Gartner Reviews in Stamford, CT

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
489 Reviews
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Pros
  • Pooled vacation / sick day allowance which allows for great work-life balance (in 46 reviews)

  • Some groups allow you to work from home all the time or some of the time (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can be challenging if you dont clearly set this with yourself (in 21 reviews)

  • Middle management is by comparison very poor and the leadership lacks strategic vision (in 18 reviews)

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  1.  

    A positive environment filled with intelligent employees

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    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Gartner as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best way I can describe Gartner is as a place that people come back to. Many employees here have worked here for an extended period of time uninterrupted, but many have gone on to other opportunities only to return to Gartner. The atmosphere is positive, the people are intelligent and driven.

    Cons

    The contracting agency that Gartner uses is inefficient and compensates poorly - low pay to contractors, few to no benefits. There is a dearth of interesting full time entry-level positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company but employee experiences vary by team

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Stamford, CT

    I worked at Gartner (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    More vacation time than any other company I have heard of. 20 days to start plus holidays and this goes up to 30 days after four years. Some groups allow you to work from home all the time or some of the time.

    Cons

    Salaries can be below average except in some teams, like Sales. If you are lucky to be on a good team with a good boss you can rise quickly. But if you are on one of the teams with bad managers or politics though you can be held back. Some people in that situation leave the company and then come back later if they want to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top management is great. Look for the middle managers who let politics slow down progress and their direct reports' careers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great ESPECIALLY if you learn how to play the politics.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Process Lead in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Business Process Lead in Stamford, CT

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

    Pros

    Working with highly intelligent people who have a passion for what they do. Ability to travel around the world. Its a respected brand in the IT research and advisory industry. Training for Sales people is very thorough, for other departments it is less structured and up to the manager. The office space is newly re-designed and has a state of the art gym.

    Cons

    The compensation is not up to market standards or to the standards of living for lower Fairfield County. In some departments there is no flexibility to work from home, although if you are an Analyst, these rules do not apply. It is hard to get ahead is some departments, like most corporations office politics play an important role in who is promoted and who isn't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With regards to your employees in CT, please take into account the cost of living in Fairfield County and surrounding areas when creating comp plans. If most employees are moving north due to the cost of living, consider allowing more employees to work out of the Trumbull facility. Some of your employees are spending 4 hours a day just on their commute to work, in this day and age, that's just dumb! Also, don't just say that the "culture" is to promote from within, provide opportunities for employees to learn other roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fast-paced, very intelligent people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Gartner full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of emphasis on personal development

    Cons

    Expensive area to live nearby

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and reward talent pre-emptively to prevent loss of top talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in Stamford, CT

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

    Pros

    The people that work at Gartner are very intelligent, friendly and willing to lend a helping hand. There are always opportunitues to grow professionally and move forward within the company. Gartner also provides a generous amount of paid time off and provides great benefits.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of training so you are often thrown into the fire and forced to self teach. The company is more focused on process and metrics so anything that is done outside that, goes unappreciated. When provided more work within a role (outside of the job description), nothing is taken off of your plate to balance out the load so being overworked becomes common.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gartner needs more leaders and managers that are willing to step up to the plate. There are opportunities within the organization for workers to grow but management needs to help guide this. Gartner needs more managers that someone can look up to and want to strive to be, encourage growth and education, and make workers excited about their job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazing Company, Amazing Culture, Amazing People, Tremednous Growth!

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Gartner full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very smart dedicated fun friendly people. Compensation and benefits are top notch. Company culture is amazing. CEO is extremely bright. Company is growing. Unlimited growth opportunities. Gartner really truly cares about its employees.

    Cons

    None - except sometimes you MAY (key word MAY) have to move to take advantage of a promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in the company as you have done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Nice people, good work. Unfortunate, bad upper management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Gartner full-time

    Pros

    The work is fun and challenging. The people are too. It is a financially stable, growing company with travel opportunity.

    Cons

    Upper management made a really bad management decision this week. This has left a bad taste in a lot of mouths (see below: Advice to Management)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Morale should be considered more by management. More specifically, back in December our group was celebrated and given t-shirts in honor of reaching $200M. It was very nice to be recognized for our achievements and success. Six months later, working from home on Fridays was taken away from us with no "reason" or logic given. Is this how you treat a successful team? Why is it necessary to remove a very important "perk" from a very productive group of people? How does upper management think this will not effect morale?

    A decision such as this makes me lose faith in our management team and question all decisions being made.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Gartner has a certain chemistry that makes you very comfortable in your new position.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Gartner full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home, very nice location, friendly coworkers and room for growth.

    Cons

    Some of upper management need to learn social skills for ALL employees and not just ones at their own level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    LOVE IT HERE

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in Stamford, CT

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture, good work-life balance, fun place to grow your career

    Cons

    I can't think of any

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place To Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT

    I have been working at Gartner full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance is amazing and they offer great PTO packages. C-level is very visible and approachable.

    Cons

    Information sharing can be a challenge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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