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3 people found this helpful  

Riding a legacy reputation

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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 more than 3 years

Pros

Great place to start career

Cons

Absolutely zero training in core competences.
Culture that encourages analysts (the core business) to be primadonnas
An amateur HR department
Below market pay

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hire from the outside for senior mgmt.
Middle mgmt should be restructured to be more than a buffer and overhead

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of good, and lots of not so good.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Forrester Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great low and mid-level people to work with. Analysts are a bit entitled but mostly good colleagues

    Cons

    Bad habit of internal promotion as a reward for long service, rather than getting the right person for the job. Evident at higher levels of management in the company, at the director level and above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great analysts do not make great managers or leaders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Best professional experience of my 20-year career so far. Superb.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Forrester Research full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Best management chain of my career. They sustain trust, uphold integrity and encourage risk-taking. Bravo!
    -The visibility is incredible, and we have the opportunity to influence and inform people at all levels of industry.
    -Many opportunities to pursue new areas of research and engage with clients.
    -Leadership team asks for and responds to candid feedback, and owns up to mistakes.
    -Fantastic clients and the nature of the work makes keeping them happy a natural outcome. It's truly inspiring.

    Cons

    -Time management is hard. You will work very hard and the pay is only 'just enough' (but if you're in research for big money then you're in the wrong career!).
    -Constant context switching in the analyst role (research, consulting, inquiry, internal) is inefficient. Needs more focus, less clutter.
    -Bureaucracy can get a little out of hand. Takes months to get new research through the laborious editing process despite having fabulous people doing the editing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Invest and mature the HR org so they can actively help employees find and develop their strengths.
    -Perfection is the enemy of great - shorten the research value delivery chain.
    -Recognize the inherent inefficiency of constant context switching, and focus the research role on fast, collaborative, high-value research delivery.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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