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"Not A Place for Sales"

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Former Employee - Account Director in Cambridge, MA
Former Employee - Account Director in Cambridge, MA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Forrester full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Company has a great reputation that they need to live up to. Good benefits. Sharp analysts, but their availability is limited. Health benefits are excellent, as is vacation and holidays, but there is not enough time to take vacation.

Cons

No work life balance in sales. Revenue has been decreasing so the pressure on sales is amazing with constant updates. Pay is low for the industry. High turnover in sales and analysts for a reason.

Advice to Management

Time for the founder with his outdated ideas to retire.

Other Employee Reviews for Forrester

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Riding a legacy reputation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Forrester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to start career

    Cons

    Absolutely zero training in core competences.
    Culture that encourages analysts (the core business) to be primadonnas
    An amateur HR department
    Below market pay

    Advice to Management

    Hire from the outside for senior mgmt.
    Middle mgmt should be restructured to be more than a buffer and overhead


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Best professional experience of my 20-year career so far. Superb."

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Forrester full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Best management chain of my career. They sustain trust, uphold integrity and encourage risk-taking. Bravo!
    -The visibility is incredible, and we have the opportunity to influence and inform people at all levels of industry.
    -Many opportunities to pursue new areas of research and engage with clients.
    -Leadership team asks for and responds to candid feedback, and owns up to mistakes.
    -Fantastic clients and the nature of the work makes keeping them happy a natural outcome. It's truly inspiring.

    Cons

    -Time management is hard. You will work very hard and the pay is only 'just enough' (but if you're in research for big money then you're in the wrong career!).
    -Constant context switching in the analyst role (research, consulting, inquiry, internal) is inefficient. Needs more focus, less clutter.
    -Bureaucracy can get a little out of hand. Takes months to get new research through the laborious editing process despite having fabulous people doing the editing.

    Advice to Management

    -Invest and mature the HR org so they can actively help employees find and develop their strengths.
    -Perfection is the enemy of great - shorten the research value delivery chain.
    -Recognize the inherent inefficiency of constant context switching, and focus the research role on fast, collaborative, high-value research delivery.

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