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Great culture and people

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Current Employee - IT Technical in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - IT Technical in Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Forrester Research full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Smart people. Great work culture. Not too much bureaucracy. You are often what you make of yourself.IT

Cons

Constant change. Forrester has never shied away from changes. It's surprising that it still has not mastered change management. To many projects. Too many moving targets. But all the same people spinning around doing them all.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Need more definitions around career path to keep self-motivated employees.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great first step into IT....

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

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

    Pros

    You get close access to key technology decision makers and industry experts. It's fun to be hearing about technologies before they are widely adopted.

    Cons

    Forrester Research is a company that is stuck. The Management team lacks the vision to grow the company out of the same footprint that it's been in for the past 5-10 years and is losing it's place as a true market visionary. Forrester provides a lessening level of pragmatic, actionable relevance to decision makers. The sales compensation plan used to provide an opportunity to make good money but that changes after a run of extremely poor sales leaders and their sad thoughts around new account planning and compensation models.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand into consulting. Acquire a brand name deal advisory firm. Change the face of Forrester from being an online subscription company to a firm that advises clients at the highest level. it's time to morph Forrester into a consulting/advisory/research power. That's only going to happen when the current CEO and founder steps aside and allows a more business minded individual to take the company to Forrester 2.0 and away from it's current, diminished self.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Excellent company in difficult tranistion

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Non-sales in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Non-sales in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, very comprehensive 3-day orientation (Starting Blocks) for all new employees. Company is very open to flexible schedules, working from home or remote locations. The brand recognition and reputation are excellent, even among the non-tech general public. For young people, a 2-year stint is a great place to launch a career in the industry.

    Cons

    The company has not been meeting its financial goals for the past year, and attrition remains high. In the past year and a half, it has lost the CIO, the COO, the CMO and the head of human resources. Many people feel that three factors are to blame: 1) the move to an empty office park on the edge of Cambridge 2) a badly designed new website 3) the role-based approach to research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not enough emphasis on the mission of the company -- to provide the top research and consulting in the tech sector. Instead most of the attention and accolades go to the sales force, who are motivated by money, not kudos. Pay more attention to the research and unappreciated support staff.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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