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Great company overall; poor pay and advancement opportunities for entry level positions in research

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Current Employee - Analyst  in  Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Analyst in Cambridge, MA

Pros

* Strong reputation and influence for a relatively small company
* Work with a lot of smart people
* Interesting, varied work in research
* Young average age
* Work hours and location flexibility as long as you get your work done (Although this varies by team and by position)

Cons

* Very low salary for entry level research positions.
* Lack of vertical advancement opportunities for entry level research positions.
* Related to the point above, Forrester's expects a lot of its analysts, who produce research and deliver consulting (a differentiator for Forrester, compared to other research firms where there is more specialization). Analysts' heavy workloads demand a high level of productivity and regularly working after hours. Some analysts thrive, others flounder. This business model, which puts such a strain on the efforts of a few is difficult to scale.
* Related to the point above, there is a lack of trust in upper management lately due to frequent changes to the organizational structure and product offering to support perceived unrealistic growth targets.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Raising the salaries of entry level research employees would create a lot of goodwill and reduce turnover without hurting the books.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart, driven people, but too much middle management complexity and too much asked of analysts

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    Former Employee - Principal Analyst  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Analyst in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Smart colleagues
    Fun, open culture
    Diverse workforce

    Cons

    Too much travel
    Goals haven't evolved to match the business
    Company figures out ways to give you more work without increase of pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the company private. The only way to grow is more salespeople and the only way to cut costs is pay analysts less. At some point, that model breaks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Rewarding experience Company Politics difficult

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Sales in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Overall experience was very good. They treat their employees fairly. The politics and unfairness of middle management at times is difficult to deal with. I certainly recommend any sales person to look into joining Forrester. It has truly helped me understand the benefits of running a world class sales operation.

    Cons

    As mentioned above the unfairness of middle management at times was difficult to deal with.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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