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A great place to learn.

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Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

I worked at Forrester Research

Pros

An intellectually challenging work environment with lots of learning opportunities.
Great people to work with, Forrester employees tend to be really nice and friendly .

Cons

No career development path, the initiatives in this space just don't work and there's no follow up on the review systems in place.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The bonus compensation system is demotivating for anyone other than analyst or a sales person.

Analyst who overperform on their advisory goal get compensated directly for this, sales gets a commission on all their deals, all other employees only get a bonus if the company performs according to plan without taking into account their personal performance.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great experience but you better role up your sleeves

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Forrester Research

    Pros

    - Great people to work with
    - Open culture
    - Many different nationalities to work with
    - Innovation at your doorstep
    - Never a dull moment
    - Good learning experience

    Cons

    - Highly Cambridge centric: although there is a strong desire to be more international, you have to be in Cambridge (HQ) to be noticed and have your say.
    - Limited long term strategy: it's all about this quarter. You'll have to get used to the pace.
    - Research prima donnas: the business model centers for a large part around promoting individual analysts. Although they often lack practical business experience, their egos often gets the better of them, which sometimes negatively impacts other departments and client experience.
    - Limited funding if you are not in research or sales: this means that you have to be creative to get the job done and have to think about alternatives if you want to do things that are commonplace in other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Think about where you want to be in 5 years and how your marketplace will look like.
    - Be more innovative: it will take more than writing yet another report to be successful in helping clients
    - Take better care of your people, even those not in research

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful company but very frustrating long term.

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    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Forrester Research

    Pros

    - Great place to gain a diverse range of experience on IT usage in different industries. Job varies greatly from day to day offering a huge amount of variety
    - Very motivated and intelligent co-workers
    - Generally very good atmosphere in London office
    - Nice office, great location in central London
    - Good work life balance, and allowed flexible work hours
    - Well recognized brand
    - Opportunities to work with great clients (most of whom are Global 500)
    - Regular company communication and updates
    - Very good pay package especially for a company of its size

    Cons

    - Very change averse (unless change is being dictated by exec management). Swimming against the stream will get you absolutely nowhere
    - Culture encouraged by Colony around competition for consulting work leads to constant turf wars and coverage area fiefdoms. Extreme arrogance from certain analysts is tolerated and seemingly even encouraged
    - A lot of internal meetings that lead to more internal meetings -- rarely accomplish anything and are often just a chance for people to winge at impotent middle management
    - Bonus structure was ridiculous
    - Lack of local management and thus control over career trajectory
    - Incredibly US centric

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a step back and give middle management more control. Moral at the company continues to decline and many believe that executive management has become completely out of touch with the day to day challenges and realities of most employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
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