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Working with Great People, lack of appreciation of non-sales people frustrating

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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 full-time for less than a year

Pros

+Awesome colleagues
+Fun work environment (gym, foosball tables, ping pong tables, young workers, etc)
+Very forward-thinking, tech-savvy
+Good benefits (15 days vacation, 10 personal/sick days)

Cons

-Low Salaries to start
-High turnover
-Confusing policy/matrix and executive decisions
-Some entitlement attitudes among staff

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Actually listen to the concerns of staffers and make other offices feel included. Common thought is that everything revolves around Cambridge and no one cares about other offices.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    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

    I have been working at Forrester Research full-time for more than 3 years

    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
  2. 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

    I worked at Forrester Research full-time for more than 5 years

    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
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