- I worked here for a few years in qualitative research research analyst.
- I enjoyed learning the business model; it's a complex company with many different product lines, and as a research analyst you have a chance to impact just about any area you can make a case for.
- However, the hours can be long and compensation is not (at least, not when I was there) on par with companies performing similar work with similar hours.
- If you are at all technically inclined, you should go into quant research and focus your resume on quant skills because everything else just ends up being sales. Then either progress within the company making data-driven products or use your technical skills to get another job. If sales is your "thing", maybe it's a good place to stay longer.
- Hours can vary greatly by time of year and culture of the (often tiny, 2-4 people) immediate team you are on.
- I'm not surprised they were bought by Gartner: It has lots of potential but it's a bit different company so can be a hard sell to clients unfamiliar with their work. Hopefully Gartner's brand can help CEB focus its considerable resources and intellectual firepower.
- Management is a completely mixed bag: sometimes, you are managed by ex-McKinsey consultants who have "upgraded" their work-life balanced by coming to CEB and can easily manage CEB's complex workflows. Other times, you are managed by someone with no previous management experience or training. These people hold the (often political) keys to your advancement.
fascinating business model, exposure to many different industries and business concepts, occasionally intellectually interesting work, accomplished colleagues
crushing hours during crunch time out of proportion with compensation, extremely political and cliquish, pressured to talk in meetings just to talk as metric for evaluation, outside of quant research very hard to build respected technical skills, ends up being mostly sales instead of research