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A much more intense learning experience than grad school, and they pay you

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

I worked at Forrester Research

Pros

The camaraderie and the intense intellectual challenge are the best parts about Forrester. The culture and processes really hone your business acumen, critical thinking, and strategic view of industry and technology.

Cons

Cambridge is the center of the universe, and if you're not there, you have to work twice as hard to stay involved in decisions.

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Keeping focus on information technology, rather than on other emerging areas, means that the firm has lost its innovative edge. The world has moved on, and IT is no longer a strategic differentiator. Nicholas Carr is right.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lots of Kool-Aid given at the outset - in attempts to distract you from egregiously low salaries

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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

    Pros

    - Friendly, fun, intelligent group of people to work with
    - Great name to have on your resume
    - Work-Life balance recognized

    Cons

    - In a word: Cheap
    - You'll be given all the excuses under the sun regarding "budget cycles" and why wage increases are indefinitely held off.
    - When faced with prospect of losing talent vs. paying more to keep them, they lose the talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Our "recognition awards" ceremonies consist of about 1/5 non-sales awards, then the rest sales oriented awards. It makes the 'non-revenue generating" employees (and we are constantly reminded of that) feel unappreciated and hyper aware of the rift between the salesforce.

    It's a well known fact that in order to make more money at Forrester, the only way is to leave and come back. Fix that.

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  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Amazing people and benefits, low pay and high politics

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    Former Employee - Consulting in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Consulting in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Forrester Research

    Pros

    The people will keep you here. It's a fantastic networking world and the opportunity to learn, both about a professional work environment and about technology, is exciting and fast-paced. It's also a fun place to work - people are constantly going out and organizing meet-ups and events - you are guaranteed to run into other Forrester people out and about around Cambridge, Boston, Somerville, etc. I still have many, many friends and contacts from the time I worked here. Also the management is great about investing in professional training. The onboarding system (a full week of orientation and training) is phenomenal - it's a well-oiled machine from an HR/benefits/legal perspective. I miss this competence in other organizations since. Overall, I WOULD recommend applying to, interviewing at and working at Forrester - it really allows you to go to many, many other organizations and is well-regarded. Also the people you meet here will stick with you for life, there are just such incredibly fun, smart and funny people here.

    Cons

    Once you're in at a certain level it's almost impossible to get more than 3% more per year. So make sure you like your starting salary. It can be full of politics. They can decide they don't want to promote you for baseless reasons. I would caution anyone that while you can work here for a year before you switch roles/are allowed to apply internally for other things, that your boss will have a large role in determining your ability to switch jobs and when you come in to Forrester, be sure you're in a position that allows for upward mobility. Also the whole work/life balance thing can be a bit wonky - Q4 is insane for sales and consulting alike. You can work from home when you want, however you will be working 8:00am-9:00pm some days because there is just such a volume of work. Also, unrelated, the move to Alewife from Kendall is stupid and a complete deterrent to people wanting to apply here.

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    Don't punish people unfairly if their manager has a chip on their shoulder for seemingly no reason. When an entire team complains to HR about a manager, it's probably the manager, not the individual members of the team. Also - dear god, Forrester does not pay competitive wages. This has to be the reason 90% of people leave. ..

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