judgment of a person's merits becomes more and more subjective as responsibilities grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to bring back some of the graciousness and humility that's been lost since the days of DvB. It helps keep people engaged and inspired even while going through the grinder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    You're in great company

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    • 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for Career Development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than an 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
  9.  

    Awesome experience overall

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

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

    Pros

    Team effort is always high and people have passion to work here.

    Cons

    Pressure always builds on you.

  10.  

    A great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Procurement Manager in Arlington, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Procurement Manager in Arlington, VA (US)

    I worked at CEB full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Young, entrepreneurial environment. Great location. A company that is known for its intelligent, B-school hires means that you'll be surrounded by the best and brightest.

    Cons

    Limited work/life balance (flexible scheduling) options. Expensive and very limited parking. Elevator wait times can get really tedious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better process consistency across all levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great run so far

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Career flexibility, movement, great culture of service to both clients and the community

    Cons

    salary is not competitive, skills not clearly transferrable to jobs outside CEB

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have a more transparent compensation philosophy and policy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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