CEB
2.9 of 5 433 reviews
www.cebglobal.com Arlington, VA 1000 to 5000 Employees

CEB Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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45% Approve of the CEO

CEB Chairman and CEO Thomas L. Monahan III

Thomas L. Monahan III

(265 ratings)

45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work-life balance at CEB depends and varies from team to team"
    in 33 reviews
  • "Gained experience selling to C-Level executives"
    in 22 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work-life balance is great at some times of the year, lacking during others"
    in 31 reviews
  • "senior management changes frequently which affects the career growth of individuals"
    in 35 reviews
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Fun, young working atmosphere. Extremely high pressure with little recognition.

Associate (Former Employee)
Sydney

I worked at CEB full-time for more than a year

ProsMajority of office was young people with similar interests and mindsets. The social side of things was great and initial training program good.

ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementHave a little more flexibility when entering new markets.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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They'll promise you the world...

Business Development Specialist (Current Employee)
Sydney

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

ProsYou do get access to C level research and get to speak to senior executives on a daily basis even at entry level

ConsPay 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 Senior ManagementBe 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great Place for a first job and to build a network or dynamic professionals

Account Management Associate (Current Employee)
Washington, DC (US)

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

ProsThe opportunity to work with Senior level executives
Young culture and A list personalities make the work exciting and dynamic

ConsThe pay isn't that great for the amount of work and hours put in
The development path is changing constantly and has many biases that can ruin the opportunity for promotion

Advice to Senior ManagementStructure the advancement and training to be more streamlined and transparent

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great starting point

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

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

ProsYoung atmosphere. The hours are reasonable and you are able to earn more with overtime.

ConsChicago office is limited with opportunities outside of the revenue dept.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great environment, great people, intense workload, uncoordinated sales activities.

Account Management Associate (Current Employee)
Arlington, VA (US)

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

Prosthe people.....all young and well educated, good environment (if you're into the young - cliquey kind of environment - work 40+ hours together and spend weekends together etc.)

Conscompany values numbers.....thats it....they will push and push you to perform with incentives like giftcards and bonuses or leaving early friday. If you don't perform you don't advance and you eventually get phased out

Advice to Senior ManagementSSPD is a mess

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Supportive

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at CEB

ProsBenefits are good and the breadth of work is great.

ConsBecause it is so large and more focused on the original subscription service, it is hard for aquired employees to understand how they fit in the CEB family. However, it is very obvious they want us to fit.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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good personal growth opportunities

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at CEB

ProsThe company provides a lot of personal growth opportunties, with new experiences and challenges. I've also really apprecaited the people that I work with- the company attracts a good calibur of talent.

ConsIt is easy to burn out if you're not careful, the company pushes hard and is often underresourced.

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Could not love my job more!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

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

ProsColleagues you work with - smart, type A, motivated but wired to help others and have a passion for the business

Business model - none like it out there. Intellectually stimulating & fits in a key nitch

SF Office - small, collaborative, high performing, strong management team

ConsVOLUME - I thrive in volume, but if you don't, it may not be the place for you. We work with a lot of clients and field a lot of requests internally and externally each day. Be sure you are willing and motivated to work at that pace!

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Enterprise Sales Heaven!

Account Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at CEB full-time

ProsIf you are an experienced and talented sales professional who can handle a fast pace and a somewhat nerdy product - this is an awesome place to work. They have access to senior executives at over 90% of Fortune 500 companies. You can't help but become a better sales person working here. The training and support better than any other organization I have worked for. The people that work here are all smart and nice.

ConsThe pace is unlike anything I've experienced before but not a total negative as this makes for great comraderie amongst workers. You'll also accomplish more than you can imagine.
Because the product is nerdy, not everyone "gets it" - including customers. This product does not generally sell itself so having the ability to communicate value as oppossed to price and feature is an absolute necessity.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Place for Recent Grads

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Arlington, VA (US)

I worked at CEB full-time for more than 5 years

Pros- Constant opportunities to advance
- Great exposure to senior leadership
- Intellectual contributions are truly recognized
- Amazing exposure to very senior clientele

Cons- Work/life balance is a long-running joke
- Fast pace of the job translates into expectations of equally fast paced advancement; if you don't move up within six months-one year, you'll be forced out
- Middle management is exceedingly young and made up of a number of people who have only worked at CEB, resulting in a high-school cliquish environment

Advice to Senior ManagementBring in people to the middle management layer who have worked elsewhere - constant promotion from within means your company culture becomes incestuous and not open to change.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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