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Forrester Research Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
276 Reviews

3.7
276 Reviews
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Forrester Research Chairman, President, and CEO George F. Colony
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work-life balance at Forrester is really refreshing and strongly encouraged (in 31 reviews)

  • Really smart people and has a great place in the market (in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • Pay is on the lower side, but work/life balance and culture make up for it (in 12 reviews)

  • There is a hesitence to speak the truth to senior management (in 15 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    good learning experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    surrounded by a lot of smart people

    Cons

    opportunities for moving up are limited

  2.  

    Great at times, frustrating at times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    A very smart employee base. Fun culture. Challenging mix of client projects and research projects. Well-respected brand. Work/life balance. A company that genuinely cares about its employees on a personal level.

    Cons

    Org and management changes every 6-9 months is exhausting and counter-productive. Minimal career development for analysts and promotions take a very long time (3-4 years). Poor middle management. Primadonna analysts tend to get more internal support than other analysts. Research directors who are terrible people managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down the change so folks can get some momentum in their jobs. Launch a formal career development program for employees. Hire better middle managers that can motivate and inspire employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very helpful internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Co-op Web Applications Intern  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Co-op Web Applications Intern in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    You get to really talk to the people around. There is also a very clear chain of command. I was taught very well and learned how to communicate effectively throughout different parts of the company office and also to the people overseas. Office is well put together, clean, well-lit, and generous with space. Place comes with a gym and a decently priced and high selection cafeteria.

    Cons

    There is nothing I can complain about that doesn't concern specific people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. I actually had a really hard time trying to write in the cons section

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Satisfying work and great colleagues

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA

    Pros

    The work is very interesting, involving and satisfactory.
    Everyone is friendly, helpful and collaboration is on top of the list of things-to-do.
    Highly respectable position in industry if you have the Forrester brand name on your CV.

    Cons

    Very high expectations from day one...can be a little difficult for folks with little or no prior work ex.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand coverage to include new client bases, new products and focus on emerging markets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company but changes strategy to often and too quickly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Intelligent and engaging people to work with. Excellent morale in most areas. It is particularly welcoming to the musically inclined. Instruments in the cafe to play with and small band competitions.

    Cons

    Seems to change strategic focus every other year. Sometimes it feels like change for changes sake. There is a hesitence to speak the truth to senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set the bar higher for sweeping changes. The problem is not our internal org structure. If you want to grow the business look at each and every customer interaction and make it valuable and delightful for the customer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to learn where every day is different.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Forrester employs some of the best and brightest in research. It is a demanding environment in that you are expected to learn quickly, but once you gain skills and experience, you are given the opportunity to take on more responsibility.

    Cons

    The pace is very fast with not a lot of job training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more training with competency milestones for employees to hit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great environment to grow professionally

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisor  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Advisor in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Smart & driven workforce. Numerous opportunities for internal promotions. Amazing work/life balance. Access to world class research an added bonus!

    Cons

    Compensation is low and change is a constant. The aforementioned work/life balance definitely helps to outweigh the former and the latter produces opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider bringing in more outside talent in the management ranks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Forrester has given me many opportunities to grow professionally

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

    Pros

    Forrester has a strong desire to hire and promote from within, which has afforded me many opportunities over the years. I'm still in love with my job, and look forward to coming to work each day.
    Great corporate culture that values individual input - a true meritocracy.
    Good location for commuters.

    Cons

    We're always changing - this can be a negative for people looking for a quiet place. Change does not come without a certain amount of discomfort.
    Poor access to craft beers in neighborhood. Need to go to Davis Sq for that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great people and good work/life balance

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

    Pros

    I have had several opportunities at Forrester. Great chance if you seek them out.

    Cons

    Pay is low and raises are basically a standard of living raise each year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Former Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Great lessons learned while there.

    Cons

    Snotty team mates, the hate was thick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wouldn't matter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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