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"Stride on the world stage" was former president Bill Bluestein's promise. And the head of research warned me that "for the right person, being a Forrester analyst is the best job in the world." Both were right. I'm insatiably curious about technology and its impact on consumers and businesses. I like to write reports that people are still reading a year later and mix it up with the experts on my team. But what I love about being a Forrester analyst is sitting across the table from CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and telling them the truth about their strategy, market, or customers. Sometimes it's the first time they've heard it. Forrester's rock-solid research and high-integrity culture makes speaking truth to power possible. And CEOs value the truth even if it hurts.
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When I applied for a research associate job in 1998, the Forrester Careers web page featured an image of a person peering through a magnifying glass, and I was drawn to the curiosity that the magnifying glass represented. Over the past decade and more, Forrester has fulfilled its promise to me that while working here, I would have the opportunity to explore ideas and work with people who felt passionate about that exploration. I didn't know then that ideas were just the beginning. Through patient mentors, dedicated managers, caring peers, and thoughtful training, I've been able to wear so many hats at Forrester — from a junior researcher to the manager of a large research team. Each hat has come with great learning and of course stumbles on my part, which Forrester helped me overcome with grace. I'm incredibly grateful that Forrester let me use that magnifying glass in research and also turned it on me to help me explore my career and capabilities.
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Some flexibility to work at home but this is becoming increasingly difficult as they pressure analysts to be based out of an office. Forrester has recently bolstered its consulting support for analysts which creates more time for research. I get to write what I want, when I want, or at least for the most part. My direct manager is wonderful. The work is HARD and demanding. You need to be very motivated and proactive to be successful here. If you are, it is very rewarding and a positive work environment. Your calendar will be packed. Managing this will be huge to being successful. Willingness to collaborate with others is dependent on teams, whether people are meeting their goals, and the specific analysts.Cons
Getting harder and harder to access our data and produce good research. Moving from an RA to an analyst is a tough but rewarding path. Unfortunately you are put on a lower salary path than if you've come in from outside. If you've worked your way up from being an RA, you likely will need to leave after a year or two of being an analyst/senior analyst. Luckily that's a good jump start for your career. There's a lot of travel, but if you've got a popular coverage area you can largely dictate if and when you travel (this is a pro and a con). Analysts with smaller or less popular coverage areas likely will need to travel a lot when it comes and also travel for a lot of unpaid events to get business. There's little reward for going above and beyond goals. This job requires diverse skill sets. You'll need to be able to write in the Forrester style, become an expert in a coverage area, be a strong speaker, be organized, and be able to pitch projects and advisory. Failure to do any of these could make it hard to meet your goals.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Pay people more that you've spent the time and effort developing, or we'll leave.
I love the move towards more metrics. Goals for the next quarter should be set in the first two weeks of the quarter. NOT after the quarter is already over. Nothing disgruntles an employee more than unfair goals getting pushed on them after the quarter is already over.RecommendsNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO
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Applied via the interwebs and heard from the recruiter within ~2 weeks, interview process took ~4 weeks. Without question, this was one of the most professional and enjoyable interview processes of which I have been a part. What separated this experience from countless others was the recruiter Matt. The Forrester interview process is not unusual in its structure (phone screen; phone with HM; round robin of in-house interviews with the team, and then a presentation) but as most of us become emotionally and mentally invested in the process and outcome, Matt was stellar in keeping this candidate looped in to feedback and apprised of next steps and thus, far less angst-ridden. Consistent communication and information is key to any successful partnership--and speaks volumes about the commitment to finding the right candidates and keeping them invested.Interview Questions
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Forrester Research (Nasdaq: FORR) is a global research and advisory firm serving professionals in 13 key roles across three distinct client segments. Our clients face progressively complex business and technology decisions every day. To help them understand, strategize, and act upon opportunities brought by change, Forrester provides proprietary research, consumer and business data, custom consulting, events and online communities, and peer-to-peer executive programs. We guide leaders in business technology, marketing and strategy, and the technology industry through...