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Forrester Benefits

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Employer Summary

Forrester’s US benefits team focuses on employee health and well-being, providing best-in-class health coverage and offering deep discounts. Cambridge, Mass., employees can take advantage of a free on-site fitness center offering exercise classes and equipment, personal training, and locker room facilities.

Forrester offers our European employees a comprehensive benefits portfolio, including medical, vision, and life insurance. To our team in Asia Pacific (APAC), we offer personal accident coverage as well.

Our benefits packages also include financial rewards such as tuition support and referral bonus programs. Our benefits team evaluates the package annually to ensure that it remains competitive and differentiates Forrester from other companies in the market.

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  • Mar 26, 2019
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Senior Advisor in Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Matching 401K is an excellent benefit.

  • Feb 12, 2019
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Principal Analyst in Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Forrester's benefits package is standard at best. Highlights include good health insurance, PTO, sick days, 401K matching, ESPP, and a work from home policy (although for a "flexible" benefit, the WFH policy is very rigid). The lowlight is the maternity/family leave policies. This is especially disappointing since Forrester often promotes its culture and benefits. The policy is not communicated well and not competitive with the companies Forrester claims to compete with for talent. Leave is partially paid (fine), and bonuses are pro-rated regardless of your performance while goals are not pro-rated (not fine). There is no option to ramp upon return to work, and while some employees are lucky to have managers that offer more flexible arrangements for return to work, it's not company wide. And, while there have been several "listening sessions" (this year and in the past) with EX leadership regarding the policy, no actions have been taken including even minimal improvements to the policy and how it's communicated).

    Forrester Response

    As a Forrester employee and a mom, I feel your conviction and your concern. You raise some legitimate points about our leave policy – so have other employees of late. Based on that feedback, we are... More

  • Feb 07, 2019
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Employee in Boston, Massachusetts

    Good benefits for full time employees

  • Nov 09, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in San Francisco, California

    30% covered commuting expenses and good medical plan cost

  • Sep 30, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Senior Solutions Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

    excellent overall benefits day 1

  • Sep 21, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Solid benefits, love the tuition reimbursement, generous vacation time, solid health insurance & other offers (which mostly don't apply to me so don't have too much info on them).

  • Sep 21, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Current Employee in Cambridge, Massachusetts

    The maternity and paternity leave should be improved. This is a very liberal company and the leave is standard minimum.

  • Aug 21, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Employee in Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Comprehensive package. Above than average.

  • Aug 07, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Employee in Cambridge, Massachusetts

    I was recently asked about Forrester's maternity benefits by a friend at another advisory firm. As I was remembering my experience, I thought it might be helpful to share with people who plan to become parents and are considering a role at Forrester. This was my experience: Forrester gave 12 weeks, provided full pay for 2 of those weeks, 80% for 8 weeks (using short term disability) and then the employee could take the remaining 2 weeks unpaid or use vacation. They did not have an official flex return to work policy, but did let people work with their manager to figure out what would work. Forrester did not relax goals or allow for a ramp up period after maternity. Returning analysts were expected to meet goals for the quarter in which they returned, even if it meant traveling to do so. Forrester did not offer any assistance for people who had to travel. Forrester had multiple mother's rooms, equipped with chair, desk, phone, kitchen with fridge and sink. They were bookable via outlook and you had to use your ID to get in. My two cents - Forrester should have provided a lot more flexiblity with return to work. The pay coverage portion wasn't ideal, but it was ok (at least for me). I wouldn't assume, however, that could work for everyone. For someone that needs 100% of income, there would be a real pressure to come back before 12 weeks, which is not healthy (again, my opinion). They also did not allow for any flexiblity with their goals. Teams were also expected to meet goals even with someone out for maternity, putting more pressure on the manager, as well as the individual to return and ramp up as fast as possible. Can you tell that I'm still fired up about it? It was truly a terrible experience with a very unempethetic management team. Other benefits were pretty good - PTO, 401K, work from home, stock options.

    Forrester Response

    Thank you for your feedback regarding our Maternity Leave offering, and I'm sorry to hear your frustration. To stay in touch with what matters most to our employees, we hold benefits listening... More

  • Aug 09, 2018
    StarStarStarStarStar Former Employee in Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Flexible when unexpected family issues come up.

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