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Wonderful company but very frustrating long term.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
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.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    nice place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Former Employee - Research Associate

    I worked at Forrester Research

    Pros

    the people you work with the opportunities to learn. being part of research teams help you get a good understanding of IT topics, work with senior analysts can boost your understanding of the industry. good place to hone quantitative and qualitative skills. client work can give you visibility outside your company

    Cons

    juniors spend a lot of time with powerpoint and excel doing repetitive work. some task flow inefficiencies in the document production makes it long and tedious for juniors. your manager can be located in another office and can change quite frequently making the relationship difficult. long hours during peak times (end of quarters)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest more in training

    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rough place to work at (little respect for people, very low salaries for anyone not a researcher or sales rep).

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

    I have been working at Forrester Research

    Pros

    A great place for keeping abreast of emerging business technologies.

    Cons

    If you're not a Sales rep or an Analyst, you're a human commodity, interchangeable at any moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to think about employees, about training allowance or development programs for instance: stop communicate year after year, just do it.

    Approves of CEO
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