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Not worth the stress and political BS

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Forrester Research

Pros

Each day is different
Your colleagues are smart and your ideas are challenged
Analysts have a decent amount of support
Forrester has a great reputation in the market

Cons

No cross-role collaboration
Employees are measured very closely - a very numbers driven organization
Over-worked and under-paid
No bonus last 2 quarters
Management creates ambitious plans and lofty goals that can never be met
Not open to change - it's just the "Forrester way"
Very HQ (Boston) centric/ focused
Hard work is is never rewarded unless it hits the bottom line
Sales will only sell analysts if they know who they are and if they brown nose them. They are told to take sales out for drinks all of the time.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't apply a one-size-fits-all strategy across a global organization where markets, roles and employees are vastly different.

Disapproves of CEO

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    Great people - little communication

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    Current Employee - Account Development Manager
    Current Employee - Account Development Manager

    I have been working at Forrester Research

    Pros

    Phenomenal team spirit in the office - we have each others backs.
    The feeling to actually contribute to a client's success.
    A lot of freedom as long as the results are as expected.

    Cons

    Anyone who doesn't work in Cambridge has basically fallen off the face of the earth for senior management - they don't care, they don't disseminate information.
    Pressure is applied globally to deliver against the ambitious goals but support is only really provided in the HQ.
    If overall performances fall short at all, no bonus will be paid company-wide - not exactly motivating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please re-design information policy and bonus system!

    No opinion of CEO
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    Great company culture and room for growth.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Forrester Research

    Pros

    There is a great company culture - supportive management, friendly colleagues, and great respect for personal needs. Forrester gives employees a lot of trust and responsibility to take on new challenges and learn new skill sets on the job.

    Cons

    Forrester is not a 9 to 5 jobs, and due to distribution of work employees can find themselves working many long nights a quarter, and the pay doesn't always seem to compensate for that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Distribution of work and time spent working should be considered.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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