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"Growth is slow in the US - Work for a growing company (not CEB)"

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Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Rosslyn, VA
Former Employee - Business Development Associate in Rosslyn, VA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at CEB full-time (More than a year)

Pros

1. Gaining experience speaking to C-Level executives - Not just knowing what their challenges are but being able to voice them in a fluid manner.
2. Working with young, intelligent people - For the most part, the atmosphere is inclusive and energetic (Although sometimes it comes across as a frat or cult).
3. You get to put Corporate Executive Board on your resume.
4. CEB practices the same corporate best practices it sells to members. Therefore, you learn a lot about these best practices and how to think strategically.
5. Good food in a bustling area.

Cons

1. The method of sales is not sales: It is a harassment. You are forced to bug these executives who have already seen several presentations within the last few months or year and have said this is not a fit. This is the type of sales-tactic that gives sale professionals a bad name. I understand you are not supposed to take no for an answer, but that is only when you know there is value for the prospect. If there is no value, then let it be.
2. The selling territories are extremely small, so there is not a lot of room to chase new opportunities. Most of them have already been trampled on by other Sales Executives.
3. Because of the split between the person who schedules the appointments and the person who performs the appointments, there is constantly a conflict of interest. The scheduler wants to simply schedule many appointments and is judged by how many appointments they set. The performer wants quality appointments and is judged by how many they close.
4. Compensation package is stingy at best - You are not going to make money here very fast.
5. Growth is slow-moving with artificial hurdles such as a official sales training program that feels like a Comm 101 class. You must attend these class or you cannot "graduate."
6. Like any other company, management will choose their favorites, who typically match the brain-washed personality in the atmosphere.

Other Employee Reviews for CEB

  1. "good first job"

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    Current Employee - Account Management Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Account Management Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CEB full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    make a lot of friends, a lot of of inter office relationships, casual dress

    Cons

    pay is very low, inconsistent standards, poor management


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great life-work balance, good growth opportunity"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CEB full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The experience at CEB really depends on which function and practice you work in. If you work in sales, especially at an entry level position, your job won't be too exciting and pay is not that great. If you work in research, the pay is more competitive as CEB hires entry-level analyst positions from Ivy League universities. But even within research the work-life balance is variable depending on which practice you are in. I have heard mixed things from my colleagues. But in my own personal experience I work 40-45 hours a week, and receive adequate compensation. Although the base pay is relatively low (~50k for campus hires), bonuses can range upwards of 40% of base depending on performance.

    Cons

    There is a lot of inefficiencies and bureaucracies. The quality of the job at CEB will definitely depend on who your manager is. Mine is a pleasure to work for, but I have heard some not-so-good stories.

    Advice to Management

    Review manager performance to make sure that they are able to keep their direct reports motivated and satisfied.

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