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Great company, fun culture

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Current Employee - Consultant in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Consultant in Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Forrester Research

Pros

Fun place to work, social environment. Nature of work can be rewarding and intellectually stimulating. Employees are smart and energetic. Collaborative work environment. Commitment to high quality. Constantly evolving to adapt to changing client needs.

Cons

Top heavy with too many managers at the upper levels. Becoming more and more "political."

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    More sales than research for analysts

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Forrester Research

    Pros

    flexible - can work from home, make your own hours; interesting work; high profile with perks of the job including top treatment from vendors

    Cons

    Too much emphasis for analysts to sell themselves and meet consulting numbers; not enough time or resources devoted to actually doing research; create unneccessary stress and overlook contributions that don't tie back to consulting like high volume of inquiries, meeting publishing deadlines and writing quality research, media presence - none of that seems to matter. Treated like a widget instead of an individual - and there's way too much middle management; For a tech company systems seem outdate - Windows XP, IE6

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that analysts bring different skills and backgrounds to the role - it's all about numbers - Many in senior management have been here too long, need outside perspective, not enough research leadership - analyst role driven to sell clouds objectivity; client groups create barriers to collaboration and roles have gone too far - overlooks that not everything maps neatly into a single role

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    Challenging and rewarding place to grow your career

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Forrester Research

    Pros

    If you dedicate your life to work while at Forrester, you can really build your own professional equity within the industry. You have ample opportunities to learn from others and connect to top people at Global 2000 companies. You can either be a 'lifer' at Forrester and stay and grow in the analyst industry, or after a few years at Forrester have your choice of senior/executive level opportunities at top companies that you worked closely with as an analyst.

    The ramp-up training is really, really good, though very intense.

    Cons

    Tough grind and ramp-up for people new to the analyst world. You have be able to find your rhythm quickly, doing research, consulting, presenting, and working with customer calls each day. At times it seems those responsibilities are in direct conflict with each other. They have aggressive quotas for each area, and you must course-correct quickly or they'll show you the door -- admittedly they do their best to to help you get back on track.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Analysts and research groups need to be encouraged and incentivized to work more collaboratively, combining ideas from team members to synthesize better research. Also, analysts should be allowed more flexibility in balancing their quotas to suit their abilities (more research, less consulting, etc.)

    Company-wise, Forrester has a great administrative and technology infrastructure to support the analysts.

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