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Forrester Research Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
272 Reviews
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272 Reviews
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Forrester Research Chairman, President, and CEO George F. Colony
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Pros
  • The work-life balance at Forrester is really refreshing and strongly encouraged (in 37 reviews)

  • Working with extremely smart people and very flexible work environment (in 44 reviews)


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

  • The communication of this back to senior management doesn't seem to be happening effectively (in 18 reviews)

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  1.  

    Challenging but rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Intellectually challenging work, surrounded by smart people and fun personalities. My manager listens to concerns, and works with me to identify areas for career growth and development. I've made use of the tuition reimbursement program, and have also been encouraged to pursue and expense other work-related personal development expenses (e.g., review materials and course for a certification exam, exam fees). I've worked from home on days when necessary (caring for an ill family member, waiting for a plumber, etc), and feel that work/life balance is respected here. There is a Fun Committee that helps to bring the office together by sponsoring contests, free ice cream Wednesdays during the summer, etc.

    Cons

    Benefits have improved, but compensation could be better. Change management is improving, but could be better too. I've been through several reorgs through the years. I've seen good people, high performers, leave because of changes and burnout. More needs to be done to retain and develop young employees (those in their first few years of working).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need to hire more people. Employees are stretched thin, and more asks are piled on. My manager puts a lot of effort in making sure our team doesn't burn out, and we all push back where we can.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great Company and very smart people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Forrester Research full-time (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
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
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  5.  

    Great research company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  6.  

    Great people, culture and learning opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Forrester Research full-time (less than an 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, great opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Forrester Research full-time (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work and learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Forrester Research full-time (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
  9.  

    Great place to build a career!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Forrester Research full-time (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
  10.  

    Great young company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Forrester Research full-time (more than an 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

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