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Updated September 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is exceptional (in 85 reviews)

  • Very smart people throughout the organization (in 82 reviews)

Cons
  • Demanding work with lots of A-type personalities - hard to strike good work-life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Not enough support from senior management (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great opportunities for self-advocates"

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

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

    Pros

    Forrester is a very open organization. In a year and a half I've worked closely with teams outside my own in Research, Marketing, Data, and the exec team. You're able to choose what interests you above and beyond your "day job," develop different skills, and prepare for potential promotions outside of your current role. And, everyone is very receptive to work with you-I've never been turned down a meeting with someone I want to learn from, no matter their position.

    Cons

    Because Forrester has a culture of excellence, you do have to go above and beyond and be proactive to get noticed, its not enough to just do your job well. It's even common for employees to be the ones initiating conversations about promotions/raises with their manager instead of the other way around. It's great for people who feel comfortable stepping up to lead projects or reaching out to others across teams, but not for people who like to work heads-down.

    Advice to Management

    Management is actively trying to improve coaching and just needs to continue to do so.


  2. "People and Opportunity"

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

    I have been working at Forrester full-time

    Pros

    Year after year it remains true that the best part of Forrester is the people. We attract smart, kind, and interesting individuals who become more like friends than colleagues.

    My manager knows my strengths, often better than I know myself, and has stretched me beyond what I thought was capable of. There is no hand holding at Forrester. Career opportunities are there if you seek them. Ideas are what drive our business forward; show up with courage, and a point of view, and you will experience a career full of learning & teaching.

    Cons

    We could practice what we preach in our research more frequently.

    Advice to Management

    Your willingness to listen and be influenced is another one of the best parts of Forrester. Our focus on agile innovation is inspiring employees. Keep pushing yourselves on this!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Cambridge, MA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Forrester full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work, great colleagues, and so many opportunities!

    Cons

    It's very difficult to disrupt from within. We need to bring in outside talent to drive product management and product innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Hire differently! Bring in people with diversity in thought who will challenge our thinking.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful company offering never-ending opportunities to learn"

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    Current Employee - Leadership Boards in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Leadership Boards in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Positive culture
    -Transparency and easy access to executives
    -Never ending amount to learn - you can truly never get through all of the research that we have to offer
    -Job growth for self-advocators
    -Management that truly cares about what happens to you
    -Everyone works extremely hard

    Cons

    -Job growth timeline is largely dependent on availability of roles/budget
    - Location of the office
    -Work/Life balance can at times be difficult - everyone goes above and beyond, that can lead to working long hours and never separating from email!

    Advice to Management

    Keep the lines of communication open and continue to be transparent. It is recognized by the employee base, and noticed that you respect one another immensely.


  5. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Pros are the people, laid back but professional environment, great work life balance.

    Cons

    Location would be a con for me, personally.


  6. "Building Momentum"

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    Current Employee - Change Management Leader in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Change Management Leader in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Forrester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Leadership is making good changes.
    I really enjoy and respect my colleagues.
    Our performance is improving.

    Cons

    Still have room to grow in how we collaborate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the heat on better and faster innovation. Break down the remaining silos between each of you and your organizations.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Valuable perspectives, proud heritage and healthy self-reflection"

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

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

    Pros

    With polished external research and advisory for clients, transparent internal communication for employees, smart and motivated colleagues, generational diversity, a relatively flat hierarchy, accessible leadership, and a global footprint, Forrester punches well above its weight in the corporate world and establishes an environment of learning and leading. Open minds make opportunity here.

    Cons

    Would benefit from more deliberate collaboration across business functions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep sharpening the saw.

  8. "Opportunitites to grow and meet great friends along the way"

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

    I have been working at Forrester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Opportunities to grow professionally and create your own career path
    -Leadership has made a strong investment in creating a culture of learning, innovation and collaboration
    -The people

    Cons

    The location isn't ideal for most

    Advice to Management

    -Keep providing opportunities for employees to grow and flex new muscles


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Constant evolution"

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

    I have been working at Forrester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I've worked here for many years and one of the things I do like is that we are constantly evolving as a company. Some people would say that there might be too much change but, for me it's one of the reasons I've stayed here for so long. We are constantly adapting, innovating, improving. I love that.

    Cons

    My recent experience has been that I've been seeing more "favoritism" coming from management levels in my division. Seems that some people are getting the more favorable assignments simply because a manager takes a liking to them. That is unfortunate.

    Advice to Management

    Don't assume you know what people's areas of expertise are. Management should do periodic checks to make sure that people with rich backgrounds aren't being overlooked for key assignments and projects.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to learn, grow and thrive"

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    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative and open work - new ideas are welcomed and considered
    Intelligent colleagues - get to learn from some of the industry's most respected subject matter experts
    Focus on culture - we have wellness, volunteer and fun programming to help network internally and provide a fun atmosphere outside of the regular work on a day to day
    Compensation - relatively competitive
    Growth - opportunities to thrive in current role, receive promotions relatively quickly if you work hard, many opportunities for additional trainings

    Cons

    Internal Bottle-necking - sometimes hard to get results because of internal processes
    Inconsistent communication between departments
    Managers are not always well equipped to coach in your day to day, but more at a high level around internal brand and professional development overall

    Advice to Management

    Listen to our research, be fully customer obsessed. Remove internal barriers to success.


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