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Forrester Research Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
269 Reviews
3.6
269 Reviews
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Forrester Research Chairman, President, and CEO George F. Colony
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work-life balance at Forrester is really refreshing and strongly encouraged (in 31 reviews)

  • Really smart people and has a great place in the market (in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • Pay is on the lower side, but work/life balance and culture make up for it (in 12 reviews)

  • There is a hesitence to speak the truth to senior management (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Company and very smart people

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    Current Employee - Senior Advisor  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Forrester Research full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Forrester has been a great place for me to work at. Great work / life balance. It's a place you can feel welcome

    Cons

    The career path is not an easy one. Once you move from an associate to a senior individual contributor, it's hard to move over.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It will change your life...for the better.

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    Current Employee - Associate Account Manager  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Account Manager in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance, incredible benefits, opportunity to work with brilliant minds and educated professionals, entrepreneurial culture, you get to work with influential business leaders in both IT and marketing, it improves business acumen, sharpens selling tool-sets, get to be on the cutting edge of business technology.

    Cons

    Low end of compensation for the industry, not many opportunities for growth/advancement/management. takes a one-size-fits all approach to products, too many layers of superfluous mid-management, training leaves much to be desired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work with how you regard your clients and employees, but get rid of the dead weight!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great research company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Operations  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Data Operations in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    good working environment. flexible schedule.

    Cons

    the company is constantly changing and the organization is very complex and takes quite some time to understand different teams and their responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people, culture and learning opportunities

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    Current Employee - Recruiter  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Incredibly smart people with personality! Work/life balance and emphasis on health is amazing. Everyone has a common goal and collaboration is huge. A pretty flat organization where innovation is encouraged.

    Cons

    Pay is on the lower side, but work/life balance and culture make up for it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, great opportunities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Forrester Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Training is in-depth, opportunities to learn and grow abound. Time-off policy was pretty flexible and fairly unofficial when I was there. Casual dress code was nice, open seating is great for working with team mates. Great benefits, employee stock purchase and 401K match, compensation felt reasonable.

    Cons

    I really had great opportunities with the company, so I don't have cons to report.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If possible, try to clarify career tracks and make available better resources for internal employees who may want to switch tracks. If someone goes to business school and decides they want to switch to a new department, help them figure out how to transition or present opportunities that incentivize people to pursue further education (beyond the tuition reimbursement program).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work and learn

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Forrester Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    What you are able to learn, the exposure to organizations of all types, sizes, industries etc. Forrester is a great place to crash course you in business acumen in the tech world.

    Cons

    You need to learn how to navigate the ecosystem, and play the game. Nothing new to see here, you'll find this anywhere you go.

    Almost constant change, sometimes frustrating to deal with all the moving parts and how it affects they way you run your business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it simple.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to build a career!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Forrester Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Forrester is a great place for truly motivated high-performers to excel in their careers. It is a company that truly embraces the concept that ideas compete and people collaborate. This is a place where you will work with very smart people who are passionate about helping our clients solve meaningful business challenges, whether in sales research or corporate.

    Cons

    As the company matures it is losing some of its entrepreneurial culture and artistry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of change can be tough for some types of people to absorb. Those who can't be successful with some ambiguity and constant change will find it tough to advance in their careers--and so shouldn't be hired in the first place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great young company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Forrester Research full-time

    Pros

    hard working young workers, social, friendly work environment, great CEO

    Cons

    lot of change in management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    The culture is entirely unique. There is so much goodness here and there is active work going on to bring that to light. The Executive Team is highly visible and approachable. You are set up for success here -- Forrester wants you to succeed.

    Cons

    Forrester is a company that implements change across the business often. This has a tendency to throw off some individuals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to build a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Forrester Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working with extremely smart people and very flexible work environment. Great benefits, 401K matching and located on the T near Alewife.

    Cons

    Constant changes aren't for everyone, need to be willing to frequently adjust when these happen. Even though the office is on the T, many people long for the days when the office used to be in Kendall Square.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to get better at communicating out changes, but overall a pleasure to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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