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CEB Reviews

Updated 19 November 2014
Updated 19 November 2014
530 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. 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
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    You will essentially be working at a call centre as a BDX

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    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in London, England
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate in London, England

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

    Pros

    The office is in a great location. Very little overtime expected.

    Cons

    The London office is basically just one big sales floor, except you don't have very much idea about what you're selling at all. Apparently things are very different in overseas offices. Pay is terrible and rises slowly. Almost all of the sales staff you meet are vastly overqualified for their roles. Some regional teams are cleeky and HR aren't particularly nice people to deal with either

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great training and stimulating environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in London, England

    I have been working at CEB full-time (more than an 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok place to start after university to gain commercial experience

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

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

    Pros

    Location, Excellent work benefits - healthcare, company gives a good package

    Cons

    Awful management, poor training for new hires, poor starting salary, work environment is ruthless and not enjoyable at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management need to be more respectful and take on board how their staff feeling, micro management is big at CEB and they're very quick to pick on weaknesses and review performances brutally and never praise staff for strengths.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in London, England

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

    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, great people but ruined by the middle managers!

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    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in London, England
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in London, England

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

    Pros

    nice colleagues, company drinks, incentive trips, pay is fair, motivational MDs, exposure to C-level, decent time off policy, work life balance

    Cons

    Incompetent middle managers who knit pick and demotivate staff by acting like school teachers, very American, meaning having time off at Christmas becomes tricky.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The middle manager problem: Most of us are too talented to be managed by them!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    ‘Ok’ for graduates wanting brief (1 Year) business experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Management Representative in London, England
    Current Employee - Account Management Representative in London, England

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

    Pros

    -Competitive Comp Package (only once you’re at level 3: Account Management Representative)
    -Gain good Business Acumen knowledge/ training on your way up to Level 3
    - Good commercial / account management experience for those just out of university
    -Central Location in London
    -Good/Work life balance. Sociable company after working hours.
    -able to network with many heads of function which is a big positive
    - Incentive trips are very good IF you’re a high performer
    - Good bridging job for the career you want to do next- you can develop some good skills IF you’re proactive

    Cons

    - Micro-management & performance management culture: Does not allow for individuality & creativeness. As an SSPD employee, you are treated very much like a school child
    -Very much a culture of ‘do what I say, not what I do’
    -RSM’s/ Junior Managers ARENT skilled/ experienced managers- they’re generally unsuccessful SSPD candidates. They work to the number & aren’t generally good at motivation nor individual development (they lack cross-industry/ company experience)
    -Cold Calling: they do (at times) track the number of calls you make
    - Intellectually curiosity isn’t valued nowhere near as such as it should- this is one of the main reasons for my departure
    - Slow/ Stagnant progression: the expected route of progression to SE or AM is through the middle market function which is limiting (and incentives are capped to below market value)
    -Effectively you’re a glorified PA to an AM/SE, you’re seen as a bit of a 2nd class citizen
    -Your incentives are generally dependent on your AM/SE is doing well- if you’re partnered with an underperforming AM/SE, you won’t get paid much. Luck of the draw.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow what CEB’s research preaches, allow more autonomy and power to your staff and the rest will follow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dynamic, fast-paced and energetic work environment, working with some of the best companies

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Management Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Account Management Associate in London, England

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

    Pros

    I have been working at CEB for two months.

    Working with high calibre clients e.g. FTSE 250, Fortune 500 companies gives you valued commercial exposure. It also allows you to build a solid foundation in how to best service clients and communicate with people of all different levels of seniority.
    Supportive work environment, you are never without support and guidance
    Two week on-boarding process was great in demystifying CEB's business model and what your role entails. The on-boarding includes of opportunities to shadow, meet new people and practice key things necessary for the job before launching straight into your role. You also have your own dedicated mentor. There is ample opportunity for mobility within the organisation, you are also given a career development plan to help you toward reaching where you ultimately want to be.
    The people make the job fun, it is a dynamic and energetic workplace, there are plenty social events and constant competitions with the opportunity to win great treats. In my first two week, I had dined at the Savoy.
    I love the fact it is 'unstuffy' and there has a practiced open door policy, which allows you to be at ease. There is a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Initially, during the application stage, it is hard to gather what CEB does and how they execute their objectives. However this is quickly overcome by a comprehensive presentation given on the assessment day, along with the on-boarding process.

    It can be slightly overwhelming in the first two weeks, as there's a lot of new information that needs to be absorbed. However, once you're actually in your role things become more practical.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for with lots of oportunities for a varied career

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

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

    Pros

    The people - CEB staff are a great bunch of people, very friendly and always happy to help one another achieve both personal and combined goals.
    Opportunities - There are many different opportunities within CEB and the company encourages people to find the right role for them.
    Clients - You will get the opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading companies and will come face to face with the executives that run those companies.
    Work-Life balance - CEB is a place that respects individuals to take responsibility for their own work and will not expect people to work unreasonable hours as the norm.

    Cons

    US Centric - CEB is a US company and sometimes some of the process and situations reflect this in a negative way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEB seems to have become an increasingly professional place to work, management need to try and make sure this is not to the detriment of the spirit that makes CEB a great place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to start ..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Account Manager Associate in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great place to start after university with an excellent work life balance. People are great and gives an excellent introduction to corporate working life where i learnt a lot of fundamentals and great benefits and social life.

    Cons

    Annoying culture, people seem scared to face feedback and problems head on. Some roles there are a lack of training and the company is focused on being too lean at the expense of helping functions and teams to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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