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"Not worth the stress and political BS"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Each day is different
Your colleagues are smart and your ideas are challenged
Analysts have a decent amount of support
Forrester has a great reputation in the market

Cons

No cross-role collaboration
Employees are measured very closely - a very numbers driven organization
Over-worked and under-paid
No bonus last 2 quarters
Management creates ambitious plans and lofty goals that can never be met
Not open to change - it's just the "Forrester way"
Very HQ (Boston) centric/ focused
Hard work is is never rewarded unless it hits the bottom line
Sales will only sell analysts if they know who they are and if they brown nose them. They are told to take sales out for drinks all of the time.

Advice to Management

Don't apply a one-size-fits-all strategy across a global organization where markets, roles and employees are vastly different.

Other Employee Reviews for Forrester

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Big-brand analyst firm overschedules, overloads, distracts, and disrespects talented analysts to point of exhaustion"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reason for an industry analyst to work at Forrester Research is that it ramps up your visibility, brand, credibility, and connections in the industry, which is an asset you can definitely monetize through a range of opportunities elsewhere after you leave Forrester. Also, the pay is fine.

    Cons

    The chief downsides of working at Forrester Research are that it seems to be engineered to burn analysts out through continual overscheduling, overloading, distraction, marginalization, and disrespect. The management culture is dominated by a Cambridge-based clique of people who've been there forever, concoct lame company-wide themes, reorganize the place continually, focus more on sales numbers than the actual quality of published research, fail to recognize great work, promote themselves as analysts when they don't actualy do the research themselves, tend not to read the actual reports that their actual analysts publish, look down on research areas that may not be their personal favorites, skew opportunities (speaking, books, consulting, etc.) to their pet analysts, understaff the analyst teams severely, fail to respect the significant brand recognition that many analysts have gained in their respective areas, deny analysts the latitude and autonomy to define their research agendas as they see fit, and treat experienced analysts like they were lackeys.

    Advice to Management

    Leave the company. Recruit managers who actually respect analysts and focus on providing an environment that is conducive to analysts doing their best work and advancing their career at Forrester, rather than having to leave to regain their sanity and self-respect.


  2. "meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible hours, well respected brand

    Cons

    poor pay, no transparency in promotions

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